Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! (C'mon in!)
Greetings and salutations!
Welcome to my home on the web: a constantly changing, constantly updating place of information about me, where I'm performing, what charities I'm serving and other fun and funky stuff.
Over the nearly 20 years that I've been performing, I've had two particularly amazing years of high-profile experience: In 2003 I served as Queen of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, and in 2012-2013 served the community as Empress XXVI of the Imperial Court of New York. While I continue serving my community through my fundraising work with the Imperial Court and other organizations, I'm also pursuing other avenues of performance including burlesque/boylesque and cabaret!
I am currently serving as the Angel to Team Eagle in Cycle for the Cause, the 275 mile, 3 Day bike ride to raise money for HIV Service programs at the LGBT Community Center. Want to donate? Click Here.
Want to know where you can catch me? Or what events I'll be attending? Check out "Where's Witti?"
Most importantly, some of the organizations that I love and support are linked here.
If you have any questions or comments, visit my contact page (under "More..." up above)! I look forward to getting to know you better!
Don't forget to friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!
I'd also be remiss if I didn't thank and acknowledge those who have given freely of their advice, their opinion and their goodwill over the years. A particularly shout out to the army of photographers whose work is included on this page!
(A partial list is below!)
One of the highlights of my performance career at the end of the 27th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns. Choreographed by Keith Andrews, featuring Michael Borges, Todd Michael Cook, Michael Gellart and Kent Zimmerman. Produced by Robert Levinstein and Alan Wager/22Q Entertainment. My dress designed by Ryan Moller. Video by Anthony Bellov. For more clips and videos, see On Camera!
Performances around the Country and the City.
Merci mille fois!
Or literally, Thank You a Thousand Times to the photographers whose work graces these pages. Some of the photos go back more than a decade...or two...or...and while I may know not your name, I deeply appreciate your work. For those whose names I do know, let me thank and acknowledge:Matty Baker, Adam Woomer, Robin Souma and Barbara Nitke, whose photo shoots make me look amazing, Christopher Vazquez, who captures performance better than anyone I know, Anthony Colantonio, who shot Witti's very first headshot (oh so young!) and Kerry Ashforth, Joe Conigliaro, Rob Dublin, Patricia Ann Faquet, Eddie Garou, Gustavo Monroy, Mario Mulea, Terri Nowlin, Ryan Rockmore, Jason Russo, Scott Safier, Andrew Scrivani, Andrew Werner and Ricky Jay Yates.
(If anyone would like me to remove a photo of theirs used here, I will gladly do so, please contact me directly.)
6/29 Heritage of Pride Parade
(with the Imperial Court of New York)
7/15/14 Bushwick Burlesque
7/19/14 Empress Witti's 3rd Annual 39th Birthday Celebration: a Leather and Lace Affair at Rockbar
8/17/14: Leather Pride Night: Cruise Control, a celebration of Leather Pride aboard New York's gay party cruise. Details at www.seatea.com
8/24/14: Imperial Court of New York aboard the Sea Tea, Details at www.seatea.com
Who is Witti Repartee?
Witti Repartee is a Queen (NYC Gay Men’s Chorus 2002-2003), an Empress (Imperial Court of New York, 2012-2013) and an Angel (Team Eagle, Cycle for the Cause 2013-current). Since 1997, she has called New York City her home base as a cabaret and burlesque artist, where she has appeared at more than 500 events as a performer, a volunteer or a guest of honor.
She produces several shows each year for local charities, produced and hosted “The Gayest Link” at Hannah’s Lava Lounge and has been a regular performer and guest host at “The Will Clark Show, featuring Porno Bingo.” As a headliner, Witti has been lauded by gala audiences not only in NYC, but also in Washington DC, Lexington, Kentucky, Anchorage, Alaska and San Francisco, California. As a hostess, she counts the Ninth and Tenth “Bad Boys on the Hudson” cruises, New York’s Leather Pride Night XXX and XXXI, Folsom Street East XVII, Halloween at the New York Eagle, and countless fundraisers, special events and performances in HIV residences among her accomplishments.
In 2014, she began workshops of her one-woman show, “Witti Repartee: Falling in Love…Again” before audiences. At the end of the day, though, she’s a man in a dress.
Michael Barret Jones was (to the best of anyone's recollection) the first openly gay student at one of the nation's leading boarding schools which had been all-male until two years before his arrival. Standing up for himself and holding his head high, he took the focus off a lot of his friends who were not yet as comfortable with themselves. Fifteen years later, he would co-found the GLBT Alumni Association to give his former classmates a voice. At college, he was very active with the school's GLBT student group, served on its executive council for several years and lived in the Womyn's Concerns house while studying theatre, English and gender studies. Upon graduation, he joined the Gay Activists Alliance of Morris County and became the chair of its Welcoming and Orientation Committee, spending two years on its board. He has served as a board member of the Imperial Court of New York, the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and has spent nearly two decades working in marketing and development for a range of non-profit organizations, where he has raised more than $6,000,000 in the last seven years. He lives in Bay Ridge with his partner of over a decade (and is planning a wedding for July 2014) and their two furry, purring children. You can read more about him at Behind the Lashes.