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 25 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 Kaleidoscope Collaborations and other organizations, I'm also serving as a board member of Folsom Street East. In the fall and winter of 2015-2016, I hosted a regular show on the second Thursday of each month at Excelsior Bar in Park Slope, and in the spring of 2018 began working with Drag Queen Story Hour.
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? Following me on Facebook is easiest! 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!)
Breaking a World's Record!
I was thrilled to be included and SO excited to join 350+ other artists at The Metropolitan Room as they produced 60 hours of continuous variety show entertainment on January 1 - 4, 2015. My slot, the glorious witching our of 3:00 AM on Friday, January 2nd. I got to perform two of my favorite numbers, and Neal B. from Broadway Sings for Pride took this fabulous video of my performance of Jekyll and Hyde's "Bring on the Men!" (For both songs, check out this video from LIVAMP, who streamed all 60 hours!)
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.)
Great Interview in July 2016
Our Friends at Thotssey interviewed me just before my 5th Annual 39th Birthday Show! Read all about it here!
September 8, Drag Queen Story Hour, Bay Ridge Brooklyn Library
September 8, Homo Erectus, 7 PM, Stonewall Inn
September 13, Space Force, a benefit for Trinity Place Shelter at Industry
September 29, The North East Pup and Handler Contest, Three Dollar Bill
October 28, The Witches Ball, Industry
October 30, Halloween at The Eagle
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. Currently, she reigns as Queen of the New York Leathermen, sits on the board of directors of Folsom Street East and Delta Brotherhood International, and is one of the co-founders of Kaleidoscope Collaborations, which has made more than $20,000 in grants since its inception in 2015.
She produces several shows each year for local charities, including her annual “Broads & Bawds Show” in January and her annual 39th Birthday Party every July. She 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 performed at Folsom Street East and the DC Pride Festival, and been lauded by gala audiences not only in NYC, but also in Washington DC, Lexington, Kentucky, Anchorage, Alaska, Chicago, Illinois, Hartford, Connecticut 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 and XX, North East Puppy and Handler Contests in 2016 and 2017, Halloween at the New York Eagle (2013- present), and countless fundraisers, special events and performances in HIV residences among her accomplishments. She is a favorite judge around town (New York's Next Top Drag Queen, Mr. Rockbear, Miss Rockbar). In 2015, she was part of a team at the Metropolitan Room in New York City to earn the Guinness Book World Record for "Longest Variety Show."
Michael Barret Jones has spent more than two decades working in non-profit Development and Marketing for arts, education and social welfare organizations and has most recently spent nearly eight years as the Director of Development and Social Media at Iris House: a Center for Women Living with HIV. He has served on the Rahway (NJ) Business Improvement District, New Jersey Arts Marketers and was part of a team that helped to initiate and design the NY State Association of Independent School’s annual conference for development and alumni staff. Michael has been a member of the faculty of the WOW! Institute and the CASE/NAIS Summer Institute for Independent School Advancement. He has served on the boards of the Gay Activists Alliance of Morris County (NJ), Big Apple Performing Arts, the Imperial Court of New York, and is currently the Vice-President of Folsom Street East. Under the guise of his alter-ego, Witti Repartee, he has served as Queen of the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, Empress XXVI of New York and produces several benefit cabarets each year under the aegis of Kaleidoscope Collaborations for the organizations he loves. He holds degrees from Drew University in Theatre Arts and English, and lives in Brooklyn with his husband.