Dr Michelle-Leona Godin is a writer, and performer who’s one woman, two voice, three act autobiographical treatment of Helen Keller’s time on vaudeville (it’s true!) called The Star of Happiness just finished its second run at Horse Trade’s Kraine Theater and is looking forward to touring next spring. She received her Ph.D. in early modern literature from NYU’s English department in January 2009. Though her research on Helen Keller launched her from eighteenth-century England to 20th century America, the central concerns, namely how social and philosophical constructs shape blindness as both a trope and a disability, provide a through-line. Godin is a regular adjunct and occasional faculty at NYU. When she is not teaching and writing she performs at comedy, storytelling, and variety shows in downtown Manhattan and beyond. Recently she appeared at the Nuyorican with KickAssonance and the 92Y Tribeca with Sideshow Goshko. She has also performed on The Moth Main Stage, and at Tell Your Friends, The Liar Show, and at many music venues around the city, both with her former band Gutter & Spine and currently as a solo act which can only be described as an avant accordion brain smash! She is currently working on her forthcoming show From Homer to ME: a quazi poetic, neo prophetic cabaret about sex, drugs and the great books of the Western Canon.
Igor GuideDog is Godin’s guide dog. He is a two year old German Shepherd born, bred, and trained at the Seeing Eye, which is the oldest guide dog school in the united states and one of the most prestigious in the world. his trainer was the marvelous Sue, who also trained his mistress michelle-leona, and they graduated together at the top of their class in September 2011. Since then he has been working hard in the streets of New York City and beyond. He is proud to be a member of The Star of Happiness and Godin’s forthcoming show From Homer to Me.
The Star of Happiness got reviewed – thank you Edge NY!:
Igor wrote a FAQ just for you:
And if you doubted Dr G’s legitimacy or longwindedness, here’s her Dissertation on GoogleBooks: