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Nancy Helman Shneiderman (Dottie)

65 years old - was born singing. She was bored to oblivion by her dysfunctional 50’s suburban upbringing into which, gratefully, Broadway sound tracks, Harry Belafonte, and Tom Lehrer’s LPs provided a welcome sanity net. Aside from a superb high school musical experience (think “Hairspray”) sprinkled with Gilbert and Sullivan, then a few college shows (“The Crucible” on the night of Kennedy’s assassination), and a student production playing opposite John Heard, her inner thespian waited in the wings until after she’d raised two daughters; one the mother of her two grandchildren. A recent transplant from Washington DC, Nancy’s a practicing psychotherapist by day and lets her hair down by night. During a humanitarian concert tour of the former Soviet Union, she was a featured soloist on Moscow’s Channel One, and she has toured China as part of an international celebration of women’s vocal music. Her proudest memory was winning 2nd place in the live “Showtime at the Apollo” dance contest on the DC Mall one steamy summer night, losing only to a 10-year-old girl child. Some of her favorite roles include: Mme. Quimper-Karadec, "La Vie Parisienne,” The Princess Puffer, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and the bride’s Mom in "Tony n' Tina's Wedding," and Emma Goldman in “Ragtime.” She’s now a member of Ellen Hoffman’s Berkeley Broadway Singers, appearing in the concert version of “Follies” at Oakland’s Paramount Theater. She has been on TV’s America’s Most Wanted and in several John Waters films, as well as a principal in “Full Moon Fables.”