The B-Real Gerlz have a collective 50 years experience writing for publication and performance. We have produced personal & political essays, plays, monologues, solo performance pieces, blog posts, journalistic pieces, memoirs, as well as short fiction.
We have been blogging about the politics of work, the dysfunction of the capitalist workplace, and economic , social, and political conditions for employees and those who are are un/underemployed, for several years under the name Werking Gerl.
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Stephanie Schroeder, the original Werking Gerl, is a writer and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Curve Magazine. A sampling of her journalism can be found on her personal website.
Schroeder’s work has been anthologized in the classic anthology, That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, as well as Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, Hot & Bothered: Short, Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire, volumes 3 & 4 and other erotic anthologies. She was also an original reviewer for Erotic New York: The Best Sex in the City. Her essay, “I Don’t Want to be Part of Your [De]Evolution”, is included in the anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.
An independent mental illness awareness activist, she works for social and economic justice for all people. Schroeder is also a keen cultural observer, and her appetite for odd juxtapositions and interesting contradictions informs all of her work. She graduated from Hunter College with a BA in communications and holds a JD from New York Law School. Schroeder has a special interest in creativity and mental illness and therapeutic jurisprudence.
She thinks a lot about how artists are often categorized as crazy, and how the arts are undervalued and certainly underfunded, and how those and related issues are affected by dysfunctional social norms, skewed cultural customs, and political and economic policies grounded in a politics of inequality and inequity. Schroeder is the author of Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide. Please also check out her blog.
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Lisa Haas (Werking Gerl 2) is a playwright, comedy writer, and actor. Her twisted-queer comedies have been produced in New York City, nationally and internationally. As a recipient of a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, she developed her solo show Crown Hill Cemetery, which premiered in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She is the lead writer for the stage comedy In Heat and a comedy blogger for Curve Magazine. As a film actor, she has appeared in “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” (Sundance premiere 2011), Dyke Dollar, Valencia The Movie/s (Chapter 9) and It Gets Bitter.
M.F.A. from the University of Montana
B.F.A. from Loretto Heights College