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KENTUCKY ARTS COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

March 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489
tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

Kentucky Arts Council features Flatwoods
actor-producer in March, April

“As the biracial daughter of a black man and white woman from central Appalachia, I know my story is, in many ways, a singular one. At the same time, the themes I address – racial identity, mental illness, the legacy of war – are anything but rare.”

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Mitzi Sinnott, an actor, playwright and producer from Flatwoods, has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council's featured artist for March and April.

Sinnott is an adjudicated participant in the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory. She is the writer, producer and performer in her solo play “SNAPSHOT: A True Story of Love Interrupted by Invasion.”

In the play, Sinnott brings to life 15 characters from her literal and figurative journey to reconcile with her father, a veteran haunted by his experience in Vietnam.

“As the biracial daughter of a black man and white woman from central Appalachia, I know my story is, in many ways, a singular one,” Sinnott said. “At the same time, the themes I address – racial identity, mental illness, the legacy of war – are anything but rare.”

For her performance in “SNAPSHOT,” Sinnot received a Best Actress nomination from The Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has presented “SNAPSHOT” at the Cape Town Festival in South Africa and the European Women's Theatre Festival in Tornio Finland-Haparanda Sweden. The play has been broadcast by PBS affiliates across the United States.

“I am the daughter of two artists. I am half Appalachian and half New Yorker. I am mixed-race. I am an artist. I am an educator. I am a dreamer. Those labels I proudly wear. There are many that have been assigned to me by others that I struggled with early on in my life,” Sinnott said. “New York City taught my Appalachian self that we all have a story that should be expressed, and it’s our soul’s right to do so.”

To learn more about Sinnott, visit the arts council's website. The featured artists' page includes:

  • A story about her work.
  • A video of Sinnott discussing his work.
  • Contact information for Sinnott.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.

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