Sherry Vine was born in Los Angeles in 1991, lived in NYC until 2001 and now resides in Berlin. Sherry has starred in the smash theatrical productions of The Bad Weed ’73 (in NYC, LA and Provincetown) e.s.p – Eyes of a Supermodel Psychic, The Final Feast of Lucrezia Borgia, her one woman/ten character hit Kitty Killer, the completely sold out mega hit Charlie!, the off Broadway transfer of Tell-Tale, at the Cherry Lane Theatre and more recently in Doll. All shows were produced by Theatre Couture, of which Sherry is artistic director. She will be returning to NYC this fall for the long-awaited Theatre Couture production of Carrie. Never one to do anything in moderation, she answered not five, but twenty questions!
What is your artistic discipline and how did you get started doing it?
I am a drag artist and it all started by accident! I studied acting all my life and then did a show once in drag and Sherry Vine was born!
Who have been your major influences and how have they influenced you?
I am still influenced every day by people I meet or see or just walk by. Carol Burnett was my biggest comedy influence.
What are you working on now/next?
I have been living and working in Europe for the past 3 years but am moving back to NYC this Fall to start production on CARRIE with my company, Theatre Couture.
It has been said that “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Are you a hedgehog or a fox and why?
I am a hedgehog. I am an actor and know very little else about many things!!
Anagnorisis is the recognition by the tragic hero of some truth about his or her identity or actions that accompanies the reversal of the situation in the plot. Tell us about a moment of stunning self-realization in your own life.
I have never had a tragic hero moment. I’ve always been on the same path. The only “awakening” I had was the one time I doubted myself and quickly realized that I am doing what I am meant to do.
What is the biggest challenge about creating a sustainable career as an artist in the current cultural climate?
It’s always been harder but now it`s harder and the only way to survive is to not give up or give in. An artist today has to be quite resourceful and creative in a business sense as well as artistic.
What has been your biggest moment of either triumph or disaster?
When our play TELL-TALE went from PS 122 to off-Broadway. That was a life-long dream come true!
What is the strangest thing you have ever witnessed on the streets of New York?
I wouldn’t know where to begin! Just when I think I’ve seen it all, something
stranger happens. I wasn’t in the States during 9/11 but I think the sight of
strangers hugging each other in the street would be it.
What is your favorite article of clothing and why?
A 20 year old flannel shirt that belonged to my sister. I put it on at times
when I need to feel safe.
Whats more important: Love or Justice?
Who inspires you?
If you wrote an autobiography what would the title be and why?
“Little Votive Nights” and it’s a secret! You`ll have to wait for the book.
What is the worst job you ever had?
What are you reading right now?
A biography of Hildegard Knef.
Its midnight on Saturday where are you and what are you doing?
I am either performing or finishing performing. if I’m not working then I’m
probably at the movies or drinking red wine with my friends
If you could become someone else for a day who would it be?
Debbie Harry so I would know what it’s like to be a goddess
If you were going to produce a reality TV show what would it be?
It would be about the behind the scenes, off stage life, of drag artists. This has NOT
been done even though many people think it has!
Which famous Fairy Tale Character are you?
I can only remember a few so I am going to say Alice even though she’s not a
What is your favorite comfort food and why?
Ice cream! I will eat the entire package in one sitting and then feel guilty
for 2 days but I can’t help it
If you could be travel in time what era and place would you go and why?
Vaudeville! I always thought I was born in the wrong era.