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Faith Soloway        

Actress and Writer for the series "Transparent"; American folk-rock musician, comedic performer, and creator of several folk-rock musicals

Faith Soloway is an American folk-rock musician, comedic performer, and creator of several folk-rock musicals, based in the Boston area. She studied theater at Indiana University and performed improv comedy regularly, along with leaving school to tour with Second City. She spent three years as music director for Second City, which led to the creation of Soloway's first original musical, "The Real Life Brady Bunch." The show, which premiered in 1990, was a collaboration with her sister, Jill Soloway, and it toured across the country. Both Soloway sisters moved to Hollywood briefly to produce television shows, but Faith Soloway decided she was not interested in television work and in 1994, moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to pursue a songwriting career.

After performing at open mike nights as a solo musician, Soloway began producing a series of rock operas that were performed at Club Passim. She started with the minimalist "The Principal and the Potter," which was followed by "Miss Folk America," which featured what became one of Soloway's signature songs, Queer in Revere and Debbie Does Falcon Ridge, both of which parodied the folk scene. In 2000, Soloway produced "Miss Folk America" at the Somerville Theater, a larger venue. This was followed by "Jesus Has Two Mommies" (the title refers to the controversial children's book "Heather Has Two Mommies"), which featured such notable Boston folk musicians as Catie Curtis and Jennifer Kimball.

Soloway also works at Charles River Creative Arts Program, in Dover, Massachusetts in the summer, in the theater and music departments. For the camp, she has written the musicals "Harrie" "Norbert Beany is Action Man" and "Hamletta" with Tom Evans.

Soloway's lone solo album, "Training Wheels," features her song Lesbo Song, which is at once a statement of her sexuality and a tweaking of the earnest, humorless stereotype of women's music. Her song Sister's Boyfriend was featured on the Respond compilation, a benefit for domestic violence causes. She continues to perform with her band, the Faith Soloway Crisis.

Soloway wrote an essay, Betsy Loves Bobbies, that will appear in a forthcoming anthology edited by Aizley, "The Other Mother: Tales from the Lesbian Home-front," or, "Nonbiological Mothers Tell All."

Additionally, Soloway has credit in four episodes of the television series "Transparent" where she both wrote and performed as an actress.

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