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‘Cut & Paste’ podcast: Visionary Awards open new doors for first transgender honoree

Shualee Cook and Sara Burke
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio
Shualee Cook and Sara Burke

Since 2002, the Visionary Awards have honored 68 St. Louis-area women for contributions to the arts, but this year's list includes a first.

Shualee Cook, 37, a transgender woman, is honored as an Emerging Artist for her skills as a playwright. Cook’s “An Invitation Out” opens at Mustard Seed Theater Friday, April 17.

Former honorees Sara Burke, Kim Eberlein and others spearheaded bringing back the awards after Grand Center stopped its sponsorship. Their first Visionary Awards ceremony, which honors seven women takes place Monday, April 27 at the Sun Theater, 3611 Grandel Square.

Here are some highlights of the conversation. (Click on a "Tweet #cutpastestl" link to send out a quick quote.)

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Sara Burke on the early nominating process: "In the beginning, we had like one nomination. And we're like, 'Wait, people don't care?'" Tweet #cutpastestl

Shualee Cook joking about the plot of her play and its Oscar Wilde inspiration. "I sometimes jokingly refer to it at 'The Importance of Being in the Matrix.'" Tweet #cutpastestl

Shualee Cook on becoming her own person: "There was a point in my life where ... 'OK, this is what I've been taught, what do I really believe?" Tweet #cutpastestl

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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