Collette Black, 63, on June 5th, of breast cancer. She was a force in the New York City Cabaret community. Recently she taught Exploring Cabaret courses at the 92 st. YMCA and presented shows at 53 Above, in Times Square. She directed or supported several Off Broadway productions including, Take It Easy, What in the World? The Newsical Review, Our Life and Times, and Unfinished Business …a love story. She served as artistic director for Upstairs at Rose’s Turn in Greenwich Village, a highly esteemed piano bar first opened in the early 50’s. Her work was also seen at The Judith Anderson Theatre, The John Houseman Theatre and Caroline’s on Broadway. As a teacher she spread understanding and love of the possibilities of Cabaret.
She received many awards for her work including The Nightlife Award, The Backstage Bistro Award, and The MAC award from the Manhattan Association of Cabaret. She was nominated for the 2018 MAC award for technical directing for her work on various shows at the popular cabaret theater Don’t Tell Mama.