Actor, writer, stand-up, teacher, pysanky artist, saw-player


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Disgruntled Fumes

Disgruntled Fumes is a tongue-in-cheek salute to poetry open mics. At once hilarious and deeply moving, the show takes you through an evening of people sharing their poetry. A happy mix of poetry, stand-up, anger, a little music, a little improv, and a lot of feminism.

People's reactions

Award-winning playwright and author Jim Grimsley wrote: "Stephanie Astalos-Jones is a mind-blowing, fierce, incomparable performer, an artist with laser-like focus on the absurd, hilarious, heartbreaking edge of our time. Whether she is sending up modern poetry, reading magnificent works like "The Toaster" or "The Toilet", or doing performance art with her saw, or creating improvisational poetry with words flung out from the crowd, she catches the energy of the audience and gives back hard-edged commentary laced with laughter. She has been a magical performer in the solo world for most of my life, and she only gets better."  

Musician Caroline Aiken wrote: "Wow. This is the best show I've seen in many years! Stephanie is brilliant and brings the many shades of outrage to the stage like none other. I LOVE her "poetry reading". She's the shit!!!"

Author David Wiley wrote: "Stephanie Astalos-Jones' show was SUPERB. Her acting and comedy were on full display as she played more than a dozen characters at a Poetry Open mic. It was alternately hilarious and gut wrenching.  She isn't just playing 'Art', she is an artist in the truest sense. Her work is filled to the overflowing brim with Love....Chock full of Meaning and Emotion...Just what the World needs....Now more than ever."

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FLAT is where it's at

Cancer came along.....

Besides being an actor and writer, I'm also a cancer survivor. Mucinous carcinoma was found in my right breast and rather than undergo 31 radiation treatments, I opted for surgery. Rather then being haunted by worry for the next 20 years about a return to the left breast, I opted for double mastectomy. When looking at the options post-mastectomy, implants were not at all appealing due to the fact that they require multiple surgeries and can cause many diseases and infections.  Neither did I want them stealing flesh from my perfectly healthy back or belly to create a boob. So, for me, the natural choice was to just let it be and be flat. 

Living flat brings with it freedoms and challenges. Some days, you're still sort of shell-shocked that you don't have your boobs anymore. Then you wear some fake ones and you look "normal", but feel like you're walking around with a fake nose. In the morning, it feels fantastic to just throw on a shirt over your bare chest. There are many, many joys and worries that come with the flat life, so I started a podcast for and about flatties. FLAT is where it's at will interview many, many women that reflect the many sides of this lifestyle. I will interview them NOT just because they are flat, but because they are interesting, passionate, talented people.

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