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|Born||March 28, 1964|
|Alma mater||Indiana University|
|Occupation||Folk-rock musician, comedic performer|
Faith Soloway (born March 28, 1964) is an American folk-rock musician, comedic performer, and creator of several folk-rock musicals. 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 sibling, Jill Soloway, and it toured across the country. Both Soloway siblings 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. She has written the music and lyrics for the musicals "Harrie," "Norbert Beany is Action Man," and "Hamletta," all of which premiered at CRCAP.
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's ex-partner, writer Harlyn Aizley, wrote a book entitled Buying Dad about the couple's efforts to conceive a child via artificial insemination (their daughter Betsy was born in 2002). Soloway wrote an essay, "Betsy Loves Bobbies", for the anthology edited by Aizley, The Other Mother: Tales from the Lesbian Home-front, or, Nonbiological Mothers Tell All. After the couple separated, Soloway started work on a new show, "Journey to the Self: One Woman's Self Journey". She is currently a writer and producer in sibling Jill's Amazon TV series Transparent and is in the process of creating a stage musical loosely based on the series.