Strait Knot Productions
fully engaging lesbians in vibrant community

The mission of Strait Knot Productions is to engage lesbians in participation in the arts, enhance lesbian participation in education and create strong community support.

Strait Knot Productions is the creation of Dr. Ronni Sanlo and Dr. Kelly Watson. Kelly was the co-founder of women’s recovery and outpatient centers in Arizona and worked with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors to achieve mental health treatment parity in insurance coverage. Kelly earned a bachelors and a doctorate from UCLA where she also graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry. She worked in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field to ensure that women’s issues were addressed and remains active in the recovery community in both Palm Springs and Sequim, Washington. Kelly’s passion for production was ignited when she became the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Letter to Anita and the film Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen.

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Screening of Nelly & Nadine: One of the Greatest Love Stories Never Told for Palm Springs Cinema Diverse, Sept. 30, 2023.

Lesbians of  Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley -
Kelly is the executive producer of:

Miss Lillian – The Lillian Carter Story by Carol Swarbrick
Nice Chinese Girls Don’t: Kitty Tsui by Jennifer Abod
Trasher by Kate Johnston
Kiss Me, Kill Me by Casper Andreas
The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen by Jennifer Abode
Letter to Anita by Andrea Meyerson

We Say Gay by Ronni Sanlo
Sing, Meadowlark by Ronni Sanlo
Dear Anita Bryant by Ronni Sanlo

Vocal by Carol Swarbrick, words and music by Michele Weiss and Lin Philippi

The Soldier and the Time Traveler by Ronni Sanlo

Kelly and Ronni are executive producers of:

Anarchy in High Heels.


LGBTQ History Alive! Podcast with Ronni and Kelly

Productions and Engagements
  • August 2023 - Dear Anita Bryant, 2023 First Place Winner, Original One Act Play, Shawnee Institute Playwright Contest
  • 2020-2023 – numerous Lavender Graduation keynotes via zoom
  • October, 2020 – Mad Cow Theater (Orlando) Women’s Fest - Dear Anita Bryant
  • August 7-8, 2020, Port Angeles Community Theater, Port Angeles, WA – Dear Anita Bryant Readers Theater – directed by Carol Swarbrick Dries.
  • June 19, 2019 – Palm Springs Table Read – The Soldier and the Time Traveler
  • April 26, 2019, The Villages, FL – Dear Anita Bryant Readers Theater – Bacall Center
  • April 20, 2019, University of Florida – Lavender Graduation
  • April 18, 2019, University of North Florida – Lavender Graduation
  • April 16, 2019, University of South Florida – Lavender Graduation
  • April 7, 2019, Palm Springs, CA – Dear Anita Bryant Readers Theater – Desert Rose Theater
  • March 2, 2019, Palm Springs, CA – Dear Anita Bryant Readers Theater – Rainbow Youth Summit
  • February 19, 2019, San Diego, CA – Dear Anita Bryant Readers Theater – Diversionary Theater
  • February 19, 2019, San Diego, CA – Dear Anita Bryant Readers Theater – Children’s Theater
  • February 15, 2019, Palm Springs, CA – Dear Anita Bryant Readers Theater – Camelot Theater
  • March 10, 2018, Palm Springs CA – Sing Meadowlark Readers Theater – Four Seasons Theater
  • November 2017, Sequim, WA – Sing Meadowlark Readers Theater – Discovery Bay Theater
  • August 2017, The Villages, FL – Sing Meadowlark Readers Theater – Bacall Center

For more information:


  • Cast of Dear Anita Bryant, Diversionary Theater, San Diego