Jul 10, 2018

Yasmine Rana, Playwright and Educator

Yasmine Rana has a lot on her mind. A playwright, drama therapist and educator, her plays have been developed and produced in the U.S. and abroad. In 2014, Yasmine was one of 16 finalists for the Francesca Primus Prize for her play, "The War Zone is My Bed." A year later, she received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for "Another Spring." Her plays and monologues have been published in numerous reviews. As a drama therapist, Yasmine has worked with refugees in Bosnia, The Republic of Georgia and Switzerland. You'll enjoy meeting and getting to know yet another creative woman.

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May 29, 2018

Gizel Jimenez, Triple Threat

Growing up, Gizel Jimenez had no idea she would wind up a successful and celebrated actress.  Painfully shy, she couldn't imagine performing in front of a live audience, much less making it a career.  But that all changed after Gizel got her BFA at the University of Florida's New World School of the Arts.  She never looked back - and has worked ever since. Her credits include: Olivia, the teenager estranged from her mother, an undocumented immigrant in the acclaimed Off-Broadway show, 'Miss You Like Hell.'  Gizel played the Mistress in 'Evita' and Rosalia in a National tour of 'West Side Story.'  Regional Theater includes roles in 'Oklahoma,' 'In The Heights.'  She's also appeared on HBO's 'Divorce,' 'Law & Order SVU,' and 'The Tale of Two Jimmy Chins.'   This is an open, honest, emotional conversation with one helluva creative woman.

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May 8, 2018

Darci Picoult, Filmmaker

Darci Picoult is a force to be reckoned with. She's an actress, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, producer, teacher. Her credits are long and varied and include her powerful and very personal one-woman show, "My Virginia," which was presented in theaters and solo festivals around the country and broadcast on National Public Radio. Darci also wrote the screenplay for "Where is Kyra," starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Keifter Sutherland. It premiered at Sundance in 2017 and tells the story of a middle-aged woman who loses her job and struggles to survive on the income of her ailing mother. Join us for a very personal, open and honest conversation with this accomplished woman.

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Apr 24, 2018

Deborah Grace Winer, Author and Dramatist

You're about to meet yet another accomplished, creative female powerhouse. Deborah Grace Winer is an: author, dramatist, historian and producer. And...she's also a leading expert on the American Songbook and Musical Theater. Her shows have celebrated such icons as Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. As you'll hear, Deborah's career is a rich and varied one.

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Apr 3, 2018

Susan Silver, Comedy Writer

You're about to meet and get to know a Hollywood trailblazer. Susan Silver is one of the first female sit-com writers, whose career began in 1971 at "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Her mentor was none other than the great Garry Marshall. Susan went on to write for "The Bob Newhart Show," "Maude," "The Partridge Family" and "Square Pegs." She was also the Casting Director for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." Oh, there's more. Susan dishes about the highs and lows of both her comedy career and her love life in her memoir, "Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms." This is one helluva conversation with one helluva creative woman!

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Mar 6, 2018

Sharon Washington, Actress

You're about to meet and get to know award-winning stage, film, television actress and playwright, Sharon Washington. Her eclectic career spans more than 25 years and with it a long list of credits.

 

She recently made her debut as a playwright with her highly acclaimed one woman-show, "Feeding The Dragon." It's set in the St. Agnes branch of the New York City Public Library. Why? Because that's where Sharon lived with her mother and father, the library custodian. Sharon takes us on her creative career path in this fascinating, honest, engaging conversation.

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Feb 20, 2018

Jenifer Foote, Broadway Actress

Jenifer Foote's resume in a word? Wow! She's a New York City-based actress, dancer, choreographer/associate director and teacher. Jenifer's Broadway credits include: "Hello Dolly!," "She Loves Me," "Holiday Inn," "On The Twentieth Century," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Follies," "Rock of Ages," "A Chorus Line" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Jenifer's also taught master classes in vocal performance, scene study and dance. You'll want to meet this creative woman, whose passion for her work is contagious!

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Feb 13, 2018

Sophie Brooks, Filmmaker

Sophie Brooks got her Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University in 2012. And not quite 5 years later, has made her feature writing and directing debut with "The Boy Downstairs." The romantic comedy stars Zosia Mamet (she played Shoshanna Shapiro in the HBO hit "Girls"), who, after a few years living abroad, moves back to New York City. Unbeknownst to her, she rents an apartment in her former boyfriend's building. Sophie talks about her motivation as well as the challenges she faced in making her first commercial film.

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Feb 6, 2018

Tracy Geltman, Theatrical Company Manager

Clearly, mounting a Broadway show is a herculean task that requires the talents and expertise of a whole cast of characters, far beyond the actors you see on stage. One of those players is the Company Manager. Who? In case you didn't know, the job of a Company Manager is one of the toughest in the theater. You're about to find out why. Tracy Geltman began her career at Maine State Music Theater as an apprentice before coming to New York, where she worked on "Hairspray," "War Paint," "Fun Home" and "The Band's Visit," to name just a few Broadway hits. Listen in as she talks about her love of theater and what it's like to be the Company Manager.

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Jan 2, 2018

Rhonda Ross, Singer/Actress

Singer-songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, Rhonda Ross Kendrick is a force to be reckoned with. Her parents are music industry icons. Mom is Diana Ross; dad is Motown founder and hit maker Berry Gordy. The oldest of Diana's 5 children, Rhonda's maternal half-sister is actress Tracee Ellis Ross. So...put your 'to do' list on the back burner and spend the next 30+minutes with a very classy, refreshingly honest, creative woman.

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