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A Rainbow of Emotions: Linda Glick on the Universality of Singing

“We are all teachers and students of this classroom of life” says Linda Glick, a singer and voice coach who resonates and emanates love in all that she does.

Listen in to her and Susan as they discuss the power and vulnerability of singing and the grace of learning through love.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Linda Glick

LINDA GLICK is a NYC born and bred actress and singer, with extensive credits in TV, Film and Theatre.

Recent TV and Film favorites: “The Incredible Jessica James”, (Sundance, Netflix), Dir. Jim Strouse, “Too Big To Fail”, HBO (Nancy Pelosi) Dir. Curtis Hanson, “W.E.”, Dir. Madonna.

Theatre roles include: two Regional productions of “Funny Girl” (Mrs. Brice), Hannah (Spitfire Grill), NYC, FringeNYC, “The Lyons” (Rita Lyons) NYC.

Linda has been so fortunate over the years to work with the very best teachers and coaches imaginable. Her gratitude list includes acting teachers: Larry Moss, icon Stella Adler, Neighborhood Playhouse. Voice and Vocal Production: Patsy Rodenburg, Andrea Haring, Andrew Byrne. TV and Film: Tim Phillips

Born and raised an only child in Forest Hills, Queens, Linda had 2 wishes: to get a pony up to her 6th floor apt and to become an actress and singer.

She was accepted and trained at Julliard Prep School when she was in Junior High School, chaperoned there and back by her father. She had the leads in school and camp productions, notably as Sarah in “Guys and Dolls” and then, a few years later, as Adelaide. She auditioned and was invited to join the Sonneteers, an a capella group at Skidmore College, but chose to return to NYC and complete her studies at Columbia University (B.A., M.S.).

Her parents were old school and somewhat less than supportive of a career in Show Business. Linda taught French and Spanish in NYC, while singing at night in the small supper clubs and night spots, where she built up a large and loyal following. Her acts always included songs in French and Spanish.

Her break came from two European fans, who backed her and off she went…first stop: Surinam, South America! Then on to Rainbow and Stars, followed by most of the top NYC supper clubs, including a solo show: KALEIDOSCOPE at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below (11/15), TEACH ME TONIGHT (Part 1 and 2) at Pangea Supper Club, NYC.

 
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She has appeared in One Woman shows and Concerts throughout the country and internationally, most recently at The Crazy Coqs; Live at Zedel in London, 8/18.

 The next step was a move into TV and Film appearances.

Linda also coaches Voice and Vocal Production to actors, singers, dancers and those in the Corporate sector individually and in Workshops.

She is the author of Online articles: “How to Preserve Your Voice” and “How to Deal with Stage Fright” and has added a new hat to wear: Cabaret Director (“Balancing Act: Susan Lambert, Don’t Tell Mama 2016).

Linda is the quintessential Upper West Side New Yorker. The newest addition to her family: IZZY, an adorable mini Bernadoodle puppy from Ohio, cherished by all except FeeBee, the 15 year old presiding resident feline. Oh, and husband Len, a screenwriter.

Proud member AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Women in Film and TV, FAB Women.

Music, Grace & Giving with Songstress Lisa Jason

Photo by Chris Carroll

Photo by Chris Carroll

Lisa Jason’s life is a tapestry in progress.

A singer/songwriter/performer she is weaving her heart, her words, her experiences, her fears, and her love into the artist that she is today.

“Resistance creates change,” Lisa tells us. Pushing through resistance, dismantling roadblocks of fear, even though scary, can take us to the next mountain top. “Do we need permission to be artists?” she asks. In other words, do we need permission to be who we are?

Her life is a response to this voice of fear we all carry inside. Lisa assures us, “It’s never too late to be vulnerable. Everything’s important when it comes to you.”


Meet This Episode's Guest

Lisa Jason

Lisa Jason is a classically trained singer, songwriter, and performer whose close relationship with music began at a young age. Her unyielding musical passion began when she was a small child, while listening to her mother’s album collection which would prove to become her savior as she coped with the extreme bullying she endured at school .


Lisa co-writes and performs her own one woman shows in New York City. “Bullied to Beautiful”, a show that Lisa co-wrote about the years she was bullied as a child and the music that helped inspire and heal her during that difficult time, with original arrangements by Maestro, Ryan Shirar, that paint the musical backdrop to her story. “If Love Were All”, is co-written with Actor/Director Producer Joshua Morgan, with musical arrangements by Grammy Award winning musical director for the Manhattan Transfer, Yaron Gershovsky, and is a celebration of the music and artistry of Judy Garland, coupled with her search for love and Lisa’s experience of her. Her show "Another Hundred People", shows that it really is never too late to start over, with songs and duets with Broadway's finest, Lisa shares her journey and hopes to inspire others that is is never too late! 
She currently performs at venues in New York City, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The Highline Ballroom and Don’t Tell Mama. She has been a Guest Artist with such legendary groups as Huey Lewis and the News, KC and the Sunshine Band, Otis Day and the Nights, The Hooters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the original cast of the Jersey Boys. She has also performed at the special request of Aerosmith and has also sung The National Anthem at Fenway Park. Lisa has also had the privilege of singing with Alan Menken and has appeared as a guest on Dr. Oz.  

A singer and songwriter, Lisa’s song “Beautiful Child”, was adopted by The March Of Dimes organization for their national campaign, and was performed by Lisa and the Cape Cod Symphony at their Pops in the Park concert where she was a special guest. Lisa has recorded three CD’s, one as a collaboration with legendary sound man of Rock, Dinky Dawson, with songs written by Steely Dan founding member Denny Dias. Her most recent CD, “Road to Me”, is a compilation of her own original songs and songs written by songwriters that help guide her on the journey to finding her voice.  

Along with being a performing artist, Lisa has taken her passion for the arts and integrated it into the healing arts.  With her Masters Degree as a Mental Health Counselor, and Dance Movement Therapist, Lisa works as a movement coach with disabled dancers in New York City, as well as working  with women and families who are victims of sexual violence and human trafficking, in addition to her anti-bullying advocacy.  

 
Photo by Chris Carroll

Photo by Chris Carroll

Lisa's You Tube show called, "It's Never Too Late", speaks to the philosophy that it truly is never too late to live your best life, to try something new and view the world through an inspired and empowered lens.  She also has designed a line of scarves with New York accessories designer to Byron Lars Beautymark, Sheila Gray, that depict words of strength for the wearer as almost a superhero cape.  Lisa believes that everyone has a unique story and walks with the awareness and empathy of honoring this in everyone she meets. She hopes these scarves will inspire others and bring more awareness and support to anyone who has ever felt less than, or afraid to use their voice.  Part of the proceeds from the sale of these scarves benefit anti-bullying organizations, education and advocacy.  

Check out "It's Never too Late to be a Designer" on YouTube!

Connect with Lisa on: Facebook  / Instagram  / Twitter

Weaving a Magic Life with Elisa Pupko

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Treasure Trunk Theater sounds like a place you want to go ~ even if you aren’t a kid. And by the way ~ when was the last time you read The Ugly Duckling - a story that teaches empathy and compassion?

This is but one of the myriad ways Elisa uses the theatrical arts in a space where kids run around and play - all the while learning communication, teamwork, confidence, empathy and compassion!

Started in a rented yoga studio and now with a permanent home in Brooklyn, Elisa lets us in on her success in combining her love of acting and her love of teaching kids ~ and how she juggles being the CEO of a growing company, the mother of a seven month old and the loving partner in a committed marriage. “Excitement helps with mental energy!”


Meet This Episode's Guest

Elisa Pupko

Elisa Pupko is a New York City actress who was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She was bitten by the acting bug in elementary school when an ambitious drama teacher put on a production of Hamlet and cast her as the guard Bernardo. Elisa continued performing through school and quickly fell in love with musical theatre. Receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from the University of Washington, Elisa studied dance, voice, and women's studies. After college, Elisa landed a full-time acting job in Seattle's Taproot Theatre, where she performed plays on social issues for children around Washington State. 

Since moving to NYC in 2007, Elisa has been performing both on stage and camera. Notable New York and regional credits include "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at East Lynne Theatre, "The Crucible" at The Gallery Players, "The Children's Hour" at Astoria Performing Arts Center, as well as originating roles in several new musicals including "Vamped" with Left Hip Productions and "A Wonderland" at The Ice Factory Festival

Elisa has also appeared in several College Humor sketches, videos for Howcast Media, and as a host for About.com

In 2012, Elisa founded "Treasure Trunk Theatre" which combined her love for theatre and her passion for working with children. Treasure Trunk Theatre is a nurturing place for children to develop and expand their creative energies while learning valuable skills in communication, teamwork, confidence, and compassion.  Through the theatrical arts, children will learn to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to express themselves and be connected with the world around them.

When not performing, Elisa can be found in coffee shops, traveling the world, or walking her super photogenic dog, Zoka. 

 
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Opening Creative Doors: The Joyful Terror of Writing with Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington is an award winning playwright, lyricist, librettist, and most recently a novelist. She chats with Susan about her creative process, the need for beginner’s mind, and her long career as a writer across many genres. She loves opening creative doors that terrify her ~ case in point ~ taking a playwriting course in college with the daunting challenge that everyone must read their work aloud! Going through that door changed her life.

Originally thinking she wanted to be a novelist, she discovered theater, an art form based on her passions of language, literature, words, dance, and music. Likewise, when she won the Kleban award at the age of fifty, she used it to say STOP! to her twenty-five years of working and collaborating in theatre, and decided to write a novel. She is now on her third. She values the joy and creative energy of being a beginner, “knowing too much can be a burden,” so she finds ways to stay curious and in an act of discovery with her writing ~ One of her secrets? She reads everything aloud. “Music is in everything I write,” she says, “My ear is smarter than my eye.”


Meet This Episode's Guest

Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington, award winning playwright, lyricist and librettist, winner of the 2008 Kleban Award for “most promising librettist in American Musical Theatre,” has written dozens of plays, musicals, operas and radio plays which have been produced in 28 states, Canada and Europe, in venues ranging from Off-Broadway to Houston Grand Opera to the Paris Cinemateque. Harrington has twice won both the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in playwriting and the Clauder Competition for best new play in New England.  Additional awards include a Boston IRNE Award for Best New Play, a Bunting Institute Fellowship at Harvard/ Radcliffe, a Whiting Foundation Grant-in-Aid, the Joseph Kesselring Award for Drama, a New England Emmy, and a Quebec Cinemateque Award. Laura teaches playwriting at MIT where she was awarded the 2009 Levitan Prize for Excellence in Teaching.  She has also been a frequent guest artist at Tufts, Harvard, Wellesley, Skidmore, and the University of Iowa.  She was the 2014 Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence at UMASS Lowell.

A Catalog of Birds, her second novel, published by Europa in 2017, has been praised by The Washington Post, CONSEQUENCE literary magazine and others. Alice Bliss, (Penguin/ Viking) her first novel, widely acclaimed in print and online and a Boston Globe bestseller, won the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. Alice Bliss was published in Italy, Denmark and the UK, where it was a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick. In addition, Playwrights Horizons in NYC has commissioned Alice Bliss, the musical with composer Jenny Giering, librettist Karen Hartman and lyricist Adam Gwon. A workshop of the musical will take place in 2018 in NYC, with Mark Brokaw directing.

 

Find out more about Laura's work here: http://www.lauraharringtonbooks.com

Or click below to purchase on Amazon:

A Catalog of Birds

Alice Bliss

 

 
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Stripping Away Our Masks: Finding Our Common Humanity Through Film with Gabriele Schafer

Gabriele Schafer was born in Germany and from the age of eleven grew up in America. Being “different” at that age was painful; she didn’t fit in, wasn’t accepted by her peers, and longed to return to Germany - and then fate intervened. She was cast as Lady MacDuff in a reading of Macbeth in junior high school.

The warm encouragement she received put her on a life’s path toward acting; Yale Drama School and the co-founding (with her husband) of a socially engaged theatre company, Thieves Theatre (now International Culture Lab).

Through her many years of dedication to acting in film and theatre, her co-directing of ICL, and an immersion in Butoh (a Japanese Dance Form) her motivating force has always been “to communicate and transform by stripping away all the masks to find our common humanity; to leap into the radical acceptance of yourself and the world, to discover that you are enough, just as you are.”


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

Gabriele Schafer

Gabriele was born and raised in Germany, educated and trained in theater in the US.  She is an actor, producer and translator committed to political and social engagement for over 40 years. Since 1980, she has been co-artistic director with her husband Nick Fracaro of International Culture Lab, dedicated to providing opportunities for artists from across the world to explore contemporary issues through jointly created projects. She holds and MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Find out more about Gabriele from her website: gabrieleschafer.com

And don't forget to check out her theatre company: intlculturelab.org


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“The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.”

~ Annie in “Bull Durham”