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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.  

 
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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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Crafting the Freedom in Our Everyday Lives with Katharine Hargreaves

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Katharine Hargreaves believes in alchemy ~ as attested to by the name of her website You Are The Magic ~ and Katharine wants to revolutionize the way we learn. A tech designer who grew into a systems thinker and human-centered strategist, Kat connects people with resources and tools that unlock their potential and help them “design their freedom” through the “4C’s” -  communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. “My superpower is designing the conditions and holding the space for transformation to happen.”


Meet This Episode's Guest

Katharine Hargreaves

Katharine Hargreaves is a coach, educator, alchemist, & world builder seeding the future through experiential education, sacred play, storytelling, and systems design. A wild woman and edge walker since birth, Katharine’s path is inspired by complexity, creation, and transformation. Merging ancient spiritual traditions with universal principles of design, her work weaves together the modern and the magical; invoking new paradigms through skillful translation of the Wild Divine. Katharine's coaching practice emphasizes inspirational and accessible techniques that help you live into a larger vision for your life. When you're ready to play on your edge and expand your world, Katharine is the wizard you call.

Click here for Katharine's Coaching Website and for her FEARLESS Workshop

 

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Speaking the Language of Joy with Beate Sigriddaughter

Beate Sigriddaughter is a poet, a writer across genres, a ballroom dancer and someone who makes the effort to “put poetry into practice” on a daily basis. She is an encourager, celebrator and facilitator of other women’s voices through her blog, Writing in a Women’s Voice. She grew up in Nurnberg, Germany reading fairy tales and playing in WWII ruins, learning to read at the age of 6, when she “disappeared” into books.

Her mother (who she honours with her last name) was a “trapped bird” in the conventions of her time, but nevertheless made freedom possible for Beate, encouraging her to go to America at 16 as an exchange student.

Beate recognizes her own daily struggle between gratitude and dissatisfaction, and efforts to create a language of joy that brings beauty to the world, helping us rise above our habitual  language of criticism and negativity. She writes “to make real what is most important” ~ joy, love, gratitude. “Poetry is action,” she says, “to take the most sacred pieces of my soul into practice,” and, she adds with a laugh, “to make peace sexy and exciting!!” Yes! Why not?


Meet This Episode's Guest

Beate Sigriddaughter

Beate grew up in Nürnberg, Germany, not far from the castle, reading fairy-tales and playing in World War II ruins. After graduating from a Lutheran girls high school, she studied at Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, which had until shortly before been a Catholic boys college. She graduated 10th in my class with a B.A. in English and Philosophy and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

While at Georgetown University she studied with poet Roland Flint, former poet laureate of Maryland, and befriended late science fiction writer Roger Zelazny and his family.

Beate has published short stories and poetry, several books of poems and novels, and some other not easily categorized books. Some of her publications were under former names, Beate Goldman and Beate Murray. Several of her published short stories were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She won her first poetry prize in 1983 and the latest two poetry prizes in 2018, with a handful of other prizes in between. In 2017 Beate was named poet laureate of Silver City, a position she shares with co-poet laureate Jack Crocker.

Beate has also spent many years teaching ballroom dance and competing professionally in the American Rhythm division. She has taught ballroom dance at the Aurora Community College, Metro State College and The University of Northern Colorado, as well as privately at Have Dance Will Travel in Santa Fe, and at Booth’s Dancesport Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. 

She has facilitated one of several critique groups of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers for over two years, and was also a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild. From 2006 to 2009, Beate was the fiction editor of Moondance, a woman’s literary ezine. For a time she orchestrated the Glass Woman Prize to celebrate other women's voices, funding the prize with ten percent of her own income.

Beate also hosts a celebration of other women's voices to the blog Writing In A Woman's Voice where she posts poetry and prose written by women or in a woman's voice. 

 

See a full list of Beate's books here.

Find out more about Beate on her website!

Photo by Cheryl Thornburg

Photo by Cheryl Thornburg

"Even if we are indeed all illusions, then let's make this the best and most beautiful and compassionate illusion possible." 

~Beate Sigriddaughter

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”

Heal Ourselves, Heal others: Transforming Consciousness Through Filmmaking with Gretl Claggett

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Like all good story tellers, actor/poet Gretl Claggett came into filmmaking through her own intriguing narrative. Her main character in a novel she had written had a backstory of childhood sexual abuse. The condition for publishing the novel was to excise that backstory. She said “No.”

After being shut down, she courageously took that story of abuse - which was her own - and made the short film Happy Hour: a beautiful artful film which helps people see  the conscious and unconscious complicity inherent in childhood sexual abuse.

Gretl’s abuse began when she was very young and continued until she was 16, when she finally told her mother. She talks with Susan about how acting saved her life - allowing her to become other people, escape her own reality - and her healing journey through the deep labyrinth of recovery - the difficult work of peeling back the layers of rage and shame, at the perpetrator, her parents and herself.

Gretl’s mission is “to create powerful stories through the medium of film and other innovative technologies that entertain and transform consciousness.” She is well on her way!


Meet This Episode's Guest

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Gretl Claggett

GRETL CLAGGETT (Writer/Creative Director/Filmmaker) hails from Hannibal, Missouri, also Mark Twain’s boyhood home. Her first film Happy Hour — narrated by Julianne Moore — is based on a poem from her book, MONSOON SOLO: Voices Once Submerged (WordTech, 2012).


Happy Hour screened as an official selection at 17 festivals, winning several awards and honors, and garnering praise from Oscar-winning Writer/Director Robert Benton: “Happy Hour is a lush, elegiac film about an extremely difficult subject and Ms. Claggett handles it masterfully.”


The film is now available on iTunes and Amazon in association with a nonprofit campaign: all download proceeds go to a small group of nonprofits whose focus is treating and preventing sexual abuse and promoting healthy relationships.


Gretl wrote and directed Sony's first-ever 4K 360° cinematic music video, which premiered at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and was featured in Sony’s activation at SXSW. As an actress, she performed at many New York theaters — such as Playwrights Horizons, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, La MaMa and HERE — and at many regional theaters, including Actors
Theater of Louisville. She holds MFAs in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Acting, and is currently casting her next film, STORMCHASER, plus writing her first feature-length script.


When not developing her own projects, Gretl leads award-winning creative on large events, such as Entertainment Weekly’s inaugural festival, PopFest (2016, Downtown LA), and IBM’s Amplify Conference on Watson Cognitive Marketing (2017, Las Vegas). One of Gretl’s specialties is merging live performance with state-of- the-art multimedia.


Gretl is passionate about using innovative technologies to organically tell visceral stories that
entertain and transform.

A Lionheart of Passion: Claude Kerven on Filmmaking

Claude Kerven is a filmmaker, screenwriter, director and teacher of filmmaking. He worked at his university’s radio station and its TV station because it was fun! - and only by happenstance discovered that there was such a thing as a degree in filmmaking - a degree he then got from NYU graduate school. He had much early success; a short film which received a student Academy Award got him an agent, followed by a stint of making short films for SNL.  A turn through Hollywood as a young director brought disappointment, a turn into teaching and parenting brought love. After years of putting filmmaking to the side, he is rediscovering the energy and joy in the creative process by challenging himself with a new genre, a musical! He has sage words of advice for anyone thinking about entering the world of filmmaking as a career. “If you don’t feel you have to do it, it may not be the right thing for you,” he says. “Having creativity is not enough. Being talented is not enough. A huge lionheart of passion and an endless supply of perseverance is needed to survive.”


Meet This Episode's Guest

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Claude Kerven

Claude Kervens’s career began with the debut of his short film, “Candy Store,” which won an Academy Award for Best Dramatic Student Film. In 1982, he directed a series of Afterschool Specials for ABC-TV, including the Emmy Award winning “Starstruck” and the Director’s Guild of America nominated “High School Narc.” Kerven also directed over 25 short films for Saturday Night Live, including the much celebrated “Synchronized Swimmers.” His most recent directorial work, “They Never Found Her,” starred Madmen’s Elisabeth Moss and Fargo’s Peter Storemare. In 1990, Kerven co-authored “Mortal Thoughts,” for Columbia Pictures, starring Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and Demi Moore.

Claude's Favorite Movie Quotes

Since I love comedies most of all, here are a few quotes from one of my absolute favorites, “The Sunshine Boys,” written by Neal Simon.

If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, Al Lewis (George Burns) and Willy Clark (Walter Matthau) play a pair of feuding vaudeville comedians (Lewis and Clark, naturally) who performed together for 47 years before finally calling it quits. A network genius then has the brilliant idea of reuniting the duo for a TV special about the history of comedy.

Here are a few of the most memorable lines. There are so many more.

 

Al Lewis: Oh, that Sol Burton. He died?

Willie Clark: Last week.

Al Lewis: Where?

Willie Clark: In Variety.

 

Ben Clark (Willie’s nephew): You’re not supposed to eat pickles. It’s high sodium.

Willy Clark: I spit out the sodium.

 

Ben Clark: I’m getting chest pains. You give me chest pains!

Willy Clark: It’s my fault you get excited?

Ben Clark: Yes! I only get chest pains on Wednesdays!

Willy Clark: So come Tuesdays.