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Salon Radio presents: Denise Marsa and Maria Müller

November 26th, 2019 · Comments


Salon Radio

Podcast Release 26 November 2019


Salon Radio Special Feature:  Singer-Songwriter and Producer Denise Marsa

Announcing the NYC PREMIERE of her production THE PASS, a musical on November 26th

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 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: NYC-based Romanian actor, writer & producer Maria Müller


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Giorgia Valenti presenting this show’s guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, this episode curated by Heidi, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonista’s and partner organizations’ work around the world.


Recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with engineer Shivendra Rai.

Special appreciation shout-out out to Musae for supporting our mission.




An invitation: Guests’ Upcoming Shows


December 7th at 6pm

a reading of Maria’s play On How To Be A Monster that she is also acting in.

at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo in NYC



November 26th at 7:30pm - NYC Premier of Denise’s THE PASS, a musical

THE PASS, a musical starring Denise Marsa explores Artistic Survival, Empowerment, Equality, Tenacity, Self-Expression, through Songs and Vignettes. Its first NYC performance will be Tuesday, November 26 at Revelation Gallery in the West Village, where Denise calls home.

$20 advance | $25 door, $10 off for seniors 

Limited space — advance purchase recommended

THE PASS is a unique combination of song and story highlighting Denise Marsa’s entertainingly heartwarming take on career and relationships. It’s a show spanning decades, combining nostalgic appeal with contemporary relevance, as well as songs which will linger in your head for days. Featuring Tracy Stark on piano.

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Guest Profiles


Maria Müller

Maria Müller is a Romanian artist based in New York. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Drama and a minor in Dance. She is eager to create plays, films, dance pieces etc. that give voice to women and international people. Together with three other women, she founded Et Alia Theater, a company she wants to travel the world with. Her most recent projects include Running in Place, the company's debut show, the feature film Queen Marie of Romania directed by Alexis Cahill Sweet, the short film Staying Afloat directed by Elizabeth Katz and the TV series Love in NY directed by Matthew Russell. In the spring, she produced a film called My Mom's Dead and I'm Stuck in Suburbia, a coming of age drama directed by Jillian Rezen that is now in the festival circuit. She also wrote an autobiographical film called Where Are You From Again that she plays the lead in and that is currently in post-production. Her work has been featured in many Romanian magazines and newspapers, as well as American, Brazilian and Italian publications through her theater company. In the future, she wants to work internationally and to continue to grow, inspire and be inspired by wonderful artists.



Denise Marsa

Originally born in Trenton, New Jersey, Denise Marsa has been writing, singing and producing her own music for decades.  She started performing in musical theater as a young girl and studied theater and fine arts at the University of Arizona. After college she moved to NYC and started getting attention from the music industry and fans alike. A self-taught musician, she has been mixing genres (pop, rock, classical, theatrical and Americana) since first moving to NYC in the 70’s. At the start of her career she performed in many NYC clubs including Max’s Kansas City Easter Festival with The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. The culmination of her career premiers at The Playground Theatre in London, as a music project in the forthcoming production of THE PASS.

In the spring of 2016 Denise formed a publishing alliance with BMG US. Previously her songs have been published worldwide by Warner Brothers Music, UK and Warner/Chappell Music, LA, and lived and worked in both cities as she developed her work. Denise started her career as the other lead voice on Dean Friedman’s duet LUCKY STARS and the THE FLIRTS (You Took My Love). She joined the indie revolution at its start while living in Los Angeles in 1997 and self-released two solo albums SELF and LIVE FOREVER (2012) on her label KeyMedia Group. The track STEADY from LIVE FOREVER won the 2013 Best Adult Contemporary Recording at the New Mexico Music Awards. In addition, for the past ten years Denise has been mentoring, managing and producing new young talent and several collections of artists have been released through her record label. In 2008 Denise started KeyMedia Public Relations and Denise Marsa Productions in 2010. Denise premiered THE PASS, a musical in London in September 2018 at The Playground Theatre.


“Once hailed as the next big thing, I’ve learned the hard way that lucky stars, can rise and fall. No longer a young ingénue with my head in the clouds, now older and wiser, I can feel the power that aging has given — to the shape of my dreams.”

~ Denise Marsa


“Denise Marsa is one of a kind. She’s a force of nature, a life-affirming singer, an overwhelmingly positive presence. Under the veil of glitter and naivety there are some beautifully deep gems to take home.” – A Younger Theatre, London


Tracy Stark: Pianist/Musical Director

Pianist/Arranger/Conductor/Singer Songwriter, Tracy Stark is a 8-time MAC Award winner, in the categories of Music Director, Piano Bar Entertainer, and Song of the Year. She is also a Bistro Award winner for Musical Direction, and winner of the Dottie Burman Songwriter of the Year Award. Tracy has worked with Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Randy Jones (Village People), Jimmy Osmond, Tovah Feldshuh, Eric Millegan, Tonya Pinkins, Ann Crumb, Marni Nixon, and hundreds of other rock, jazz, and broadway vocalists. Tracy has conducted, played, and sung at all the finest and the sleaziest venues all over the world. She has played/conducted on numerous television shows, including The Today Show. Her songs are included on at least 20 different compilations and have been winning accolades in songwriting competitions for the past 2 decades. Her CD, ‘Feast for the Heart’ is exquisitely produced by Richard Barone and includes a duet with the inimitable Phoebe Snow. She recently recorded a new CD, Shades of Beautiful, The Tracy Stark Songbook, on the wonderful MIRANDA MUSIC label, with some amazing special guests, including Lesley Gore, Jane Monheit, Nona Hendryx, Karen Black, Ann Hampton Callaway, Barb Jungr, and other great artists! THE PASS, the London premier, was the first time Tracy and Denise are working together.

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Salon Radio presents: Chiara Cimmino and Ana Moioli

November 4th, 2019 · Comments

Salon Radio

Podcast Release 4 November 2019


Salon Radio Special Feature:  actor and acting teacher Chiara Cimmino

Chiara talks with us about her international projects and about importance of acting development for Opera singers.

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 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: NY-based Brazilian actor, playwright and director Ana Moioli


This episode is hosted by Eren Gibson with Giorgia Valenti presenting this show’s guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Eren Gibson, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


Recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with engineer Shivendra Rai.




Guest Profiles


Chiara Cimmino is an actress and acting teacher. Her focus is helping those she works with to find their own way as actors. She graduated from the Milan School of Dramatic Arts “Paolo Grassi” in 2007. She won the Award for Best Supporting Actress at the theater Palio of Chiavari (Italy, 2005) and the “Plautus Theater Award” for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Italy, 2017). She acted in King Ubu, directed by L. Facchinelli, that was awarded in international theater festival Fantasio Piccoli 2007; she played the lead role of N. Gharbi's movie Ricochet-Rimbalzello, that won the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Maazzeni Film Festival (Italy).  Acting credits include: theaters (The seagull, Goldoni’s The fan, Ostrovsky’s The storm, Marivaux’s Harlequin educated by love, The play that goes wrong), films, television, web-series, and commercials. 

She founded the Italian theater company Teatro del Disìo in 2011 and in 2016 she co-founded the Montreal-based International School of Italian Theatre “Giovanni Grasso” for North American students of acting and lyrical singing.


Ana Moioli is a Brazilian actress and playwright in New York. Ana started acting at nine and later went to Russia, at the Moscow Art Theatre School. She is currently completing her BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch. Favorite theater credits include 'Harper Regan' (dir. Nina Fry), 'The Seagull' (dir. Vera Kharybina), 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (dir. Pedro Granato) and 'Birds of a Feather' (dir. Lauren Grajewski) – for the latter, she got a Best Actress nomination at Between Us Productions’ Take Ten Play Festival. She's also starred in short films, such as 'Elsewhere' (dir. Guilherme Pedra), for which she received the Best Actress Award at the American Student Film Festival, as well as 'How to Water Roses' (dir. Mirella Cardoso) and 'Julieta' (dir. Vicente Gonzalez). She recently debuted as a filmmaker with the film Bridge.  She is Founding Artistic Director of Et Alia Theater Company based in NYC.



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