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Salon Radio presents: WHAM, Women History Artist Month at The Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside NYC

March 4th, 2020

Salon Radio

Podcast Release 04 March 2020


Salon Radio Special Feature

WHAM, Women History Artist Month at The Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside NYC

 IWAS founder Heidi Russell on location interviewing some of the brilliant artists who will be participating in

the 5th annual WHAM festival this year.



This episode is hosted by Massiel Hernandez with IWAS founder Heidi Russell presenting this show’s feature on location. 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 Massiel Hernandez, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


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



 An Invitation

5th Annual WHAM

March 1st through March 31st, 2020

WHAM is Goddard's annual celebration of women in the arts.

It supports our summer Performing Arts Conservatory, which provides high quality teaching artists to train youth 8-14 who have a passion and desire to experience the performing arts. 

Click here to donate!


All events are at the Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (at 91st)

unless otherwise noted.



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Salon Radio presents Port of Entry: New York, concert at Carnegie Hall in conversation with composer-pianist Dina Pruzhansky

March 2nd, 2020

Salon Radio

Podcast Release 02 March 2020


Salon Radio Special Feature

Port of Entry: New York, a concert at Carnegie Hall

Dina Pruzhansky, composer-pianist in conversation with 

Rachel Arky, mezzo-soprano and Nefer Alexandra Linde, soprano.

Musicians from across the world explore their artistic
dreams in New York City. In the heart of this cultural
melting pot, musicians give back to the city that has
captured their hearts. Joined by selected 18 New York
based musicians, pianist Jasna Popovic and the
Composers Concordance perform contemporary works
by composers dedicated to New York City.



This episode is hosted by Massiel Hernandez with Dina Pruzhansky presenting this show’s feature. 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 Massiel Hernandez, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


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



Guest Profiles


Rachel Arky, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky is an emerging singing actress swiftly gaining attention for her dramatic and musical versatility. Recent engagements include: Milkmaid in Melissa Shiflett’s My Undying Love with the American Chamber Opera Company; the title character in Carmen with Amore Opera; Meg March in Little Women with Annapolis Opera; Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore with City Lyric Opera; and Maddalena in Rigoletto for her Mississippi Opera debut.


Nefer Alexandra Linde, soprano

Alexandra is a swedish coloratura soprano who just finished her masters at Manhattan School of music
under the tutelage of Shirley Close and Ashley Putnam. Previous credits include The Magic Flute (Queen of the
night), Hansel und Gretel (Gretel), Alcina (Morgana), Orfeus ed Euridice (Euridice) with Stockholm Operastudio. Le Roi l'a dit (Javotte) with Manhattan School of Music. She has been performing as a soloist at Nordic Song Festival, Berwaldhallen, Nybrokajen 11,  Riddarhuset, Stockholms slott and Confidencen. Other venues include Lincoln Center, the Met Museum, NJPAC and St John the Divine. Besides the standard repertoire she has also premiered a lot of newly written music with a chamber ensemble at Opera på Skäret. She is a recipient of the Sweden-America Foundation
scholarship, the SWEA NY scholarship the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's scholarship as well as Nacka Culture award and Gålöfondens award.

Dina Pruzhansky, composer-pianist

Dina Pruzhansky is a NYC based award-winning composer, pianist, and educator. Born in Azerbaijan and
Israeli-raised, she enjoys a diverse international career in a variety of genres, ranging from classical concert
music to musical theater and from liturgy to cabaret. Her work has been featured at many of New York's
renowned music venues, such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Bargemusic, Le Poisson
Rouge, Symphony Space, YIVO, Opera America Center, as well as featured on the WQXR and many
international stages and broadcasts.  





An Invitation:

Port of Entry project and concert at Carnegie Hall MainStage

March 3rd, 2020


PORT OF ENTRY: New York Immigrant musicians from across the world exploring their artistic dreams find their welcome in New York City. In this great cultural melting pot, musicians are giving back to the city that has captured their hearts in a concert double feature.

The first half of the concert features internationally acclaimed pianist Jasna Popovic in collaboration with Composers Concordance, a presenting organization for contemporary music with 35 years history of producing concerts in NYC. They will perform contemporary works from a global array of composers who have dedicated their art to NYC.

The evening concludes with renowned guitarist Nemanja Bogunovic, and his chamber ensemble, presenting his latest album “Bogunovic plays Bogunovic”. Mr. Bogunovic’s compositions will bring the audience on emotional journey evoking a sense of cinema, reflecting the scent of the Mediterranean, pulses of Latin America, a touch of Asia, and elements of Serbian folklore.

Composers and Performers

Nemanja Bogunovic, Guitar

Jasna Popovic, Piano

ANDORRA Jordi Barceló

CHINA Jiawei Han, Ruoting Li

ESTONIA Mark Kostabi

ITALY Luigi Porto

ISRAEL Eviatar Slivnik, Dina Pruzhansky, Gilad Barakan

SERBIA Tamara Jokic and Pera Krstajic

SPAIN Oriol Cruixent

SOUTH KOREA Gi Hwan Kim, HyunJoon Shin, DoYeon Kim

SWEDEN Nefer Alexandra Linde

POLAND Krzysztof Kaczka

RUSSIA Pavel Suliandziga

USA Gene Pritsker, Griffin Meinbresse, Rachel Arky

Composers Concordance, Bill Gould (Faith No More)



Musicians from across the world, who all now call New York City home,
explore their artistic heritage in a double feature concert at Port of
Entry: New York at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, March 3 with New York
Artist Management (NYAM) and Composers Concordance. The goal of
the event is to give back artistically to this great cultural melting pot that
has captured their hearts.

The first half of the concert features internationally acclaimed
pianist Jasna Popovic (Serbia), pianist Ruoting Li (China), mezzosoprano Rachel Arky (USA), composer/pianist Dina
Pruzhansky (Israel), soprano Nefer Alexandra Linde (Sweeden), tenor
Pavel Suliandziga (Russia), and the CompCord String Quintet
premiering contemporary works from a global array of composers
including Luigi Porto (Italy), Dina Pruzhansky (Israel), Gene
Pritsker (USA), and Mark Kostabi (Estonia).


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Salon Radio presents: Et Alia Theatre and Federica Borlenghi

February 23rd, 2020

Salon Radio

Podcast Release 22 February 2020


Salon Radio Special Feature: Et Alia Theatre, in conversation with international theatre professionals Maria Müller, Giorgia Valenti, Ana Moioli, and Isabella Uzcátegui.


 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: Federica Borlenghi, Italian Writer, Creative Producer and Director based in Brooklyn, New York


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Maria Müller 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 Heidi Russell, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


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



Guest Profiles


Federica Borlenghi

Federica is an Italian Writer, Creative Producer and Director based in Brooklyn. Since she moved to NYC, she has been dedicating her attention in the development of new plays. Federica is fascinated by the idea of bringing stories to life for the first time and to closely collaborate with their creators to represent their ideas as accurately as possible. She particularly seeks for work that includes multiple performative elements - such as music, dance and technology - and stories that investigate language, similarities and differences between cultures and the way that traumas influence and impact personality and relationships. Federica is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of HERE WE GO, a site-specific production company, whose mission is to provide early-career NYC based artists with an opportunity to develop and showcase their creativity and multi-disciplinary talents. Federica graduated with a BFA in Dramatic arts (‘19) from the New School for Drama with focus in Directing & Playwriting.


Et Alia Theater

Et Alia Theater is an artistic organization founded and led by international women. They strive to create an accepting space that inspires artists to create beyond their comfort zones and collide with an array of international voices which may be culturally unfamiliar. Et Alia is Latin for ‘And Other’: They are inspired to create art for the other, by the other, and about the other.


MARIA MÜLLER (Co-Artistic Director)

​Maria is a Romanian artist based in NYC. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Drama and a minor in Dance. She is interested in making art that tells important stories and she is eager to create plays, films, dance pieces etc. that give voice to womxn and international people. Her most recent projects include Running in Place, directed by Isabella Uzcátegui, the feature film Queen Marie of Romania, directed by Alexis Cahill Sweet and the short film Where Are You from Again? written and produced by her and directed by Benjamin Freemantle.


GIORGIA VALENTI (Co-Artistic Director)

Giorgia expresses her passion for storytelling through acting, dancing, choreographing, singing and modeling. She is also excited to follow her new writing instinct. Giorgia is a rising senior in the Drama program at Tisch School of the Arts and has trained at the Meisner Studio, in Commedia dell’arte, at the Experimental Theatre Wing and is now looking forward to starting at the Lee Strasberg Institution. She is also pursuing a minor in Dance where she is exploring diverse dance forms. Her artistic practice is inspired by free movement, the complex relationship between home and identity as well as the use of art as a therapeutic practice for all. She also has a great passion for the history of Realism and Naturalism in European theatre. She is still energized from her run of Fiction with 600 Highwaymen as well as working with The Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards on their project of HOME. As an international woman, Giorgia has worked and performed in India and Italy as well. 



ANA MOIOLI (Co-Artistic Director)

Ana is a Brazilian actress, writer, and director based in New York. Her acting trajectory started in her home country at 9 years old and was later expanded to Russia, where she studied and performed at the Moscow Art Theatre School, and then the United States, where she graduated from NYU Tisch Drama. Some of her recent theater projects include Running in Place (directed by Isabella Uzcátegui at Dixon Place), Birds of a Feather (directed by Lauren Grajewski at the Take Ten Play Festival and The Secret Theater), and Veinticinco (directed by Attilio Rigotti at The Tank). She's also starred in several independent films, such as the multi-award-winning Elsewhere (directed by Guilherme Pedra), as well as How to Water Roses (directed by Mirella Cardoso) and Julieta (directed by Vicente Gonzalez). Her first play For The Time Being was recently produced at the NYWinterfest Festival, and she also debuted as a filmmaker with the film Bridge.



​Isabella is an actor, director, filmmaker, and writer. She holds a BFA in Drama and a BS in Psychology from New York University. Her artistic practice explores dance-theater, Grotowski-based training, and devised work. She has a great interest in classical texts, particularly the tension between Shakespeare’s texts and contemporary theater practices with a focus on linguistic approaches to the work. Other disciplines and research fields integral to her arts practice are psychology, genealogy, the human body as archive, oral-traditions, and Latinx community engagement. Her most recent works include Veinticino: a myth of the brain (a trilingual piece exploring memories, dreams, language, and identity), and Mujer, a short film developed in collaboration with Nine Muses Entertainment, and mentored by Mitu original member, Bryce Dallas Howard. She has collaborated as an apprentice in Theater Mitu’s productions of Death of a Salesman and Remnant. As an actor, she has performed internationally in Panama, Costa Rica, and New York City.


An Invitation:

Monday, February 24th @ 9:30pm 

Tuesday, February 25th @ 9:30pm 

Et Alia Theater invites you to their current production On How To Be A Monster by Maria-Luiza Müller at The Tank 

John, Clara, Ron, Lara, Don, Tara, Sean and Sarah are four couples who like to discuss important issues such as global warming, planned parenthood or starvation in Africa. Or do they? They might have more urgent things going on. Some might say they’re in competition, but they would surely disagree with that, because they’re very good friends! Halfway through the night, Tara disappears. Will they find her? And what is that sound, anyway?

The cast includes international actors, Cristiano Benefanti, John Blair, Martin Drop, Adam Fisher, Ana Moioli, Maria-Luiza Müller, Dylan Soal, Giorgia Valenti and Isabella Uzcátegui. Directed by Federica Borlenghi, Stage managed by Kendall DuPre, lighting design by Katherine Teed-Arthur, sound design by Austin Pogrob. This is Maria-Luiza Müller’s playwriting debut, don’t miss it!

@The Tank: 312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018


Tickets: $15 available at:





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Salon Radio presents: Denise Marsa and Maria Müller

November 26th, 2019


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.

For tickets:



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.

Salon Radio presents: Chiara Cimmino and Ana Moioli

November 4th, 2019

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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Salon Radio presents: Seniors Finally Say #MeToo! Documentary; Art in a Time of Chaos with Visual Artist Barbara Mink

September 29th, 2019


Salon Radio

Podcast Release 28 September 2019


Salon Radio Special Feature:  Seniors Finally Say#MeToo! Documentary

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 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: Visual Artist Barbara Mink talking Art in a Time of Chaos


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Alexandra Moerdomo with Laura Arten 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 Alexandra Moerdomo, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


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




Guest Profiles


Barbara Mink


“I grew up with art all around me. My father was an abstract painter, and Buffalo featured a wonderful modern art gallery and a lively arts scene. I started painting relatively late, and went through as many styles, subjects, and media as I could, before coming happily to rest in a world of the spare, the muted, and the geometric. Now I am back to color and texture, but incorporating some of the architectonic lines I love.”


A Summa cum Laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo, Barbara Mink moved to Ithaca, New York in 1976 where she pursued a PhD in Comparative Literature, was a freelance actor in television and radio commercials, News Director of WHCU radio station, and received an MA degree in History from Cornell University in 1986.  In 1989 Mink was elected to the Tompkins County Legislature and served for 12 years. In 2001 she founded the Light in Winter Festival of Science and Art. She has taught oral and written communication for MBAs at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1986.

Mink is an active member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, as well as the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Western New York Artists Group. She is represented by Art Matters Consultants in Washington, DC, Velvenoir Austira for European sales, and Indigo Art Consultants, London England. Her work can be found in collections in throughout the United States and Europe.


Artist Statement

"I am exhilarated by creating and counterbalancing formal oppositions of line and color, form and space, light and dark, organic and architectonic, diffusion and thickening, surface and depth. I struggle to bring out the mysterious and ineffable beyond the mundane: I feel a strong kinship with Lyrical Abstraction, from Kandinsky to Frankenthaler, Hartung to Zao Wou-Ki. Even when tending toward the monochromatic, color is always an important part of my work: it is energy, emotion, life. Whatever I devise in terms of hue, saturation, and vibrancy must be met with a restraining force or structure, and I increasingly explore processes that set different qualities of color, pigment, and texture against each other. I do believe that beauty affects not only how we feel but how we behave. I think we’re hardwired to appreciate beauty in music, art and literature; we can learn sophisticated ways to approach beauty, but at the most basic level I think people respond to certain constructs found in nature as reflected in aesthetic fundamentals and classic tropes. As the daughter of an artist, I imbibed the principles of art making and great art at an early age, and yet I am constantly pulled in new directions rather than staying with one style or point of view. Mediated by a desire for freedom, this tension between permanence and flux seems to always play out in my canvases. "



Special Feature


#METOO!” A 58 minute, television documentary featuring members of The Actors Fund, speaking about their experiences suffering from sexual harassment for many years, has been selected BEST ACCESS PROGRAM PROMO, and awarded a 2019 HOMETOWN MEDIA AWARD; by The Alliance for Community Media. The awards celebration was held on July 11, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.


Their short version has been included in the MegaCities Short Doc Festival to be held on Paris, France in October 2019.


The aging actors wanted to make sure their voices were heard as loudly as today’s actors.  One-by-one each woman and one man shared the many stories that had been put away and (as they thought) never to be told. The real life experiences of eight brave seniors. It is time to acknowledge that Senior voices matter, as, indeed, all voices matter! They all hope that their willingness to speak and share, will encourage others to find their voices. 


Scripted by professor Jennifer Sherron Stock & author Carol Hollenbeck.

Produced by Carmen, A/K/A Gilda Miros, This 80 year old Producer, Co-Director & Editor used an IPhone, IPad & MNN Studio HD Cam, Materials 

With contributions by:

Carol Hollenbeck, Carol Crystal, Deirdre Channing, Lumiere Miller, Barbara Gottleib, Mary Rocco, Jennifer Sherron Stock and Bill Galarno


Puerto Rican actress Gilda Mirós has starred in film, theatre and television in Mexico, Puerto Rico and North America. As a broadcaster, her live radio programs were transmitted from Latin America and Spain.  She has numerous published books and audio books. She currently produces and hosts the Cable TV/Streaming, NY-based, television series “Latin Icons-Past & Present” at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, since 2016.


Carol Hollenbeck has had many of her one-act plays produced off-Broadway in New York City. Nominated three different years in the Samuel French one-act play contest, she has also produced a short film based on one of her plays titled The Lifters. Carol resides in New York City. Carol had her first worldwide film premier at The Ritz in Newburgh in 1967.  Now she's premiering a new play based on that experience.

Jennifer Sherron Stock has a rich and varied  background in the arts.  Actor, director, educator and writer she is a member of Actors Equity, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. SAG-AFTRA, and PSC-CUNY. Proud lead writer on SENIORS FIINALLY SAY #ME TOO she is grateful to Gilda Miros for her tireless devotion in filming and editing this project. A teacher in the City University of New York system since 1996, she has guested directed at theatres and colleges across the USA.  Favorite credits include LEND ME A TENOR. PROOF and most of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon.

Barbara Gottlieb is a graduate of Boston University, College of The Arts, with a BFA in Theatre Arts in 1956 and Columbia University's Teachers' College with a M.A. in Speech in 1958.  Barbara’s professional experience includes vocalist on the  local radio station in Lowell, MA  as a child during the years of 1942-1947, Cocktail Intermissionist (pianist -singer) during the summers  of 1954/1956 in Hyannis, MA. and 1957 in Union City, NJ, Children's Theatre  during 1957-1958, and NYC teacher of Speech and Drama from 1958 through 1990.  She directed "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", "Once Upon A Mattress", "The Apple Tree", "Guys and Dolls", "Mame", and "Of Thee I Sing."  




Salon Radio presents: Songwriter and Servant of Song Emily Duff; actress, writer, and improviser Sunita Deshpande

August 20th, 2019

Salon Radio

Podcast Release 20 August 2019


Salon Radio Special Guest: Prolific songwriter and humble servant of song, Emily Duff 

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 Salon Solo {Radio} Guest: actress, writer, and improviser Sunita Deshpande


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Valentine Aprile 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 Heidi, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


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




Guest Profiles


Sunita Deshpande

Sunita Deshpande grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She participated in Thespians in High School and double majored in English and Advertising at the University of Florida. Her improv experience with Theatre Strike Force at UF had a profound impact on her, and she continued to study at UCB when she moved to NYC. She very much looks up to John C. Reilly, Steve Carell, and Francis McDormand for the range they can play and after seeing Steppenwolf's August: Osage County on Broadway she decided to study with Maggie Flanigan Meisner Studio. She can most recently be seen on Daredevil as well as well as her short film, A Sari for Pallavi. She also has appeared recently in UCB's Gravid Water - her favorite UCB show.


Sunita’s Artist Statement

A Sari For Pallavi


“The world I've created brings together the two opposing sides of being Indian-American. Thini, Orthodox, from Bangalore, honors tradition - doing everything in a certain way. Pallavi comes from the opposite angle entirely - pushing Thini almost like a petulant child with her antics. This piece is written in a farcical manner - I wanted to create something that was not a traditional short film but also something that was not a comedy sketch. I wanted something in-between. I wanted to juxtapose the sides so they would eventually crack open a conversation about glamour v. artless beauty, resistance v. acceptance, self-absorbtion v. selflessness, and how within us all we're all looking pretty much for the same things.” ~ Sunita


Tidbits and Upcoming for Sunita


My favorite quote: Circumstances do not create the man, they reveal him to himself.



Favorite writer and secret boo even though he's gay: Oscar Wilde


“I'm (fingers crossed eek!) working on a new piece for proof of concept for a play I wrote last year called Worshipping the Son about misogyny and patriarchy particularly in the Indian household. I don't have any brothers but watching my friends who did was very eye-opening for me growing up. I've noticed particularly in Hispanic households as well as Jewish households the treatment of the son as the 'King' can have a traumatizing effect on the daughters. Daughters and women in general are held to very high standards, and I like to play around in life as well as art to see what buttons I can push when it comes to that. I struggle with this admittedly because I myself am not a parent, so whom am I to judge how a mother treats her son? I also noticed a very strong toxic white straight male culture in the first ad agency I worked at and that will definitely be a subject of my work one day.


I'm also working on a short horror film as well and my instagram @luckysunita has my comedy bits that I like to write once in a while.” ~ Sunita


Amy Poehler's Blog featured Sari for Pallavi:


Samuel French OOB Article Featuring Me:





Emily Duff


A prolific songwriter and humble servant of song, Emily was born in Flushing Queens, NY and raised by a pack of cigarettes.  Her Mama taught her 4 perfect chords and then split, leaving Emily to figure the rest out on her own.  Called the ‘perfectly cool combo of Lucinda Williams meets Patti Smith,’ Emily Duff’s street-smart poetry and vocal style conjure moods & images that seduce the listener to explore emotional vistas that entice and beguile.  Her small batch brand of SWEET & SOUR ROCK AND ROLL WITH A GREAT BIG HIT OF COUNTRY SOUL digs deep, weaving a patchwork of sin, tragedy, romance and regret that lies at your feet begging to be mended. With 3 records under her belt, her latest, HALLELUJAH HELLO was named Americana song of the week by Rolling Stone Magazine and has received rave reviews.  Emily has shared stages with Willie Nile, Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin, Marshall Crenshaw, Scott Sharrard, Donavon Frankenreiter, Marcia Ball, Donnie Fritts and many others.  Emily’s version of Willie Nile’s “HELL YEAH” will appear on the Paradiddle Records Tribute to Willie Nile this year, has 5 songs in the Independent feature, “Looking for the Jackalope” available on and has written and performed on numerous TV and radio commercials.  Emily is currently writing songs with R&R Hall of Fame inductee, Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) for his Clean Getaway Project. Emily Duff lives in Manhattan’s West Village with her husband Skip, their two children and hound dog, Banjo.  


Emily’s new record

Emily’s newest Record is called HALLELUJAH HELLO (officially released on 2/22/19) - All music is available on Bandcamp, iTunes,, Spotify.  Emily plays the 3rd Monday of every month at Cowgirl located at 519 Hudson Street NYC.  Emily will be going into the studio with Producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Bottle Rockets, Sarah Borges, Jimbo Mathis, Spanking Charlene), on 8/3 at Cowboy Technical Services to record 2 new songs.  She will return to the legendary FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL to record her 3rd record there with Producer John Gifford III in November 2019.  Her band will include original members of the Fame Gang and The Swampers.   She will be live with her full band again on August 28th in Parker Press Park in Woodbridge NJ for their outdoor concert series, as well as at the Haverford Music Festival in Haverford, PA along with Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Teddy Thompson, Amy Rigby and others.  





"’Hallelujah Hello' is Emily’s best album to date. She reminds me of some of the great earthy, big-voiced roots singers I loved in the 1970’s— Tracy Nelson, Marcia Ball and more. She borrows from that blues and roots tradition but makes it her very own with her sensitive and personal lyrics.” - Rosanne Cash (Singer, Songwriter, Author)


"Marianne Faithful meets The Carter Family on Tony Joe White's front porch.  Emily invites you up on that porch and tells you stories you want to hear over and over again. She's condensed classic novels into 3 and a half minute sweaty gems.” - Marco Giovino, Producer/Drummer (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Norah Jones)


“An immediate knockout. A small masterpiece.” - John Apice, Americana Highways


"Emily Duff singing and writing feels truly sanctified by Soul Deep sounds of gritty-sweet Southern R&B. Can I get a witness?” - Howard Wuelfing, Howlin' Wuelf Media


"Betty Lavette, Irma Thomas, Etta James and Doris Allen. Women who really were the equals of Redding and Pickett - that’s the pool that Duff dives into on Hallelujah Hello and she comes back to the surface with pearls.” - Paul Kerr, Blabber ’n Smoke


"Magnificent in its lyrical capacity, with texts ranging from the gospel itself to the most greyish of our existence that lead us to the need for redemption, although always loaded with elegance, Duff flits between the swing and the honky tonk, between the rockabilly and soul, between country and rock and roll, between the solemnity of Mahalia Jackson and the mockery of the Rolling Stones of Sticky Fingers. An authentic gem.” - Eduardo Izquierdo, Rock on Magazine 3/27/19


"Praise be to the rock & roll survivors, and on 'Hallelujah Hello' New York vet Emily Duff gives her own thanks with some meaty slide guitar and stained-glass organ. One part Patti Smith, one part Muscle Shoals, it’s the title track to her new, just-released LP.” - Jeff Gage, Rolling Stone Magazine


"Extraordinary musical gifts sometimes come to us from unlikely places. Hallelujah Hello is a rich musical gift from Emily Duff that music aficionados will appreciate and enjoy..”  - Howard B. Leibowitz, Elmore Magazine


“You get the best of both Americas with Emily Duff. The New York native has urban cool in spades, her drawled vocal implying dive-bars and dangling cigarettes. But as with 2017’s Maybe in the Morning, Hallelujah Hello benefits from her move to FAME Studios, Alabama, where a wishlist of of Muscle Shoals veterans give her songs a slug of Southern twang. Standouts like Get in the Water and Jesus Love this Tired Woman nail the balance beautifully.  It’s a strong return.” - Henry Yates, Country Music Magazine UK 


"Duff proves that lightning can strike twice in the same place. Following what has to be the most underrated album of the past few years, Maybe In the Morning, Duff returns to Muscle Shoals a second time. But this time the lightning is in the form of a gospel album.  Taken together, her last two recordings demonstrate that Duff is one of a handful of today’s great R&B artists, not just as a vocalist but as a writer and bandleader as well. She’s dynamite." - Amos Perrine, No Depression


"Emily Duff raises the church roof with her soulful vocals on the stunningly moving album Hallelujah Hello. Every song on Hallelujah Hello moves and transforms, and Emily Duff testifies to the power of the Spirit on each of the powerful gospel tunes” 

- Henry Carrigan, The Alternate Root


"I found myself dancing to this record. Not a pretty sight. Emily Duff is so cool and hot at the same time. This record has that much lauded Muscle Shoals Sound, and great songs, and Emily’s wonderful performances.” - Linda Thompson, Singer


“Emily Duff is a great artist! Every time I see her play live I can’t help thinking how much Keith Richards would dig it if he were there. She’s the real thing!”  - Willie Nile, Singer-Songwriter


"Emily's record, Hallelujah Hello is easy on the ears, with that sweet 'n' natural Muscle Shoals sound and soulful singing that makes you happy to be American.” - Robbie Fulks, Singer-Songwriter


"Emily Duff knows her way around a heartbroken lyric, and here she's added the Sound of the South to the mix…”   - Christine Ohlman, Singer - SNL Band


"This record took me to church and back for confession.  It’s Americana/Alt country at its best! The production is top notch. I can hear and feel what every musician has to say. The ballads make me wanna watch the sun go down on a back porch in Alabama sippin’ a cold one.  All and all this record has no wasted lyrics or throw away tracks.  It has a perfect sequence to stroll you through the journey of life’s biggest question….” 

- Johnny Pisano, Musician 


"The music, the singing, the feel is as elemental as dirt and grass. Emily Duff is a yearning gospel tinged blues-kissed rockin’ folk artist with occasional subtle, surprising hints within the songs that she’s also listened to her fair share of the Beatles. And it is all laced throughout with true soulfulness. ” - Tom Shaner, Singer-Songwriter


"The uber talented Emily Duff is at it again. She just released here follow up to “Maybe In The Morning” and it is a good one. From New York City by way of Muscle Shoals, this 12 song, 45 minute album will give you more shakes than Baskin Robbins. While “Maybe In The Morning” was a bit more on the rockabilly/honky tonk side of the tracks, “Hallelujah Hello” is pure southern gospel. And Emily nails it. Right down to the stellar backing vocals and the Hammond organ licks all over da place.  Do I have to say it again? okay, I love local, independent artists. And Emily Duff is just that. Besides being indie as all get out, she is also a stone cold singer-songwriter. Since conversion seems to be a central theme of this collection, let me just say you will be converted after one listen. Hallelujah!” - Harry Kaplan, Twangrila


Salon Radio presents: Susan Reimer-Torn, Feminist Storytelling of Ancient Texts; visual artist Catarina Mantero

August 11th, 2019

Salon Radio Release 4 August 2019


Salon Radio Special: Susan Reimer-Torn, Feminist Storytelling of Ancient Texts

Unrequited Love: When Smart Women Study the Talmud

or- When Women Are Attracted to Texts that Don't Love them Back


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 Salon Solo {Radio} presents Catarina Mantero (b. 1988) is a classically trained contemporary visual artist from Portugal.

This episode is hosted by Amy Hughes with Pangia Macri presenting our special feature guest and Amy presenting our Salon Solo {Radio} guest. 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 Amy Hughes, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios.




Guest Profiles



Catarina Mantero (b. 1988) is a classically trained contemporary visual artist from Portugal.


Mantero’s work showcases a series of autobiographical paintings that seek to make sense of the experienced world through the medium of paint. A diversity of moments – people, places, objects – serves as the focal point through which she scrutinizes her understanding of self and the human experience. 

Struggling to make sense out of the chaos, ambiguity, and obscurity that is our existence, Mantero performs a systematic excavation of her most self-defining recollections via paint and canvas, pinpointing moments that have for one reason or another most strongly survived time in the distorted filter that we call memory. Mantero’s painting process resembles an archaeological dig, as she painstakingly excavates layer upon layer of buried memories and works to understand their precious stratification in her mind. 

Mantero seeks in her paintings to emphasize the surreal and dreamlike quality which is inherent to any interpretation of the real, especially when these moments now exist solely in that intangible realm known as memory. The dreamlike compositions that she sketches as a result of her memory exploration become the backbone to her pictures, a skeletal frame that will sustain the story of paint. 



Susan Reimer-Torn

Susan Reimer-Torn, is a journalist, playwright, educator, workshop leader and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Maybe Not Such a Good Girl: Reflections on Rupture and Return (Blue Threads, 2014). She has presented panels in many venues, including Congregation B’nai Jeshurun; Women Leadership of the American Jewish Committee, New York City; Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance conferences; Columbia University Hillel. Her work has been featured in the Jewish Week, the Forward, Lilith, Jewish Currents, Na’amat Magazine, and the International Herald Tribune, as well as on several websites and blogs. Raised in an Orthodox family and educated at The Ramaz School, she has a master’s degree in education from Columbia University and is certified as a life coach and hypnotherapist.

In recent years, to her own astonishment, Reimer-Torn has been drawn to the study of the notoriously misogynist, yet revered ancient Jewish Talmud, this giving rise to a popular essay (2018) Unrequited Love: When Smart Women Study the Talmud. She has been teaching Talmud classes, with an emphasis on reclaiming its story narratives, to a broad spectrum of women. Reimer-Torn’s next book, Modern Love with a Talmudic Twist, in which she shares these ancient tales with her French husband of now 40 years, will be out next year. An online forum is planned with real-time events for contemporary women who are, each in their own way, reclaiming the heretofore off-limits, 38-volume repository of lore and law known as the Talmud. She hopes to present a model for all women everywhere looking for techniques that allow them to reclaim classic literature that they may find themselves loving, even if not feeling fully loved in return. Reimer-Torn's play, Madre Nostra, exploring the religious conflicts and inner life of a 19th-century, Italian Jewish woman who was enigmatically ahead of her time, is now in development.

We are ingathering women who are interested in the tales of the Talmud and inviting them to make these their own. This will take the form of a blog, dedicated FB page, podcasts and classes. It is an invitation to visual artists, songwriters, playwrights, memoirists to reinterpret these often quirky stories in a way that yields fresh insight.


About SRT …

The Jewish Week:

The Ramaz Alumni Newsletter 

The Forward:

Lilith magazine:


Maybe Not Such a Good Girl: Reflections on Rupture and Return

Susan Reimer-Torn

Publication Date: June 11, 2014

Between rupture and return .....   where are you on the spectrum?

Salon Radio presents: The Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents “Bite Me”; actor and dancer Tara Rai

July 21st, 2019

Salon Radio Release 21 July 2019


Salon Radio Special: The Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents "Bite Me"

In conversation with Naomi McDougall Jones and Sarah Wharton

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her that is currently pioneering a new distribution model with a 51-screening, 40 city, three month Joyful Vampire Tour of America. Find Bite Me somewhere in the USA on their 51-screening tour now through August 1st, stream it online on Seed&Spark, Amazon, GooglePlay, or iTunes, or purchase a DVD or BluRay on their website. But definitely watch it. 

Find out more about everything at

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 Salon Solo {Radio}presents dancer and actor Tara Rai

This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Laura Arten presenting our 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 Heidi Russell, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salonistas work around the world.


This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios.




Guest Profiles


Tara Rai is an 18 year old British actress from London who began her creative journey at the age of 2 when she started taking ballet classes. She always wanted to be dancer growing up, her favourite style of dance being tap. She was cast as a tap dancer in the broadway revival of 42nd St the musical in the UK. Her love of performing lead her to start studying musical theatre at a prestigious high school for performing arts in London.
She graduated at 15 and moved to New York at 16 to study acting at the New York Film Academy. She then continued to train at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she did theatre and film training as well as dance. This year she was accepted into NYU where she will begin studying her degree in liberal arts as well as continuing her acting training.
Her acting reel is on vimeo at



The Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents "Bite Me"

What does an IRS agent have in common with a vampire? They are both bloodsuckers, and they both come together for a “taxing” relationship in the subversive romantic comedy “Bite Me,” which is changing how independent films are distributed with The Joyful Vampire Tour of America, a 51-screening, 40-city, 3-month, RV-fueled, old-school carnival-coming-to-town extravaganza that is circumnavigating the US from May 6-August 1, 2019.

Following Bite Me’s 2019 Cinequest World Premiere and Best Feature Film Win at VTXIFF and, after researching the murky and uninspiring state of current independent film distribution, the Bite Me team decided to go rogue and, eschewing traditional gatekeepers, bring their film directly to the audiences most excited to see it.

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her and almost every screening on the tour is paired with a special event – most often Joyful Vampire Balls, although there is at least one Joyful Vampire Yoga Class – that gives audiences a chance to meet the filmmakers, have fun with their community, and celebrate whatever makes them most joyful.

Bite Me is simultaneously available to watch on the indie subscription-on-demand service, Seed & Spark, as well as for rental/purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, so whether folks are able to join for a screening/event on the tour or just want to watch it from their couch, they can participate in the conversation!

Because the tour itself – led by Bite Me’s writer and star Naomi McDougall Jones – will be so much fun, documentary filmmaker Kiwi Callahan is coming for the RV-ride too and is making The Joyful Vampire Tour of America: The Docu-Series, an episode of which is being released on YouTube every Saturday for the duration of the tour.

Find out more about everything at


Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist based in New York City. Her second feature film, BITE ME, with producers Jack Lechner (The Fog of War, Blue Valentine) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, The Hours), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival, followed by a 3 month, 51 screening, 40 city Joyful Vampire Tour of America that took the country by storm. Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay (  A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on She is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a private equity fund dedicated to financing films by female filmmakers. Naomi is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in February 2020 and is available for pre-order on Amazon now. More at


Sarah Wharton is an award-winning producer, writer and actor based in New York City. Her feature That’s Not Us played at over 35 festivals around the world and was released as a Netflix exclusive through Strand Releasing and the follow-up The Ring Thing, a documentary-narrative hybrid about same-sex marriage, is now also available to watch on most digital platforms. She has produced work in Oslo, London, New Orleans and served as Associate Producer for the Harare International Festival of The Arts in Zimbabwe. Most recently, she produced Bite Me, a romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her, and "The Joyful Vampire Tour of America" - a 40 city screening tour of Bite Me across the United States.


Artist Statement...

"As a storyteller, I am driven by the belief that more and more audiences are tired of re-makes and prequels and sequels that have been formulaically assembled under the assumption that a great film is a mathematical equation. I believe there are those who crave what I crave as an audience member: to be genuinely surprised; to have my own prejudices exploded; to leave the theater altered from who I was when I went in.

I believe that my generation has not given up on goofy, joyful, freewheeling optimism even in the face of technology, internet self-invention and post-9/11 world terror.  I believe that we are, rather, starving more than ever for stories that will lift our minds to look beyond ourselves; to engage with and improve upon the world around us.

I believe furthermore that we are on the frontier of an unexplored expanse of the female perspective in filmmaking. I am not satisfied that one or two or four women are being given a seat at the table to tell their stories. That happening is good, but it is not good enough. 

We do not yet even know what it will look like to actually have a substantial choir of female voices of non-white-cis-male voices, sharing with richness and diversity the multitudinous facets of the human perspective. I believe that as we are able to share our perspective, to have an artistic dialogue with one another, to save ourselves from the dismissiveness of the “chick flick,” that the very fabric of our society will change for the better, as we are all presented with a broader perspective.

And I am exhilarated, because, as the traditional distribution models break down, we filmmakers are more keenly positioned than ever to get our work directly into audiences’ hungry hands, bypassing the gatekeepers who have, for so long, dictated the “tastes” of the viewer.

As women, as historically underrepresented voices of all kinds, and as indie filmmakers, I believe we must come together as strong individual voices and as a community to offer audiences a stronger alternative to the monochrome fare of the mainstream."  ~ Naomi


Salon Radio presents: The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ 3rd Annual Andromeda’s Sisters Gala for Arts & Advocacy; Stefanie Dworkin - Filmmaker, Photographer, Educator

June 10th, 2019

Salon Radio Release 10 June 2019


Salon Radio Special: 

The Neo-Political Cowgirls' Third Annual Andromeda’s Sisters Gala for Arts and Advocacy


We talk with The Neo-Political Cowgirls' founder Kate Meuth about this year's Arts and Advocacy Gala that will highlight women theater makers, social justice warriors, and offer community networking for activation and inspiration on Long Island. 2 days of performance, interviews, workshops, and commingling with cocktails and local food. 

June 14th and June 23rd

The Neo-Political Cowgirls create newly devised theater work to bring the female, marginalized and human narrative into bold, compassionate focus. Through professional performance and education outreach, NPC brings audiences and communities together through vibrant story telling. 


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 Salon Solo {Radio}presents Stefanie Dworkin - Filmmaker, Photographer, Educator

Stefanie tells us about her summer 1-day workshops in DUMBO that teach video production using an iPhone.


This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Marcina Zaccaria presenting our 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 Heidi Russell, and our Salon Bulletin hightlighting Salonistas work around the world.

This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios.




Stefanie Dworkin - Filmmaker, Photographer, Educator

Stefanie Dworkin is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker/editor, photographer, and educator. Her photographs are in private collections and have been included in numerous juried shows and publications, including The Center for Fine Art Photography’s “Illuminate” exhibition and PDN’s Photobook NYC, both juried by Elizabeth Avedon. Dworkin teaches video editing and mobile video production at the International Center for Photography and to groups and individuals. Recent TV/Film editing credits include: WNET’s Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building, directed by Charles Hobson and Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light of Mine, directed by Robin Hamilton.  
Dworkin earned a masters degree in Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a bachelor’s from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, American Society of Media Photographers, American Photography Archive Group, Women’s Photo Alliance  and a non-active member of the Motion Pictures Editor’s Guild.  
Artist Statement:
Throughout my life I have felt the need to record my observations using the mediums of film and photography. Working with both analog and digital formats, I have documented using different genres with the intent of learning more about my subjects and telling their stories.
As a photographer, I’m interested in the urban landscape and its inhabitants. In the Spring of 2008 I began an ongoing study of Coney Island using a Diana Plastic Camera. Inspired by news that the historic park was undergoing extensive gentrification, I ventured out on several foggy mornings to capture the park’s mid-20th century vestiges. I chose this particular medium format film camera with its few settings to give texture and emotion to my black and white photographs. My intention was to portray the park’s historical relevance and contribute to the beauty of what was and will never be the same again.
Understanding the subject matter along with its emotional and historical context are storytelling elements that carry over into my documentary film work as well. As a producer, director and editor, I tell stories that inform, inspire and connect viewers to their humanity. Topics are varied reflecting my interests and range from urban culture, social movements, biographical portraits and health and wellness. My current documentary project, of which I’m producing and directing, is a commissioned feature length film about a prominent New York City lawyer, who at 90, is still very much engaged in his career and family life.
Both photography and film are mediums I use for my expressive imperative. A photograph produces a single image concerned with spatial relationships. If I am successful I hopefully will produce a well balanced, unified composition that captures my choreographed vision. A motion picture is a series of video clips made of still images which are edited to produce a hopefully meaningful narrative. As an artist I believe the viewer finishes the work through their own perception and understanding. I derive great personal satisfaction when my work has been communicated successfully and has made a positive difference in people’s lives. ~  Stefanie
Friday, June 21st, 2019.  For info and to register:
Thursday, July 11, 2019.  For info and to register:
Friday, August 2, 2019.  For info and to register:


Video is Powerful - No longer just a medium for entertainment but an important communication tool changing the way we live, communicate and interact.  

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn everything you need to create professional, easily sharable, short videos directly from your iPhone.  

We'll cover in depth the Camera and iMovie apps that come with the iPhone, video literacy as well as helpful accessories and videos to see what is possible.  Each student will create, share and receive feedback on their own personal video project.



  • Content Creators, Marketers, and Bloggers
  • Journalists, Storytellers, Artists and Educators,
  • Media, Communications and PR Professionals
  • Entrepreneurs and anyone else who wishes to produce and publish videos directly from iPhone


  • iPhone 5 or higher with iOS 9 or higher
  • Camera and iMovie apps. Please come to class with apps already installed on iPhone
  • At least 2 GB of free space to be able to shoot new footage
  • Comfortable learning new equipment and software





“Stefanie is a wonderful instructor.  In one day, she equipped us with the skillset to shoot, edit and conceptualize phone videos.  Super recommended!”

— Dr. Stephanie Wakefield, Urban Geographer

“Thought she was great!  Easy, comfortable, very clear and open.”

— Maxi Cohen, filmmaker/Artist

“Exceeded expectations…great balance of practice, theory and creating.”

— Peter Arcese, Lawyer/Theater Producer/Photographer

“You should teach this at NYWIFT.”

— J. S. Wilkov, New York Women in TV and Film member and author of “Your Book is Your Hook"

The Neo-Political Cowgirls' 3rd Annual Andromeda’s Sisters Gala for Arts & Advocacy

Arts and Advocacy Gala for The Neo-Political Cowgirls to highlight women theater makers, social justice warriors, and community networking for activation and inspiration.

2 days of performance, interviews, workshops, and commingling with cocktails and local food. 


Friday, June 14th, Performance and Garden Party

7:00- Cocktails in the Garden of Guild Hall

8:00- Performance of one act plays by women playwrights

Post Show VIP Backstage Prosecco Party

John Drew Theater at Guild Hall of East Hampton 

Celebrities taking part: Cathy Curtin, (Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, Stranger Things) Ellen Dolan (As The World Turns, Guiding Light) with more being added each week. Plays by Suzanne Bradbeer, Julia Jordan, Anne Ziegler, Liana Sonenclar and more. 


Sunday, June 23rd, Creativity-Accessing Workshop with StateraArts

10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at Guild Hall of East Hampton 


Sarah Greenman, Director of Operations for StateraArts, playwright, painter, actor, advocate for women in the arts, and community organizer, leads women from all walks of life on a journey incorporating movement, writing, and conversation that leads us towards a stronger sense of our authentic creativity. 

Workshop is followed by light brunch fare and NPC Artistic Director Kate Mueth interviewing/moderating a conversation with Sarah about her work with StateraArts and how we all can use our day-to-day creativity to encourage inclusion, social justice, and community activation. 


Tickets for the 2-Day Gala Celebration may be purchased on the homepage of NPC: 

Tickets can be purchased for one or both days. 


See last year's gala here


Kate Mueth is the founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning dance theater company The Neo-Political Cowgirls. In their 12th year, NPC continues to make "Mind bending" theater that seeks to deepen and challenge the ways in which audiences experience theater and the human story. Committed to shining light on female-identifying theater makers, NPC produces and supports work by women+ in order to create parity on the stages both nationally and internationally. NPC's Arts Education Outreach programming has been called "Crucial to our community" for their tireless work in using the Arts to creatively address social (in)justice, education and mental health issues. Kate is a proud Actor's Equity Union member and Co-VP of Communications sitting on the board of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She has worked as actress/director/choreographer with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Tony Walton, Simon Jones, Cathy Curtin, Liz Larsen, Heather Lind, Joe Pintauro, Tovah Feldshuh, Florencia Lozano and others in places like Lincoln Center, John Drew Theater, Bay Street Theater, 13th StreetRep, Chicago Playwrights, Shakespeare & Co., The Gym at Judson, Culture Project NYC, etc. She has toured work with NPC to Berlin, Helsinki and Off-Broadway. This summer traveling main stage VOYEUR experience in July and NYC programming in August. Kate is wife to the creative theater gem Josh Gladstone and mother to their witty son August, a rising Sophomore at Emerson College. 


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