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Beyond The Studio

Beyond The Studio

By Gaitrie Subryan

“Beyond the Studio” hosted by Gaitrie Subryan, is a podcast that serves as a way of sharing Y-Our stories. The interviews are designed to have listeners make a connection to themselves and the artist, with hopes of inspiring them and reminding them that Y-Our, experience, journey, and stories matter. It is a way to influence, teach, and inspire those around you. Telling Y-Our stories to help us to make sense of our world and to share that with others.

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Episode 1: Looking through a different mirror

Beyond The StudioOct 28, 2020

Episode 15: Create in any way that comes to you
Nov 08, 202101:17:18
Episode 14: The Balance of Work and Play

Episode 14: The Balance of Work and Play

Brandon Williamson is an Admissions Counselor at Fredonia State University of New York as well as the founder and creator of the internationally recognized Pure Ink Poetry Slam in Buffalo, NY. With experience serving as a high school teacher, Black Student Union advisor, Minister, Poet, Actor, Musician, Author, Athlete, Producer, community activist, and innovator, Brandon has a great understanding of the complexities of perspective in business. He is trained to conduct creative problem-solving facilitation for not-for-profit organizations, businesses, athletic organizations, student associations and groups, after-school programs, educational facilities, and community organizations.
Brandon travels from Buffalo to the Hudson Valley, and the Capitol Region of New York State presenting to high school students the importance of education and choosing the path for the future they desire. As a creativity consultant, Brandon has had workshops requested by organizations including Fredonia Student Affairs, SUNYCAP, Center for Multicultural Affairs, various colleges and high schools in the greater Buffalo area, and the province of Ontario Canada.
Brandon is fully trained in the art of Theater and has adopted a style of innovative, interactive style of presentation he calls DramaTeach. Brandon has utilized this teaching technique during his years of teaching inner-city high school students in the Western New York community. He has also trained and led his Pure Ink Poetry slam team to become Empire State and 2-time International poetry slam champions while using his performance skills to win multiple poetry competitions throughout North America and Europe including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. This innovation in writing and performance brings unique dimensions to his presentation and workshops that are not to be missed.
Brandon was a member of the Emerging Leaders of the Arts in Buffalo, Poetry Slam Inc, Innovative disrupters, and former Vice President of the Ujima Theater Company. He holds a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from Fredonia State University of New York with a minor in Philosophy, and a Masters of Science degree in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College.
Jul 01, 202156:01
Episode 13: Trusting the flow of life
Jun 16, 202157:26
Episode 12: Embracing Beauty From Within

Episode 12: Embracing Beauty From Within

I am Robyn and I have a deep love for all things beautiful. Because of my desire to make all humans feel fabulous Bubbles & Berries Boudoir was born. I am happily married to a wonderful, creative and caring man. Together we are Onion Studio. We shoot weddings, lifestyle, and commercial photography.

I have had the honor of documenting women’s beauty through boudoir photography for the past 11 years. It is a truly humbling experience to take someone through a journey of self-discovery of who they are before, during, and after their session with Bubbles & Berries Boudoir. As my personal life expands to a full expression of my truth I want to bring boudoir to all bodies. Boudoir is for EVERY.Body, and I am here to help you embody your inner sexy. As an Award-winning boudoir photographer, in Buffalo, NY, I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to be able to meet so many amazing people and capture their energy through my lens. I can’t imagine doing anything else for a living.

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IG: @bbboudoir


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IG: @rachelrizzohairandmakeup








May 24, 202153:38
Episode 11: Wise words from Mistress J Kiss

Episode 11: Wise words from Mistress J Kiss

A Note From Miss J:
During the Covid-19 pandemic in April of 2020, I closed my studio for good. As a result, I have built such an online presence with my students and followers. I realized that connection can happen no matter the odds. Where there is a will there is a way.
I truly believe in the power of dance therapy. And I am so grateful to be able to share my passion with others. That is why I have started to offer my classes on Patreon. I had considered this platform for quite some time, and now I have finally made it. 
I am so excited to start this journey. I couldn’t do it without your support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you. Xoxo

Burlesque Superstar Mistress J Kiss is now offering classes in the timeless art of Burlesque. Whether you are looking to start a career in the popular and ever growing world of Burlesque or just dying to let out your inner-bombshell this studio offers a little something for everyone in a fun and supportive surrounding. Allow yourself the opportunity to feel the empowerment of self-confidence. Feeling and believing that you are beautiful, sensual, and truly divine is the ultimate gift that everyone deserves. You’ll feel sexy and liberated, and the people around you will feel it too!
It’s your time to shine!
100% Fun Guaranteed!

Miss J is the founder and Mistress of Ceremony of Buffalo’s longest running burlesque troupe, The Stripteasers. She has been a performer her entire life. Even her birth was a spectacular show of how one starts life kicking and screaming for the world to know that a star was born!

After starting the first Buffalo-based Neo-Burlesque troupe in 2004, The Stripteasers quickly became a hometown sensation. Three years later Miss J began to teach burlesque classes so that she could share her knowledge and passion with the rest of the world.

Links to follow:

Facebook- Buffalo Burlesque Studio

Instagram- @buffaloburlesquestudio


Apr 28, 202101:08:57
Episode 10: Life is a juggling act

Episode 10: Life is a juggling act

Nels Ross is an entertainer, speaker, and teaching artist. As Chief Executive Oddball of In Jest, Inc., he works solo and with others to uplift and inspire audiences ( His diverse background includes performing theater, touring with a nonprofit circus, teaching math, leading juggling/life workshops, and performing and speaking for 25+ years. He is also a husband and proud father of five kids. @NelsRoss @InJestInc

Apr 13, 202101:05:39
After Interview Chat with Saranaide

After Interview Chat with Saranaide

During our interviews, we try to capture as much of the artist's story as possible, but sometimes we cannot fit it all in. After our interview, Sara and I were talking and we got to the topic about her hair, I hit record, and here is what she wanted to share! 

Feb 24, 202106:21
Episode 9: Speaking her truth and Trusting her voice

Episode 9: Speaking her truth and Trusting her voice

Annette Daniels Taylor is an artist, and author of the poetry chapbooks, Street Pharmacist and other poetic tales, and Hush now poems to read aloud. Her debut YA novel, Dreams on Fire (October 2018) with West 44 books is a poetic urban teenage journey written in verse. An award-winning playwright, her drama A Little Bit of Paradise, won the 2008 Artie Award for Outstanding New Play.
A poet, artist, and storyteller interested in American public history, her practice includes performance, poetry, video, sound, and vocals.
A 2018-19 New York State Public Humanities fellow, a 2016-18 Arthur A. Schomburg fellow with the Department of Media Study, SUNY University at Buffalo alum; a three-time NYSCA awarded artist; a Pink Door Poetry alum; and lead teaching artist with Young Audiences, Underground Railroad Residency of Western New York program.
A native of Staten Island, New York with roots in North and South Carolina, 
Annette Daniels Taylor's storytelling practice reminds audiences of forgotten histories.

insta: @annette_daniels_taylor

facebook: dreams on fire or annettedanielstaylor

twitter: @nettieboom

Feb 17, 202101:24:25
Episode 8: Your Choice, Your Essence, Your Joy

Episode 8: Your Choice, Your Essence, Your Joy

A native of Buffalo, New York, Naila Ansari (she/her) is an award-winning choreographer, director, and performing artist.  She is a distinguished MFA graduate from the University at Buffalo in Dance and a Cum Laude undergraduate of Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts Program. Ansari is an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. The company was named “Top 25 Dance Companies to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2012-2013 season, featured at Jacob's Pillow and SummerStage NYC at Central Park. Ansari has danced and performed works for the legendary Lula Washington Dance Theatre out of Los Angeles, CA. She has had the privilege of dancing works by Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sidra Bell, and Trebien Pollard, to name a few. Ansari's choreography has been set on a host of colleges, universities, professional theatres, and commercial projects.

As an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Africana Studies at SUNY Buffalo State College, Ansari has merged artistry and scholarship to build and create works through community and collaborative processes that facilitate conversations on race and Black performance. She has published articles in Theatre Journal, received numerous grants and awards such as the New York State DanceForce Grant, and The Pittsburgh Courier 40 under 40 awards. Ansari is a research assistant and assistant choreographer for AT BUFFALO the Musical and the recent AT BUFFALO TED TALK under award-winning artist and scholar Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin. Ansari's award-winning choreographed work "Mine Eyes Have Seen" was selected and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C for the American College Dance Association awards in 2018. Ansari is a collaborator with the UB Arts Collaboratory under the direction of Bronwyn Keenan. Her most recent project and a forthcoming book, The Movement of Joy, focuses on the performance of joy through the creative archiving of oral histories, movement histories, live-performance, and film. Ansari is currently the Dance Director for Ujima Company, inc. selected by the late Lorna C. Hill.

Feb 01, 202101:08:33
Episode 7: A song for the ancestors

Episode 7: A song for the ancestors

Saranaide is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter and musician based out of Buffalo, NY.  With parents from Panama and Puerto Rico, Saranaide has dipped into her DNA to embrace and celebrate the pulses and sounds of Latin America; exploding on the Buffalo Jazz Scene with a new vigor.  Inspired by the legends of soul and jazz riding on the rhythms of the world, Saranaide's unique sound is sweet honey dripping over a spicy stew.

A lifelong learner, she has traveled the world to better inform her process – whether it is studying Maracatu in Canada and Brazil or traveling to Ghana to immerse herself more fully in West African drumming & dance, Saranaide beautifully blends and reflects her Afro-Latino roots. She writes in both English and Spanish, most recently adding Portuguese to her singing repertoire. Her songwriting is universal and highly personal; her stage presence ethereal and earthy, wrapping her audience up in each story told through her sultry vocals, willowing flute and jazzy guitar riffs.

She began her musical journey learning the piano at the age of 4. She picked up the flute in grade school and played in various ensembles and bands throughout her life. Her musicality sparked her interest in teaching herself guitar (and later ukulele) for church services, where she spent most of her youth building the foundation for her practice. Saranaide also sings with the Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra and is passionate about her work as a birth doula.

Most notable performances of her career were being a guest of the Brooklyn College Choir in 2018 to perform two sold out nights at Carnegie Hall with Joe Hisaishi in a symphonic concert featuring the music of Studio Ghibli, wowing a sold out crowd at Hotel Henry with a night of bossa nova, and opening up for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

To find out more about Sara check out her website

Jan 21, 202101:08:11
Episode 6: Thriving Through Her Art

Episode 6: Thriving Through Her Art

Aitina Fareed-Cooke


Aitina Fareed-Cooke was told at a young age that she would be a “failure to thrive” as a result of her biological mother's addiction to drugs. At 14 months old her and her 2 siblings were placed into foster care and diagnosed as “Emotionally Handicapped”. When Aitina was three years old she and her sibling lost their mother due to a drug overdose. Though the odds were against her she managed to strive due to her adoptive mother's efforts in keeping her involved in extracurricular activities, community arts programs which introduced her to photography, film, and creative writing. Aitina continues utilizing her camera or “my weapon of mass creativity” and her love of writing music and poetry as a type of “Art Activism” igniting thought and change within her community.

Aitina received her Associates degree in Arts & Humanities at Erie Community College (2009), Bachelor Arts degree in English (2012), and Masters in Science & Education with a focus in Educational Technology (2016) at Buffalo State. Aitina has worked within various non-profit organizations for over 15 years throughout the city of Buffalo NY where she has developed, managed, and implemented countless high-quality creative arts programs. Her unique and innovative ideas have assisted countless youth and young adults in fostering opportunities for growth in creative thinking and problem solving, self-esteem, self-expression, social awareness, and peer collaboration.

Aitina has worked with organizations such as Say Yes to Education serving as a Community Schools Navigator; Young Audiences of WNY serving as the ArtWorks Director & Education Coordinator, Community Action Organization serving as a Youth Services Site Coordinator; CEPA Gallery continuously serving as a Photography Teaching Artist and Board Member, just to name a few. Throughout her tenure at each organization, she was able to contribute to the increase in retention rates of youth and parent involvement in programming and activities, the development and increase in community engagement and partnerships, and securing grant funding for the successful longevity of such programs within such organizations.

The skills that Aitina has developed over time has led her to developing ​Get Fokus’d Productions​ (GFP). GFP is a creative media arts company ​dedicated to capturing project-based stories, designing curriculums to teach youth soft skills through the implementation of photography, film, and creative writing programs, and giving back to the next generation of creatives through a movement called ​Young & Fokus’d​. ​Aitina’s original work has been exhibited at ​CEPA Gallery​, Jamestown Community College, Darwin Martin House, Crzurles-Nelson Gallery at SUNY Buffalo State, Main Street Art Gallery, Blue Plate Studio, and PineAppleCo.

Aitina is now an award-winning photographer, teaching artist, creative director, and lyricist earning recognition through ​43North​’s Ignite Buffalo People’s Choice Award, CEPA Gallery Exhibition Award, SUNY Buffalo State Young Alumnus Achievement Award, Canisius College Trailblazer Award, the National Society of Leadership & Success Excellence in Teaching Award, Kingdom Choice Up Next and Breakthrough Artist Award, BULYPNY Entrepreneurship Award, Mayors Citizens Participation Academy Award, and more. Aitina has also been featured in Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine, Upstart New York, Challenger News, Buffalo News, Buffalo State Alumni Magazine, National Young Audiences Emerging Leaders, ​DJ Booth​, Rapzilla, Trackstarz, and much more.

Jan 04, 202158:49
 Episode 5: Connecting with myself and my "human design"
Dec 21, 202050:34
Episode 4: Am I dancing for the masses?

Episode 4: Am I dancing for the masses?

Growing up in India, religion was not always something Sujata thought about, but now as a mom, she finds herself turning more to it than before. In this episode, Sujata talks about how her connection with Indian Classical dance and being a practicing Hindu and what all that means as a dancer in Western culture.   Sujata Background and Bio: Sujata Martin is a Pelvic Floor Therapist who reconnected with her Hindu faith when faced with the ebbs & flows of motherhood. She uses a mind-body approach that blends the spirituality of her Eastern upbringing with her Western medical training to help womxn thrive through each stage of womxnhood. Sujata is passionate about Womxn's rights and helps womxn rekindle their self-love through in-person and virtual Pelvic Health & Sex Coaching services. She loves discussing Vedanta, binge-watching Netflix, and traveling with her family.  Sujata began training in Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 and has maintained a close relationship with Indian dance forms like Bollywood, Bhangra, & Garba through the years. Most recently, she performed with Devi Bollywood Dance and was active in the Buffalo Argentine Tango community. Connect with Sujata -
Dec 03, 202055:51
Episode 3: Part 2 Looking through a different mirror

Episode 3: Part 2 Looking through a different mirror

From chemotherapy to now radiology. Lisa's story in our first episode was just scratching the surface of her journey. When we sat down again, earlier this month, she explained things to me that I never could have imagined. Her story is moving, inspiring, and shows how remarkably resilient she is. 

Lisa’s Dance Bio

Lisa Latempa was born and raised in New York City. She started dancing at the age of 5 taking contemporary, tap, ballet, jazz, and African dance. Her dance roots began at a local community dance school, Children’s Arts & Science Workshops before moving on to the Heights School of Ballet and the Harlem School of the Arts. She began flamenco lessons at the age of 10 and continued for over 8 years under accomplished flamenco dancers Ricardo Santiago and Maya de Silva. Following her move to Buffalo, NY in 2006, Lisa began teaching flamenco in the area after taking several workshops in Toronto. She joined the Syracuse-based flamenco dance troupe Puente Flamenco in 2012. Lisa was also a troupe member of Devi Bollywood Performing Arts. Outside of dance, Lisa is a special education teacher in the Buffalo schools and a mom of a 3-year-old boy. 

Nov 18, 202001:09:52
Episode 2: Singing A New Tune

Episode 2: Singing A New Tune

In March of 2020 she gave a talk about "Identity", the very next day, she finds herself in a nationwide lockdown. Singer, songwriter, recording artist Maya loses herself but finds her purpose during a global pandemic.

Maya By Name, aka Maya Satterwhite, is a recording artist, writer, and inspirational speaker. Maya has self-written and released four musical works, and has had songwriting placements on the Today ShowNCIS: New Orleans, and more. Behind the lens, she has been a part of modeling campaigns for WristcamJared JewelersDick’s Sporting GoodsJoAnn Stores, and Fisher-Price. In 2020, Maya started her “Be Love, Spread Love” movement: daily inspirational and motivational messages, along with her Be Love, Spread Love Podcast.

Nov 06, 202001:07:15
Episode 1: Looking through a different mirror

Episode 1: Looking through a different mirror

A dancer’s battle with breast cancer.

Lisa tells an incredible story of her experience with being a stage 3 breast cancer survivor. In our one on one, Lisa takes us through her journey, where she was surrounded by courage, love, support, along with the pain and strength which unfolded after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Through her story and experience, Lisa hopes to inspire others to speak up, to share their journey, and for everyone to take their bodies and health seriously.

Lisa’s Dance Background

Lisa Latempa was born and raised in New York City. She started dancing at the age of 5 taking contemporary, tap, ballet, jazz, and African dance. Her dance roots began at a local community dance school, Children’s Arts & Science Workshops before moving on to the Heights School of Ballet and the Harlem School of the Arts. She began flamenco lessons at the age of 10 and continued for over 8 years under accomplished flamenco dancers Ricardo Santiago and Maya de Silva. Following her move to Buffalo, NY in 2006, Lisa began teaching flamenco in the area after taking several workshops in Toronto. She joined the Syracuse-based flamenco dance troupe Puente Flamenco in 2012. Lisa was also a troupe member of Devi Bollywood Performing Arts.

Oct 28, 202001:21:10