Beyond The Studio
By Gaitrie Subryan
Beyond The StudioOct 28, 2020
Episode 15: Create in any way that comes to you
Performance artist and occasional leftie–Zhanna Reed is a multimodal craftsman, who uses creativity as a tool of expression, to learn, teach, and tune in with herself and others. She has an innate sense of service and a love to be involved with the community. Zhanna is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Buffalo State University of New York, from where she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, the Arts and Humanities Dean’s Award, and the SUNY Chancellor's Award.
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New business and project ventures: https://www.instagram.com/thezhenu/
Episode 14: The Balance of Work and Play
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.
Episode 13: Trusting the flow of life
Sarah has recently launched Inspirational Art by Sarah, which is a series of inspirational quotes and beautiful images from nature on ceramic wall hangings and thrown pottery for the home or office. Feel inspired, uplifted and empowered throughout your daily life with these one-of-a-kind pieces. Go to www.InspirationalArtBySarah.com to see the work. Custom orders accepted.
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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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Boutique Website: www.bubblesberriesboutique.com
Members Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bbboudoir
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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
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 (www.InJest.com). 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
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!
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.
facebook: dreams on fire or annettedanielstaylor
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.
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 www.saranaidemusic.com
Episode 6: Thriving Through Her Art
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.
Episode 5: Connecting with myself and my "human design"
Eliza's Bio and ways to connect with her:
I'm Eliza Schneider, my mission on this planet is to empower women through embodiment & entrepreneurship.
I currently offer a package called Vocation Activation: branding, logo & web design along with business coaching to midwife your dream into reality.
I live in Marietta, NY where my techno producer husband & I are renovating an old farmhouse.
I spend my time painting, hiking with my pup, reading tarot, dancing, and supporting amazing women through Vocation Activation.
I host a free Tuesday Tune-Up on Instagram at LIVE weekly at 8 pm EST.
Pop by and join me for a collective tarot reading, astrological insights, and storytelling.
Check out this link to know more about your human design - https://www.jovianarchive.com/Human_Design/What_is_it
Episode 4: Am I dancing for the masses?
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.
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 Show, NCIS: New Orleans, and more. Behind the lens, she has been a part of modeling campaigns for Wristcam, Jared Jewelers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JoAnn 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.
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.