Episode 14: How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? with Award-Winning Composer, Charu Suri

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

with Award-Winning Composer, Charu Suri

This week’s guest is award-winning composer and journalist, Charu Suri.

Charu has been playing the piano since the age of five, and performing since the age of nine. She is the first Indian-born jazz composer to premiere work at Carnegie Hall. 

Her latest album, Book of Ragas. vol 2, debuted on August 6th. 

Charu received six nominations in the International Singer Songwriters Association aka ISSA, Awards in 2021, and won a Silver for Band Single of the Year for her original song, “Bluesy.”  In April she became “Jazz Artist of the Month” and won a gold record from ISSA.

She is a voting member of the  GRAMMYs (Recording Academy).

During the Pandemic, Charu uploaded several jazz performances on her social media channels for joy and inspiration, which we all needed so desperately. So check out her social media channels to listen!!

So let’s find out more about Charu and all her accomplishments, and about her upcoming performance at the famed CARNEGIE HALL coming up in November. 

So join me in welcoming Charu Suri!! 

Charu’s Website: www.CharuSuri.com
Instagram:  Charumusic
Charu Suri Trio


How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? with Award-Winning Composer, Charu Suri

Episode 13: Create Your Own Blueprint with Author, Award-Winning Poet & Founder of the Martha Juah Educational Foundation, Patrice Juah

Create Your Own Blueprint
with Author, Award-Winning Poet & Founder of the Martha Juah Educational Foundation, Patrice Juah

This week’s guest is Patrice Juah, an accomplished author, award-winning poet, education entrepreneur and former Miss Liberia.  She is the founder of the Martha Juah Educational Foundation, based in Liberia, West Africa. The Foundation launched the Sexy-Like-A-Book initiative, designed to inspire young women and girls to improve their perspective on reading, literacy, and education. She is a firm believer in the transformative power of education. Among MANY things, Patrice is a Mandela Washington Fellow for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

Patrice’s desire is to motivate and empower young women by supporting local non-profit organizations to educate women on HIV/AIDs, teenage pregnancy, and education.

So let’s find out more about this incredible woman and her amazing accomplishments and platforms, as we welcome Patrice Juah.

Patrice Juah is a Communications and International Affairs Professional. As founder of the Martha Juah Educational Foundation, she champions girls’ education, leadership, and digital and information literacy through the foundation’s Sexy Like A Book initiative. The initiative takes a social and academic approach to address some of the barriers to girls’  education in Liberia.

Patrice works to improve girls’ perspectives on literacy and education by fostering creative expression and cultural awareness. Through public speaking workshops, mentorship meet-ups, and social excursions, girls not only enhance their capacity to tackle academic rigor but are equipped with the confidence and voice to write and speak about taboo topics in their communities. This approach of embedding Social Emotional Learning into girls’ education empowers girls with the social-emotional skills to think critically and make informed decisions as socially conscious young leaders.

Explore Sexy Like A Book’s Enchanting Voices Anthology (Book One), written by the first cohort of young writers. Proceeds from the book support the provision of scholarships and educational resources to girls in rural Liberia. A second anthology, written by cohort two, will be released later in 2021.

An accomplished author, award-winning poet, former Miss Liberia, and a firm believer in the transformative power of education, Patrice is a Steering Committee Member of Karanga – The Global Alliance for Social-Emotional Learning and Life Skills. She also supports the Liberia Literary Society as a board member and editor. Patrice is a Deutsche Welle Global Media Fellow, a Kistefos Scholar, and a Mandela Washington Fellow for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the IE School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University, in Madrid, Spain.  A perpetual knowledge seeker, she has a fascination for languages and enjoys fostering global collaborations.

More on Patrice’s work can be found here: https://linktr.ee/p-atricejuah

Donate to Sexy Like A Book here.

Amazon book:  Why I Smile 

Enchanting Voices echoes stories of a Liberia that could be but struggles in the now. It echoes stories of hope and dreams; of courage and resilience; of possibilities and a future waiting to bloom.

The collection is a poetic celebration of youth, innocence, joy, and emergence from a place of despair to one of progress and fulfilled dreams, if Liberians stay on the path of development, change their mindsets, and value Liberia for the true treasure that she is

100% of the proceeds from this book will go towards scaling up efforts and providing scholarships and educational resources to Liberian girls, particularly those in rural communities.

Episode 12: Life IS A Soap Opera with Actor, Singer & Songwriter Ilene Kristen

Life IS A Soap Opera with Actor, Singer & Songwriter Ilene Kristen

This week’s guest is best known for her roles as Delia Ryan from the soap opera, Ryan’s Hope and her two-time Emmy-nominated performance as Roxy Balsom on another soap, One Life To Live and she is…Ilene Kristen.

Ilene is an actress, singer, songwriter, cabaret performer, and one-time cinema owner. 

Even though she may be better known for her soap opera roles, Ilene has many Broadway, Off and Off-Off Broadway credits as well as primetime television shows and movie credits.  She originated the role of Patty Simcox in “Grease” and portrayed the infamous Leona Helmsley in “Mayor”. 

Her album of original songs “I’m Not Done With U Yet” is available on Amazon and iTunes.

A native New Yorker, Ilene is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Delia Ryan on “Ryan’s Hope,” and her ten-year stint as the gambling, beer-guzzling and always-inappropriate hairdresser Roxy Balsom on “One Life to Live”, for which she received two Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress.  Ilene portrayed the de, dems and do Norma Gilpin on “Loving” and wannabe socialite Madeleine Thompson on “Another World.” Currently she is reprising the role of Delia Ryan in a character crossover on “General Hospital.”

Ilene made her Broadway debut as a dancer in Henry, Sweet Henry.  She originated the role of Patty Simcox in Grease and portrayed the infamous Leona Helmsley in Mayor.  Off-Broadway shows include Acts of ProvidenceAll That GlittersLight Up the SkyThe Dolphin PositionCowboy, and Trust. She also appeared in The Gig at Goodspeed and Marvin’s Room at the Helen Hayes in Nyack. An Ensemble Studio Theatre member since 1984, Ilene has performed in five of their Marathon of One-Act Plays including Saxophone MusicNaomi in the LivingroomCosmo’s in LoveDegasC’est MoiA Dead Man’s Apartment and the comedy revue Strange Behavior. Recent film appearances include TinseltownSigns of the CrossMattie Fresno and the Holoflux UniverseLuscious, Knock, Knock,  and Manhattanites.

 Night time TV sightings include  “Deception,” “Unforgettable,” HBO’s “Show Me A Hero,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,”  “The Good Policeman,” “Third Watch,” “The Sopranos,” “Family,”  and “The Black Donnellys.” 

In addition to a full-time performing career, Ilene also co-founded of The Jean Renoir Cinema, a film theatre showing independent and foreign films. While affiliated there, she produced the award-winning short The Aftermath. In 1997 she was a producer of the feature Angels with Angles, starring Frank Gorshin and Rodney Dangerfield.  As a songwriter, Ilene has penned album cuts for teenage phenom Kaitlyn Lusk and jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb, as well as producing for the label Tuxedo Records. A regular on the club circuit, Ilene has recently recorded her first CD of her own original songs, which is expected to be released sometime this year.

Click here for Ilene’s album, I’m Not Done With U Yet
Ilene Kristen on IMDB
Instagram: @ilenekristen
Twitter: @ilenekristen

Episode 11: Getting Your Film Made with Producer & Writer Jane Applegate

Getting Your Film Made

with Producer and Writer Jane Applegate

Jane Applegate is a writer and producer that is all about highlighting women. She has written and produced award-winning independent films primarily written, produced and directed by and about women! 

She is currently working on a hybrid feature documentary, Left Bank,which  tells the untold story of four remarkable feminists who supported Irish author, James Joyce. 

But wait, that’s not all! Jane is a teacher and an author of four books on small business success….but she is not done! Her fifth book, Hair on Fire: An Insider’s Guide to Producing for the Big and Small Screen, is available on Amazon. She is also co-founder of Showbizing.com, a career coaching and production consulting company she co-founded with producer, Julie Crosby.

Jane is an active member of New York Women in Film and Television and serves as the chair of external relations committee for the Women Independent Producers group.  She lives in a 100 year-old house in Verplanck, NY with her husband, son, daughter and son-in-law. 

Jane on Instagram:  @janedoryapplegate

Showbizing on Instagram: Showbizing

Twitter: @janewapplegate

Website:  https://www.leftbankthefilm.com

Connect with Jane on Linkedin: Jane Applegate.

Follow Showbizing on LinkedinShowbizing.com.

The Left Bank: Jane Applegate: Producer & Co-Writer

Listen to Jane Applegate‘s Interview

Episode 8: Just Be Your Authentic Self with Actor & Writer Jill Dalton

Just Be Your Authentic Self
with Actor & Writer Jill Dalton

Jill Dalton is a actor and writer.  Jill’s memoir, My Life in the Trenches of Show Business: Escape to New York – Act 1  on
Amazon.com.  It has a five star rating and was #1 in Acting and Auditioning for several days. Her essays have been published in Auntie Bellum Magazine, Delmarva Review, Evening Street Review, The MacGuffin, Pine Hills Review, and Progressive Activists Voice.

Her plays, Collateral Damage (2014) and Whistle-blower (2015) were both semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her solo play, Lizzie Borden Live! was commissioned by the East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, NJ, where it had its world premiere (August 2007), and a successful and critically acclaimed
six-week run. Tony and 4 time Emmy winning Orchestrator and Composer, Larry Hochman, did original music for the piece, and Ms. Dalton won the 2007 Jacoby Award for her portrayal of Lizzie.

Jill has also written and performed two other solo plays: My Life in the Trenches and Calling on God. These works were
performed at: Surf Reality, Dixon Place, Womenkind Festival, Solo Arts, Hudson Guild, The Field, New York Fringe Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Int’l, l Midtown Festival (best of the fest), 78th Street Theater Lab, the Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca, NY).

Her acting credits include: FBI, Things Heard & Seen, The Looming Tower, Succession, Braid, Too Big to Fail, Law & Order, All My Children, As the World Turns, Another World, One Life to Live, Saturday Night Live, Veronika Decides to Die, Rachel Getting Married, and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.

She consulted with William Hurt on his portrayal of Hank Paulson in the HBO film, Too Big to Fail and he was nominated for an Emmy.

She spent 4 1⁄2 years honing her skills as a stand-up comic, and is the recipient of the Mary Jo Comedy Show Award for most promising newcomer in NYC.

In 2019, Jill was selected to be a part of the PERFORMING ARTS LEGACY PROJECT (PAL) developed at the Actors Fund. PAL is an online platform to document and represent performers’ careers and save our national legacy.


Prior to coming to New York she was an Artist-in-Residence with the Metropolitan Arts Council in S.C. Her mime troupe, HOMEMADE MIME, toured the southeast and Puerto with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the S.C. Arts Commission.

Jill is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, and the Dramatist Guild
of America.


My Life in the Trenches of Show Business: Escape to New York – Act 1

You’d Be Great At What I Do

I Was a Cheerleader in Hitler’s Stadium (Will appear in a year in Evening Street Review)

No Business Like Show Business  (Will appear in Vol. 14 – November ’21 of The DelMara Review)

What’s Your Porno Name?  (Will appear in Vol. 37.3. of The MacGuffin)

The Performing Arts Legacy Project


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