Shine features original music written and performed by Grammy Award-winning producer Barry Goldstein and internationally renowned singer/songwriter and humanitarian Elisa Brown.
Barry and Elisa have created an epic, panoramic, globally relevant musical score that underpins the story, taking the audience members on a journey that nourishes the mind, opens the heart, and feeds the soul.
Gabriel Chajnik is an acclaimed choreographer and the founder of TranscenDanceGroup of NY/NJ. Gabriel creates inspired dances that amplify the depth and breadth of human emotions that words alone cannot express.
One of the stars of the show is the world-renowned performance artist Marla Mase. Marla meshes her velvety lyrical style with an edge of raw truthfulness in a way that is utterly mesmerizing and compelling.
Award-winning playwright Dana Slamp has crafted a story that offers a uniquely refreshing and inspiring portrayal of the human psyche.
This is a multimedia production combining live performance with sumptuous digital landscapes — the work of award-winning filmmaker Joseph Rodman — these images will elevate the viewer to a deeper experience of space and time.
And the mastermind behind this sound and light spectacular is audiovisual guru Mark Smith; his work will illuminate the dark crevices and sparkling peaks of the emotions being played out on the stage.
Read on for more information about the Show’s Creators…
“Mother”/Producer/Director/Co-Composer. Originally trained as a classical singer, soprano Elisa Brown has been a featured performer throughout the United States, singing a wide range of vocal styles. She has appeared on various stages, including at Carnegie Hall, and has performed extensively for The Zaraspe Foundation on behalf of UNESCO and other philanthropic organizations throughout the Americas and in Spain. Off-Broadway, she performed the lead role in the Italian Baroque-inspired Spirito e Core conducted by Kenneth Cooper, a show she created and produced. “New World,” is Elisa’s second solo album, following her debut solo album “The Ave Maria Experience”. Elisa premiered selections from “New World” in a live performance for the United Nations in Linzhou, Henan Province, China in their official event celebrating world peace, the “2012 UN World Peace Day – First China-Linzhou World Peace Art Exhibition” on September 21, 2012. Elisa received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music and studied with internationally distinguished voice teachers Maria Powell, Josephine Mongiardo-Cooper, Maria Farnworth and Siri Rico. www.ElisaBrownMusic.com
“Man”/Musical Director/Co-Composer. Barry’s musical experience spans many styles and genres from Co-Producing the Grammy Award winning track “69 Freedom Special” with Les Paul for Best Rock Instrumental in 2005, to providing ambient music for Shirley MacLaine. Barry has composed and produced for television, film, major record labels and Top Ten Recording Artists, and has worked with some of the hottest studio musicians in the industry. As an international performer, Barry has shared music from his critically acclaimed series “Ambiology” and his inspirational album “The Moment”, touching audiences worldwide with “Music from the Heart.” Barry believes strongly in the healing power of music. His music is being used globally as well as individually in hospitals, hospices, wellness centers, and individual practices. Barry has presented at Grand Rounds and at medical conferences, providing valuable information on utilizing music and mindfulness techniques to assist patients and doctors on improving quality of treatment. Barry’s music is the first to be distributed by Natural Partners, one of the premiere one-stop shopping centers for medical professionals wishing to improve patient health. www.BarryGoldsteinMusic.com
Logo and Graphic Design. Zavier is an illustrator, type and logo designer and author. His many published books include The Max Fleischer Story, Dynamic Black and White Illustration, The Logo, Font & Lettering Bible, and Talks With Trees; A Plant Psychic’s Interviews with Vegetables, Flowers and Trees. As an illustrator, Zavier’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Fortune, National Lampoon, and other magazines. He has created many well-known computer fonts including Magneto Bold, Streamline, BadTyp, and Casey Bold, all of which can be found at www.LeslieCabarga.com.
Choreographer. Gabriel is the choreographer and Director of TranscendanceGroup, a contemporary dance company based in New York and New Jersey under the mentorship of Juilliard faculty emeritus, Maestro Hector Zaraspe. The company was launched during its New York season at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center; to date, Gabriel has choreographed over 15 original works for the company. Gabriel’s choreography has been presented at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Alice Tully Hall; Clark Theater; The Juilliard Theater; The Manhattan School of Music Raritan Valley Community College; The Gibney Center; Brooklyn Music School; Basking Ridge Performing Arts Center; and George Street Playhouse. Gabriel directed, choreographed, and performed in the Off-Broadway production of Spirito e Core at the Lamb’s Theatre in New York City. Gabriel was a principal dancer with the David Taylor Dance Theatre and later joined the American Repertory Ballet appearing in works from Balanchine, Graham Lustig, and Septime Webre, among others. His teaching credits include the Academy of Dance Arts, Princeton Ballet, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, and Gotta Dance, New Jersey. Gabriel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School dance program as a scholarship student. His works are greatly influenced by the teachings of Bessie Shonberg with whom he studied choreography and composition for two years. www.TranscenDanceGroup.org
Storyboard Artist. The works of artist Amanda Livoti are infused with her passion for theater and the visual arts. Having studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio in Manhattan and visual arts at the Altos de Chavon The School of Design, an affiliate of Parsons New School for Design, Amanda has developed an expertise in a number of artistic disciplines. She has worked in the area of video and television productions in such roles as editor, photographer, script writer, director and graphic animation. As an animator, she has been commissioned by the National Archives of The Dominican Republic to create an animated video about Juan Pablo Duarte, the father of the Dominican Republic. Her photographs can be found in the book Ciudad Colonial de Santo Domingo. Amanda provided original water colors for the award winning documentary film, “How It All Began, Origins of the Universal Healing Tao System”. The daughter of well known painter and illustrator, Victor Livoti, Amanda is also a highly sought after portrait artist. Amanda’s website.
“Alma”/Book. Marla is an actor, writer, performer, producer and singer/songwriter from New York City known for her gutsy style and intelligent lyrics. The Huffington Post states, “The intrepid and raw realities of her lyrics echo the need to break away and address the world with a “ROAR!” Marla’s songs, a mix of world beat, spoken word, funk, R&B, punk, soul, and classic rock-n-roll, are infused with Global Soul, the signature sound of Tomás Doncker, her guitarist, co-writer and producer. Marla’s multi-media show SPEAK was performed at NYC Summerstage 2013 on June 15 and August 17. Marla received a ‘Messenger of Peace’ award during her 2012 tour to China. She recently toured throughout Europe, premiering her critically acclaimed, newest CD, SPEAK DELUXE. www.MarlaMase.com
Video Production Manager. Harlem native and award-winning filmmaker Joseph Rodman received his first film job from Spike Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks by working production on “School Daze”. Clients of Joseph’s commercial film and video production company, Harlem Filmworks, include Madison Square Garden Network, Hasbro Toys, and The Partnership for a Drug Free America. Joseph directed and filmed “Charge It To The Game”, a documentary about the effects of gun violence that was awarded best selection at the 2011 NYC Downtown Film Festival. Joseph has created countless music videos for Sony and Muse Records. Working at Vibe TV and Sohh.com as a camera operator, Joseph has worked with a variety of music artists, including Ne-Yo, Wendy Williams, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, among others. Other past broadcast projects as a camera operator include: Celebrity Apprentice Season 11 (NBC) and “The Power To End Strokes” 2011 Power Awards at the Apollo Theater. Currently, Joseph is the director of photography for “Bad Boyz”, a Mike Sargent documentary, a cinematographer, photographer and editor for The Dance Theatre of Harlem, TransceDanceGroup, Gotta Dance, Janusphere Dance Company, Collage Dance Collective, Washington Dance Institute, DeMa Dance and The New York City Center, as well as a director, writer and cinematographer of numerous short films for The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. Joseph received a Film degree from the City College of New York.
Story Writer/Book. Dana Slamp’s award-winning play, The Importance of Marrying Wells, was presented at the Lucille Lortell Theatre in Fringe NYC and received an Outstanding Play Citation: Talkin’ Broadway; Best of 2005: American Theatre Web. Her play Mountain Home was performed in a staged reading for The Director’s Company and was selected for The Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Her short plays Naughty, Three Coins in the Car, and Scott & Zelda Get a Pet were produced by The Drilling Company. Dana’s short film, Happy Anniversary, premiered at Anthology Film Archives in RIPFest. As an actor, she has worked with Arthur Miller and with Douglas Carter Beane, understudying Tony Award-winning actress, Julie White. Dana holds a Masters of Fine Art from American Conservatory Theatre. —> NYTheatre Review.com
Sound and Lighting Designer. With over 30 years of experience in performing, directing, choreographing and technical design, Mark is a mastermind of creating and orchestrating artfully innovative sound and lighting designs for all aspects of corporate, theme park, theatrical, and political events across the globe. Mark has a dance and music theatre background in technical design and performance from Nazareth College. Some of Mark’s clients include Framingham State College, Prudential, Liberty Mutual, Connect and Commit, Jane Doe Inc., Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Ronan Tynan, JFK Library, Tufts University Art Gallery, Mudflat Studios, Ballet Arts Center, and Co-op Theatre for Children, as well as extensive stage production experience including The Diary of Ann Frank, Mary Poppins, Chicago, Ragtime and many, many more.