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Grace Garland

EMulti-award-winning singer-songwriter-actress, Grace Garland, has been described as The Tina Turner of Jazz due to her energy and passion! She brings a unique fusion of jazz and contemporary R&B to her sultry lyrics. Grace’s music is an intimate experience that speaks to women, allowing for reflection, empowerment and feel-good moments. Grace is known for her stunning solo performances and for working with her group, The G-Spot Band, as well as a variety of musicians including: the late Phyllis Hyman; Jazz Flutist Bobbi Humphrey; Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter Julie Gold; The Carl Orrie Trio, Peter Cincotti, Rob Thomas and John Mayer. When she’s not singing, Grace’s voice can be heard on countless TV and radio spots, most notably with actor James Earl Jones and the legendary blues guitarist B. B. King. Grace’s film & TV credits include; Q’s Mom in the Hip-Hop cult classic, Juice; Thicker Than Blood with Dan Futterman; three seasons in the sketch comedy ensemble of the Apollo Comedy Hour; and the relationship therapist, Dr. Love, in the romantic comedy 30 Years to Life starring former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock regular, Tracy Morgan. Please check out Grace’s debut solo album, Lovers Never Lie (In Bed), and Also Grace Garland Lady G! And look for more at gracegarland.com

70 MIN1 weeks ago
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James Fitzgerald

EJames FitzGerald, has been a professional actor and teacher for more than 25 years. He’s taught Shakespeare and period styles, voice and speech, stage combat and stage movement at the graduate and undergraduate level here at Point Park University, and as a private coach in Shakespeare, audition technique, and acting. He is also a company member of PICT Classic Theatre here in Pittsburgh, where his credits include: Shylock in Merchant of Venice, Didi in Waiting for Godot, Fagin in Oliver Twist, Tiresieus in Oedipus, as well appearing in 25 other PICT productions. He’s also performed at all the major theatres in Pittsburgh including Kinetic Theater, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, and The Pittsburgh Playhouse. Regional credits include: Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theater, Chicago’s Second City, ETC, The Royal George, Apple Tree, among other Chicago venues including sixteen seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. James has also appeared Off-Broadway and regionally at numerous theatres across America. He’s the recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Supporting Actor, a Jeff Citation for Best Actor, and an OE Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also named Performer of the Year 2016 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

76 MIN2 weeks ago
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Todd Robinson

EWriter-Director Todd Robinson has enjoyed an eclectic career in Film, Television and Documentaries. Todd has earned a Prime Time Emmy and National Board of Review awards among others. Some of his films include: The Four Diamonds, White Squall, Lonely Hearts, and Phantom. Todd has served as supervisingproducer on the CBS hit show Chicago PD. His current film The Last Full Measure opens across thecountry on October 25th, 2019, starring Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Irvine, Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford,Diane Ladd, William Hurt, Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, the late Peter Fonda, Alison Sudol, John Savage andSamuel L. Jackson. Todd is on the board of Save A Warrior, a veteran led suicide prevention retreat. He’s also an adjunct professor at the Univ of So Cal School of Cinematic Arts. In his spare time, Todd flies military, aerobatic airplanes. Interestingly, Todd received a BFA in theatre from the conservatory at Adelphi University where his roommate was the late Jonathan Larson, Pulitzer prize and Tony award winning author and composer of Rent and Tick, Tick, Boom!

81 MIN2 weeks ago
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David Richardson

ETelevision Writer-Producer, David Richardson, was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. After studying at Phoenix College, working for UPS as a driver, and a little stint as a stand-up comic – something he hated – David headed to Los Angeles because he wanted to write for his hero, Johnny Carson. Johnny never hired him, but David managed to find his way into TV, writing for Hee Haw, Zoobilee Zoo, and The New Leave it to Beaver. David got his big network break writing for the critically acclaimed Grand for NBC. David has written for The Simpsons, The John Larroquette Show (winning a Humanitas Prize), Malcolm in the Middle, Manhattan, AZ, Two and a Half Men, and is currently Executive Producing the Netflix hit F is for Family starring Bill Burr.

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Brian Trenchard-Smith

EMulti-award winning Anglo-Australian film and television director, producer, and writer, with a reputation for making large scale movies on small scale budgets, Brian Trenchard-Smith, has a fan in Quentin Tarantino, who referred to him in Entertainment Weekly as one of his favorite directors. Among Brian’s credits are successes like The Man From Hong Kong, Siege Of Firebase Gloria, Dead End Drive-In, which is a particular Tarantino favorite, BMX Bandits, which showcased a 15-year old Nicole Kidman, Long Lost Son, Arctic Blast, The Cabin, Absolute Deception, and Drive Hard. Brian has also directed 43 TV episodes of such series as Silk Stalkings, Time Trax, Five Mile Creek, The Others, and Flipper. Brian’s debut novel Alice Through The Multiverse was recently published and is available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

74 MINAUG 23
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Shirley Crabbe

E2019 New York Bistro Award winner, Shirley Crabbe, was hailed by Downbeat Magazine’s John Ephland as possessing an, “…almost Ella Fitzgerald–like vibe…” for her 2011 debut recording, Home, featuring legendary saxophonist Houston Person. Her 2018 Top 50 album, Bridges, received rave reviews and spotlights her collaborations with renowned pianists Donald Vega, and David Budway. Shirley has been a guest on the syndicated radio program “Jazz Inspired” hosted by Judy Carmichael and currently performs at jazz clubs, festivals and concert series in the U.S.

63 MINAUG 15
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Uwe Stender

ELiterary Agent,Dr. Uwe Stender, is a full member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Uwe’s tastes are eclectic and he’s interested in all kinds of non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from memoir, pop culture, and health to how-to, gardening, history and everything in between, including non-fiction for children. In Children’s fiction, he is looking for Young Adult and Middle Grade, AKA YA and MG. In adult fiction, his tastes tend toward women’s fiction, psychological suspense, and mysteries. As an immigrant to the United States, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world. In short, he likes it when authors surprise him.

64 MINAUG 1
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Bruce Ferber

EBruce Ferber is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated comedy writer-producer, whose credits include Bosom Buddies, Coach, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Home Improvement, where he served as Executive Producer and showrunner. His first novel, Elevating Overman was released in 2012 and is attached as a potential TV series with actor Jason Alexander. His second novel, Cascade Falls, released in 2015 won the Foreword Indie Book of the Year Gold Prize for Humor and Bronze Prize for General Fiction. Bruce’s upcoming anthology, The Way We Work: On The Job in Hollywood, provides a window into the skill sets and the insanity that make movies and television tick. Essays by award-winning writers, directors, and producers, as well as interviews with executives and “below-the-line” crew members paint a picture that often presents as Stud’s Terkel’s Working―on acid.

67 MINJUL 25
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Amanda McBroom

EThe brilliant Amanda McBroom, has been called “…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” Her name first came to the attention of the music-listening public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda’s song “The Rose” hit number one worldwide in 1979. Her songs have been recorded by no less than Leanne Rhymes, The Manhattan Transfer, Anne Murray, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Nana Mouskouri, Curt Cobain, Donny Osmond, and Eminem, to name a few. She was a staff song writer for the experimental TV series Cop Rock, and, with her composing partner, and previous StoryBeat guest, Michele Brourman, has written lyrics for fourteen animated films, including Land Before Time, Parts IV through XIV, Hercules and Xena, Alvin and The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, An American Tale-The Mystery of the Night Monster, and Balto parts II & III. Amanda’s first two albums, Growing Up in Hollywood Town and West of Oz were recorded in collaboration with pianist Lincoln Mayorga. Her album, Dreaming, sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Midnight Matinee features performances by jazz legend Bob James and blues idol Robben Ford. Amanda McBroom Live at Rainbow & Stars, was recorded during her sold-out month-long engagement at that most illustrious venue in New York. Other stellar recordings include A Waiting Heart, A Woman of Will, and Chanson, which is a tribute to Amanda’s writing inspiration, the incomparable songwriter Jacques Brel. The CD, Voices, features a truly historic duet of Amanda and country legend, Vince Gill, singing her hit, “The Rose.” As an actress, Amanda appeared on Broadway in Seesaw and Off Broadway in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. She wrote her own musical Heartbeats, which has been produced throughout the U.S. at numerous venues including The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Sacramento Music Circus. And her one-woman musical, A Woman of Will, had its world premiere at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura, and its off-Broadway debut in 2005. Amanda also wrote the lyrics for the musical, Dangerous Beauty, which had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2011. Performing live in cabarets, clubs, and concert halls has allowed Amanda to unite her songwriting, acting, and vocal talents into singularly dazzling performances that leave audiences and critics alike breathless with emotion. She’s performed in concert at Carnegie Hall, throughout the U.S., in London, the Far East, and Australia. For more please visit amcbroom.com.

65 MINJUL 10
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Chris Pearson

EChris Pearson was born in Tehran, Iran, to American parents. He grew up in the DC area and attended Northern Virginia Community College. He co-created and wrote the bulk of the animated comedy show “Dan vs.” which ran on the Hub Network for three seasons. In his capacity as Executive Producer, Chris was nominated for Daytime Emmy awards in 2013 and 2014. Recently he wrote an episode of the Netflix series “Buddy Thunderstruck” and is currently writing full-time for NowThis Politics.

70 MINJUL 8
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Latest Episodes

Grace Garland

EMulti-award-winning singer-songwriter-actress, Grace Garland, has been described as The Tina Turner of Jazz due to her energy and passion! She brings a unique fusion of jazz and contemporary R&B to her sultry lyrics. Grace’s music is an intimate experience that speaks to women, allowing for reflection, empowerment and feel-good moments. Grace is known for her stunning solo performances and for working with her group, The G-Spot Band, as well as a variety of musicians including: the late Phyllis Hyman; Jazz Flutist Bobbi Humphrey; Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter Julie Gold; The Carl Orrie Trio, Peter Cincotti, Rob Thomas and John Mayer. When she’s not singing, Grace’s voice can be heard on countless TV and radio spots, most notably with actor James Earl Jones and the legendary blues guitarist B. B. King. Grace’s film & TV credits include; Q’s Mom in the Hip-Hop cult classic, Juice; Thicker Than Blood with Dan Futterman; three seasons in the sketch comedy ensemble of the Apollo Comedy Hour; and the relationship therapist, Dr. Love, in the romantic comedy 30 Years to Life starring former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock regular, Tracy Morgan. Please check out Grace’s debut solo album, Lovers Never Lie (In Bed), and Also Grace Garland Lady G! And look for more at gracegarland.com

70 MIN1 weeks ago
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Grace Garland

James Fitzgerald

EJames FitzGerald, has been a professional actor and teacher for more than 25 years. He’s taught Shakespeare and period styles, voice and speech, stage combat and stage movement at the graduate and undergraduate level here at Point Park University, and as a private coach in Shakespeare, audition technique, and acting. He is also a company member of PICT Classic Theatre here in Pittsburgh, where his credits include: Shylock in Merchant of Venice, Didi in Waiting for Godot, Fagin in Oliver Twist, Tiresieus in Oedipus, as well appearing in 25 other PICT productions. He’s also performed at all the major theatres in Pittsburgh including Kinetic Theater, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, and The Pittsburgh Playhouse. Regional credits include: Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theater, Chicago’s Second City, ETC, The Royal George, Apple Tree, among other Chicago venues including sixteen seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. James has also appeared Off-Broadway and regionally at numerous theatres across America. He’s the recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Supporting Actor, a Jeff Citation for Best Actor, and an OE Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also named Performer of the Year 2016 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

76 MIN2 weeks ago
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James Fitzgerald

Todd Robinson

EWriter-Director Todd Robinson has enjoyed an eclectic career in Film, Television and Documentaries. Todd has earned a Prime Time Emmy and National Board of Review awards among others. Some of his films include: The Four Diamonds, White Squall, Lonely Hearts, and Phantom. Todd has served as supervisingproducer on the CBS hit show Chicago PD. His current film The Last Full Measure opens across thecountry on October 25th, 2019, starring Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Irvine, Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford,Diane Ladd, William Hurt, Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, the late Peter Fonda, Alison Sudol, John Savage andSamuel L. Jackson. Todd is on the board of Save A Warrior, a veteran led suicide prevention retreat. He’s also an adjunct professor at the Univ of So Cal School of Cinematic Arts. In his spare time, Todd flies military, aerobatic airplanes. Interestingly, Todd received a BFA in theatre from the conservatory at Adelphi University where his roommate was the late Jonathan Larson, Pulitzer prize and Tony award winning author and composer of Rent and Tick, Tick, Boom!

81 MIN2 weeks ago
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Todd Robinson

David Richardson

ETelevision Writer-Producer, David Richardson, was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. After studying at Phoenix College, working for UPS as a driver, and a little stint as a stand-up comic – something he hated – David headed to Los Angeles because he wanted to write for his hero, Johnny Carson. Johnny never hired him, but David managed to find his way into TV, writing for Hee Haw, Zoobilee Zoo, and The New Leave it to Beaver. David got his big network break writing for the critically acclaimed Grand for NBC. David has written for The Simpsons, The John Larroquette Show (winning a Humanitas Prize), Malcolm in the Middle, Manhattan, AZ, Two and a Half Men, and is currently Executive Producing the Netflix hit F is for Family starring Bill Burr.

-1 sSEP 5
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David Richardson

Brian Trenchard-Smith

EMulti-award winning Anglo-Australian film and television director, producer, and writer, with a reputation for making large scale movies on small scale budgets, Brian Trenchard-Smith, has a fan in Quentin Tarantino, who referred to him in Entertainment Weekly as one of his favorite directors. Among Brian’s credits are successes like The Man From Hong Kong, Siege Of Firebase Gloria, Dead End Drive-In, which is a particular Tarantino favorite, BMX Bandits, which showcased a 15-year old Nicole Kidman, Long Lost Son, Arctic Blast, The Cabin, Absolute Deception, and Drive Hard. Brian has also directed 43 TV episodes of such series as Silk Stalkings, Time Trax, Five Mile Creek, The Others, and Flipper. Brian’s debut novel Alice Through The Multiverse was recently published and is available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

74 MINAUG 23
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Brian Trenchard-Smith

Shirley Crabbe

E2019 New York Bistro Award winner, Shirley Crabbe, was hailed by Downbeat Magazine’s John Ephland as possessing an, “…almost Ella Fitzgerald–like vibe…” for her 2011 debut recording, Home, featuring legendary saxophonist Houston Person. Her 2018 Top 50 album, Bridges, received rave reviews and spotlights her collaborations with renowned pianists Donald Vega, and David Budway. Shirley has been a guest on the syndicated radio program “Jazz Inspired” hosted by Judy Carmichael and currently performs at jazz clubs, festivals and concert series in the U.S.

63 MINAUG 15
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Shirley Crabbe

Uwe Stender

ELiterary Agent,Dr. Uwe Stender, is a full member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Uwe’s tastes are eclectic and he’s interested in all kinds of non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from memoir, pop culture, and health to how-to, gardening, history and everything in between, including non-fiction for children. In Children’s fiction, he is looking for Young Adult and Middle Grade, AKA YA and MG. In adult fiction, his tastes tend toward women’s fiction, psychological suspense, and mysteries. As an immigrant to the United States, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world. In short, he likes it when authors surprise him.

64 MINAUG 1
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Uwe Stender

Bruce Ferber

EBruce Ferber is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated comedy writer-producer, whose credits include Bosom Buddies, Coach, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Home Improvement, where he served as Executive Producer and showrunner. His first novel, Elevating Overman was released in 2012 and is attached as a potential TV series with actor Jason Alexander. His second novel, Cascade Falls, released in 2015 won the Foreword Indie Book of the Year Gold Prize for Humor and Bronze Prize for General Fiction. Bruce’s upcoming anthology, The Way We Work: On The Job in Hollywood, provides a window into the skill sets and the insanity that make movies and television tick. Essays by award-winning writers, directors, and producers, as well as interviews with executives and “below-the-line” crew members paint a picture that often presents as Stud’s Terkel’s Working―on acid.

67 MINJUL 25
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Bruce Ferber

Amanda McBroom

EThe brilliant Amanda McBroom, has been called “…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” Her name first came to the attention of the music-listening public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda’s song “The Rose” hit number one worldwide in 1979. Her songs have been recorded by no less than Leanne Rhymes, The Manhattan Transfer, Anne Murray, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Nana Mouskouri, Curt Cobain, Donny Osmond, and Eminem, to name a few. She was a staff song writer for the experimental TV series Cop Rock, and, with her composing partner, and previous StoryBeat guest, Michele Brourman, has written lyrics for fourteen animated films, including Land Before Time, Parts IV through XIV, Hercules and Xena, Alvin and The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, An American Tale-The Mystery of the Night Monster, and Balto parts II & III. Amanda’s first two albums, Growing Up in Hollywood Town and West of Oz were recorded in collaboration with pianist Lincoln Mayorga. Her album, Dreaming, sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Midnight Matinee features performances by jazz legend Bob James and blues idol Robben Ford. Amanda McBroom Live at Rainbow & Stars, was recorded during her sold-out month-long engagement at that most illustrious venue in New York. Other stellar recordings include A Waiting Heart, A Woman of Will, and Chanson, which is a tribute to Amanda’s writing inspiration, the incomparable songwriter Jacques Brel. The CD, Voices, features a truly historic duet of Amanda and country legend, Vince Gill, singing her hit, “The Rose.” As an actress, Amanda appeared on Broadway in Seesaw and Off Broadway in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. She wrote her own musical Heartbeats, which has been produced throughout the U.S. at numerous venues including The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Sacramento Music Circus. And her one-woman musical, A Woman of Will, had its world premiere at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura, and its off-Broadway debut in 2005. Amanda also wrote the lyrics for the musical, Dangerous Beauty, which had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2011. Performing live in cabarets, clubs, and concert halls has allowed Amanda to unite her songwriting, acting, and vocal talents into singularly dazzling performances that leave audiences and critics alike breathless with emotion. She’s performed in concert at Carnegie Hall, throughout the U.S., in London, the Far East, and Australia. For more please visit amcbroom.com.

65 MINJUL 10
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Amanda McBroom

Chris Pearson

EChris Pearson was born in Tehran, Iran, to American parents. He grew up in the DC area and attended Northern Virginia Community College. He co-created and wrote the bulk of the animated comedy show “Dan vs.” which ran on the Hub Network for three seasons. In his capacity as Executive Producer, Chris was nominated for Daytime Emmy awards in 2013 and 2014. Recently he wrote an episode of the Netflix series “Buddy Thunderstruck” and is currently writing full-time for NowThis Politics.

70 MINJUL 8
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Chris Pearson