Nov 22, 2021
By Jordan Chakravarty
Coming up this Saturday on Finding Your Bliss, we have a show devoted to music and visual arts. This week, Bliss expert and Life Coach Judy Librach is joined by artist, and art instructor Michelle Fish.
Michelle Fish is the founder of Learn Art Online Toronto. Her passion for Small Group teaching, started with her brainchild, the Painted Word Studio, an Ottawa programme that continued for over a decade. After that, she taught Drawing and Art Appreciation courses for 10 years at the University of Toronto.
Tapping into the 55 plus population and seeking a more creative alternative to traditional “In-Class” instruction, Michelle left UofT in 2018 to pursue her own dream website, Learn Art Online Toronto.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, Masters in Teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a B.A. in Psychology. She is also an Indie Author of several Art Appreciation e-Guides, in which she contacts the artist and then writes about their artwork to help inspire visual skills in her students. Michelle is dedicated to helping Beginner Adults discover their artistic voice through simple pen and paper drawing courses, supplemented by her extensive slide collection of famous artworks. She is the first to create her own Art Course called “Breaking Beyond the Box.”
When she’s not teaching Beginner art online, Michelle enjoys drawing portraits, singing, classical ballet and taking courses in Health and Wellbeing.
Also on the program we have two exciting musical theatre talents.
Nicky Phillips is an award-winning composer and lyricist. She is currently a member of the BMI-Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop where she was awarded the Jean Banks Award for outstanding achievement in Musical Theatre. An alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Nicky was mentored by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Craig Carnelia. Her work has been showcased at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and The New York Theatre Barn. She has had writing residencies at CAP21, the Human Race Theatre Company and she was awarded the artist in residence at the Margret and H.A.Rey Center. Her work with the Musical Stage Company in Toronto includes being a music supervisor on Launchpad 2020 and a participant in Noteworthy.
As a musical theatre writer, Nicky’s musical works include: In Between (available for licensing); The Last Party (Toronto Fringe Festival); The Curious Journey (ASCAP Stephen Schwartz Workshop, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, CMTP); Stagefright (Prospect Theatre Musical Theatre Lab); Becoming Tussaud (In Development); contributed material to Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age (Forte Musical Theatre Guild); In Flanders Fields (First commissioned and produced by Smile Theatre Company, additional productions at Golden Apple Theatre and Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary where it was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Production).
Nicky is proud to have two songs featured on the Wellsongs Project CD, available for purchase through Broadway Records. Most recently, Nicky has released a musical theatre songbook entitled The Tweens ’N Teens Songbook, New Musical Theatre Songs for the Young (ish) Performer, written with collaborator Sarah Ziegler.
As a composer for the theatre, Nicky has written music for the following plays: The Snow Queen (Theatre New Brunswick); Buyer and Cellar (Alberta Theatre Projects); Old Man And The River (Theatre Direct); Jane Eyre, The Penelopiad and The 39 Steps, (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). She is a proud member of ASCAP where she was awarded an ASCAP Plus Award.
Sarah Ziegler is an advanced member of the BMI Workshop. In addition to creating the “Teens ‘n Tweens Songbook” together, Nicky and Sarah teamed with librettist Steven Gallagher to write In BeTween, a musical for adolescent performers. Sarah is the co-lyricist and co-librettist of Just Between the All of Us, an audience-driven musical that was commissioned by PCLO. The show was the winner of the Reva Shiner Comedy Award and will have a production at Bloomington Playwright’s Project. Theater in Asylum and Piper Theatre in Brooklyn presented a workshop production of another musical of Sarah’s, The Brontës.
This show is currently being workshopped at the University of East London and will have a production in 2022. Sarah’s songs have been performed at cabaret spaces across NYC including 54 Below (Lady Parts, Broadway Babylon, and MuseMatch), The Duplex (In the Works) and the New York Theatre Barn (Sarah vs. Sarah). Her other past productions include a short musical in Stage Fright, Prospect Theater Company’s Fall Musical Theater Lab, and a short musical in UC Irvine’s [email protected]. Sarah has a holiday musical in the works, The Town That Sucked at Christmas, and she has just released a children’s album of original tunes (“Musical Muffins: Songs for Babies and Big Kids”). Sarah has a Masters in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and enjoys occasionally taking the stage as a performer herself.
Karen Shopsowitz is an award-winning producer, director, editor and cameraperson, whose work has been screened nationally and internationally. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University, a Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Video from York University, and a Certificate in Feature Film Writing from UCLA’s on-line writer’s studio. She served as producer, director, writer and editor of the award-winning “My Grandparents Had a Hotel”. Her National Film Board documentary “My Father’s Camera” was honoured with the prestigious Peabody Award. In addition to editing all of her own films, Karen has also edited a number of other productions for other directors. Karen joins Judy to tell us more about her latest’s documentary Magic Shadows, Elwy Yost: A Life in Movies, which air on TVOntario on November 27th, 2021.
Check out the documentary trailer:
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