Performer Interviews, Q & A, and performance excerpts
with Marsh and MarshStream founder Stephanie Weisman
Thursday, September 10 at 7:30pm
in conversation with Founder/Artistic Director Stephanie Weisman
Celebrating 5 months of MarshStream!
Join us for a roundtable with MarshStream hosts
Alexa Almira, Monday Night MarshStream
Gail Schickele, Solo Arts Heal
Candace Johnson, CJ’s FitnesSing
Looking forward, Marshians, to hearing your thoughts
about MarshStream too!
MarshStream launched in April 2020, shortly after shelter-in-place orders were instituted in California, and from the beginning received overwhelmingly enthusiastic response with hundreds flocking to view and participate each night. Current MarshStream programming varies daily, including Monday Night MarshStream (short performances by a variety of artists), WildCard Tuesdays (everything from book/writer discussions, sing-a-longs, Tell It On Tuesday, to Sound Healing and Restorative Yoga), Wednesday Solo Arts Heal (offering stories of health, advocacy, and inspiration), Stephanie’s MarshStream on Thursday nights (interview, bantering, Q&A, and performance excerpts with Marsh favorites, moderated by Marsh founder Stephanie Weisman), Bingo! on Fridays hosted by Josh Kornbluth, plus live full-length performance concert readings, archived performance streams, performance development classes, fitness and singing lessons. Content is offered at 7:30pm nightly with mid-day youth programs throughout the week via Zoom and YouTube.
About the Guests
Gail Schickele (Host) champions arts & sciences taking her left and right brain wherever she travels. As an arts manager, consultant, and producer dba SAGE Artists, she convened an ‘Arts Heals’ group of solo artists at APAP 2020 whose unique stories of physical and mental challenges evince the healing power of The Arts. The COVID lockdown inspired Stephanie Weisman to create SOLO ARTS HEAL to share these outstanding stories of resilience, dramatic and comedic, for the entertainment and benefit of communities everywhere. Gail’s expertise in marketing, management, booking and production has served various theaters, festivals and events nationwide. Trained as a journalist in New York and Colorado, Gail has covered Colorado state politics and the environmental landscape of the Rockies. Environmental science inspires her educational and advocacy work in California with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and for the League of Women Voters for which she’s worked as an administrator and reporter on environmental issues Including legislation, climate science outreach, and co-chair of an environmental speakers series. Gail is honored to host SOLO ARTS HEAL where artists powerful stories offer audiences great performance and ‘informance’ on issues related to health and the environment, inexorably linked.
Alexa Almira (Host) is Monday Night Marsh’s Program Director and one of The Marsh’s techs.
Praised by Opera News for her vocal clarity, dramatic presence, and expressive interpretation, soprano Candace Y. Johnson, has concertized widely, including guest appearances at Carnegie Hall and The Manhattan Center. In 2018, Johnson premiered her one-woman show, VOX in a BOX at UC Berkeley, followed by a 2019 “Marsh Rising” performance. The show is a musical biography of how she uniquely fused her black music heritage and classical training to find her “voice”. On the music faculty at UC Berkeley, Johnson teaches voice classes and specializes in the research and performance of classical works by African-American composers. Johnson earned her doctorate in voice performance from the University of Michigan.
About the Host
Stephanie Weisman founded and has been the Artistic/Executive Director of The Marsh since its inception in 1989. Under her leadership, The Marsh has grown from a one-night-a-week performance series to producing 600-700 shows annually on its four stages. In addition to its developing work performance series, The Marsh’s programs include: artist-in-residencies, after-school and summer workshops for youth both onsite and in 5 SFUSD, and performance development classes, workshops and Performance Initiatives. In 1996 Stephanie spearheaded the drive to successfully buy their 12,000 sq ft facility on Valencia Street in San Francisco. This increased The Marsh’s programs four-fold as well as provided for a stable Bay Area arts organization. In 2010, The Marsh added a second venue in Berkeley. In 2020, Stephanie initiated MarshStream. She is currently at work developing her opera, Aphrodisia, with dancer, Wei Wang.
Upcoming Stephanie’s MarshStream Episodes
September 17 – Replay of Jacob Kornbluth Episode