"SPOTLIGHT ON" WRITER BILLY BARRETT

Who is Billy Barrett?   Writer, driver, friend   What are you working on at the moment?   I’m writing an autobiogrphical piece called Highway Star. I’ve recently entered into a partnership with LA publishing consultant Maureen O’Brien. Maureen opened her own agency after many years as executive editor at Harper/Collins and Hyperion. She will…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER DARRAH CARR

  Who is Darrah Carr?   Artistic Director of Darrah Carr Dance, a New York based Irish dance company that specializes in blending traditional Irish step with contemporary modern dance.  Adjunct Professor of Dance and Irish Studies at Hofstra University.   Ph.D. Candidate in Dance Studies at Texas Woman’s University.  Freelance Writer for a variety of publications including: Dance Magazine,…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" POET/WRITER ANGELA ALAIMO O'DONNELL

Who is Angela Alaimo O’Donnell?                         I’m a writer, a poet, a teacher, and a talker.     From the time I was a very small child, my poor siblings could attest to this latter identity.  In fact, my extravagance of speech earned me a nickname—which I won’t mention here—suffice it to say it isn’t…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" FILMMAKER NIALL McKAY

Who is Niall McKay?   I am an Emmy-winning filmmaker, film curator and the festival director for Irish Film New York. Last year, I was a juror for the Galway Film Festival and was on the shorts’ selection committee for the Tribeca Film Festival.     What are you currently working on?   Currently, I am working on…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" SCREENWRITER TZILA LEVY

Who is Tzila Levy?   I am a screenwriter and playwright, 34 years old, born and raised in Israel. In December 2012 my wife ‘imported’ me to New York and since then I’ve been adjusting to my immigrant status.   In Hebrew my name means “One who gives shelter.” I am named after my late…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" SINGER/SONGWRITER MATT KEATING

Who is Matt Keating?   I am a songwriter, singer, musician, performer, producer, and teacher.  I’ve put out ten albums of my own over the past twenty years on various labels.  I’ve toured the world playing music.  I’ve produced  dozens of albums by other songwriters.  I’ve composed music for film and I’ve had my songs…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" FILMMAKER BARBARA RICK

Who is Barbara Rick?   An award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and writer.  Screenwriter.  Episodic series writer/creator.   President and founder of Out of the Blue Films Inc., an independent documentary nonprofit devoted to exceptional storytelling that explores, articulates, and celebrates humanity.     What are you currently working on?   Seeking new commissions from philanthropists, major corporations,…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" POET CONNIE ROBERTS

    Who is Connie Roberts?    I am a mother, poet, teacher…….and late-bloomer.   I was born in County Offaly, Ireland and lived there with my parents until I was five years old, at which time I was admitted to an industrial school in County Westmeath.    Apart from 10 months back at home with…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" SINGER/SONGWRITER SALINA SIAS

  Who is Salina Sias?   If you were recording this interview, I’d be laughing.  And then, maybe, laughing some more.  The tough question first? That’s the name I was born with; I’ve only been using it professionally a few years. I have a new stage name waiting in the wings, but that’s still a…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR/ACTOR DON CREEDON

 Who is Don Creedon?   Due to recent overexposure to mystical readings (and Flan O’Brien), Don Creedon is beginning to suspect that he only exists as a product of his own imagination.  That imagination currently tells him he is a playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, and producer, originally from Dublin, Ireland and now living and working…