Mitch Traphagen captured another great night of entertainment at Tuesday’s Artists Without Walls’ Showcase. The next Showcase is on Tuesday, May 22nd, 7:30pm at The Cell, 338 West 23rd St., NYC. 

Deni Bonet and Chris Flynn


Niamh Hyland and David S. Goldman


Joanne Shea and Maeve


Deborah Lohse


John Moran, Deborah Lohse and Joanne Shea


John L Payne and Chima Chikazunga


Charles R. Hale


One of Artists Without Walls’ newest members, jazz violinist Michi Fuji, is performing with pianist Jon Weiss at Antique Garage, on January 12 and January 19, 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Michi will also be performing at Artists Without Walls’ January Showcase at The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd, St. NYC, Tuesday, January 24. The doors and bar open at 6:45 and the performances begin at 7:30. 


“We are given the opportunity to share our creative work and be received by a truly supportive and empathetic audience of fellow AWoW members and their guests. AWoW’s talented artists revitalize my spirit giving me strength and passion as I pursue my craft.” Michelle Macau


Noah Hoffeld
Noah Hoffeld

A great lineup of talent has been assembled for Artists Without Walls’ July Showcase at The Cell Theatre beginning with cellist Noah Hoffeld.  The soulful maturity of Noah’s new album Play Human belies the fact that Noah comes from a life in Classical Music. But playing Classical was never everything to Noah. Before graduating from Juilliard, he began pushing the limits by improvising, bringing rock and pop to the cello, and asking questions that would push his career beyond the ordinary. Cellist Noah has played for the likes of Renee Fleming, Philip Glass, Bebel Gilberto, and Brad Mehldau and records solos for films and television such as The Skeleton Twins (starring Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader), and Showtime’s Happyish. Noah will be singing a few songs from his new album and accompanying himself on piano and cello.


Richard Stillman
Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman is an all around performer. As an actor he has performed on Broadway, the Kennedy Center and in regional theater. These days he is mostly performing his own shows in schools, libraries and care centers. He will be telling at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival on Sept. 20th and will be performing his Spirit of Vaudeville show in Summit, NJ on Sept. 27th. During Tuesday,’s Showcase Richard will be telling two of his own stories. One is from the highlands of Scotland and the other is from the highlands of Peru.  



I.S. Jones
I.S. Jones

With a commanding stage presence and stirring poems of triumph, tribute, and forgiveness, I.S. Jones’s poetry stunned the audience into roaring “amens” at AWoW’s March Showcase. If you missed her you have a chance to meet her and hear her work at this Tuesday’s Showcase at The Cell.  I.S. is recent transplant from Southern California, is currently a graduate candidate at Hofstra University and she is a teaching colleague of Connie Roberts. I.S. was recently asked to come onboard as an editor-in-chief at Encore Radio Show, a show that delves into the culture and history of hip-hop. She is the winner of the Power Poetry Scholarship and publishes in several other literary magazines such as Harpoon Review, Chaparral, and Fat City Review.


Nick Garr (center)
Nick Garr (center)


Nick Garr, whose photo left was taken while performing Jerome Robbins” “Broadway” will be presenting  a character from his show “The Mob Psychic” and presenting it in a way that will be completely new and original to an AWoW Showcase.  Sam Adelman has been working with Nick on his web series, and will be shooting Nick’s scene for his series. Get ready for some real excitement. 


Ed Romanoff
Ed Romanoff

Ed Romanoff, whose song “St Vincent de Paul” won Song of the Year from the Nashville Songwriters Association, and whose  self-titled debut was a Roots Radio Top 100 for 2012, and ranked as high as number 12 on the European Americana Charts.  Ed will be performing a not yet recorded “old tune” about the claddagh ring (might Niamh Hyland join him?) and possibly a song he recently wrote which “…was inspired by Connie Robert’s moving book launch,” said Ed.


Alex Shapiro
Alex Shapiro

And rounding out the evening’s entertainment is first time AWoW presenter, Alex Shapiro. Alex is a poet born and raised in Beacon, New York. Having completed his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University this past May, he will be moving to the Midwest this Fall to pursue his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Join emcees Niamh Hyland and Charles R. Hale for a great night of fun an entertainment The Cell Theatre, Tuesday, July 28th, 338 W23rd St. The doors open at 6:45pm.






Mark Donnelly
Mark Donnelly

It was another splendid evening of performances at Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre this past Tuesday. Mark Donnelly got the evening started with the opening monologue from his new play No Dead End (still a work-in-progress). A terrific performance, plus cool props — black-and-white posters of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and the Dead End Kids in the background.



Honor Finnegan and Aviv Roth
Honor Finnegan and Aviv Roth

Honor Finnegan roused the crowd with her humorous lyrics and powerful voice. She sang a new song, “Fortune Cookie”, on which she played the ukulele; Aviv Roth joined her on guitar for Christine Lavin’s hilarious “Air Conditioner Song”, followed by Honor’s rousing blues, “Internet Junkie”. At the break, Honor was seen enjoying salted peanuts at the bar. Channeling Dizzy Gillespie for a future tune, Honor? “Salt peanuts. Salt peanuts!”



Renata Hinrichs
Renata Hinrichs

Cannes Film Festival and Obie award winning actress Renata Hinrichs gave an engaging and riveting performance of a section from her solo show, Random Acts.  The play brings humor and pathos to a time in our history we shouldn’t soon forget.  Tickets are now on sale for her second show, October 18th at 6pm, in the United Solo Festival  Link to tickets:



Warren and Gibson Malone
Warren and Gibson Malone

Warren Malone, a New York based singer/songwriter who is originally from Manchester England, was joined by his eleven-year old son Gibson for a rousing set. They began with a Jerry Lee Lewis tune, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” with Gibson on the piano, pumping out a driving boogie pattern with his left hand while his right added some flashy ornamentation. They followed with Warren’s poignant song about his father, “Whole Life Blues,” and concluded with another great flashback, Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.” A sensational performance by this very talented father and son duo.  



Nicholas Garr
Nicholas Garr

Nicholas Garr opened the second half of the Showcase by giving a wonderfully moving and hysterically funny performance from his solo theatre piece Paper Tigers, which explores our shared issues of love, sex, ambition, and self image in a world where things are often not as they appear. And the lobster outfit was incredible!



Martin Kleinman
Martin Kleinman

Marty Kleinman, the popular New York storyteller, read an excerpt from his new short fiction collection, Home Front.  Careening between heartbreak and hilarity, Marty’s tale took us on a white-knuckle joyride through the convulsing Bronx landscape of the late 1970s.   Through his spot-on dialogue of ne’er-do-well characters, and keen observations of life during New York’s nadir, we were reminded that there were darn good reasons why “Fun City” apartments could be had so cheaply back then.



"Mrs" Simring
“Mrs” Simring

Last night, Steve Simring’s mother returned from the grave to tell a sympathetic audience about her less than successful marriage.  She rarely made mistakes, she said, but she screwed up royally when she married Simon. At last, according to her, she found vindication and understanding in a group of lovely, caring people at the Cell.  She’s happy to report that today she is resting peacefully. Perhaps she’s recovering from expending so much breath in the final moments of her act. You had to be there!



All in all, a great evening, bringing AWoW’s Summer Showcase Series to a close. The next Artists Without Walls’ Showcase will be at The Cell Theatre on Tuesday, September 23rd, 7pm, 338 W23rd St. 



Photos by Mitch Traphagen



For more information on Artists Without Walls contact info@artistswithoutwalls. com  







Sasha Papernik
Sasha Papernik

Pianist/singer/ composer Sasha Papernik is getting married Saturday Aug 23 in North Carolina to fellow musician Justin Poindexter. Performing the service will be legendary composer/jazz musician David Amram. A “bluegrass wedding” in the Blue Ridge Mountains is planned with AWoW members Annette Homann and Tara O’Grady in attendance. Congratulations Sasha and Justin.  


Renata Hinrichs
Renata Hinrichs



Artists Without Walls Showcase at The Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St., NYC. Tuesday, August 26th, 7pm. With Renata Hinrichs, Warren Malone, Honor Finnegan and more.  




Erin Layton
Erin Layton

And down the road a bit.  MAGDALEN, written and performed by AWoW member Erin Layton, will be presented by the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival.  Venue: Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street.  Date and Time: Friday, October 3 at 6PM.  Tickets: $18; Click here to purchase tickets. Click on “Find Tickets” and go to  Friday, October 3rd at 6PM ONLY or call (212) 239-6200. Ask for tickets for United Solo show MAGDALEN.






The members of Artists Without Walls honored Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny last week for her commitment to the arts, multiculturalism and Artists Without Walls. She and her husband, Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, will be greatly missed. Our loss is Athens, Greece’s gain. We wish them all the best.


The following article appeared in this week’s Irish Echo.  To read, click on the article below. 


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10555443_10202898826204530_1096071086_oArtists Without Walls presents its “Showcase at The Cell Theatre” on Tuesday, July 22nd, 7pm, 338 W23rd St. Join NYC’s most welcoming art group for a great lineup of entertainment and conviviality. There is no charge. 




Tara O'GradyTara O’Grady and her trio will be performing at the IBO Summer Party, Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7pm, at The Manhattan Club: 800 Seventh Ave., New York, NY. (212) 582-2975.  Join Tara for a special evening featuring great music, a full buffet dinner and an open bar. There will also be two very special guests: Mr. Noel Kilkenny, Irish Consul General and Mr. Peter Ryan, Irish Deputy Consul General. Both men are leaving New York this year to move on to diplomatic appointments in Greece and Hong Kong, respectively.  They have been great friends to the IBO, so this is a perfect opportunity for IBO members to personally wish them well on their new appointments.


Members & non-members alike are welcome. IBO Members will receive the discounted price of $40 per person. Non-member are welcome at $50 per person. Price includes 2 hour open bar (7-9pm), live music and a deluxe buffet. Tickets & information available on the IBO website.  



unnamed-6Honor Finnegan will be performing in the Schoolhouse Songwriter Series at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse Saturday, July 26at 7:30pm – 10:00pm, 491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, New Jersey. Tickets $10

Featuring Honor, Rich Deans, Shayfer James. Hosted by Sharon Goldman Sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council




GetImage.ashxAnd down the road…Antoinette Montague has a busy August  and September schedule. Here it is: 

August 6, 2014 Guest of Winard Harper Grants Tomb, Jazzmobile

August 10, 2014 10 am-12 noon Bethany Baptist Church
275 W Market St. Newark NJ

August 15, 2014 7 pm Hudson Valley Jazz Fest guest of Chris Persad August 16, 2014 Morristown Jazz Fest. Winard Harper, feat Antoinette

September 3, 2014 12 noon -1 pm WBGO Jazz Series
at the Hilton Gateway 2, Newark, NJ

September 26, 2014 Jazz at Kitano
66 Park Av. at 38th St., NYC

Booking: 203-820-8819 Booking Gwen Evans 973-763-2143


Why are the Artists Without Walls’ Showcases so popular? Take a look at what members and performers have to say:


“It was a thrilling, life affirming night—life-affirming in the sense that an Artist Without Walls’ showcase highlights beautifully, often spectacularly, our shared humanity.”  Connie Roberts, poet.


“If you were to put Ed Sullivan, Oscar Wilde and TEDTalks into a blender you’d get Artist Without Walls.” Ed Romanoff, singer/songwriter.


“What was needed so desperately is what AWOW has given us, a loving ear to witness….That room, that audience of art friends, people that really understand and want to see you express it. Wonderful!” Mary Tierney, actress


“Brilliant! Somehow egos are left at the door and you sit there absorbing these wonderful performances. And by the end of the evening you find yourself connected to your soul.” Ray Lindie, playwright.


We have a great night lined up on Tuesday, July 22nd, 7pm at The Cell Theatre. Performers include: Top Row: Maura Knowles, Alessia Sushko, Charles R. Hale. Bottom row: Vinnie Nauheimer, Jack Feldstein, Sedly Bloomsfeld, Steve Silver and John Moran. 




Photo montage by Vera Hoar. 


Singer/songwriter Martina Fiserova will be performing at the Way Station at the Way Station683 Washington Ave between Prospect and St Marks, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 11238 on May 26th, Monday, at 8pm. Suggested donation for all shows is 5$


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Artists Without Walls presents its “Showcase at The Cell” on Tuesday, May 27, 7pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St., NYC. 
Martina Fiserova will also be appearing at The Path Cafe on May 31st, Saturday, at 9pm, 131 Christopher Street, West Village. No cover 
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Russian-American pianist and singer Sasha Papernik will be at Joe’s Pub on Sunday, June 1, 9pm.  Sasha will be joined by Brazilian-American singer Nanny Assis, and African-American husband and wife duo Puma Sojola and Andrea Jones Sojola and will be bringing selections from their spring concert for Carnegie Hall’s popular series, Musical Explorers. Together they sing songs from three vibrant cultures of New York City. Join them for an exciting journey through different cultures coming together in music.  Click here for a link to the event
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Vera Hoar’s photos from the Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, April 22, 2014. The names of the photographed appear above the photo.


Michelle Macau and Ron Ryan

Ron in Play

Michel Henry and Charlie Perkalis


Sam Adelman and Ron Vazzano


Deni Bonet and Matt Turk


Annette Homann


Jim Rodgers


Richard Deane


Sasha Papernik


Intermission: Where the collaborations begin

Intermission crowd