Beyond the Studio” with Gaitrie Subryan, is a podcast that serves as a way of telling Y-Our stories. The interviews are designed to have listeners make a connection to themselves and the artist, with hopes of inspiring them and reminding them that Y-Our, experience, journey, and stories matter. It is a way to influence, teach, and inspire those around us. Telling Y-Our stories to help us to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others.

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Episode 9: Speaking her truth and Trusting her voice

Annette Daniels Taylor is an artist, and author of the poetry chapbooks, Street Pharmacist and other poetic tales, and Hush now poems to read aloud. Her debut YA novel, Dreams on Fire (October 2018) with West 44 books is a poetic urban teenage journey written in verse. An award-winning playwright, her drama A Little Bit of Paradise, won the 2008 Artie Award for Outstanding New Play. A poet, artist, and storyteller interested in American public history, her practice includes performance, poetry, video, sound, and vocals. A 2018-19 New York State Public Humanities fellow, a 2016-18 Arthur A. Schomburg fellow with the Department of Media Study, SUNY University at Buffalo alum; a three-time NYSCA awarded artist; a Pink Door Poetry alum; and lead teaching artist with Young Audiences, Underground Railroad Residency of Western New York program. A native of Staten Island, New York with roots in North and South Carolina, Annette Daniels Taylor’s storytelling practice reminds audiences of forgotten histories.

Episode 8: Your Choice, Your Essence, Your Joy

A native of Buffalo, New York, Naila Ansari (she/her) is an award-winning choreographer, director, and performing artist. She is a distinguished MFA graduate from the University at Buffalo in Dance and a Cum Laude undergraduate of Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts Program. Ansari is an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. The company was named “Top 25 Dance Companies to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2012-2013 season, featured at Jacob’s Pillow and SummerStage NYC at Central Park. Ansari has danced and performed works for the legendary Lula Washington Dance Theatre out of Los Angeles, CA. She has had the privilege of dancing works by Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sidra Bell, and Trebien Pollard, to name a few. Ansari’s choreography has been set on a host of colleges, universities, professional theatres, and commercial projects. As an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Africana Studies at SUNY Buffalo State College, Ansari has merged artistry and scholarship to build and create works through community and collaborative processes that facilitate conversations on race and Black performance.

Episode 7: A song for the ancestors

Saranaide is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter and musician based out of Buffalo, NY. With parents from Panama and Puerto Rico, Saranaide has dipped into her DNA to embrace and celebrate the pulses and sounds of Latin America; exploding on the Buffalo Jazz Scene with a new vigor. Inspired by the legends of soul and jazz riding on the rhythms of the world, Saranaide’s unique sound is sweet honey dripping over a spicy stew. A lifelong learner, she has traveled the world to better inform her process – whether it is studying Maracatu in Canada and Brazil or traveling to Ghana to immerse herself more fully in West African drumming & dance, Saranaide beautifully blends and reflects her Afro-Latino roots. She writes in both English and Spanish, most recently adding Portuguese to her singing repertoire. Her songwriting is universal and highly personal; her stage presence ethereal and earthy, wrapping her audience up in each story told through her sultry vocals, willowing flute and jazzy guitar riffs. She began her musical journey learning the piano at the age of 4. She picked up the flute in grade school and played in various ensembles and bands throughout her life. Her musicality sparked her interest in teaching herself guitar (and later ukulele) for church services, where she spent most of her youth building the foundation for her practice. Saranaide also sings with the Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra and is passionate about her work as a birth doula. Most notable performances of her career were being a guest of the Brooklyn College Choir in 2018 to perform two sold out nights at Carnegie Hall with Joe Hisaishi in a symphonic concert featuring the music of Studio Ghibli, wowing a sold out crowd at Hotel Henry with a night of bossa nova, and opening up for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

Episode 6: Thriving Through Her Art

Aitina Fareed-Cooke Bio Aitina Fareed-Cooke was told at a young age that she would be a “failure to thrive” as a result of her biological mother’s addiction to drugs. At 14 months old her and her 2 siblings were placed into foster care and diagnosed as “Emotionally Handicapped”. When Aitina was three years old she and her sibling lost their mother due to a drug overdose. Though the odds were against her she managed to strive due to her adoptive mother’s efforts in keeping her involved in extracurricular activities, community arts programs which introduced her to photography, film, and creative writing. Aitina continues utilizing her camera or “my weapon of mass creativity” and her love of writing music and poetry as a type of “Art Activism” igniting thought and change within her community. Read More >

Episode 5: Connecting with myself and my "human design"

Eliza’s Bio and ways to connect with her: I’m Eliza Schneider, my mission on this planet is to empower women through embodiment & entrepreneurship. I currently offer a package called Vocation Activation: branding, logo & web design along with business coaching to midwife your dream into reality. I live in Marietta, NY where my techno producer husband & I are renovating an old farmhouse. I spend my time painting, hiking with my pup, reading tarot, dancing, and supporting amazing women through Vocation Activation. I host a free Tuesday Tune-Up on Instagram at LIVE weekly at 8 pm EST. Pop by and join me for a collective tarot reading, astrological insights, and storytelling. Instagram @resolvetoevolve Check out this link to know more about your human design –

Episode 4: Am I dancing for the masses?

Growing up in India, religion was not always something Sujata thought about, but now as a mom, she finds herself turning more to it than before. In this episode, Sujata talks about how her connection with Indian Classical dance and being a practicing Hindu and what all that means as a dancer in Western culture. Sujata Background and Bio: Sujata Martin is a Pelvic Floor Therapist who reconnected with her Hindu faith when faced with the ebbs & flows of motherhood. She uses a mind-body approach that blends the spirituality of her Eastern upbringing with her Western medical training to help womxn thrive through each stage of womxnhood. Sujata is passionate about Womxn’s rights and helps womxn rekindle their self-love through in-person and virtual Pelvic Health & Sex Coaching services. She loves discussing Vedanta, binge-watching Netflix, and traveling with her family. Sujata began training in Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 and has maintained a close relationship with Indian dance forms like Bollywood, Bhangra, & Garba through the years. Most recently, she performed with Devi Bollywood Dance and was active in the Buffalo Argentine Tango community. Connect with Sujata –

Episode 3: Part 2 Looking through a different mirror

From chemotherapy to now radiology. Lisa’s story in our first episode was just scratching the surface of her journey. When we sat down again, earlier this month, she explained things to me that I never could have imagined. Her story is moving, inspiring, and shows how remarkably resilient she is.

Episode 2: Singing a New Tune

Photo by Andrea Wenglowskyj Photography

In March of 2020 she gave a talk about “Identity”, the very next day, she finds herself in a nationwide lockdown. Singer, songwriter, recording artist Maya loses herself but finds her purpose during a global pandemic.

Maya By Name, aka Maya Satterwhite, is a recording artist, writer, and inspirational speaker. Maya has self-written and released four musical works, and has had songwriting placements on the Today Show, NCIS: New Orleans, and more. Behind the lens, she has been a part of modeling campaigns for Wristcam, Jared Jewelers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JoAnn Stores, and Fisher-Price. In 2020, Maya started her “Be Love, Spread Love” movement: daily inspirational and motivational messages, along with her Be Love, Spread Love Podcast.

Episode 1: Looking Through a Different Mirror

“The nurse came and said you have to see the doctor, I knew it was a bad sign. That’s when it all clicked and I realized I have it”

A dancer’s battle with breast cancer.

Lisa tells an incredible story of her experience with being a stage 3 breast cancer survivor. In our one on one, Lisa takes us through her journey, where she was surrounded by courage, love, support, along with the pain and strength which unfolded after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Through her story and experience, Lisa hopes to inspire others to speak up, to share their journey, and for everyone to take their bodies and health seriously.

Lisa’s Dance Background

Lisa Latempa was born and raised in New York City. She started dancing at the age of 5 taking contemporary, tap, ballet, jazz, and African dance. Her dance roots began at a local community dance school, Children’s Arts & Science Workshops before moving on to the Heights School of Ballet and the Harlem School of the Arts. She began flamenco lessons at the age of 10 and continued for over 8 years under accomplished flamenco dancers Ricardo Santiago and Maya de Silva. Following her move to Buffalo, NY in 2006, Lisa began teaching flamenco in the area after taking several workshops in Toronto. She joined the Syracuse-based flamenco dance troupe Puente Flamenco in 2012. Lisa was also a troupe member of Devi Bollywood Performing Arts.