New York


5
Aug 09

Darren Korb, Musician

Darren Korb, © Tony Gale

Darren Korb, © Tony Gale

Darren Korb
I knew Darren Korb when he was a wee lad.  We did summer musicals together back in California.  He went to an all boys Jesuit school and he was a counselor at Space Camp! Now he’s in New York, playing in a band and growing impressive facial hair. I just found out he and his brother have written a musical called Marry Me! about two best buddies who get married for financial reasons…the ultimate bro-mance-sical.

Nominated and described by Natalie Ferraro


22
Jul 09

Natalie Ferraro, singer and writer

Natalie Ferraro, © Tony Gale

Natalie Ferraro, © Tony Gale

Natalie Ferraro

She is an amazing singer, role model, she’s a great writer, and
she recently adopted a school near her house and has decided
to help all the girls get makeovers for their prom. Natalie was in
the first bunch of people who I met when I first started practicing
Buddhism and her infectious enthusiasm for life has always
inspired me personally. She wrote a blog at plushus.com, and now writes at lovenati.com, and she runs with a group of girls called the Drunken Classy Ladies.
She’s mom to a very cute little dog, too.

Nominated and described by Diane Kolack.


15
Jul 09

Jerome Butler, Dialect Coach

Jerome Butler, © Tony Gale

Jerome Butler, © Tony Gale

Jerome Butler

Trained as an actor at Juilliard, Jerome has a diverse artistic background that includes acting in theater and tv, teaching at MIT and working with inmates in the California prison system as part of a artistic rehabilitation program. Currently a film/tv dialect coach and accent reduction specialist by day, songwriter and juggler by night, Jerome’s creativity energy and unbounded enthusiasm is inspiring.

Nominated and described by Jennifer Bergamini


1
Jul 09

David Gibbs, Publicist

David Gibbs, ©Tony Gale

David Gibbs, ©Tony Gale

David Gibbs

David used to be a rock drummer and was in that famous “Friends” video that accompanied the song “I’ll be there for you”. He played in the big NY clubs, including CBGB’s and the Limelight.
About seven years ago he started his own publicity company called DARR Publicity and is now a successful and well-respected theater publicist, working on shows throughout Manhattan. He’s passionate about what he does and has a reputation for being super friendly.

He’s also an animal lover who has helped publicize several animal causes.

Nominated and described by Andrea Reese


10
Jun 09

Joshua Dean, Aerialist

Joshua Dean, At the Trapeze School NY © Tony Gale

Joshua Dean, At the Trapeze School NY © Tony Gale

Joshua Dean, Aerialist

Joshua Dean is an aerialist… which would make any person interesting!!! You can not only take a class from him at the Trapeze School New York, but you can watch him perform with his company Suspended Cirque . He is Amazing and Beautiful to watch!! And if you take his class, his positive energy motivates and inspires (he will even take a kick or two in the face from beginning students, without getting mad). Oh and his socks never match, which makes you wonder if it is always a coincidence or on purpose.. interesting none the less.

Nominated and described by Ellen Stevenson


20
May 09

Tom McWilliam, Photographer, Cinematographer…

Tom McWilliam, Photographer (c) Tony Gale

Tom McWilliam, Photographer (c) Tony Gale

Tom McWilliam, Photographer and Cinematographer

Tom McWilliam was the Photo Editor at House and Garden magazine when Anna Wintour ran the magazine.  With his wife Nell, he has raised two charming daughters.  He knows far more about gardens and plants then I can even begin to guess at.

Tom is a talented commercial photographer and now is a Cinematographer as well, he has worked on two short films and does the occasional commercial video shoot.

Nominated and described by Tony Gale


12
May 09

Andrea Reese, Cult-Hero

Andrea Reese, photographed in Manhattan. © Tony Gale

Andrea Reese, photographed in Manhattan. © Tony Gale

Andrea Reese

Andrea Reese is an amazing and multi-faceted individual. A former opera singer, she is now known for her one-woman play, “Cirque Jacqueline“, in which she impersonates Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis . She is also the assistant to motivational guru Barbara Sher, NY Times best-selling author of “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was.”  Andrea is a cult-hero in New York City who has helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams through support groups she runs, called Success Teams.”

Nominated and described by Sari Goodfriend.


29
Apr 09

Cliff Hausner, Everywhere…

Cliff Hausner, In the Photo District. © Tony Gale

Cliff Hausner, In the Photo District. © Tony Gale

Cliff Hausner

He is everywhere. It seems as though there is no one that Cliff does not know, there is nothing Cliff has not seen. Cliff is the backbone of the Photo World in New York and a damn friendly guy.

Nominated and described by Stephen Sagmiller.


7
Apr 09

Godfrey Pflager, Uncle and Actor

Godfrey Pflager, in Manhattan. © Tony Gale

Godfrey Pflager, in Manhattan. © Tony Gale

Godfrey Pflager

Everything about my uncle is interesting – even his name – Godfrey Pflager. By the way, the “P” is silent.

Uncle Godfrey, Aunt Suzy and my cousins Dee dee and Charlie were the first people I knew who lived in Manhattan, which always seemed like a magical place to me – a shy suburban kid from outside Philadelphia. As kids, my mom would take me and my two brothers to visit the Pflagers every Thanksgiving. We would stay for a few days, and the Pflagers always knew how to have fun. We would do things like stand outside their apartment and watch the Macy’s parade on Central Park West and play Atari – the sorts of things we never got to do at home. I loved going to see them.

Godfrey and my cousins took me to see first movie I remember seeing – “Star Wars” at the Zeigfeld – and on my first subway ride – a brave thing to do in the 70s. Uncle Godfrey also used to write letters to us kids. Now it’s an email whenever he finds something he thinks I might like, but I do miss the stationary that said “from the desk of God.”

Although Godfrey might look physically imposing, he giggles a lot and has a warm, friendly personality, which makes in especially strange that he was an editor for boxing films. He tells great stories about Mike Tyson and Don King … among many other boxing legends. I’m not sure he ever knew a lot about boxing – other than how to make it look good in film. He seems too gentle to have worked in such a violent industry.

He is also an artist. I remember him hooking rugs by hand while the rest of us ate appetizers in his living room at family dinners. Because we had a large suburban house, we had room to store his tapestries in our attic. But we were lucky enough to have a few in my mom’s bedroom. I loved the geometric patterns and crazy color combinations – turquoise with yellow and orange. They reminded me of Godfrey and his habit of wearing colorful, crazy ties at Thanksgiving.

These days my uncle Godfrey is retired, and his creative outlet has changed. He’s now acting. Among his many gigs was playing one of the UN ambassadors in the movie “The Interpreter.” Besides movies, he also worked in television and student film. He’s probably one of the only people who has spent the last 40 years living on the Upper West side who has ridden the “G” train for a student film shoot.

There are lots of other interesting things about Godfrey … and here are only a few more. My Auny Suzy calls him “Goddy.” He edited cartoons from Eastern (Communist) countries for a while. He’s traveled around the world, and even lived in Rome. He’s probably already seen that movie you are thinking about seeing this weekend. And everybody who knows him loves him.

Nominated and described by Rebecca McAlpin.


25
Mar 09

Robert Honeywell, co-artistic director, and founder of the Brick

Robert Honeywell, in front of the Brick © Tony Gale

Robert Honeywell, in front of the Brick © Tony Gale

Robert Honeywell

Robert is co-artistic director and founder of the Brick Theatre, a playwright, a librettist, and an actor.  He is also a corporate lawyer who speaks a few languages and has traveled to many interesting places.  He has a great face, quirky charisma and stage presence. He recently  bought a cabin upstate.  I find him interesting because he manages to balance a heavy-duty career with his creative endeavors, and not in that waiter/day player way so common in NYC.

Nominated and described by Mikki Baloy