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Isa Freeling
Isa Freeling has a long and versatile career in the arts. A graduate of Bennington College, where she majored in Drama and Literature; Ms. Freeling continued her studies in acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She is a development and film acquisition's consultant for Ironworks Productions; some projects include Interview, directed by Steve Buscemi, Blind Date, directed by Stanley Tucci, and Somewhere Tonight, with John Turturro. Freeling is an Art Consultant for emerging artists and to collectors. Aside from writing for the Huffington Post, she writes for Artlyst and The NY Daily News with a primary concentration in Art and culture and sometimes sociopolitical issues.

Freeling is currently serving as an Advisory Board Member to ENACT. A 20-year old organization started by Diana Feldman, to help young people maneuver through life via drama therapy. She is also a Board Member to Trendsetters; helping young women realize their future careers through mentoring programs. As a strong believer in volunteerism, she has given her time and effort to numerous causes in the US and abroad. She is also a painter.

Entries by Isa Freeling

Brooke Adams & Tony Shalhoub in Happy Days, at the Flea Theater

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:04 PM


I always like going to the Flea Theater, since they bring to fruition off beat, experimental and genius pieces such as Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Andrei Belgrader and playing now to packed audiences with Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub. An oddly...

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David Byrne Presents Great Music With COOL Color Guard!

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:14 PM



In a world where we think we have seen everything and certainly as New Yorker's we know everything-- inexhaustible David Byrne, surprises us with Contemporary Color presented by BAM at The Barclay Center in Brooklyn. My assumptions were totally wrong, not really...

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Alvin Ailey Rises Above

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 4:01 PM


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has some of the greatest modern dancers in the United States, with choreography by masters coming from a rich source of creativity and exacting expertise. Its well never runs dry.

Thursday, the Ailey ensemble opened...

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The Way We Get By

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 2:08 PM


Neil La Bute, one of my favorite American playwrights, has done something unique to his brand of well-established playwriting genre; that is of the darkly cynical variety. The Way We Get By is a good play with an important conundrum (which...

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'For Art's Sake' at Envoy Enterprises

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 2:35 PM


What is a work of art? Does art for art's sake serve a purpose? Who or what influences the value of art?

For those who have ever mulled over these questions, then the penultimate exhibition in "The Great Debate about...

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'Fowl as Centerfold' at Mary Ryan Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 2:16 PM


Jean Pagliuso has photographed models, celebrities, movie posters and landscapes. In recent years, her camera lens has pointed in a different direction -- poultry. In her latest exhibition Poultry and Raptor Suites at the Mary Ryan Gallery based on her newest...

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Review: An American in Paris

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 6:47 PM


Christopher Wheeldon's elegant new stage production at the Palace Theater of George and Ira Gershwin's An American in Paris is a must-see, however altered from the original 1951 movie version. In the film, it is a few years after the war when young...

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Peter Sarsgaard Is a Unique Modern 'Hamlet' at CSC

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 3:50 PM


Theater Review:

There is a new Hamlet in town, and Peter Sarsgaard has his back, giving this poetic youth of the ages a crisp, nuanced, and strikingly modern voice. This Hamlet is fresh faced and wears a hipster's suit at a wedding that...

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Schools ENACT Positive Change With Drama Therapy

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 12:40 PM


Few individuals over the age of thirty could ever have imagined the reality confronting so many young people today: a world fraught with insecurity about the future, violence at school (and frequently at home), gangs, guns, the lure of ever more potent...

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Wormhole in a Cargo Container

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:34 PM


Inside Yale University Art Gallery there is an exhibit of James Whistler's etchings from the 1800s; outside, there is an installation of a large golden box with writing engraved on it some 200 years later, inviting people to interconnect between Teheran and New...

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Standing Ovation for 'KODO' at BAM

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:36 PM


It was a fantastic Saturday evening at BAM as the 'KODO' ensemble concluded its 3-day performance in Brooklyn of its One World Tour. If you are not familiar with the art of drumming called Taiko, it's an extraordinary...

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How The ENACT Program Is Making Our Schools Better

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:11 PM


I am going to be doing a monthly column on how The ENACT Program makes a life-changing difference to the lives of school students through its methodology. As you read, you will be amazed at how impactful these tools are. You will learn...

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The Iceman Cometh: Theatre Review

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 10:13 AM


What a stupendous night of bleakness was had by all at BAM's Harvey Theatre! Ironically I saw it on Friday the 13th, which shall remain a lucky day for me from now on. Eugene O'Neill's gargantuan 4 hour play is truly realized in...

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Review: The Road to Damascus

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 11:43 AM

It's inspiring to see a play smartly done and well executed.

The Road to Damascus takes place in the not-too-distant future, giving us a glimpse in to the harsh possibilities that we seem to come so close to these days. A terrorist attack outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral sets off...

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Farsad Labbauf Sees Through the Lines to the Soul

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 1:23 PM

Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to...
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How to Love Like a French Woman

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:33 AM

Co-authored by Jonas Kooyman

A new installation by Sara Shaoul

France's Reproduction Subsidies
U.S Obligations

In France, mothers get a medal from the government after having four children or more. Some...

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'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:17 AM



Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello.

It seemed like the play was over in a matter of moments, not the 1 hour and...

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Alvin Ailey Unveils World Premiere, Odetta

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 1:53 PM


Wednesday night I saw an array of beautiful luminaries including: the still handsome Harry Belafonte, the ever talented Ruben Santiago Hudson, and the magnificent Jessye Norman (to name just a few) who came out to see the world premiere of Odetta, choreographed...

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Phillip Glass in Good Company for 'The Etudes' at BAM

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:40 PM


When does Phillip Glass ever disappoint?! NEVER! NEVER! He is always genius and always predictably expert in his execution of his very specific style. In 1994 he began composing The Etudes to go on an exploratory journey so he could become a better...

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Artist Explores Disillusionment With Chase Bank

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 8:54 AM


Co-authored by Jonas Kooyman

"Chase Manhattan Plaza" -- Sara Shaoul

I grew up overseas as a Chase Kid. My father always said:
If you're ever lost
If you are ever in trouble
If someone takes you

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