Meet your coach: The Artist Whisperer
Emileena entered the NYC Arts scene producing an international theater festival, working with artists from around the world hungry to get their work into the theatre capital of the world. For seven years she developed a structure for the annual festival that grew to over 60 shows in seven venues. Emileena also general-managed for various nonprofits, assisted on Broadway, worked various film and music festivals, and managed several singer/songwriters. She toured theaters, music arenas, and schools across the country, working with artists from all artistic disciplines.
Emileena assisted 5-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart F. Lane on 4 Broadway productions, including the Off-Broadway transfer of The 39 Steps. In addition to managing 8 rehearsal studios and 2 small theaters for 4 years, Emileena assisted in operations for the Palace Theatre on Broadway for 2 years.
After launching TSGO, her work began to focus on emerging trends in entertainment. There she found herself stuck inside a self-perpetuating system of exploitation, witnessing many artists losing the fight. She would have been lost too if not for an excursion to an ayahuasca retreat in the Peruvian mountains. Upon her return, she found a solution she feels belongs to the world: a paradigm shift that starts one artist at a time. She calls it The Sustainability Cycle (Exploration, Inclusion, Evolution). This is her art.
Emileena's current work focuses on building sustainable careers #AnotherWay, using entrepreneurial strategies and prioritizing the artist over the art. She co-founded ARTSLAB, an incubator program that cultivates #ArtsMeetsBiz, and served on the board of Conscious Capitalism NYC. Her work is helping to build Arts programming within the Chelsea Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute, SUNY/Kaufmann's Fasttrac program for entrepreneurs, and a Purdue University alum.