Meet The Salon Team

We thank the Salonistas below who have contributed to creating and nurturing our various programs and series throughout our history.

Our team is always ebbing and flowing, so if you are interested in becoming a member of our core team, please let us know. 

Amy Hughes

Born in Leicestershire, UK, Amy Hughes spent her years growing up between Cheshire, UK and Moscow, Russia. In July 2013 she received a degree in BA Hons Fine Art from Liverpool Hope University, UK. At her undergraduate show, she was awarded the 'purchase prize' by the Liverpool Women's Hospital, where a painting can be found in private collection.

In 2016, she graduated from a two-year full-time MFA program at the New York Academy of Art. During her studies, she was awarded an Academy Merit Scholarship and HRH The Prince of Wales Scholarship (MFA 2016). Since graduating, Amy has continued to exhibit her work in both solo and group shows, working as an instructor of painting and as an Artist in Residence in the UK and New York. Most notably she has sold work at Sotheby's Auction House NY and has exhibited in the International Biennale Portrait Competition at Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been featured in several publications, including W Magazine, Southwest Art, Aesthetica Magazine, Cheshire Life, The Liverpool Echo and more.

Ana Moioli

Ana Moioli (Founding Artistic Director; actor) is a Brazilian actress and playwright in New York. Ana started acting at nine and later went to Russia, at the Moscow Art Theatre School. She is currently completing her BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch. Favorite theater credits include 'Harper Regan' (dir. Nina Fry), 'The Seagull' (dir. Vera Kharybina), 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (dir. Pedro Granato) and 'Birds of a Feather' (dir. Lauren Grajewski) – for the latter, she got a Best Actress nomination at Between Us Productions’ Take Ten Play Festival. She's also starred in short films, such as 'Elsewhere' (dir. Guilherme Pedra), for which she received the Best Actress Award at the American Student Film Festival, as well as 'How to Water Roses' (dir. Mirella Cardoso) and 'Julieta' (dir. Vicente Gonzalez). She recently debuted as a filmmaker with the film Bridge.

Barbara Kahn

Barbara Kahn is a playwright, director and actor with annual productions of her plays at Theater for the New City in New York City. She coaches actors and playwrights and offers fundraising for the arts seminars.

Dale Novella

Reared in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Dale Novella is a singer/songwriter, poet and educator who performs and produces events in the New York City area.  A captivating performer, Novella has graced various stages in both the US and Europe including The Bitter End, The Bowery Poetry Club, and is a regular at SoFar Sounds.  Novella uses her love of music to educate youth in social justice and life skills.  

Novella began The REC Life (Royaltie Entertainment Company) in 2011 to produce and promote music that inspires and uplifts.  The REC's flagship event is "The Poet WILL Be Televised" at Harlem’s Silvana, a poetry jam session that fuses Dale's loves, soul music and gut wrenching poetry.  You can find more information about The Poet WILL Be Televised! by visiting The REC Life’s website,  Keep up with Dale Novella by following her on Instagram, Facebook and at her website

Elena Grosso

Elena was born and raised in Italy where she obtained a formal degree in child psychology.
​There she was part of an independent theater company based in Venice. She then moved to NY 4 years ago and since where she attended the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Insitute for the two years conservatory program and performed as Gus in Harold's Pinter "Dumb Waiter" , an all women production of the play.
Since then she's been working in films ,theater and commercials.

Two years ago she opened LIGHTOFFILM NYC production company with her partner Marco Vitale and  is now involved in documentary, directing and producing.

Her last work "The Future Is Female" is an award winning short doumentary about female empowerment.
She is currently working on another documentary called "Ciano" wich is in postporduction and is schedule to be realesed in 2019.

Emily Cordes

Emily Cordes is an NYC-based actress, arts marketer/fundraiser, and theatre journalist. In art and life, she seeks to create work that connects, provokes, and transcends. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Emily is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University. As a performer, she has appeared in various theatre, film, and web productions throughout the tri-state area, and co-created work with such devised theatre groups as Tapestry Collective and The Laboratory of Soul, most recently receiving a Rising Sun Performance Company residency for her devised play "So Sad, So Sexy" about the fetishization of mentally ill women. She has held administrative roles with such performing arts organizations as The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Neo-Political Cowgirls, and The Bushwick Starr. Emily is a staff writer for the blog Theatre Is Easy, and has also written articles for Howlround, CultureBot, and The Theatre Times.

Giorgia Valenti

Giorgia Valenti (Founding Artistic Director;actor) expresses her passion for storytelling through acting, dancing, choreographing, singing and modeling. Giorgia is a senior in the Drama program at Tisch School of the Arts and has trained at the Meisner Studio, in Commedia dell’arte, at the Experimental Theatre Wing and is now at the Lee Strasberg Institution. She is also pursuing a minor in Dance where she is exploring diverse dance forms. Her artistic practice is inspired by free movement, the complex relationship between home and identity and the use of art as a therapeutic practice. She has a great passion for the history of Realism and Naturalism in European theatre. She is still energized from her run of Fiction with 600 Highwaymen as well as starting her own theater company Et Alia! As an international woman, Giorgia has worked and performed in India and Italy as well. @giorgiavalenti98

Heidi Russell

Heidi Russell is a self-taught fine art photographer since the age of six. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Business Administration. In 2004, Ms. Russell left her career in Fundraising to make her passions of photography and the Arts, international cultural exchange, and connecting people is a part of her daily life and purpose. Ms. Russell’s work has been in solo and group exhibitions internationally, and she has participated in several artist programs and residencies throughout Europe. Ms. Russell is also an independent curator and publisher. She is founder and director of the cross-disciplinary International Women Artists’ Salon.

Ingrid Pierson

Ingrid Pierson is excited to be working with IWAS! Credits include: Theater at Monmouth, Out of the Box Theatre Company, Mill Mountain Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, Theatreworks USA, Weathervane Repertory Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Roxy Regional Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, Triad Stage, North Carolina Theatre. Education: UNC-Greensboro.

Irene Turri

Irene Turri is a Brooklyn based writer, actress and producer. After growing up on stage in Italy, in 2012 she moved to the big apple. Since then, she has written and produced the play "Neighbors (An Anti-Romantic Comedy)" with Francesco Meola, performing in Italy and New York; she has collaborated with several theatre companies performing at the Access Theatre, Theatre For The New City, the Secret Theatre and The Kraine and she has collaborated with InScena! Italian Theatre Festival and IWAS as a live and radio producer and host.This year she produced her first short movie "Homenaje A Mi Alma", a neo-noir love story directed by the visionary Dan de Jesus.

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