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Erv Raible
Jillann Gabrielle

Erv Raible is the Executive Director of Cabaret & Concert Artists International, and is a New York City based cabaret coach, director, publicist, consultant and talent representative. Erv is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Cabaret Conference At Yale University which is being developed in conjunction with the Yale School of Drama and the Yale Repertory Theater and is an international teaching program that offers an intensive look at the art of cabaret performance technique and trains professionals for the live entertainment industry. Prior to this Erv was the Entertainment Director/Public Relations Liaison for the Lorenzo's (2005-06), FireBird Café (1999-01), owned and booked the legendary Eighty Eight's (1988-99), Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar & Cabaret (1982-89), Brandy's Piano Bar (1980-85), and The Duplex Cabaret & Piano Bar (1978-84); and through these venues presented over 4000 performers to the public.

Erv co-founded the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs; and currently serves as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Washington, DC Cabaret Network, and on the Advisory Boards of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, Chicago Cabaret Professionals, Cabaret West/Los Angeles, the West Michigan Cabaret Association and the Pacific Northwest association of Cabarets & Clubs.

Erv is the recipient of the 2007 Back Stage Bistro Award of Outstanding Excellence in Programming for the Cabaret Conference at Yale Universtity. Erv received the 2004 Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Director. Erv was a 2002, 2003 and 2004 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award nominee for Outstanding Director, received a 2000 Back Stage Bistro Award for the legendary Eighty Eight's, a 1992 MAC and Back Stage Bistro for conceiving, producing and directing the Outstanding Musical Revue Here's To Our Friends.The AIDS Music Revue, a 1992 MAC Award nomination for Outstanding Special Musical Material for the song I Wish I Might written with Emmy Award winning composer Brian Lasser, a 1991 Back Stage Bistro award for promoting cabaret and founding MAC, and a 1989 Piaf d'Honneur from the French government for promoting, producing and directing cabaret internationally.

Erv was the Associate Producer of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Cabaret Symposium for seven years and a master teacher for twelve years; and has taught cabaret classes for Talent Ventures, Inc (TVI), and currently teaches cabaret classes for Dreams Come True (DCT) Enterprises and Biz Kids NYC.

Erv recently co-produced eartSong: The Heroes Concert in NYC, Detroit and Washington, DC; and onceived, produced, directed and narrated September 11, 2001. The Musical Response, as benefits for the Twin Towers Fund.

Erv's play with music, Edward & Wallis: The Love Story of the Twentieth Century? about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is currently in readings. It is being presented by Erv and singer/actress Jillann Gabrielle of Chicago.

Erv is currently developing a Holocaust music documentary, Silent Voices: Words & Music of the Holocaust, Hate, Hope and the Human Spirit for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Prior to moving to New York City, Erv co-founded the internationally acclaimed Cincinnati, Ohio, School for Creative & Performing Arts, the first public alternative arts school, where he served as the head of the Studio Art and Art History departments; and was the resident set, costume and graphic designer for the schools numerous drama, music theater and dance productions including Babes in Toyland, Cinderella, The Music Man, A Streetcar Named Desire, Carnival, Mame, La Boutique Fantasque, Little Mary > Sunshine, and Ahmal and the Night Visitors. Erv's illustrious students include: Rocky Carroll (CBS televisions Chicago Hope / Tony Nominee for The Piano Lesson), Cy Voris (Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight / Bulletproof Monk), Rosa Curry (Broadway's Chicago and Steel Pier / George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song), and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City).

 

 

Jillann Gabrielle is a singer, actress, producer, and vocal instructor. Jillann is a highly skilled singer/actress and has developed producing and marketing talents to create vehicles to showcase her talents as well as the talents of her students and others. Alumni from her Paradise Productions theatrical ensemble and vocal studio have gone on to work with such luminaries as Barbra Streisand and John Malkovich; on Broadway in Carousel and Hair; national tours that include A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Ragtime; Oleander in London's West End, and Show Boat for PBS's musical specials; television's Drew Carey Show, Early Edition and Even Stevens for the Disney Channel; the feature film Babe; CBS's Rock Star INXS; and numerous appearances in Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, and all the major theatre companies in the Chicago area.

Currently Jillann is developing and investigating a number of projects for Broadway. She is currently collaborating with Erv Raible on the new musical play, Wallis and Edward: The Love Story of the Twentieth Century? about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It is being created as a vehicle to showcase her talents and is currently in readings.Her advisory staff includes: Erv Raible, Executive Director of Cabaret & Concert Artists International and Executive/Artistic Director of The Cabaret Conference At Yale University; Ben Feldman of the law firm of Epstein, Levinshon, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein of New York City; and husband Phil Barrile, a major Chicago based producer, musical agent, band leader, musician, and songwriter.

Jill's professional life consists of teaching voice, acting, and voice-over; performing her one woman shows for corporate, private, and senior events in the Chicago and New York metropolitan areas; performing her unique dinner show, "The Uptown/Downtown Diva," (at Palaggi's Restaurant and Trattoria Peppino and other selected Chicagoland venues) in which she is glamorous and funny as she showcases her dual talents as an operatic and Broadway singer and shares the stage with some of her "star" students and other professionals; producing dinner showcases for her vocal students; and creating, producing, and writing shows intended for Off-Broadway and Broadway. Jillann has studios at Chicago's Fine Arts Building, in Oak Park, Illinois, and in Rego Park, Queens, and has been a leading vocal instructor since 1981.

Jill has recently appeared on CBS-TV Morning Show (2005), CBS-TV News with Steve Baskerville: Voice Lesson (2002); NBC-TV Starting Over (stage presence Instructor) (2004); appeared in her own one-woman show Starstucker! in Chicago and New York (2003); is currently writing book and lyrics with Erv Raible for Wallis & Edward, a new musical play about the Duke & Duchess of Windsor which is slated to co-star cabaret legend Julie Wilson; and has produced, hosted, and marketed an open mic for opera singers, "SpaghettiArias," at the historic Italian Village Restaurant in Chicago's loop.

Jillann created Paradise Productions (theatrical division) in 1993, and since has produced and starred in critically acclaimed productions of Into the Woods, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Jerry's Girls, The Wizard of Oz, Rodgers' & Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Secret Garden and Steve Allen's Alice In Wonderland, Two by Two, and Side by Side by Sondheim. Altogether she has appeared in 35 leading roles in musicals and comedy/drama including: Evita, The Robber Bridegroom and Born Yesterday.

Jillann has appeared with: Barbara Rush in The Unsinkable Molly Brown; Peter Palmer of Li'l Abner fame in Promises, Promises; legendary Chicago DJ Wally Phillips; Metropolitan Opera star Edyta Kulczak. James Mack, lauded writer, conductor, and arranger for Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson, produced Jill's first demo and utilized her talents for a Goldenbook video series.

Jillann has always been musical and theatrical. Her grandparents, Lydia Werner and Ray Busch, were opera singers, her mother Charlotte Osterbusch a visual artist and pianist, and her father Hank Gauger was a sought after ballroom dancer. Jillann was raised with classical music and musical theater playing constantly, while old movies ran on television. A career in show business was inevitable. Her first role at age 4, in a Kindergarten Spring Extravaganza started it all - other roles came quickly. She really got serious in high school and college accumulating numerous major roles in opera and musical theater.

Jillann has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, cum laude, from Dominican University; 3 years toward her Masters of Music in Voice from Indiana University; Meisner technique at The Actor's Center; on-camera technique with casting director, Janet Louer; voice-over work with James Andelin; improvisational acting at Chicago's famed Player's Workshop of Second City; Kodaly music education techniques at Steckman Studio of Music.

Her career through the years has encompassed: choral directing with school and church groups including the German-American Kinderkor; children's choral groups through the Park Districts; Graded choirs in three Catholic schools; 25 years performing her one-woman cabaret shows for corporations, women's clubs, senior groups and private parties; 35 years performing in professional musical theater; 39 years as a professional church and synagogue soloist; 25 years as one of Chicago's leading instructors in vocal technique, performance, acting and voice-over; 16 years producing monthly student dinner showcases; 4 years producing student musical revues; 8 years producing, and performing in professional, critically acclaimed musical theater productions which played at cultural centers and schools in the Chicago area.