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About Shadow

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What Has Shadow Done.


V I D E O / D I S C O G R A P Y /

 P U B L I C A T I O N S


2017 'Oatmeal Raisin', Finalist, International Mobile Film Festival, San Diego, CA


2015 'Oatmeal Raisin" a film short about a mother, a daughter and a cookie.

Won 2015 'Give Your Loved One a Hug' Award, BAD Film Festival Award, NYC

2013 "Behind the Pastie": A Peep Inside The World of Burlesque  (documentary)

2011 A Day In The Life: OCCUPY NEW YORK, 3 part video series on            

2011 LeScandal Cabaret and Burlesque Theatre TV, weekly highlights from the longest running, non stop burlesque theatre in New York City.


2010 8 Steps Forward by Shadow and Company

full length CD of poetry and music


2003 "Haunted/To Build A World" by Us

CD single, released under Indie label, Digital OverDose Musical Productions


2002 "Comments from The Peanut Gallery" combining comments, conversation and criticism on topical issues with appearances by performance artists. Produced, hosted and conceived by Shadow and appears on Citizens Television, New Haven, CT


2002 "No Middle Ground" a limited edition, independent music and poetry CD released under indie label, Digital OverDose Music. 

2000-2001 "The BIG Thang", producer and host of an arts variety program on Citizens Television


2000 The HerStory Theatre Project, poetry book and video produced by Shadow with group participants who attended a 10 week summer project, funded by a grant from The Women and Girls Fund of New Haven, CT


2000 "Three" an original poem featuree documentary. The 12 week after school/weekend project was created and facilitated by Renay Ghant.


1997-1998 "Conversations From The LipStick Wearing Culture", a one woman, original play written and performed by Renay and featured at The 1997 Small Theatre Festival in New Haven and toured throughout CT.


1997 "Journal Tunes" a self produced,

 limited edition, EP cassette of music and poetry.


1996 "BRIDGES", a poetic journey of 

recovery; a self published, interactive 

poetry book. 

Featured at The 

1997 National Poetry Competition 

and Festival in Middletown, CT.


Track 10
"Shadow's album 8 Steps Forward is a "Phil Spector Wall of Sound"

Dr. Jonathan Irving, Professor, Music Department, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven CT
March 2014

The Wall of Sound is a music production technique for pop and rock music recordings developed by record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, during the early 1960s.


Who is Shadow

Modern Rock/Spoken Word Songstress, Shadow carries 6 strings, 76 keys and a couple of sequencers to present poignant poetry, riveting rhythms, uncluttered yet vibrant choruses and melodies dancing up and down a 3 octave range to spew spoken word and song, with a ferocious flair to fan the flames that feed the fire, as a one woman, rock and roll medicine show spreading love from place to place.

Shadow shines in unconventional venues such as festivals, bookstores, coffeehouses, libraries, subways, parks, house concerts and art exhibits. Shadow's videos and music can be seen and heard on

In 2016, Shadow partnered with the city of New Haven, Connecticut and the historic Union Station to present The Street Performers Series, throughout Downtown and inside the station.

In 2013 Shadow was invited to become a member of The Singer/Songwriter Sessions at The Bitter End in New York City. Shadow completed her latest documentary “Behind The Pastie” A Peep Inside The World of Burlesque, showcasing the world famous Le Scandal Cabaret and Burlesque Theatre Company of NYC. 

In 2010, Shadow released ‘8 Steps Forward’ featuring Shadow & Company.

During the summer of 2007, Shadow embarked on an ambitious effort, the RockaThon, to play as many shows in a weekend as possible in NY and MA. Shadow played In 2006, Shadow became officially "googled" as modern rock/spoken word Diva. 

After 3 years online at, Shadow sold her first single from her second Indie release "No Middle Ground".
In 2005, Shadow became the first performing artist in New Haven to receive an official street performers permit. 
Shadow is a local, award winning poet, singer, songwriter and artist educator. Shadow received an array of formal musical and artistic training at The Neighborhood Music School, Yale University, The Educational Center for The Arts and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Shadow has been a professional artist since first getting paid to sing in 1984 and had performed primarily as a solo artist until 2003.
As a solo performer, Shadow has been featured at The Bitter End, The Baggot Inn, The Nuyoricans Poets Cafe and The Orange Beer in NYC, as well as The Long Wharf Theatre, The Muddy Cup in MA, Almhurst College in New Hampshire, Artspace, Cafe9, BAR, The Tune-Inn, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, The New Haven Advocate Festival and more.
 Collaborations have included Michael Mills; Obie Winner, Dal Orlander-Smith; international world music sensation, Sally Nyolo; Broadway dancer, Larry Farrell; Boston pianist, Jennifer Minuto and gospel greats, The Golden Stars.

Shadow is an artist/educator who writes grants and has worked with numerous area organizations to use art to bring attention to social issues. Her accomplishments include the writing, soundtracking and production of the 3 part video series on drug use, abuse and recovery, The S.A.V.E.(Substance

Shadow has self published 2 books of interactive poetry, "Mommies and Nanas" in 2001 and "BRIDGES", a poetic journey of recovery in 1994. In addition, Shadow has created a line of jewelry, greeting cards and a body of abstract art. With a background in sales and marketing, Shadow works with other Indie artists to market and promote themselves through print, television and the Internet.