Gamble's Green Room

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Host Mike Gamble gathers his friends – dancers, choreographers, directors, and artists – to give you an inside access look into the stories of their careers. Meet, hang, laugh and chat with legends, pioneers, OGs, leaders, superstars and game-changers of the dance industry – The people you need to know, the stories you want to hear. Welcome to Gamble’s Green Room! read less
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Mark Gerban
Nov 25 2023
Mark Gerban
Philly native Mark Gerban navigated his way through some hefty personal and political obstacles in his life and still came out on top. He would become a collegiate conference champion swimmer while being a TRIPLE-major (after his high-school grades were so bad they lost him a collegiate scholarship for rowing) and then continuing the champion route as a world-class rower, becoming a US Men’s Lightweight Double National Champion, placing top 16 in the World Championships (2005 & 2007) in the Lightweight Men’s Single, and becoming an 2008 Olympic contender while representing Palestine. This all after he was diagnosed in his youth as having a learning disability and written-off to not amount to much (due to a misdiagnosis of deafness in one ear) while also struggling thru adolescence to find his identity within himself and through the eyes of the world, being a child of a Palestinian-Muslim father and a American-Jewish mother. Later, he would end up in Germany and be responsible for payment systems we have today with Apple and the user-interface experience of a major international luxury car brand, having filed nearly 40 patents for the company himself. Follow Gamble's Green Room Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gamblesgreenroom Contact Gamble's Green Room Email: get@gamblesgreenroom.com Gamble's Green Room Team Mike Gamble - Host Judi "JudiLew" Lewinson - Web & Digital Media Anastasia Miller-Burns - Talent Acquisition Tony "FreshTea" Hulten - Visual Production Simon Larsson - Sound Engineer Beats by DJ Neno #GGR
Karen Osborn
May 23 2023
Karen Osborn
Karen Osborn grew up playing sports in Portland, OR and is the Director for the LA office of Sports & Lifestyle Unlimited - the top sports and lifestyle modeling agency in the US.  After sustaining a basketball-ending injury in her first year of college, her life choices and experiences would lead her from Portland to LA in various positions in the entertainment industry as: a Licensed Make-up Artist, On-Camera Talent, Casting Assistant, Director’s Assistant, a stint in Public Relations and a temp position in Business Affairs/Contract Negotiation with Aaron Spelling’s production company on his daytime tv endeavour, “Sunset Beach”.  It was these experiences and learning how to not say “No”/being open to what came along/what she thought didn’t fit her that would culminate into her “formal” education in the entertainment industry and ultimately to her position today.   Then, In 2008, her journeys through life experiences continued over to MALAWI, where she would develop a relationship with one of the local communities and later founded the non-profit NGO organization, KUSEWERA, building a locally-run community center driven by active and creative play activities, afterschool programs and educational offerings for local children, while also actively filtering out and educating against any presence of White Savior complexes amongst international volunteer applications. Follow Gamble's Green Room Instagram: @gamblesgreenroom Contact Gamble's Green Room Email: get@gamblesgreenroom.com Gamble's Green Room Team Mike Gamble - Host   Judi "JudiLew" Lewinson - Web & Digital Media   Anastasia Miller-Burns - Talent Acquisition   Tony "FreshTea" Hulten - Visual Production   Simon Larsson - Sound Engineer   Beats by DJ Neno #GGR
Anna G. Jansson
Mar 16 2023
Anna G. Jansson
Adopted from Ethiopia at the age of 6months,  Anna G Jansson grew up outside of Gothenburg, Sweden in a small town on a golf course – no literally, her hometown stood on a golf course.   Her childhood was reminiscent of the dance movie classics FOOTLOOSE - growing up in a religiously conservative community and finding her voice and expression through dance against the wishes of her father who wanted her to play golf and be an academic.   Her formative years were spent in Sweden during the 90s where she would encounter and navigate numerous challenges as the ethnic minority girl, blatantly told “I would love hire you but you would stick out” and “I wanted 3blondes and 3brunettes but she couldn’t do it so I guess I’m asking you”.  Thru the tough-love tutelage from the likes of Bill T. Goodson, she would find her power and persevere, going on to performing in the world renowned musical THE LION KING on West End (London), the musicals A CHORUS LINE and LEGALLY BLONDE, choreographing productions for SVT (Swedish Television) and currently a judge with Swedish Dance Sport Federation (the Swedish branch of the European dance competition circuit).   Follow: @gamblesgreenroom Contact: get@gamblesgreenroom.com  Gamble's Green Room Team  Mike Gamble - Host  Judi "JudiLew" Lewinson - Web & Digital Media  Anastasia Miller-Burns - Talent Acquisition  Tony "FreshTea" Hulten - Visual Production  Simon Larsson - Sound Engineer  Beats by DJ Neno
Orlando “ZEPS” Molina
Feb 15 2023
Orlando “ZEPS” Molina
Brooklyn born Orlando ZEPS Molina found HipHop in his early teen years and it changed his life.  He developed his freestyle rap game in high school. honing his skills in wordplay, alliteration and real-time inspiration from his surroundings, realizing this was a creative path he wanted to follow.  After a couple bad decisions caught him with minor misdemeanor charges, he straightened-up upon graduating and started working fulltime to raise the capital to pursue his dream while staying in the open mic scene and small bar stages around the city.  Later on a whim chance, he was flown to Norway as a performer (his friend’s passport was expired so he was sent as a replacement) and rocked a crowd of 3000 people – it was in this moment he realized the international potential of underground HipHop and committed to investing in himself to thrive as a Norwegian underground artist, living the nomadic life (wherever he laid his head was his home including couches, -the subway, and even overnight on a bench in a mall) to make it all work.  He boom-bapped across the map, rocking shows across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and The UK and he’s now using all of his experiences thanks to the elements of HipHop to pay it all forward to the next generation, helping them to learn through rhythms, rhymes and writing with his new children’s book series RHYMOSAURS.   Follow: @gamblesgreenroomContact: get@gamblesgreenroom.comGamble's Green Room TeamMike Gamble - HostJudi "JudiLew" Lewinson - Web & Digital MediaAnastasia Miller-Burns - Talent AcquisitionTony "FreshTea" Hulten - Visual ProductionSimon Larsson - Sound EngineerBeats by DJ Neno
Nikisha Fogo
Dec 22 2022
Nikisha Fogo
From Stockholm to London and Vienna to San Francisco, Nikisha Fogo is an international power en pointe. She began her professional legacy with the Vienna State Ballet – a serendipitous full circle moment as it was a New Year’s television performance of this company she saw at the age of 9 that inspired her to pursue her dream as a ballet dance - where within FIVE (5) years she climbed the ballet ranks from Corps de ballet, Demi Soloist, to Soloist and having a full new work created around her, after which she achieved the (highest) rank of Principal within the company, leading to her current position as Principal with San Francisco Ballet. But the journey has not been without a number of battles, including a lifestyle battle with an international pandemic, an immigration battle with a visa application, and a battle with a medical misdiagnosis and treatment that left her badly injured and out of commission for the past year until the recent fall.winter season of 2022. But of course, she did not let any of this stop her, changing the battles into self-uplifting moments to reclaim and redefine her identity for herself, as well as reclaiming and re-prioritizing her body and physical health needs over the business needs of the company, being transparent throughout her rehabilitation process on social media and inspiring other dancers to reclaim their voice for their bodies as well. Follow: @gamblesgreenroomContact: get@gamblesgreenroom.comGamble's Green Room TeamMike Gamble - HostJudi "JudiLew" Lewinson - Web & Digital MediaAnastasia Miller-Burns - Talent AcquisitionTony "FreshTea" Hulten - Visual ProductionSimon Larsson - Sound EngineerBeats by DJ Neno