When people think of male-dominated fields, broadway music is not usually the first to come to mind, but the truth is that women are a minority in orchestra pits. Today we talk to Geraldine Anello, a Broadway musician who has worked as a conductor, keyboardist, and pianist for many well-known shows, including Kinky Boots, School of Rock, and Aladdin. People in the STEM community, however, know her as the founder of Handy Women, a 30,000 member Facebook group that is all about DIY home improvement, building, and fixing done by women. She is also an author, speaker, and published poet. Today she shares how she followed her dreams from France to the USA by herself at the age of 20 without being able to speak any English. She provides some insight into the gender ratio of Broadway musicians, shares her experience of being a woman in this male-dominated field, and explains what is currently being done to create more equality and diversity. She explains the biggest challenges she has faced in Broadway and how the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg influenced her outlook and career. Tuning in you’ll also hear how she is inspiring, supporting, and celebrating women through her Handy Women Facebook group and YouTube channel, and you’ll find out about her poetry books, Naked (Truth) and Power (Truth). Tune in for all this and more!
Sn. 2, #19 Geraldine Anello: Women in Broadway Music and Home Improvement
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Born in France and raised on a French island off the coast of South Africa, Geraldine moved to the United States at 20, not speaking a word of English. She is now a musician, author and speaker based in New York City. And oui, she can now speak English fluently.
As a musician, she is a conductor, pianist and music director, most often found in Broadway orchestras.
AUTHOR & POET
She is the author of an Insider’s Guide to the Music Industry (upcoming fall 2021), as well as two poetry collections titled NAKED and POWER (available on Amazon).
As a speaker, she creates a passionate, practical and easy-going atmosphere to help audiences achieve their professional dreams.