Building a Community of Sustainable Artists
Imagine a brighter future for the Arts: one where art is not only supported, but celebrated.
Artists make a living from their creative work.
To that end, we are developing a venue dedicated to alternative commercial performance with a co-working space and shared resources for artists and creative businesses alike. It's a community where loving intentions flourish.
Imagine this safe space for developing, incubating, showcasing, and launching artistic ideas. In this festival-type eco-system we can consistently challenge the status quo. By cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit through development programs, we'll together create sustainability for the Arts.
But how do we disrupt the current de-evolution of the Arts?
The Sustainability Cycle:
The creative mind needs freedom, space, and time to develop.
Art is found on the walls of the soul, accessible to everyone - there are no universal rules or definitions. When it's honest and pure, art is everywhere. Inclusion reminds us to be open to all opportunities and possibilities just as we ask those experiencing our art to be open to us.
The hardest stage of sustainability is learning to adapt to your environment. If an artist or Arts business wants to be sustainable, they must learn to evolve their art without compromising the artist within. This can only happen with a gentle, conscious, and honest understanding of the self in relationship to one's art.
TSGO programming is aimed at developing artists and entrepreneurs that are challenging industry models. We support a dialog between the Arts and Business communities to build a sustainable future for us all.
In-house projects focus on early stage development: building a brand and strategy that supports the artist within. TSGO produces concerts and events that showcase emerging trends in entertainment, often merging music and theatre in innovative and immersive environments.
Founder & CEO
Emileena entered the NYC Arts scene producing an international theater festival, working with artists from around the world hungry to get their work into the theatre capital of the world. For seven years she developed a structure for the annual festival that grew to over 60 shows in seven venues. Emileena also general-managed for various nonprofits, assisted on Broadway, worked various film and music festivals, and managed several singer/songwriters. She toured theaters, music arenas, and schools across the country, working with artists from all artistic disciplines.
Emileena assisted 5-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart F. Lane on 4 Broadway productions, including the Off-Broadway transfer of The 39 Steps. In addition to managing 8 rehearsal studios and 2 small theaters for 4 years, Emileena assisted in operations for the Palace Theatre on Broadway for 2 years.
After launching TSGO, her work began to focus on emerging trends in entertainment. There she found herself stuck inside a self-perpetuating system of exploitation, witnessing many artists losing the fight. She would have been lost too if not for an excursion to an ayahuasca retreat in the Peruvian mountains. Upon her return, she found a solution she feels belongs to the world: a paradigm shift that starts one artist at a time. She calls it The Sustainability Cycle (Exploration, Inclusion, Evolution). This is her art.
Emileena's current work focuses on building sustainable careers #AnotherWay, using entrepreneurial strategies and prioritizing the artist over the art. She co-founded ARTSLAB, an incubator program that cultivates #ArtsMeetsBiz, and served on the board of Conscious Capitalism NYC. Her work is helping to build Arts programming within the Chelsea Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute, SUNY/Kaufmann's Fasttrac program for entrepreneurs, and a Purdue University alum.