Beyond the BA

2015’s annual holiday party features television, stage, and screen actor Ethan Paulini conversing with digital marketing director Tony Howell and the audience about the challenges of succeeding as a professional performer in today’s complex entertainment market. NYSTA board member LINDSAY RIDER moderates.

Ethan Paulini is an actor, director, writer, acting and career coach. Extensive NY, national tour and regional theatre credits as well as television, feature film, commercial and VoiceOver work. Directing credits include Passing Strange, The Full Monty, Working, Speech and Debate, Really Rosie, The Music Man. Ethan has taught at such organizations as HJT, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Arkansas Rep and OBU. As a private coach Ethan currently has a roster of over 75 clients ranging in age from 8 to 70. Through their work together, Ethan’s private clients have booked major work including Broadway and recurring television and feature film contracts. Ethan’s show Mama and Her Boys has been performed over 500 times all over the east coast, including an 18 month Off Broadway run. He also co-wrote the critically acclaimed shows Gaylebrity and Sajous So Far. He can be heard on Lisa Howard’s debut album Songs of Innocence and Experience. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and Society of Directors and Choreographers. For more information please visit

NYSTA Board Member Lindsay Rider has been praised as a “stand out…show stopper” (Broadway World).  This season, Ms. Rider was seen at Joe’s Pub, creating and producing a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; at 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, The Cutting Room, Toshi’s Living Room and with Encompass Opera.  Last season she premiered her one-woman show “Uncharted” at the Triad Theater in NYC. Other roles include Petra in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” with the Michigan Opera Theatre (debut); Adele in Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”; Valentina Scarcella in John Musto’s New York Premiere of “Later of the Same Evening”; and Greta Fiorentino in Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene”. Ms. Rider can be heard on the recent CD release of Michael Mott’s “Where the Sky Ends” & “Where the Sky Ends Remix” Albums (Broadway Records); on Fox’s Season 11 of “American Idol”; and as a soloist for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Ms. Rider has served as Assistant Director for the Manhattan School of Music’s Musical Theater Program; has taught at the Broadway Dance Center and maintains a private studio.  Member  AGMA/AEA

Tony Howell is the founder of Creative Social Media. After several years at Music Theatre International, he founded Creative Social Media to help actors create their own opportunities, audiences, and sustainable success. In just two years, CSM has helped artists in 8+ countries and has been featured by Google, Actors’ Equity Association, Broadway Dance Center, and more. Howell and his team are all about finding an online presence that works for you—not just your comfort zone, but creating 24/7/365 results.