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SUZANNE LAKE

The daughter of a well-known musician, Suzanne Lake felt compelled to follow in her father’s footsteps. She was surrounded by musically talented people her entire childhood, and was thus encouraged to sing and play the piano as soon as she was able. Ms. Lake never considered another career; she knew she was meant to be a musician when she was 6 years old. She worked hard to achieve her goal, studying under some of the best teachers in New York. Notably, when she was just 14, she began taking lessons with Queena Mario, a metropolitan opera singer who said Ms. Lake was the youngest student she had ever accepted. She furthered her academic endeavors with classes with private teachers at

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Judith Marlane

JUDITH MARLANE

Very self-driven, Judith Marlane has always wanted to excel. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a dance major, and threw herself into her studies. Dr. Marlane would leave the house very early so she had time to practice before school, learn from masters of the craft like Robert Joffrey during the day, and take extra classes at Carnegie Hall of Lessons at night. All of her dance, theater, and music training combined into an exciting and fruitful career in the performing arts. One of Dr. Marlane’s first professional position was producer, writer, and broadcaster for Channel 13, WNET, in New York. Her aptitude quickly caught the attention of her peers, propelling her to roles like president of

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ELIZABETH “LIZ” RYAN

Enthusiastic, optimistic, and determined, Elizabeth “Liz” Ryan continues to thrive in her career as a director and producer. She grew up in an environment centered around television and movies, and it bothered her that none of those productions reflected true life experiences. She decided to get involved to change that; she wanted to show others the challenges people face on a daily basis and change who society viewed as heroes. Ms. Ryan proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1981, which propelled her to her first position in the field: trainee with the Directors Guild of America. She worked her way to the top, making connections and building her portfolio, and she never looked back. Today,

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