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gifted women

show & Expo


NOV. 3 & 10




Variety Show

Presented By Women

For Women


November 3 & 10 performers 

The Talented Women

Jessica Mixon-Emcee

Jessica will engage and inform the audience as she Emcees the first ever Gifted Women's Show!


Leeann Atherton’s voice is a force of nature, as electrifying and volatile as the weather in her hometown of Austin, Texas. She combines Bonnie Raitt’s grit, Billie Holiday’s understated soulfulness and her own exuberant spirit into a sound that’s equal parts honey and gunpowder. She’s able to shake your body and lift you up, while keeping your feet firmly anchored to the earth.

Shaelyn Handy-Poet

Shaelyn Handy Slam Poet Extraordinaire!

Dancer. Carisa is originally from McAllen, TX and has studied a variety of dance styles from an early age. While attending Olin College of Engineering, she performed with the Babson Dance Ensemble and studied Classical Indian Dance during a semester abroad. After moving to Austin, Carisa became a member of Volve Performance Collective and joined A’lante Dance Ensemble in 2013.

Dancer. Kara is originally from Austin, Texas and began dancing at the age of 3. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern throughout her school years. In college, Kara danced with local Austin company Verge for two seasons. Kara began studying flamenco with Encarnación Jaeger in Seattle for 2 years before relocating back to Austin and joining Olivia Chacón’s school, Flamencura, in January of 2012. She joined A’lante in 2013, and feels privileged to be dancing with the very talented A’lante d

Corean Gonzales-Cirque Artist

Experience amazing multi-hula hooping feats all meticulously choreographed to music!

Angela Navarro-Artist

Angela Navarro is an artist based in Austin TX. She is has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Facultad de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia, Spain.

Amanda Williamson-Actor

Amanda Williamson, came to TX in 2017 to pursue performing her original works for both children and adult audiences. With a formal education in Acting from Temple University, she has performed across the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. She is also a singer, songwriter, and professional aerialist.

Griffin Gardner-Actor

Cindy Vining-Actor

Cindy Vining has been active in the Austin theatre scene since 1995 as a writer, actor, and producer, and is a founding member of Hourglass Productions. She is passionate about strengthening our voices as women and is thrilled to be a part of the Gifted Women Show and Expo!

Amy McAndrew-Actor

Amy McAndrew is credited with numerous theater, TV, and commercial roles along with two multi-festival winner short films called Martha and Derek’s Appeal. She has also co-written and performed in her own work for Zachary Scott’s Playspace and Hyde Park Theater’s FronteraFest Long & Short Fringe. A proud mom of 3 incredible sons and a recent empty nester, Amy looks forward to dedicating more time to creative endeavors. A big thanks to Jacque Nowak for producing this wonderful event!

Girls. Girls, Girls

Girls Girls Girls is Austin, Texas's original and longest running all-female musical improvisation troupe. Our award-winning specialty is creating long-form improvised musicals from a single audience suggestion. With the talent and assistance of real live musicians, GGG makes up songs, dances, characters, and stories on the spot.

Jacque' Nowak-Speaker

Jacque' Nowak is a dreamer! And as the founder and producer of this first Gifted Women's Expo she will share her "formula" on how to make dreams a reality!

Jaclyn Fleming-Videographer

Jaclyn is an Austin local who works in camera and lighting, moonlights in reality TV, and accumulates side gigs like a squirrel gathering acorns for winter. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2017 with a double degree in Radio-Television-Film and Spanish.



Jacque' Nowak Presents

Live music · Dance · Theater · Poetry

Appearances and performances by

emcee-jessica mixon

Leeann Atherton-Singer / Songwriter

Amy McAndrew, Cindy vining, griffin gardner-

Performing "Thank You..."

Written by Allison Orr Block, Amy McAndrew and Cindy Vining

and directed by  Allison Orr Block

Corean gonzales-Cirque Artist 

Amanda Williamson-Actor

kara Leal & Carisa Leal-Flamenco Dancers 

Angela navarro-Painter 

shaelyn handy-Poet



Our theme for this event is dreams-how to inspire more, create more and achieve more.


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." 

                                -Eleanor Roosevelt-



A Variety Show Presented by Women for Women


When was the last time you went to a concert? The theater? Or attended an all female convention? Gifted Women presents the best of all these events rolled into one. It's TED talk meets America's Got Talent! Come and share in this unique and exciting experience!

Spider House Ballroom

2908 Fruth Street

Austin, Texas 78705

Spiderhouse ballroom

Austin, texas

gifted women 2019

Grab a friend and join us for an afternoon of fun and inspiration!


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