Our Trusted Companions

Cultured Companions are partners in the arts, ready to take you or your loved one on a dazzling adventure. From top Broadway productions to beloved museums, our resourceful culture lovers provide companionship from home to the final curtain and back, ensuring an excursion that is fun and familiar, sophisticated and safe.

Actors. Dancers. Musicians. Artists. We select and train them—then screen for your compatibility. Let Cultured Companions help you or your loved one experience the best that New York City has to offer – because history should never become a thing of the past.

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Shana Casey

Shana is from CT and now a New Yorker. She has lived in Italy, Vietnam, and Australia - each for at least a month. Shana received her bachelor’s degree from Marymount Manhattan College. She also went to Circle in the Square Theater School where she trained for two years in Musical Theater.   Shana is an actress who loves to sing and write. She especially loves Shakespeare and comedy. As a film aficionado she enjoys seeing plays, going to museums, and listening to all kinds of music.  Shana teaches theater to children and enjoys working with young people. She has previous experience volunteering at a nursing home and helped create fun creative programs. Shana is currently a member of the Times Square Church choir where she sings almost every Sunday. 


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Terri Davis

Born in Beaufort, South Carolina to lovely vocalist and pianist, Pauline Davis and alto saxophonist, vocalist and educator, Earl Davis, who jazz giant Wayne Shorter described as: “Earl the Pearl, the opera singer who played like Cannonball,” Terri was exposed to beautiful music in the womb. A graduate of Howard University, with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Vocal Performance, Terri has shared the stage with jazz greats.  Recently, she was the featured vocalist, accompanied by world-renowned saxophonist Bill Saxton and Grammy nominated pianist Marc Cary, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. This performance landed her a first time photo/article in the New York Times, The Amsterdam News and on New York One News Show “Sound Bite”. She is also a featured vocalist for the Thursday evenings Harlem Sessions led by Marc Cary at Ginny’s Supper Club. Enchanting audiences with warmth, wit, and world class jazz vocalization of standards, contemporary and original songs, Terri Davis’ show is a “must see.”  She has been the featured vocalist at several New York venues such as Cleopatra’s Needle, Maison Harlem, Ponty Bistro, Chez Lucienne, Chocolat, (Harlem), Gin Fizz (Harlem) Sistah’s Place and For My Sweet (Brooklyn), with upcoming dates at New Harlem Besame Restaurant and Bar. 


Eustacia Foster

Eustacia is a Jazz and Classical vocalist.  She has had the pleasure of being a Culture Companion with AMR Care Group, which allows her the opportunity to not only connect with seniors but also serves as a vehicle to continue her growth socially, in humanity.  She has always looked for situations to position herself around seniors and coming from the southwest region, she has been groomed by societal standards to uphold, revere and seek knowledge from the seniors.  Eustacia finds that being a Cultured Companion is rewarding as she has access to the arts and entertainment world, through the experience.


Ethan Fran

Ethan Fran is a professional classical singer, busy performing opera, concert, and sacred music. But his life, immersed in culture, goes far beyond that one occupation.  In addition to his musical career stretching back to childhood days, he holds a BA in German and Religion from CUNY/Hunter College, can play violin and piano, has performed as an actor, and competed as an athlete in swimming and springboard diving.


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Jenna Ghidaleson

Jenna Ghidaleson is an actor/ singer songwriter. Some of her favorite roles include: Sarah in "Time Stands Still", Julia in "The Wedding Singer" and JoJo in "Seussical". She is currently working on two film projects. Jenna's songs are a country/pop feel. She is excited to be part of cultured companions. Any way she can help someone smile, she will take advantage of!


Alexandra Haines

Alexandra is a classical musical theatre singer here in NYC. She has performed as Lily in The Secret Garden and as Peep Bo in New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ The Mikado. Before she moved to New York City, she performed frequently in the Hudson Valley region, including at Bannerman Island and also up in Rhinebeck NY.  Her favorite roles were Fiona in Brigadoon, Nettie in Carousel, the Somewhere soloist in West Side Story, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Johanna in Sweeney Todd. Alexandra studied classical music at Ithaca College School of Music, where she performed in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. There, she also was required to coordinate solo recitals, where she sang pieces of Schubert, Richard Strauss, Handel, Vivaldi, and more.  

Outside of her art, Alexandra has worked with people of all ages for many years, in a nursing home for seven years and with children in schools or in private voice lessons for seven years as well. She absolutely loves working with people.

 
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Tiffany Holly

Tiffany is a published author and she has acted in and directed numerous theatre productions and has a Bachelor’s degree in theatre. She served as an instructor for Hofstra University's Weekend Creative Arts Program for Young People, as well as directed productions for various regional theatre companies including Peninsula Youth Theatre in California. She adores theatre, amusement parks, dogs, films, television, books, cooking, and flying - on planes and the trapeze!

 
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Arlee Leonard

Vocalist and recording artist Arlee Leonard is recently returned to NYC after a 4-1/2 month headlining engagement singing jazz on a luxury cruise liner throughout the Mediterranean.  This daughter of musical duo "David & Roselyn" has performed throughout Asia, across Europe and Russia, in South Africa, Central and South America, and across the USA.  Her debut CD "Wild Honey" was well-received, and she has been a guest vocalist on several other projects.  Arlee has a soulful vocal style, an impressive range, and a delightfully joyful stage presence.  She has used those same gifts as a Registered Music Together teacher on and off for years, bringing families together in joyful musical experiences. Additionally, Arlee is a certified Sound & Music Practitioner and an ordained and licensed Interfaith minister and officiant.  She loves to write and dance and has been on stage, TV and film as an actress.  This multifaceted woman lives to foster more love and joy in the world


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Carlos Luis

Carlos Luis joins Cultured Companions with more then fifteen years of experience as a Care Giver and Cultural Guide / Artist and Art Instructor in New Jersey, Brooklyn and New York City. Born in Rio de Janero, Carlos came to New York in 2001 and immediately began a four year, full time assignment as the primary Care Giver for an Alzheimer's patient in Park Slope. Together they traveled all over the five boroughs on a daily basis. Since 2005 Carlos has been the exclusive Care Giver for an autistic young man, now twenty-six years old, who lives in Cobble Hill. Carlos has truly become a member of the young man's family and is often invited to spend holidays and special occasions with them. Carlos is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. A long time member of the prestigious Art Students League of New York and with his own Gallery/Studio in Union City, New Jersey, Carlos also teaches frequent Art Classes for visiting student groups through Manhattan Tour and Travel. In his free time Carlos loves museums, art galleries and especially concerts and Broadway shows.


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Federico Mallet

Originally from Mexico, Federico came to the US four years ago to get his MFA in Acting at the New York Film Academy. He’s a member of Teatro SEA (teatrosea.org), Village Playback Theater (villageplaybacktheatre.org/) and The Toy Museum of NY (toymuseumny.org).  Previous work includes productions of“Venus in Fur”, “Rent”, “Almost Maine”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, “The Doormen” (Fringe Festival)" “The Long Christmas Dinner”, among others, some of which he directed and produced.


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Maggie Marx

Maggie has been singing, dancing and acting since the age of 4 and has been hooked ever since.  Maggie Renee Marx was born and raised in the Midwest and recently moved to the Big Apple to further her pursuits in her professional performing career!. She enjoys performing because she is marveled by the positive effect it places on individuals. Outside of performing, Maggie likes to knit, read, practice yoga, advocate others toward living a healthier lifestyle, and making new friends. She is overjoyed to be working with Cultured Companions!

 

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Kim Pokorosky

Kim is from Akron, Ohio, but spent the formative years of her childhood in Germany. She attended the University of Akron and holds a B.A. in Anthropology. After graduating, she pursued a career in archaeology. Throughout her career as an archaeologist, Kim traveled extensively through the Northeastern United States, the last project bringing her to New York City.  Since leaving archaeology, she has followed her passions pursuing different careers including, teaching and zoo keeping.  When not at work, Kim enjoys various cultural activities, such as concerts, theater, art exhibitions and film. She is also an outdoor enthusiast and animal advocate.


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Laura Walter

Laura Walter is a film and theater actress, who grew up in a small town in Bavaria, Germany. She fell in love with New York City and moved there to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting.  Since she graduated, Laura has worked on a variety of plays in New York and Los Angeles, from Kenya Cagle’s “Souls Between the Oceans”, to the feminist Off-Broadway show “Vagina Rights” which was part of the Strawberry Festival in 2017.  She also wrote, produced, directed and edited “Emma”, a short film about social anxiety.  Besides the performing arts, Laura also has a passion for animals, traveling and chocolate.