Great Performances is thrilled to be selected as a 2021 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning and registry brand and app.

This is our fourth year of being recognized on The Knot and places Great Performances in The Knot Hall of Fame, a distinction reserved for exceptional wedding professionals who have earned four or more of The Knot Best of Weddings awards.

This year, The Knot Best of Weddings winners represent the top five percent of local wedding vendors listed on The Knot. There were 1,422 new inductees into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame for 2021, out of hundreds of thousands of local vendors featured on The Knot.

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Sharing Our GPA (Great Performances’ Artists)

40 years ago we started as a company to provide women in the arts with an income so they could pursue their artistic dreams. Today, we renew that commitment for all individuals at Great Performances. We’re launching GPA, Great Performances’ Artists, to showcase the talent of our staff and share their art. From singers and songwriters to film and documentary makers, we have hundreds of talented individuals who are eager to share their craft with you.

We’re constantly updating our list, so check back often — and if you like what they do or would like them to perform at your next virtual (or live!) event, drop us a line at celebratefood@greatperformances.com.

Get to Know Great Performances' Artists

VISUAL ARTS

Damir Photographer

GP ARTIST: DAMIR

DAMIR Damir Catovic | Photographer I am simultaneously working on the several collections of the images which will, hopefully one day all end up in

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PERFORMING ARTS

GP ARTIST: JEROME BROOKS JR

JEROME BROOKS JR Composer & Performer Playlist 2 Videos “Debbie Allen Workout” 10-27-21 0:16 “Grossman School Graduate” 0:16 I was a 2021 #CityArtistCorps Grant recipient

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Joseph "Joey" Perniciaro Producer

GP ARTIST: JOEY

JOEY Joseph Perniciaro | Producer I am excited to announce a Veteran’s Day benefit weekend reading of Sundogs, I am producing by Howard Emanuel. About

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GP ARTIST: DANIELA DAKICH

DANIELA DAKICH Filmmaker I make movies that make me laugh. About ordinary people doing extraordinary stuff. SOCIAL MEDIA INSTAGRAM @danieladakich777 ADDITIONAL LINKS Youtube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQrQvXyfty5Ce5xa1elxhig

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GP ARTIST: MATTHEW

Matthew Provencal Writer & Producer I have been working on a Fantasy Pilot for the last year and a half. I ACTUALLY submitted this project

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Archil Screenwriter

GP ARTIST: ARCHIL

ARCHIL Archil Gugberidze | Screenwriter & Actor Hello, I’m Archil an Actor/Screenwriter. I have  published a Screenwriting book couple of months ago which focuses on

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Baz Singer

GP ARTIST: BAZ

BAZ Mia Andor Baz | Singer Mia Andor Baz (they/them) is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), singing competitive barbershop-style a cappella music.

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Saki Dancer, Actor, and Yoga Instructor

GP ARTIST: SAKI

SAKI Dancer, Actor & Yoga Instructor I’m a dancer/actor, born and raised in Japan. I started dancing when I was 4 years old and haven’t

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GP ARTIST: SAM BALZAC

SAM BALZAC Actor, Composer, Lyricist I’m an actor/composer/lyricist with many current projects. I recently secured the rights to a well-known comedy web series about video

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Dancer Jiemin Yang

GP ARTIST: JIEMIN YANG

JIEMIN YANG Dancer, Choreographer, Graphic Designer & Illustrator Jiemin Yang, originally from China, is a dancer, choreographer, and graphic designer/illustrator based in Queens. Jiemin holds

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GP ARTIST: MAT LABOTKA

MAT LABOTKA Comedian Welcome to Grumble Goat: A comedic grumbling of mundane trivialities. Mat Labotka and Veronique Hurley grumble through life’s little pet peeves. Do

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DECORATIVE ARTS

Chris Sell Wood and Furniture Craft Artist

GP ARTIST: CHRIS

CHRIS SELL Wood & Furniture Craft Custom designed table tops incorporating different mediums. Recently old British coins and other British related topics. Refurbishment of antique

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Dancer Jiemin Yang

GP ARTIST: JIEMIN YANG

JIEMIN YANG Dancer, Choreographer, Graphic Designer & Illustrator Jiemin Yang, originally from China, is a dancer, choreographer, and graphic designer/illustrator based in Queens. Jiemin holds

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CULINARY ARTS

HEALTH & FITNESS

LITERATURE

MUSICAL ARTS

GP ARTIST: EUGENE

EUGENE Meryle Ward | Sound Recording Artist I have a degree in Recording Arts, which is essentially anything sound. Recording for Music/ Film, Editing, Mixing

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We’re delighted to share the news of the youngest members of our Great Performances family! Ali Ciafre, Assistant Director of Catering at The Plaza and Aya Mohamed Chef de Cuisine at Great Performances recently had beautiful daughters. We’re so excited to see the GP family grow and flourish, even during these challenging times.

INTRODUCING PERRY ELIZABETH

Our colleague Ali Ciafre and her husband Nick welcomed their first child, a happy and healthy baby girl named Perry Elizabeth into the world on September 16th. Perry was born 9lbs 1oz and 21in and is so loved by all around her! 

Ali is Assistant Director of Catering at The Plaza, and has been a member of the team for just about 7 years.

INTRODUCING SORAYA YASMIN

Soraya was born on September 18, 2020 at 6lbs 5oz and 19 inches. Soraya is Aya Mohamed’s first born child, joining Aya’s two wonderful daughters from my husband, Gabrielle and Gizelle. #girldad She’s a very happy baby who is very attentive to the sound of music and her sisters’ voices. She’s a great cuddle and absolute joy to be with.

It’s definitely a joyful experience minus the sleepless nights. Nothing short of a busy season at GP I’d say. She was named after one of my aunts, and it happened to have my name in it too.

Aya can’t wait to get Soraya in the kitchen so we can all be cooking and eating together. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know Aya (a GP chef de cuisine) and her husband Aaron (a GP freelance event chef) who met at Great Performances—“definitely a GP love match”—making Soraya a true GP baby!

Get to Know The Great Performances Team

We love our team of talented catering & event professionals.