Elizabeth and Joanna are NOT HELPFUL: Pretty Songs and Feminine Harms

We wanted to make music together…

Get your 7pm May 20th tickets here.


We are Elizabeth Inghram and Joanna Parson. We’ve known each other for years as actresses and have long relied on each other for advice navigating our busy worlds in film and television. But until now, we’ve never worked together on our first love–musical theater.

When we decided to create a show together, we found we had similar ideas of what made our toes tap and our hearts swoon; we also found that a lot of the material we most love rings a bit differently to today’s ears. From the point of view of evolved women, most of the material is… not helpful.

From classic show tunes to pop songs and medleys– what are the messages our favorite songs have been teaching us? And how can we fight the patriarchy with a trilling soprano and a bold lip?

We’re also thrilled to be joined by our main collaborator and musical director, Kyle Branzel. Lena Gilbert is helping with choreography and staging, and Mary Rodriguez (drums) and Sam McPherson (bass) join Kyle to form our band. And we had a blast on our photo shoot with the highly talented and generous actor and photographer Alberto Bonilla, not to mention graphics help from Ryan Blackwell.

We started a conversation, and now we want to share it with you. See you May 20th at 7pm!

xo Elizabeth and Joanna

Friday, March 8 Performance at Flying Circus Salon

Hi, NYers! Performing on Friday night (something brand new, something old). Join us if you can! w/ Erica SilbermanAna Maria Jomolca and more…


a monthly fundraiser

Friday, March 8, 2019


Tickets: $20
Lite Bites and Beverages


Kate Dwyer, Susanna Horng, Ana Maria Jomolca, Matt Mercier, Sharon O’Connell, and Hani Omar Khalil
with music by Joanna Parson

21 WEST 26TH STREET, 2nd Floor

Photo credit Shots of Art Berlin, chiffon tee shirt available at Caviglia’s Red Bubble

Headed to Berlin Film Festival, Feb 7-10

Let’s grab a glass of Reisling and cruise the river Spree– when we’re not watching movies at Berlinale, that is.

Bohemia Group has expanded into Europe. As a dual citizen (American and Estonian), I’m excited to get to know Bohemia’s newest base. My European manager, Alex Surer, will be leading a merry band of Bohemians around town. And I’ll absorb everything I can about the films, filmmakers, casting directors and other talented creatives at this prestigious festival.

Maybe I’ll even nudge them over to my site on E-Talenta, the platform for casting professionals and European actors.

What a privilege– I can’t wait.


Joanna’s advice for girls in comedy

“It takes too much time and energy to be anyone but yourself.”

I was thrilled to talk to GOLD Comedy for Girls about confidence through laziness– ’cause that’s my jam. GOLD gives girls, women and “others” the tools to find their funny and share it with the world. And believe me, the world needs it. Check out this wonderful organization!


GOLD Comedy: Joanna Parson