Directing a Web Series!

ship life

#ShipLife (Working Title)

Pilot for an Independent Web Series. SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement (Pending). Produced by Sunny Rose Productions. Filmed by The New York Film Shop. 

Story line: Violet dreams of being a cruise ship singer in this comical farce, where her newfound friend Gina and three hot guys from the bar suddenly break into a musical number, warning about the perils of ship life.

Filming this summer! Stay tuned for more info…

Need a website? Get a deal.

turkey-deal FINALIn honor of Thanksgiving 2014, The New York Website Designer is giving back. Isn’t it time you launched your own website or blog? Or maybe a brand new website would be the perfect gift for someone on your list. We created two great packages designed to fit your needs!

You can get a basic 5-page website for $1500 or a Blog for $999.

These are our best options if you have a low budget and need a basic informational website. Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for a simple website for your start-up, or an actor needing a blog to showcase your portfolio…  we will work hand-in-hand with you to create the website of your dreams! We will set up the website for you on a web hosting platform that will allow you to maintain the site by yourself and we’ll even help you set up the site on a custom URL (such as:!


This deal can be purchased until 11:59pm on Cyber Monday; December 1st, 2014.

Featured in the Press: The New York Website Designer

Photo Credit: DNAinfo/Serena Solomon
Photo Credit: DNAinfo/Serena Solomon

The New York Website Designer, Andrea Bertola Shaw, was interviewed by for an article about freelancing.

They talked to her about her New York web design experience, the freelance lifestyle and her advice for new freelancers that are just getting started. Andrea is always thrilled to give her opinion as an in-demand expert in the web design and marketing industry.

Click here for the article, “Thinking of Striking Out Alone? Here’s How Much it Costs to be a Freelancer” by Serena Solomon.

Getting Married! May 2014

The Proposal

On March 4th, 2013 we embarked on a vacation to Hawaii to celebrate my Birthday. It proved to be a vacation we would never forget. (Hint: We ended up celebrating something more than just my birthday!)


The Ring

When we returned to NYC from Hawaii, Steven took me on a romantic horse & carriage ride in Central Park where he surprised me with the engagement ring. (I was told it was being made and would arrive weeks later). I was emotional, to say the least. I have always been enamored with the horse and carriages in Central Park; but every time I tried to go… the plans would fall through. I always said, “The first man to take me on a horse & carriage ride is the man I’m going to marry.” Well, the rest is history!

The Vagina Monologues at HERE: 2013 Production Photos

February 2013 marked the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. On February 18th and 19th, 2013, a V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues was directed by Andrea Bertola at HERE in New York City, where The Vagina Monologues was first produced in 1996.  Continue reading The Vagina Monologues at HERE: 2013 Production Photos

Web Design for The League of Professional Theatre Women

The New York Website Designer recently created a brand new web site and logo design for The League of Professional Theatre Women, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in the Professional Theatre.

The League of Professional Theatre Women, Inc. is:

  • An advocacy organization with a mission to reinforce the positive image of, promote the visibility of, and increase opportunities for women in the arts and entertainment industries, more particularly professional theatre, with a goal to enrich and infuse our culture.
  • A support system for women in theatre, in which they serve as resources for each other by mutual sharing of experiences, insights and work.
  • A center for the exchange of information and skills that women can utilize in their careers.
  • A means of linking women in the professional theatre with colleagues in college and university theatres, and with women in other performing arts organizations in the United States and abroad.
  • A forum for ideas relating to art and its effect on society.
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The Vagina Monologues: Featured in the News!

Check out all of the press attention we are getting for our  highly anticipated production of The Vagina Monologues, at HERE in New York City— where the show was first produced!

cropped-facebookPublication: The Write Teacher(s)

Title: Movers & Shakers Q&A Series: Andrea Bertola

Description: I was recently interviewed by Megan Minutillo, founder of The Write Teacher(s), for their Movers & Shakers Q&A Series. We talked about directing, the arts, education and my involvement with The Vagina Monologues. 




Title: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES V-Day Benefit Performance Set for HERE Arts Center, 2/18-19


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Publication: The Spiral Theatre Studio

Title: Interview with Richarda Abrams

Description: Richarda Abrams, from the cast of The Vagina Monologues was interviewed by Spiral Theatre Studio.


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Publication: Soho Journal

Title: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Directed by Andrea Bertola



Publication: First Online with Fran



More Information:

So far, our online fundraising campaign has raised $1,620.

We’re now 32% to our goal! Please support the cause. Every little bit helps!

2/7/13 Special Announcement: Extra tickets have just been released for The Vagina Monologues.

The show sold-out a month in advance, these extra tickets will go FAST.

Click here to purchase tickets

The Write Teacher(s) Interview: Movers & Shakers Q&A Series

I was recently interviewed by Megan Minutillo, founder of The Write Teacher(s), for their Movers & Shakers Q&A Series. We talked about directing, the arts, education and my involvement with The Vagina Monologues. See below to check out the interview. Then head over to to check out their work! Megan and her team are doing some pretty incredible stuff over at The Write Teacher(s). Their website states, “We believe that arts are essential.  We believe in community.  We believe in framing a conversation for all topics, and we do it through the lens of theatre, books, television, film, music, and of course, education. The world is changing, and we want to set the framework for the discussion.” Bravo, Megan!


Movers & Shakers Q&A Series: Andrea Bertola

Feb. 7, 2013   |  By: Megan Minutillo

I’m happy to introduce you all to our next Mover & Shaker, Andrea Bertola.  Andrea and I are working on an upcoming production of The Vagina Monologues at HERE together, and she is, without a doubt a Mover & Shaker.  Her wit, her passion, her dedication to the arts for social change…well, it’s truly inspiring.  I’m proud and honored to call her a friend and a colleague, and so very pleased that she was able to do this interview. 

TWT: First things first, did you always want to be a director?

AB: Yes! Even when I was little, I was constantly creating theatrical “masterpieces” for my family. My little sister was my first leading lady, whether she liked it or not. All the world was my stage:  the fireplace, the diving board, the garage, our swing set; every family gathering provided me with a doting audience. One time, I got in trouble for putting out a donation basket and asking for tips from my relatives! An early indication for things to come…ha.

TWT:  You are currently directing an upcoming V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, which will be performed at the HERE Arts Center in New York City. What’s it like to be working at the space where this monumental show was first work shopped?

AB: It is truly mind-blowing. I’m ecstatic and honored. The Vagina Monologues is such an important piece—it beautifully merges art with activism, and with that comes great responsibility. While directing the show, I’ve been very conscious about paying tribute to the original women that were interviewed. I want to honor their lives, their stories, and this monumental work of art.  I also aim to breathe new life into the play by making it fun and approachable for a new generation.

People are drawn to this piece for many different reasons: some are drawn to the play as a work of art; but many others use it as a way to process their emotions as they recover from violence or abuse. This show has the ability to change the way a community thinks and addresses issues of violence against women.

All of the proceeds from these V-Day benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues will be given to local organizations that work to stop violence against women and children. We’ve already sold-out our show, and we have raised thousands of dollars for our beneficiary. The outpouring of community support and generosity is breathtaking. ‎

Eve Ensler said it best when she was asked about the Vagina Monologues and the V-Day mission, “This may be one of the only times that a theater production has really been able to serve a social movement to this degree, particularly economically.”

TWT:  What’s your favorite part of being a director?

AB: As a director, my mission is to examine challenging or controversial themes that speak to contemporary issues in our society. My favorite part about this is presenting these ideas in a way that creates a unique experience for the audience. I believe the energy and atmosphere of the world in the play should stimulate the audience’s senses from the moment they step foot into the theatre. The audience should be jostled (gently) and engaged by theatre, not patronized or preached to. By creating these highly interactive experiences they become a more captivated audience.

While directing provocative, innovative, and envelope-pushing productions, I aim to spark a healthy dialogue between cast, crew, audience, and critics. It’s one of the main reasons why I got my Masters degree in Educational Theatre. Theatre can be a catalyst for social change, and I want to do my part to make the world a better place.

TWT: What advice would you give to high school students who wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

AB: Get a dual major in marketing! I’m serious. Not because you’ll need a fallback career (you won’t IF you are passionate); but because you’ll need to know how to sell yourself. No matter what career you pursue in the entertainment industry, marketing is key. This industry is all about the packaging. You can be the most talented director in the world, but no one will see your work if you can’t write a compelling synopsis.  Marketing will teach you how to make a website, how to engage an audience via social media, how to pitch a project and where to find investors. Believe me, you’ll need all of those tools to get ahead of your competition.

TWT: You’re a board member of the viBe Theater Experience. Can you explain to our readers more about the organization?

AB: viBe Theater Experience (viBe) produces original, free theater, music, and videos about real-life issues written and performed by teen girls.  We provide a safe and creative space for underserved girls to express their voices, take on challenges and gain the self-confidence necessary to succeed personally, artistically and academically. viBe empowers girls through free programs, which engage and inspire them to write, create, publish, direct, and perform personal and truthful collaborative theater and music.  Since 2002, over 60 viBe productions have brought free theater, live musical performances, music videos, and radio plays to thousands of diverse audience members, changing their perceptions about the kind of art that young women can create.

TWT: Just for fun, what movie could you watch over and over and over again?

AB: I would be totally lying if I didn’t say Father of the Bride. I know, I know. In my defense, Steve Martin and Martin Short together on-screen is nothing to scoff at! “True Romance” and “Gia” would be my second and third place favorites.

TWT: In today’s economy, arts programs in schools are being cut. What reasons would you give a politician for preserving the arts?

AB: The arts provide opportunities for self-expression; they expand our understandings; they give us the self-confidence we need to succeed personally, socially and artistically; they push us to think out-of-the-box and to view the world in new and unexpected ways. They bring magic to our world by filling it with beauty, color, music, and imagination.

TWT:  Who is/was your greatest teacher?

AB: This is a tough one. I grew up with a boatload of learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD… to name a few) and school was always challenging for me. It’s hard enough to have confidence as a young kid, let alone a kid who is constantly being told they have a learning disability. Learning disabled? What a terrible phrase.  It was heartbreaking. My greatest teachers were the ones who believed in me, saw past my struggles and appreciated my creativity. The ones that cheered me on and pushed me to reach for the stars: Mr. Grayson, Mrs. Karczewski, Caroline Worth, Maggie Lally, Joe Salvatore, Stephen DiMenna….and my parents.   

More Information:

So far, our online fundraising campaign has raised $1,620.

We’re now 32% to our goal! Please support the cause. Every little bit helps!

2/7/13 Special Announcement: Extra tickets have just been released for The Vagina Monologues.

The show sold-out a month in advance, these extra tickets will go FAST.

Click here to purchase tickets

Why should you support viBe?

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Why should you support viBe?

Our V-Day production of the Vagina Monologues at HERE will benefit viBe Theater Experience, a non-profit performing arts/ education organization that produces original, free theater, music and videos about real-life issues written and performed by under-served teen girls.

So far, our online fundraising campaign has raised $1,195.

We’re now 24% to our goal! 

Why should you support viBe?

Toya Lillard, Executive Director for viBe Theater Experience, shared these statistics with me….

90% of viBe participants are girls of color from under-resourced communities with poorly performing public schools. 70% live in single-parent households. Many lack the resources to pay for tutoring and arts programs that can inform their studies and bolster their self-esteem.  A 2012 NEA study on arts engagement found that more than half the students from low income families with exposure to the arts went on to pursue careers in law, public service, and education.  viBe engages girls through theater and activism, where they find the freedom to explore and address the issues most important to them, and are provided the platform to share their ideas, experiences and solutions.They come to our organization from over 20 public high schools and countless social service organizations throughout New York City, hungry for opportunities to create and perform their own work. Girls attend our tryouts (held multiple times in Fall, Winter and Summer), seeking to find their passion through work in the arts.  At our fall 2012 tryouts, we asked two girls why they wanted to be a part of viBe; returning girl Shervon said, “I found out acting is my passion,” and new viBe girl Kenisha said, “I thought it would be good and helpful for me…I want to create my own shows.” Each viBe program provides girls with the support they need to talk about the issues they face daily in their homes, their schools and their communities.

Gaining these fundamental emotional and academic skills leads to quantifiable outcomes. In 2012 NYC public schools had a 65.5% graduation rate, yet viBe participants have consistently maintained a 100% high school graduate rate. viBe participants also enjoy a college enrollment rate of over 90%. Over 90% of viBe girls enroll in college, attending such universities as: St. John’s, NYU, Syracuse, Temple, Hunter, Simmons and more. In the future, we aim to inspire 100% of them to enroll in college through the mentorship we provide them during and after our programs. More than half of our alumnae over 10 years remain in touch with us, and attend performances and alumnae events. They also volunteer, intern and lecture for current viBe girls. Success is demonstrated by outcomes: the stories, reactions and accomplishments our girls achieve as a result of participating in our programs and the impact they have on their communities. Sustaining the work of a small theater company dedicated to amplifying the voices of underserved girls in New York City is no easy task. In these especially challenging economic times, providing our girls with a safe, creative environment, and the support that they need to “speak truth to power” in their stories requires the support of our entire community. This is why we ask you to considera gift to viBe Theater Experience. A gift of any amount will help us to sustain our programs in 2013, and move closer to our goal of serving more girls.

Ready to make a donation?

Even $10 will help!

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Jamie Shupak, NY1’s Traffic Anchor, loves the New York Website Designer


I recently created two new websites for NY1’s traffic anchor, Jamie Shupak. Jamie needed to update her website to showcase her ever-expanding portfolio. She also needed a website for her new food blog:

Here’s what Jamie Shupak had to say about working with The New York Website Designer:

“Andrea is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is talented, creative and most importantly, she listens to your needs and wants as a client. She took my vision — for both of my sites! — and brought them to life in an even better way than I ever could have imagined. I couldn’t be happier with the work she did, all while being incredibly patient with my need for perfection. Andrea is easy and timely to communicate with, which is important. You don’t want to sit around waiting for a response when you’re itching for your website to be done. I would whole-heartedly recommend you hire her for any of your web design/logo needs.”

Jamie Shupak

Are you a creative director looking for a logographic design or website designer?