Lindsay Barrasse has done a bit of everything. She owns and operates Voyager, a video production company she started with her husband, Dave. She also is the founder of Zen-Doh, teaches yoga and recently self-published a book, “Graffiti d’Italia.” She is a graduate of Bishop O’Hara High School and Keystone College, where she earned a degree in fine arts. She lives in Scranton’s Green Ridge section with her husband.

Meet Lindsay Barrasse…

Q: You have a little bit of everything going on in your life. What is your current focus?
A: My husband and I own a video production company, Voyager. We work together on projects of all spectrums. We travel to New York, New Jersey, and we were recently in Arkansas. I also found so much help with yoga in my life, and I now teach it. I wanted to learn why it is so healing physically and mentally and more about the stretches. It just comes so natural now, and I love teaching it.

Q: What is the concept behind Zen-Doh? 
A: Zen-Doh is an aroma-therapeutic play-dough infused with essential oils. It’s in between a putty and a play dough. I make it at home with all-natural ingredients. It’s like a science experiment, because I have to add things at certain times. It’s a stress-relief toy. You can play with it and mold it and twist it in your hand. Just the act of doing that, even without any smell, relieves stress by sending neurotransmitters to the brain.

Q: How did Zen-Doh come about?

A: My husband and I were in a car accident the day after our wedding party. I had to go to physical therapy where I had to mold and manipulate putty. I didn’t like the way the play dough smelled. My sister got me scented play dough, but the fragrance was overpowering. I thought, “I wonder if I can make something and use the oils I had at home, because they smelled so much better and they were natural.” My first batch came out awesome.

Q: What can people expect in your recent self-published book?
A: My husband and I went to Italy in July. I’ve wanted to see the Colosseum for as long as I can remember. We went to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and I took this photo of (a piece of art of a woman, which is on the front cover of my book). I looked at the photo, and I looked at the wall, and I said to my husband, “I’m going to do a book.” I just wanted to document everything from Florence to Rome and Venice, Naples and Pompeii. Art is everything. I love books and having a tangible object in my hands, and they last the test of time.

Q: Tell me about your upcoming show, “Make Your Own Damn Sandwich” in the Scranton Fringe Festival.
A: I’ve worked with an improv group, Here We Are in Spain. I performed with them last year in the Fringe Festival. I decided I wanted to get an all-female improv group. The show is going to be hilarious. It’s just comedy. It’s half-scripted, half-improv. We have a “Game of Thrones” sketch in there and a lot more. We are having so much fun with it.

Q: What is it like to be an improv performer?
A: I love it. I prefer improv or unscripted material. With improv, you get one shot; you have to think on your feet. It’s not about being funny as much as it’s about being honest. If you try to be funny, you’re not going to be funny. If you’re honest, you can be funny.

Barrasse’s show “Make Your Own Damn Sandwich” will be performed at 518 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

Her book, “Graffiti d’Italia” can be pre-ordered through her Indie Go Go campaign here. Individual prints can also be purchased. The money will support her art efforts throughout Scranton and beyond. 

Photos by Emma Black