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Everything Theater Podcast
32 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Fort Salem Theater
Kyle West joins us to talk about taking over the Fort Salem Theater in Salem, NY. We discuss selecting a season in these interesting times and appealing to a wide audience.
33 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Backstage Episode 16 - Jukebox Musicals
All 3 musicals nominated for a Tony this year were Jukebox musicals. What do you think of Jukebox musicals? Which ones work the best and why? Ellen and Benita read our listeners' comments!
25 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Backstage Episode 15 - Moving Indoors
With outdoor theatre stopping for the season as the weather gets colder and the delta variant potentially escalating COVID cases going into the fall and winter, where do you personally stand with attending theatre or being part of a production this fall/winter? Are you comfortable being in doors? What safety precautions do you want theaters to practice onstage, offstage, and in the audience? Benita and Ellen read listeners' comments!
34 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Tony Awards 2021
The Tony Awards are finally here! After a quiet 2020, the 74th Annual Tony Awards are quickly approaching. Our special guest and self-proclaimed "Broadway Nerd," Adam Deremer, joins us to discuss our favorite Tony moments from the past while sharing thoughts on this year's very unique award nominations and playing a round of Tony trivia!
43 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Backstage Episode 14 - Outdoor Theatre
What do you love and hate about outdoor theatre? Benita and Ellen share listener's stories about working in the great outdoors, with all the bugs, rain, noise, and magic that ensues.
36 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
White Heron Theatre Company in Nantucket
Lynne Bolton, Artistic Director of the White Heron Theatre Company, joins us to talk about the professional theatre in Nantucket. Join us as we discuss navigating the COVID waters as theaters plan their upcoming seasons, thoughts about Equity's Open Access Policy, and all the other opportunities to create art in your life.
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Backstage Episode 13 - If I'm Paid, I'll Run a Show Into the Ground!
How long do you like your productions to run? Do you like one-week only performances? 3 weeks? 6 week? A year? We read our listeners' comments to find that sweet spot of how many performances make the work worthwhile without making the show stale. But if you're getting paid? Whole new situation!
62 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Actors’ Equity Association just announced their new Open Access Policy, allowing anyone who has worked in professional theatre to join the Union immediately. We have brought together a fantastic panel of Union and Non-Union artists to discuss the Open Access Policy and the benefits and drawbacks of joining the Union. Our guests include Sue Caputo (Equity Representative), Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill (Producing Artistic Director at Capital Repertory Theatre), Jean-Remy Monnay (Artistic Director at Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York), and Tony Pallone (Equity Actor and reporter).
35 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Opening Your Own Door
Actress Kelly Glyptis joins us to talk about Opera, Musicals, and creating your own opportunities as a storyteller and performer. Don't miss her beautiful performance of "Hope" by Jason Robert Brown.
34 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Mastering the One Actor Show
Victoria Montalbano, a Chicago based actress/storyteller, joins us to talk about her experience developing her one-woman show, "The Princess Strikes Back: One Woman's Search for the Space Cowboy of her Dreams", which will be performed live AND live streamed this July.
25 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Backstage Episode 12 - Listen!
Benita and Ellen read audience's responses to the question: "When you're onstage and something takes you out of the play (something goes wrong onstage or your mind starts wondering, thinking about what you're going to have for dinner that night).... what do you do to snap yourself back into the scene?" Spoiler alert... it's all about listening. The ladies also chat about the upcoming Broadway season.
34 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Voiceovers and the West Coast
Laurie O'Brien joins us from the West Coast to chat about theater on the other side of the country while also giving us a crash course in voiceovers as she discusses her work playing Baby Piggy on Muppet Babies.
30 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
Backstage Episode 11 - What Is Your Theater Company Saying?
Benita and Ellen discuss working on set for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", the joy of nose swabs, and the statements theater companies make with their shows.
31 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Dorset Theatre Festival
Dina Janis, Artistic Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, joins us to discuss this exciting time for theatre as companies are announcing seasons and restructuring their programming to reach new audiences.
26 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Backstage Episode 10 - Are You Ready to Go Back?
As an audience member, are you ready to go back to the theater after a year and a half of the theaters being closed for the pandemic? Would you sit in an audience filled to 100% capacity? Benita and Ellen read responses from our listeners.
70 minutes | May 26, 2021
Broadway is Coming Back!
Broadway is ready to reopen in September after over a year and a half of being dark! Producer Elliott Masie (The Prom, Allegiance, Kinky Boots, etc) joins us to talk about the future of Broadway and how this pause will bring about many exciting changes. And then we speak to Broadway actress Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz, West Side Story, etc) about projects that came out of the pause and opportunities on the horizon. And she sings for us! This MEGA double-length episode shows us what an exciting time it is for theatre.
38 minutes | May 13, 2021
Backstage Episode 9 - Returning to Stage in a Pandemic
Ellen and Benita read listener's comments about what comfort level everyone has returning to the stage. Would you only work with a fully vaccinated cast? Do you need masks on during rehearsals? Are you willing to kiss anyone onstage this season? There's lots to unpack here.
34 minutes | May 6, 2021
Burlesque and Drag
And now for something completely different! We talk to Susan Preiss from Trojan Womyn Productions about their upcoming show "Burlesque Gothique" while delving into the world of burlesque and drag.
42 minutes | May 4, 2021
Backstage Episode 8 - Don't Touch Me
Have you ever had to act in an intimate scene with someone you couldn't stand? Ellen and Benita share our audience's responses to that question and discuss the importance of appropriate behavior onstage.
37 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
The Oscars 2021
It’s Oscars Time! We take a little break from the stage to sit down with movie critic Jay Bobbin to discuss the nominees during this odd season for film. Who will take home the statue - The Father? Judas and the Black Messiah? Mank? Minari? Nomadland? Promising Young Woman? Sound of Metal? The Trial of the Chicago 7? We chat about our predictions and thoughts about some stand out performances this year, and how the pandemic has impacted the film industry.
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