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69 minutes | 2 days ago
Ep. 5 - Featuring Matthew R. Kerns
Matthew is an artist, educator, and community leader. His artistic body of work is multi-disciplinary and some of his favorite projects are: A Christmas Carol, an eight-minute solo-performance; Read, Sing; Resist, Melania Trump; The Talking Cure Speaks; Gay Fantasia, a late-night immersive event; CHICKEN, a solo-performance journey of life, liberty, and the pursuit of healthiness in the shadow of HIV, as well as directing productions of FROST/NIXON and 1984. As an educator he has taught at independent schools, colleges and universities across the nation. His students have gone on to careers starring in Broadway shows, television, and major motion pictures. In 2006, Matthew was a member of faculty awarded the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award from the John F. Kennedy Center's Alliance for the Arts Education Network. Matthew is the Producing Executive Director at St Lou Fringe and Director of the Emerging Leaders Program & Member Relations for FOCUS St. Louis. He also owns an independent arts company named, The Drama Club STL. Matthew was honored to be named one of the 2020 Diverse Business Leaders by the St. Louis Business Journal last year for his work with St Lou Fringe. Matthew married Sean Gottlieb last year in a simple ceremony under the St. Louis Arch. They live in Lafayette Square in a row house built in 1890 with Lewis the Dog and Tuxedo the Cat.
61 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 4 - Featuring Amelia Acosta Powell
Featuring Amelia Acosta Powell, Associate Artistic Director Repertory Theatre St. Louis.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 3 - Featuring Tom Ridgely
Tom Ridgely has led the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival since 2018. A Drama Desk-nominated director, he has developed or presented work at the Public Theater, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Society, Red Bull and more. He’s worked with Tony nominees Sting, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes, Will Swenson, Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin and others, and his productions have won DFW Theater Critics Forum and ECNY Awards and been nominated for CT Critics Circle and BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards. He also co-founded Waterwell in New York and served as its Artistic Director from 2002-2018. There he created and produced more than a dozen world-premieres and adaptations of classics that were nominated for three IT awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award and a Village Voice “Best of NYC”. Known for building innovative community partnerships, he most recently resurrected the lost WWII-era Frank Loesser musicals, Blueprint Specials, featuring Broadway and military veterans and presented on board the former USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, as well as adapting and directing Waterwell’s dual-language (English/Farsi) version of Hamlet, designed and performed by a company of predominantly Middle Eastern and South Asian artists. As Artistic Director of Waterwell, he also oversaw the Waterwell Drama Program at the Professional Performing Arts School, one of the preeminent training grounds for young artists and innovators in the country, which offers daily, year-round, conservatory-style classes to more than 200 New York City public school students absolutely free of charge.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 2 - Featuring Judith Cullen
Our guest on Episode 2 is Judith Cullen, Executive Director of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. Originally from St. Charles, MO, she began her career as a dancer and performed at Powell Hall, the MUNY, Keil Opera House, JCA, Edison Theatre, STL Civic Ballet, St. Charles Civic Ballet, and on Corky the Clown’s Show before she was 10. She then turned to choreography and eventually full-time stage managing. She went on to study at Lindenwood University and worked on staff for 5 years at the star led Westport Playhouse, Theatre Project Company, MUNY Student Theatre Project Company, Judith worked on the National Tour of CATS, Miss Saigon, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Odd Couple with George Gobel, Twigs with Cloris Leachman, and Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center in D.C, Then she spent 5 more full-time years at Stages St. Louis. She returned to college to earn a BA in Legal Studies and a Master’s Certificate in Mediation from Dominican University in Illinois. In 2019, she accepted the Executive Director position at the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation.
67 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 1 - Featuring Eddie Coffield
Eddie Coffield, Artistic Director of the New Jewish Theatre and former Production Manager of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis tells his story.
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