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61 minutes | 4 days ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 39: France-Luce Benson
FRANCE-LUCE BENSON Playwright and Community Engagement Coordinator with The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. Named “Someone to Watch ” in 2019 by American Theatre magazine, she is a recipient of a Miranda Foundation grant (DETAINED), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Play Commission (DEVIL’S SALT), and a Princess Grace Award runner up (BOAT PEOPLE). Additional honors include: Zoetrope Grand Prize (CAROLINE’S WEDDING); Dramatists Guild Fellow 2016-17, Sam French OOB Festival Winner, NNPN Award for Best Play, and three time Kilroy List Honorable Mention. Residencies include Djerassi, the Camargo Foundation in France, and Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil. Her plays have had productions, workshops, and readings at Crossroads Theatre New Jersey, City Theatre of Miami, The Playwrights Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre of Miami, Loyola Marymount University, Global Black Voices in London, and in New York The Lark, The Billy Holiday Theatre, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she is a company member. She’s been published by Sam French and Routledge Press. She earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Theatre from Florida International University. Teaching appointments include UCLA Extension, St. Johns University, Columbia University, Girl Be Heard, and P.S. Arts/Inside Out in L.A. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, Inc.
65 minutes | 18 days ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 38: Juan Villa
Juan Francisco Villa is an actor, playwright and teaching artist currently residing in Los Angeles. He has worked nationally with both his acting and writing being performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Syracuse, and Chicago. His credits include numerous theatres, including New York Public Theatre, the Goodman, Rattlestick, television including Madame Secretary and The Blacklist, and film. He has been nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards, 3 New York Theatre Innovation Awards, won ITBA Patrick Lee Award, and performed in all three of Luis Alfaro's Greek trilogy plays Elictricidad, Oedipus El Rey, and Mojada. Juan's play, Empanada for a Dream, was named best show in Chicago and Los Angeles. Juan did VO for an animated pilot for FX called Little Demon with Aubrey Plaza, Danny Devito and Lucy Devito. He shot an indie called To Leslie with Allison Janney, Marc Marron, Andrea Riseborough, Andrea Royo, Stephen Root. I'm sure Fall of 2021 it will be released. Around that time. Maybe we can see it in theaters then :)
61 minutes | a month ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 37: Purva Bedi
Purva Bedi A 2019 Drama Desk Award winner for her work in Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Purva is an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theater and a member of the Actors Center. New York theater credits include: Wives (Playwrights Horizons), Passage (Soho Rep), India Pale Ale (Manhattan Theater Club), An Ordinary Muslim (New York Theatre Workshop), Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project), The Idiot (Here Arts Center), Veil'd (Women's Project); Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, Reread Another, The Tempest, and Second Language (Target Margin); There or Here (Hypothetical Theater), The Rise of Dorothy Hale (St. Luke's); East is East (Manhattan Theater Club & New Group); and many others. She recently shot the NBC pilot One Of Us Is Lying. Her guest and recurring appearances include Billions, High Maintenance, She's Gotta Have It, The Code, Madam Secretary, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, Nurse Jackie, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, A Gifted Man, Gossip Girl, House, Boston Legal, Alias, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Drew Carey Show, ER, Strong Medicine, and The West Wing. www.purvabedi.com
50 minutes | a month ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 36: Florencia Lozano
Florencia Lozano is an Actor and Writer. Florencia can be seen on Netflix's show Narco. She has worked extensively on T.V. and in theatre. She has worked at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Company, and LAByrinth Theatre Company. On T.V. she has been seen on numerous shows: Narco, Madame Secretary, Kevin Can Wait, The Blacklist, and What Am I Doing Here. She played Téa Delgado on One Life To Live. She is also a writer. Her play Underneath My Bed premiered at Off-Broadway Rattlestick Theatre. Her film that she stars in and co-wrote Life After You will be screening in festivals this upcoming season. Flor has an MFA from NYU and is a founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 35: Felix Solis
Felix Solis (Actor) plays Ray Vera on Ozark and is currently filming season 4. He started booking Film and Television gigs starting with shows set in NYC such as New York Undercover, NYPD Blue and Third Watch and the film Empire (starring opposite John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard). Soon Felix appeared in acclaimed television Shows such as The West Wing, OZ, Law & Order: SVU, The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Damages and Fringe (to name only a few); and numerous films such as The Forgotten (opposite Julianne Moore), Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take, Man On A Ledge (opposite Sam Worthington and Ed Harris) and Arbitrage (opposite Tim Roth). With his roots in theatre, Felix has also continued to work on stage receiving the HOLA 2013 Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for the production of Basilica at New York’s prestigious Cherry Lane Theatre; a Connecticut Critics Circle Award in 2008 for Boleros For The Disenchanted and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Passion Play in 2006. He is especially proud of a letter Al Pacino wrote him to thank him for his performance in the original production of Our Lady Of 121st Street with the LAByrinth Theatre Company of which he has been a member since 1999. In addition to acting, Felix co-created a film production company, Subway Token Films, where their first short film, TINTO, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014; their next short film, iHeart (which he directed), made its world premiere at the Hoboken International Film Festival; it won the Award of Merit at One-Reeler Short Film Competition.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 34: Andrea Dymond
Andrea Dymond is a Chicago-based freelance director, specializing in new work, Andrea was formerly Resident Director at Victory Gardens Theater. She directed 11 productions there, including 7 world premieres. Chicago credits include Tree, Year Zero, Blue Door, Free Man of Color, Shoes, and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document…(Victory Gardens); Helen (Next); and Keep A Song In Your Soul, which she directed and developed with the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops (Old Town School of Folk Music). Other regional credits include: the new musical, St. Heaven (Village Theatre) and Having Our Say (Madison Repertory). Recent credits include: Shepsu Aahku’s Softly Blue (MPAACT) and Lynn Nottage’s Mud River Stone, (Eclipse) In addition, Andrea’s experience includes research and production dramaturgy, directing at new works festivals nationally; serving as thesis play advisor for MFA playwrights at Carnegie Mellon; and, directing at NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshops, at the Kennedy Center. Andrea teaches directing, collaboration, text analysis, acting and new play development at Columbia College Chicago, where she recently directed a production of Blues for an Alabama Sky, by Pearl Cleage and Euripides’s Hecuba, in the traditional style, with masks, and a singing and dancing Chorus.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 33: Lisa Ramirez
LISA RAMIREZ (playwright/actor) Associate Artistic Director at Oakland Theater Project, Artistic Associate at Cherry Lane Theatre. Roles include, The Angel in Angels in America at Berkeley Rep, Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland. Lisa has performed extensively at theaters on both the East and West Coast such as the Cherry Lane Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, Working Theater, The Foundry, Ubuntu Theater Project, Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep amongst others. Writing credits include, Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland) was first presented Off Broadway by the Working Theater (Colman Domingo- director) and subsequently toured in various theaters throughout the U.S. and Ireland; Art of Memory, a dance theatre piece, commissioned by Company SoGoNo and presented at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and the 3-Legged Dog in New York (Tanya Calamoneri- director) Invisible Women-Rise, Foundry Theatre & Domestic Workers United; To The Bone, originally a Working Theater commission, was a finalist for the 2012 NPN Smith Prize, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Ellen Stewart Award; All Fall Down was conceived/written in at INTAR during the Maria Irene Fornés Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab; Contributing playwright for In Mother Words, presented at the Geffen Playhouse and various regional theatres (Lisa Peterson- director); In 2012/13 Lisa was part of the Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre where she wrote Pas de Deux (lost my shoe), (Bryan Davidson Blue- director); In September 2015, the Cherry Lane Theatre presented the world premiere of To The Bone (Lisa Peterson- director).
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 32: Victor Malana Maog
Victor Malana Maog was born in the Philippines, raised in the Bay Area, and is a graduate of New York University Gallatin School, with a concentration in Global Leadership and Performance Studies. A highly respected theatre director, educator, and arts leader with more than twenty-five years of experience directing projects, programs, and companies. He’s directed and developed works at The Public Theater, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Signature Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Working Theater, York Theater, Drury Lane, Connecticut Repertory Theate, New Dramatists & The Lark. He was the Artistic Director of Second Generation 2016-18, he served as Show Director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment creating and directing stage shows, large scale events, and spectaculars for millions of visitors. www.victormaog.com
61 minutes | 4 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 31: Elyzabeth Wilder
Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s plays include Gee's Bend, Fresh Kills, The Flagmaker of Market Street, The Furniture of Home, White Lightning, Provenance, and Everything That’s Beautiful. Her plays have been produced at the Royal Court (London), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, KC Rep, Northlight, the Arden, B Street Theatre, and Hartford Stage, among others. Her one act Santa Doesn’t Come to the Holiday Inn was featured in the Marathon of One Act Plays at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Elyzabeth is the recipient of the Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association and is a graduate of the dramatic writing program at New York University. Elyzabeth is the current Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South where she teaches playwriting.
65 minutes | 4 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 30: Jessica Asch
Jessica Asch is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT). She holds a BFA in Acting and an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University. Jessica has worked in a variety of settings helping individuals with developmental disabilities, veterans struggling with complex PTSD, Holocaust survivors, adolescents in the juvenile justice system, adults struggling with substance abuse, and individuals living with chronic mental illness. www.jessicaasch.com
66 minutes | 4 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 28: Celeste Lagrotteria
Celeste Lagrotteria is the Production Manager for Manhattan Theatre Club. At MTC she production managed My Name is Lucy Barton, Ink, Choir Boy to name a few. She has also worked with Center Theatre Group, The Mark Taper Forum and The Kirk Douglas Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has overseen productions at the highest level Celeste began her professional career at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. She has an MFA in Production Technology & Theatre Management from Carnegie Mellon, and is a graduate of Centre College.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 27: Jenni Werner
Jenni Werner is the Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center. In that role, she has served as dramaturg on 29 productions at Geva, including classics and world premieres by Wendy MacLeod, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Cass Morgan, Nora Cole, Jamie Pachino, Mat Smart, Gabriel Jason Dean, Keith Glover, Lila Rose Kaplan and Brent Askari. In 2015, Jenni co-produced Geva’s blues festival celebrating the life and legacy of musician Son House, Journey to the Son. Jenni also produces Geva’s new play programming, and has led the development of over 40 new plays during her tenure at Geva. Additionally, she directs Geva’s commissioning of new plays through the Rochester Stories program. Previously, Jenni served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field. From 2005-2011, she produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field. For six years, she was an adjunct instructor at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jenni has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She also serves on the board of ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT film festival.
68 minutes | 5 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 25: Kerry O'Malley
Kerry O'Malley is a wonderful actor who has worked on Broadway, Film, and Television. She is currently cast in the Broadway Revival of 1776 and can be seen on the new series Snowpiercer on TNT. Her theater credits include Broadway and National Tour of White Christmas, Into The Woods, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, the original cast of How I Learned To Drive, for television Shameless, Boardwalk Empire, Brotherhood, and film credits include Terminator Genisys with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, the Disney feature Earth to Echo, Case 39 with Renee Zellweger, The Happening with Mark Wahlberg, Rounders with Matt Damon, and many others. She is also a huge Boston sports fan. www.kerryomalley.com
67 minutes | 5 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 24: Stephanie Klapper
Stephanie Klapper (Stephanie Klapper Casting) is a New York-based Casting Director whose work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, and on film. Projects she has cast have won numerous awards, including the Tonys, OBIES, Artios, Drama Desk, Pulitzer Prize, Sundance Audience Award, Cannes Prize Du Publique, and Comic Con awards. Frequent and long time collaborators include Primary Stages, Mint Theater Company, New York Classical Theatre, american vicarious, The Peccadillo, Masterworks, Resonance Ensemble, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Kansas City Rep, The New Theatre, as well as many more both in New York and regional theatres around the country.
67 minutes | 5 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 26: Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg is a great actor. His films include Call Me by Your Name, The Post, The Shape of Water (all three nominated for an Oscar for best picture in the same year), Blue Jasmine, and A Serious Man. For Television: Boardwalk Empire and The Looming Tower. Theater: Michael played the title roles in Socrates at the Public Theatre and Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park, and was on Broadway in Pillow Man for which he won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony. He is currently in New Orleans filming the series Your Honor by Peter Moffat.
80 minutes | 6 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 22: Christine Bruno
CHRISTINE BRUNO (actor/teaching artist/disability inclusion consultant) MFA — acting & directing, the New School. Member — The Actors Studio, NY Shakespeare Exchange; Advisory Company member, National Disability Theatre. Leadership — SAG-AFTRA NY Local Board; Chair, SAG-AFTRA New NY Local Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee; SAG-AFTRA National PWD, Actors’ Equity EEOC. Theatre: Cost of Living, Glass Menagerie, world premieres — Bekah Brunstetter’s Public Servant (Off-Broadway), The Maids (adaptation by Jose Rivera), The Good Daughter, musicals The Ugly Girl, Raspberry (UK tours). Film and TV: God Friended Me, Law & Order, Best Summer Ever, Hungry, award-winning features Flatbrush Luck and This is Where We Live.
69 minutes | 6 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode Six: Matthew Hallock
Join us as we talk with Centre College Theatre Chair Matthew Hallock about his enduring love for the theatre, working in academia and the lessons he's taken along the way. Padraic and Matthew have known each other since their high school days and have been working together ever since -- most recently on the Farm Theatre's College Collaboration, where Matthew and the students of Centre College play a pivotal role.
68 minutes | 6 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 15: Laura Jellinek
Bullpen Rerelease! Laura Jellinek was nominated for a Tony Award for her design of Oklahoma! She also designed the world premieres of The Wolves, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Mary Page Marlow - along with many other wonderful groundbreaking productions. Laura won an OBIE for sustained excellence in design in 2013. She has an MFA from NYU.
63 minutes | 8 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 29: Damon Kiely
Damon Kiely is a professional director and writer, as well as a full time professor of directing and acting for DePaul's Theatre School. He has directed for Next Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and Route 66. His world premiere adaptation of Thieves Like Us was produced by the House Theatre of Chicago and the Theatre School. He served as the Artistic Director of American Theater Company from 2002 to 2007. Prior to moving back to Chicago he produced, directed and taught in New York City. In New York he directed for the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Ontological Theater, Adobe Theater Company, PS122, Ensemble Studio Theater and New Dramatists. Damon also served as the Artistic Director for Real Time Theater and was a Producing Director at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater as well as the Associate Artistic Director for the Children's Theater of Maine. He is a winner of the 2000-02 NEA/TCG Career Directing Program, the 2000 Drama League Fall Directing Program and the 1997 Princess Grace Award. He lives in Edgewater with his wife Jennifer and their children, Isabella and Finnegan.
75 minutes | 10 months ago
Bullpen Sessions Episode 23: Nicole Brewer
Nicole Brewer is a director, actor, educator and facilitator. She is a passionate advocate for anti-racist theatre and is invited across the US and the UK to teach and speak about Conscientious Theatre Training. Her advocacy for the theatre industrial complex to replace racist and oppressive practice with anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices has appeared in both American Theatre and HowlRound.
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