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31 minutes | 8 days ago
The 2021-22 Season at Forward Theater
We take a detour to discuss Forward Theater's recent announcement of their 2021-22 season, which includes plays by Adrienne Kennedy and Adam P. Kennedy, Jordan Harrison, Quan Barry, and Sarah Gancher.
38 minutes | 21 days ago
Interview w/ Jen Uphoff Gray & Jake Penner
The directors of 'Lewiston/Clarkston' discuss the unique process of creating this back-to-back theater experience in-person, confronting the challenges that theatermakers face as they return to the stage.
23 minutes | a month ago
Rehearsing In-Person: Interview w/ Cast of Lewiston/Clarkston
The inside scoop from Carrie Hitchcock and Josh Krause, who describe the rigorous safety protocols required by Actors' Equity Association to rehearse and perform 'Lewiston/Clarkston' by Samuel D. Hunter. Presented as a stage-to-film production by Forward Theater Company.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Flyover Country (or The Urban/Rural Divide)
The team debates whether an artistic urban/rural divide exists in America. From the types of plays that get produced outside of New York to playwrights that find great success in the absence of critical acclaim - does this divide exist, how does it play out, and why does it matter?
34 minutes | 2 months ago
We share our thoughts on a recent article on "identity-conscious" casting, which looks beyond the concepts of color-blind and color-conscious casting and reimagines the lens through which we create. The article we discuss features an insightful conversation between Lavina Jadhwani and Victor Vasquez, which can be viewed here.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Where Do We Go From Here?
It's a big question. After being knocked off our path due to COVID, what's in store for theater as we look at the months and years ahead? In this episode, we speculate wildly about the future of performing arts, and the role that digital/streaming will play in our industry going forward.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Interview w/ Howard Sherman
We join nationally-recognized arts administrator and writer Howard Sherman to discuss his new book, "Another Day’s Begun: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the 21st Century." Of course, being theater nerds we end up talking about all sorts of stuff. A must-listen for stage fans.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
Interview w/ Christie Chiles Twillie
A chat with Christie Chiles Twillie, Composer/Sound Designer for 'The Niceties' at Forward Theater. We get to know this musical does-it-all, and gain some fascinating insight into her process of creating the themes for this intimate drama.
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Best of 2020 (no, really)
In the face of a painful year for artists and arts organizations, this episode celebrates the bright spots in 2020, focusing on reasons for optimism and the opportunities that lie ahead for all of us.
37 minutes | 5 months ago
#Enough - Interview with Michael Cotey
Michael Cotey is one of Chicago's most innovative new directors, and we were excited to sit down to discuss his new project, #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence. This virtual festival of plays was written by high schoolers, selected by some of America's best playwrights, and performed by professional actors.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
Union Beefs & Time Travel: The Mailbag Episode!
You asked, we listened. This episode digs into questions we've received from our listeners, and we had a blast talking about everything from comedy, casting, and the future of unions to what historic productions we would time-hop to see.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Safety First: Interview w/ Jared Clarkin of Milwaukee Repertory Theater
On the date of this interview (10/28), Milwaukee Rep was one of the first companies in the US to create a health and safety program that would grant them the ability to perform for live audiences. However, due to increasing COVID cases in WI their production will now be digital only (announced 11/5). This interview highlights the planning process of a company working around the clock to create live theater in the midst of a pandemic.
27 minutes | 7 months ago
With the 2020 election just around the corner, this is the perfect time to dive into our favorite political plays, and the thought process behind producing them for the general public.
31 minutes | 7 months ago
The Ones That Got Away
We dish about plays that made it to the top of our wish lists, but that we never ended up producing. Learn about the myriad of reasons that prevent a show from reaching the stage, regardless of how passionately a theater may want to produce it.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Our Guide to Creating Digital Theater
Interview with the artistic team that coordinated, rehearsed, and recorded a fully remote production of 'The Lifespan of a Fact.' We discuss the entire project, from storyboards and rehearsal logistics to home recording rigs for actors. Insight for any theater looking to produce during the pandemic.
33 minutes | 8 months ago
Gender Parity vs. Parody
In honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we explore what's necessary to truly achieve gender parity in theater. Where has progress been robust, and where do we still have work to do?
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Detroit Public Theatre - Interview With Courtney Burkett
We sit down with DPT Artistic Director Courtney Burkett to discuss a company that has quickly become an artistic touchstone for Detroit artists and audiences. From commissioned plays headed to Broadway, to the inclusion of playwrights Dominique Morisseau and Noah Haidle in their Board of Directors, Detroit Public Theatre is making a splash for all the right reasons.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
The Future of Arts Education is...Strong, Actually.
We sit down with a group of artists immersed in all levels of theater education in quarantine, from teaching artists to college professors to a student entering their sophomore year at Juilliard. A spectacular conversation about how the arts continues to adapt and educate, even in the confines of a pandemic. Guests include: David Daniel, Education Director at American Players TheatreMarcy Kearns, Instructor at Carthage College and First Stage Milwaukee Chantae Miller, Actress and student at The Juilliard School
28 minutes | 9 months ago
It's crunchtime for theaters that are surviving the pandemic. In this episode we discuss the myriad of questions that arts orgs try to answer as our collective season approaches. Creating safe rehearsal and performance spaces, presenting digital productions, and choosing appropriate (and budget-friendly) plays for 2021-22 are just a few of the pickles that theaters find themselves in.
31 minutes | 10 months ago
Zooming Your Theater Season Like a Boss
We interview Michael Barakiva, Artistic Director of Hangar Theatre! Michael not only helped create an open dialogue among American theaters during the COVID-19 crisis, but he is also leading his Ithaca, NY company through a summer season of virtual productions. Get ready to take some notes, fellow producers.Check out their virtual summer season of plays and concerts: Hangar Theatre Company
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