Stage Hackers: Performance | Stagecraft | Creative Entrepreneurship
By Angela Kiser, Ian Bivins, Jarod Hanson | artists who share a passion for collaborative, devised, and experimental work in the performing arts
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Stage Hackers provides the tools to produce your own work, become a more well-rounded performer, and wear the many hats that it takes to be a self-starting artist of the stage. Through in-depth round table discussions and interviews, we’ll uncover the process, problems, and hacks that lead to success. This show is for you, the emerging artist, performer, artistic director, producer, or arts educator. “Stage hacking” involves combining problem solving, research, creativity, and exploration to see what it takes to manifest a high quality production on the stage or any live performance. It’s the art of creative problem solving and finding unconventional ways to confront challenges. As people that work in the performing arts, we recognized missing links in our education that didn’t quite teach artists how to go beyond getting a contract from someone else. We are dedicated to helping people create and produce their own work, make it successful, build an audience, and make money doing it. We want to start a movement to help change the paradigm of the starving artist. Whether you are looking for success with directing, acting, playwriting, choreography, dance, physical theatre, dance theatre, devised theatre, music composition, crowdsourcing, social media and marketing, arts administration, production design, creative collaboration, entrepreneurship, arts education, creating the work that you want to create, or building your performance company, Stage Hackers is here to help you. Please SUBSCRIBE and leave us an honest review! It helps us out so much with ratings. If you'd like to have access to extended show notes, more links and resources, and to join our community, please visit: StageHackers.com.
||ExplicitSH 027: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon [Part 2] | Round Table||Don't wait until you know who you are to get started. Part 2 of our series in examining the book by Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist.||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 026: The Myths of Fundraising and Building a Fanbase | Ella Mahler||Our guest shares her expertise as a fundraising advisor and sheds some light on how to make fundraising an exciting and interactive process to be embraced rather than feared.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 025: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon [Part 1] | Round Table||The first in a series which delves into Austin Kleon’s "Steal Like an Artist" book, which details thoughts and strategies for engaging in life to accrue inspiration and artistic influences.||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 024: Creating Work That Matters | Marina Tsaplina of The Betes Organization||Today’s guest has developed an organization and performance model that truly harnesses her personal experience, discipline, and creative voice to meet a vital public need.||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 023: Uncovering the Performative State | Round Table||Bringing a skilled and expressive instrument to the stage is a transformative experience for performer and audience alike, and ultimately creates work that transcends the everyday to profound effect.||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 022: Collaboration and Creating a Commons | Ramona Ostrowski and Adewunmi Oke of HowlRound||HowlRound representatives and dramaturgs join us to discuss their personal approaches to the creative process as well as the HowlRound philosophy of sharing, learning, and growing.||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 021: Embracing the Challenges of a Condensed Process | Round Table||Whether it’s a 24-hour theatre festival, a last minute invitation to an open showing, or a self-appointed deadline, the short creative process offers challenges and opportunities to test your creative mettle and experiment with your craft.||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 020: Burlesque and the Building Blocks of Solo Performance | Jäc Pau||Scintillating, thrilling, daring, tantalizing; while burlesque’s specific dramatic flair embodies these qualities on stage, all theatrical forms can likewise learn to benefit from these visceral attributes.||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 019: Mindset for the Long Haul | Round Table||Mindset is a crucial component to staying positive, productive, and sane as an artist.||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 018: The Importance of Self-Awareness and Ongoing Training | Denise Rinehart||Today's guest shares her story of drive, travel, movement, research, and training with enlightening thoughts on the creative environment and process.||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 017: Tips to Become the Perfect Ensemble Member | Round Table||Let's dissect what makes a dream ensemble member, the one everyone wants to work with and gets the most out of any creative opportunity.||3/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 016: Fusing Dance and Theatrical Storytelling | Crystal Pite||Life is movement, and our drive as artists is to translate this journey into a shared experience on stage: to move our audiences. Today’s guest is an expert at doing so, using movement, dance, and a multi-disciplinary process to create vivid, evocative||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 015: Integrating Sound and Music | Round Table||Today we discuss a few ways to think about and integrate sound and music into the creative process and product.||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 014: Balance and Mindfulness in Process and Performance | Rachel Nelson||Through the exhilarating and sometimes chaotic whirlwind of creation, it’s essential to maintain mindfulness about personal process and an audience’s experience.||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 013: Having Success with Your Outside Eye | Round Table||Today’s roundtable discussion delves into how to best utilize an outside eye in a way that services and empowers your process.||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 012: Taking the Leap in Life and on Stage | Jared Fladeland||Our guest today shares his reflections on fostering the ability to “listen” and identify, otherwise unseen, opportunities for tremendous impact in life and for an audience.||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 011: Are Great Performers Born or Made? | Round Table||In a culture obsessed with the phenomenon of the apparent overnight success and newbies making it big on the silver screen, many artists are left questioning whether they were “born for the stage” or not. The truth is far more liberating and simple.||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 010: How to Become a Successful Touring Artist | Grant Knutson||For many self-starting artists, the dream of touring their own production is enticing, but daunting. Here to dispel those fears is the experienced and energetic Grant Knutson of Minion Productions.||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 009: The Show Must Go On (Unless it Shouldn't) | Round Table||An undeniable component of the live experience is the simple fact that malfunctions happen; join us as we discuss skill set, trust, personal standards, and techniques to deal with technical glitches during a live performance.||3/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 008: Carving Your Own Path as an Artist | Deanna Fleysher||Our guest today shares with us that we must be honest with ourselves in understanding the kind of work we wish to create, the lives we wish to lead, the people we best work with, and the boundaries we need to set.||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 007: The Power of the Live Experience | Round Table||The digital era of streamed-content-direct-to-your-screen makes the power of the live performative experience all the more essential.||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 006: Lean, Mean, and Persistently Curious | The Coldharts||As creators, the insight we must have about the work we produce must likewise be mirrored in our own self-awareness.||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 005: BONUS - The Role of the Audience Member | Round Table||Today, we’d like to shift the focus and shine the spotlight on an essential but less discussed part of any performance: the audience.||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 004: Set Contracts with Your Audience to Build Trust | Round Table||Today we discuss how trust, expectations, and a mutual understanding of the shared experience amount to a more immense emotional payoff from your audience.||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSH 003: Jump off the Cliff and Build a Plane in the Air | Galen Emanuele||Great improv artists and entrepreneurs have a lot in common; both must have incredible persistence to hone their skills, see opportunities in any situation, and be willing to take risks.||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 002: Getting Started with the Creative Process | Round Table||Our first round table session is here to help you take your work out of the conceptual and give it life with some advice on starting the creative process.||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSH 001: Trust Your Instincts | Pam Kuntz||Join us as we talk with our guest about bravery, risk taking, and listening to your inner, artistic voice.||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
THANK YOU STAGE HACKERS!
I just finished listening to all three episodes you guys have out so far (Pam, Roundtable and Galen) and I kept thinking as I was listening, “This is exactly what I need to hear right now” A dancer, creator and collaborator currently in the midst of my own creative process now, I spent most of my life purely performing other people’s work. I think that creating pieces of my own is the next stage in my evolution as an artist, though. I know a lot about dance technique, about PR and marketing, but it’s some of the themes you guys are talking about in terms of being a creator and collaborator (improvisation, starting with a seed) that I have needed to reach out for help with (including from other dancers or mentors who I respect), and I have to say, when I have reached out, it has been incredibly rewarding. I can’t wait to keep listening and would encourage you to bring in artists from throughout the disciplines. Much love, respect and gratitude, Gabba (your #1 fan!).
Like growth hacking … but for the stage!
This is a show that anyone involved in the performance arts will really benefit from. I love the term “creative entrepreneurship.” This show teaches it; and is also a very meta example of it at the same time.
Just What I Needed!!
This is just the kind is show I've been looking for!! Process oriented education about all aspects of the performance and production business! On topic, but personable enough to feel at home. Go Stage Hackers!!