Talking Theater: Chats with Theater Makers for Theater People Who Love Theatre
By Marc Smith
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Talking Theater podcast celebrates theater! Your host, Marc Smith, interviews theater makers for theater people who love theatre. Actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, musicians, and other professionals will share stories about their career, their craft, and their community. You will be introduced each week to artists who make a living in the performing arts. We’re not just talking – we’re talking theater!
||CleanBonus: Tony Award Predictions with Jose Solis||It's all about Tony Award predictions today on the podcast! Theater critic Jose Solis comes back to the podcast to make his picks. Jose has been writing about film and theatre since 2003 and his work has appeared in major film and theatre...||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit34: Isaac Butler - Shakespeare, Angels, and Politics||Isaac Butler is a writer and theater director, recently of The Trump Card, about the rise of Donald Trump with solo performer Mike Daisey. Isaac also wrote and directed Real Enemies, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: Idris Goodwin - Playwright Spotlight||Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, poet, performer, and essayist. This summer, he will become the Producing Artistic Director of StageOne Family Theater in Louisville, KY. For StageOne, Idris penned American Tales and the widely...||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit32: Ken Urban - Playwright Spotlight||Ken Urban is a playwright, screenwriter, and musician based in New York. His plays include Sense of an Ending, The Correspondent, A Future Perfect, The Awake, The Happy Sad, Nibbler, A Guide for the Homesick which...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: Jessica Burr - Bodies Moving Through Space||Jessica Burr is the artistic director of Blessed Unrest, an ensemble-based experimental theatre company in New York City, co-founded with Matt Opatrny. In 2011, Jessica received the Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Dámaso Rodriguez - Transforming Artists Repertory Theatre||Dámaso Rodriguez is a Cuban American director based in Portland, Oregon, where he serves as artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland's longest-running professional theatre company, which became a member of the League of...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Julia Sirna-Frest - All the Weird, Crazy Stuff Downtown||Julia Sirna-Frest is an actor and singer based in New York. She was most recently seen as Margit in Seder at Hartford Stage. And in the title role of: [Porto] which played at The Bushwick Starr last year where...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Jose Solis - Theater Critic Spotlight||Jose Solis is the Chief Theater Critic at StageBuddy.com. He has been writing about film and theater since 2003 and his work has appeared in major film and theater publications including (links are reviews or articles): The New York...||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Community Conversations with Jamil Jude||Jamil Jude is a director, producer, playwright, and dramaturg. Self-identifying as an "Artist Plus", Jamil feels most at home bringing socially relevant art to the community. Jamil is the Associate Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Brendan Hines - Fueled by Performance and Collaboration||Brendan Hines is a versatile actor and singer-songwriter. He currently stars in Amazon's The Tick as Superian. The show is based on Ben Edlund's comic book of the same name, with new episodes in February 2018....||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Inclusivity as a Practice with Rachel Grossman||Rachel Grossman is the Ensemble Director and a co-founder of dog & pony dc where audience integration is their guiding artistic principle. She is also a theater artist and engagement strategist. She likes to explore the triangulation between...||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Ilana Levine - Little Known Facts and Acting Relationships||Ilana Levine is an acclaimed actor on Broadway, TV and film. She’s also a producer, and the amazing host of one of my favorite podcasts, Little Known Facts. Ilana is probably best known to Broadway fans for her comedic turn as "Lucy Van Pelt"...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Risky Writing with Andrew Rosendorf, Playwright||Andrew Rosendorf is a playwright based in Minneapolis. He is a 2016-2017 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center. His work has been produced or developed at La Jolla Playhouse, MCC, Luna Stage, American Theater Company,...||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Visual, Lyrical Literary Adaptations with Seth Bockley||Seth Bockley is a playwright and theater director, specializing in literary adaptation, physical and object theater as well as multimedia works. As a director, Seth has led productions throughout the United States and around the world, including...||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Guillermo Reyes - Playwright Spotlight||Guillermo Reyes has produced and published a variety of plays including Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown and Mother Lolita as off-Broadway productions with Urban Stages, Chilean Holiday and Saints at the Rave at the Humana Festival...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Spinning Stories with Deborah Yarchun, Playwright||Deborah Yarchun is a New York City playwright from Austin, Texas. Her honors include two Jerome Fellowships, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for The Man in the Sukkah, the Kernodle New Play...||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19: Writing as Activist and Artist with Lauren Gunderson, Playwright||Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced living playwright in America for both 2016 and 2017. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Making the Classics Her Own with Kate Hamill, Playwright||Kate Hamill is a playwright and actor based in New York City. In 2014, her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility premiered off-Broadway where it was named in the "Top 10 Theater of 2014" by both Ben Brantley of the NY...||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Adam Szymkowicz - Playwright Spotlight||Adam Szymkowicz is a playwright based in New York City. His plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, England, and around the world. Adam’s plays include The Wooden Heart, Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Leading the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival with Davis McCallum||Davis McCallum is the Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where he’s also directing The Book of Will, which is now playing. His recent productions in New York include Fashions for Men, which received...||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Bringing Together Artists to Create 24 Hour Plays with Mark Armstrong||Mark Armstrong is a Brooklyn-based theater director and the Executive Director for The 24 Hour Plays, where he recently oversaw the 16th annual The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. Mark spent four years as the Director of New Work for...||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Creating a Supportive and Safe Space with Equity Stage Manager Jared Zeigler||Jared Zeigler is an Equity stage manager, arts administrator, and theatre artist based in Minneapolis. As a stage manager, Jared has worked with many of the leading professional theaters in Minneapolis, including Dark & Stormy Productions, Frank...||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Body, Connection, and Collaboration with Fight Director, Musician, and Actor Annie Enneking||Annie Enneking is an actor, songwriter, musician, teaching artist, and fight director. She started performing at the age of 14, and has acted on or created fights for almost every stage in the Twin Cities. Annie is an associate instructor with ...||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Managing Shows at Disney with Annalisa Stahler||Annalisa Stahler is a production stage manager with Disney based in Orange County, California, and she also works with Disney Studios. Some of the shows she manages or oversees include Fantasmic and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. She earned her...||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: Growing a Community Theater Into a Professional Repertory Company with Kevin Harris||Kevin Harris is the Managing Artistic Director of the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, soon to be San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre. He spent three years at the Atlantic Theatre Company studying acting under David Mamet, William H. Macy, and Felicity...||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Theater as Messy, Exciting, Organic Storytelling with Erin Cronican||Erin Cronican is an actor, producer and an acting career coach. She belongs to both SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity with many credits performing in film, TV, plays, and musicals across the country. Erin is the lead producer and managing director of The...||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Marc Ensign - Musician for RENT (Getting the Broadway Musical Gig)||Marc Ensign is a musician who played bass guitar for the hit Broadway musical, RENT. Marc is also a marketing specialist. Those outside the world of theatre may not be able to grasp just how far one is willing to go to get the gig or job one...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Bernard Bunye - Advice for Actors from a New York Talent Manager||Bernard Bunye is a New York talent manager with over 10 years experience in the business. Bernard joined SirenSong Entertainment to work alongside Donna DeStefano in August 2016. He began his career in talent management working for...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Joseph Megel - Directing New Plays of Diversity and Social Justice||Joseph Megel focuses on developing and directing new plays and works for theatre, film and video. He is an artist in residence in Performance Studies at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Communication. Joseph is the founder and...||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Doing Your Best Work On Stage with Suzy Newman||Suzy Newman resides in San Luis Obispo, California where she is an actor, director, and teacher & coach. She now works frequently on the “Central Coast” for The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville and the San Luis Obispo Little...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Directing for Young Audiences at Imagination Stage with Nikki Kaplan||Nikki Kaplan is the Associate Director of Education at Imagination Stage, one of the largest and most respected theatre arts organizations for young people in the country. Nikki began her career as a performer, studying as an actor,...||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Amazing Lessons in Theatre with David Vining||David Vining has been working professionally in theater, since 1972. He has Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech Pathology from the University of Redlands and an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota. David shares with Marc some amazing...||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Working Film by Day and Theater by Night with Jason Kuykendall||Jason Kuykendall performs in regional theaters all across the country and has had various roles in television and film. He has been with Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre and is currently a member of the B...||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Acting in Broadway National Tours with D. Scott Withers||D Scott Withers is an award-winning actor and director who began his professional acting career with Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona, where he eventually became an associate artist – a relationship that has lasted 25 years. Scott was the Founder and...||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Connecting to People with Playwright Trista Baldwin||Trista Baldwin is a playwright and currently a member of the Writers Group at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is also the recipient of Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, and a new play development grant from the Saison Foundation...||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000: Starting a Theater Podcast with Marc Smith||Talking Theater is really a simple idea. It’s about theater professionals talking theater. Each week I’ll talk with actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, teachers, and many more theater artists and professionals, and I’ll...||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I don't work in theater but wish I did (I acted in high school and college), but still love and long for the theater. This is a great show for people who work in theater and even for those of us who have brought lessons from theater into the business world. Subscribe, listen and get ready to applaud!
For Theater Lovers!
Fascinating look at theater and what makes for good theater! The interviews are well-done and fascinating, especially for those of us on the other side. Looking forward to listening to more - and planning on recommending to my colleagues who teach theater!
An interesting look into the business of theatre! It's just not all bright lights and stardom, but you will quickly learn some hard work is involved.