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Keith Weiss is supposed to be touring theatre. Instead, he'll be cov-ersing on zoom with guests far too successful to be on this podcast. This will be distributed everywhere podcasts are available, but full video interviews of the interviews you're listening to can be found on our Instagram, @starisbored.pod


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Keith Weiss is supposed to be touring theatre. Instead, he'll be cov-ersing on zoom with guests far too successful to be on this podcast. This will be distributed everywhere podcasts are available, but full video interviews of the interviews you're listening to can be found on our Instagram, @starisbored.pod




Jacob Ming Trent

Jacob Ming-Trent is an actor currently starring as Falstaff in THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at The Delacourte Theater, adapted by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Saheem Ali. Tickets are free and Performances run until 9/18. Most recently seen in The Forty-Year-Old Version (Netflix) and R#J (Sundance). TV: starred in the series “White Famous” (Showtime), played Panda in “Watchmen” (HBO), “Ray Donovan” season six (Showtime), “Feed the Beast” (AMC), etc. Film: Starred in the reboot of SuperFly...


Felicia Boswell

Felicia Boswell is an actress and singer currently starting as The Baker’s Wife in City Springs Theatre Company’s production of INTO THE WOODS at Byers Theatre opening on Friday 7/9. She has appeared on Broadway in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, SHUFFLE ALONG, and MEMPHIS. Additional credits include EMOJILAND and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on NBC. We recap our lockdown with one another. CHAPTERS 0:00 Emojiland 3:25 Playing the Straight Man in Comedy 5:50 Not Being Allowed to Stagedoor Amidst in March 2020...


Devina Sabnis

Devina Sabnis is currently playing Kelly Kapoor in @theofficemusical The Office: A Musical Parody! at The Theater Center in NYC playing Thursdays-Sundays. Since it reopened in April, Devina is one of the first actors to perform onstage in NY since the Pandemic #theofficememes #theofficememesfunny #kellykapoor #southasian #representationmatters #twittermemes #dankmemes #dankmemesdaily #podcast #podcastersofinstagram #pod #podcastlife #theatre #theatrekid #theatrelife #theatrememes #musical...


Eleri Ward (Recording Artist, Ghostlight Records)

Eleri Ward is an actress and singer/songwriter who drops her first solo album with Ghostlight Records, A Perfect Little Death, on Spotify Friday 6/4. She is best known for SUF/SOND, her brainchild that celebrates the music of Stephen Sondheim in the style of Sufjan Stevens. 0:00 - Introduction 5:00 - Eleri’s Audience Finding Her 6:30 - Sondheim Stannhood 9:00 - Exposure to Sondheim in High School 12:00 - How To Unleash Your Inner Elaine Stritch 14:30 - Creating Space for Yourself in the...


Aaron Salazar

Aaron Salazar, the Producing Artistic Director and a founder of Poseidon Theatre Company. He recently Salazar’s artistic home is Poseidon Theatre Company, of which he is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder. He enters into his second decade in New York with his most recent work: X The Experience (an interactive cinema experience) starring Kim Exum & Cheech Manohar. He is the Creative Director of Alvarez Keko Salazar Productions’ current works included the For F**k’s Sake a theatre...


Blair Russell, Broadway Producer of Slave Play

Blair Russell @barussell4 is a Tony-nominated producer, developer, supporter, and lover of theatre whose experience ranges from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. He specializes in the development of new plays and musicals. As a producer, Blair is most proud of bringing Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris to Broadway. During the pandemic, he lead Out of the Box Theatrics' site-specfic production of The Last Five Years. Some of his other favorite credits include the critically acclaimed immersive...


Mark Armstrong, Artistic Director of The 24 Hour Plays

Ahead of the Release of Round 27 of The 24 Hour Plays Viral Musicals, we release our conversation with the Artistic Director of The 24 Hour Plays, Mark Armstrong, which took place earlier this year at the Region Five Conference of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. He discusses transforming his leadership and the vision of The 24 Hour Plays in the midst of a global pandemic by creating Viral Monologues featuring actors from a Broadway, film, and TV, and cultivating the...


Joel Perez

Joel Perez is an Award Winning Performer and Actor. His credits include Fun Home on Broadway, Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC, Stuck Elevator, John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec, and most recently Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice at The New Group. Joel’s upcoming comedy special, PLAYING WITH MYSELF, at Ars Nova this summer with their CAMP Residency. Check out his countless bizarre characters in his Instagram reels at @misterjoelperez . His play The Black Beans Project he wrote with Melinda Lopez will...


Alyssa Haddad

TW: Shitty MIC Our guest/BK Baddie Alyssa Haddad is the playwright of Off White: Or the Arab House Party (Ticket Link), a post 9/11 Mean Girls play that premieres on Friday 4/16 at 6:30 at the Pre-Emerging Artists Festival. We chat about the prevelance of Anti-Arabism in our childhood, Missy Elliot then and now, The Amanda Show, the legacy of Nickelodeon, and lessons learned in quarantine. Check out our episode here, on Spotify/Apple Podcasts, and on our YouTube Channel....


Jesse James Keitel

Our guest this week is Jesse James Keitel. They currently star as Jerrie Kennedy on Big Sky at 10/9 CT on ABC, and in that role they are making history as the first non binary series regular on Primetime Network Television. They are also a writer and an activist, recently speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ+ Inaugural Event and is also known by their drag persona as Peroxide in the Haus of FemAnon, and featured in Vogue Print and NYFW’s Opening Ceremony. They have been featured in...


Rachel Sussman at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Rachel Sussman is a Tony-Nominated Creative Producer of critically acclaimed productions such as Pulitzer Finalist ‘What The Constitution Means To Me’ (Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video), The Woodsman, and Endlings at NYTW. This is our first episode in conjunction with the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, with the goals that holding conversation with artists native to each region of students, demonstrates that theatre knows no bounds, can be made wherever you make space...


Michael Potts (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Michael Potts stars as Slow Drag in the film adaptatin of August Wilson's Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Now Streaming on Netflix, and will be starring in Prodigal Son on FOX. Spanning a 30 year career on stage and screen, his Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon, Grey Gardens, The Prom, Jitney, and the Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington. Chapters: 0:00 Welcoming Michael/1st Preview 2:00 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 4:50 The Weeknd/Abuse of Black Artists In the Music Industry 6:00...


Acting the Bong with Lesli Margherita

Lesli Margherita is an Olivier Award winning actress and has starred on Broadway in Dames At Sea, Matilda, as well as Emojiland. Her solo performance in Who's Holiday just streamed for BCEFA, she is currently appears in the Broadway Podcast Network's As the Curtain Rises, and is starring in the upcoming prequel to The Soprano's, The Many Saints of Newark coming to HBOMAX this March. 0:00 Welcoming Lesli Margherita 3:00 Learning The Bong for the Stage 5:00 Who was in charge of getting it...


Producers Roundtable w/ The 24 Hour Plays Nationals

Need a Roundtable About Ratatouille the Musical? I guess you do. Well you’ll have to find it in Episode 33, featuring the Producers from the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals Cohort where we promote their upcoming projects which include attempting breaking world records, producing podcasts, trivia nights, and short films. We go on to discuss how this past year’s injustices have reshaped producing in the American Theatre, and specifically.....#RatatouilleTheMusical Guests: Chloe Brevik-Rich...


Flipping the Senate with Ari Afsar and Erin Ortman

We sit with the composer of Jeannette: the Musical, Hamilton star and American Idol Semi-Finalist Ari Afsar, and director Erin Ortman to discuss the inclusivity of their work, dismantling hierarchy in theatre, separating your ego from your collaboration, and enlisting young musical theatre fans in flipping Georgia. You can check out the concept album for the musical, WE WON'T SLEEP, on Spotify. Chapter Timestamps Below: 0:00 Introduction of Guests 1:22 Jeanette Brigade 3:10 Team Genie (high...


Choppin it Up with Delores Pereira

Delores Pereira @queen_davery is an actress and finalist in the Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam from NBC, where you watch her work on FB Watch TONIGHT at 8:30 on December 9th. We discuss our work fighting the labor injustices and erasure of the Resident Artists of the Flea Theater and the formation of the The Fled. https://nosotrosorg.com/yatusabes/ya-tu-sabes-vote-now/ Chapters: 00:25 DLO Intro 0:45 How DLO got involved with The Flea 3:00 Nosotros explanation 5:40 DLO went to LA as a finalist...


Merlixse Ventura, Little Veras, Dilson Hernandez from The Dominican Artists Collective

The Cooking Project by the Dominican Artists Collective Is Available to Stream until 12/15. https://www.nytw.org/show/the-cooking-project/tickets/ Highlights : 1:50 Cooking Project Process 3:06 Cooking with these ingredients and now we got a meal 4:45 The first time domincan artists have come together for theater 5:03 This is a happy hour bitch 6:25 The last days of judas iscariot. Merlixse’s first play 10:10 Fingers 11:15 Outline of Cooking Project : poetry, meditation, original...


Creative Team of ‘and we will eat your grief’

I sit down with Ryan Duncan-Ayala, Executive Director of RDA Producing, Annika Perez Krikorian, and Abe Johnson, the playwright of ‘and we will eat your grief.’ We discuss writing plays about middle school, how we each got into theatre, the election, the sad lyrics of pop stars that we only vaguely remember, end up talking The Sound of Music, the 2005 International Sensation the film The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel, and Keith learns that Andre 3000 is in OutKast. Highlights : 3:50 Annika...


A Star Must Vote: Rory Pelsue

We are BACK THIS WEEK after a long hiatus. Tonight’s episode will be available on our podcast platforms, and features a conversation w/ Rory Pelsue, Co Director of the play CIRCLE JERK by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley, currently streaming until November 7th. We talk about gay meme culture, creating theatre that deals with social media, directing for a streaming audience, institutional theatre, the queerest horror movie ever, and much more! CHAPTERS OF THE EPISODE Description of Circle...


Asmeret Ghebremichael

Amidst her recent Forbes profile and BroadwayNews op-ed (links in the bio), Asmeret can be seen on the new BBC series GET EVEN now streaming on Netflix, she starred on Broadway as Nabalungi in Book of Mormon and in the West End alongside Amber Riley in Dreamgirls. We discuss how speaking up and using her voice has affected her career, her recent turn as a Producing Artistic Director, how the impact of television is changing the landscape of storytelling, and whether shows like the Book of...