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Today’s theatre must strive for greater diversity, representation and inclusion. Every Monday, join Ashlee and Tim Espinosa, accomplished musical theatre teaching artists, as they engage in stimulating conversations on the current state of musical theatre and how they are advocating for positive change. Whether you are a musical theatre performer, actor, educator, student or patron who either wants to stay current with musical theatre news, expand your knowledge of the history of musical theatre, or gain insight on the changing landscape of today’s musical theatre, this podcast is for you.

Today’s theatre must strive for greater diversity, representation and inclusion. Every Monday, join Ashlee and Tim Espinosa, accomplished musical theatre teaching artists, as they engage in stimulating conversations on the current state of musical theatre and how they are advocating for positive change. Whether you are a musical theatre performer, actor, educator, student or patron who either wants to stay current with musical theatre news, expand your knowledge of the history of musical theatre, or gain insight on the changing landscape of today’s musical theatre, this podcast is for you.
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Today’s theatre must strive for greater diversity, representation and inclusion. Every Monday, join Ashlee and Tim Espinosa, accomplished musical theatre teaching artists, as they engage in stimulating conversations on the current state of musical theatre and how they are advocating for positive change. Whether you are a musical theatre performer, actor, educator, student or patron who either wants to stay current with musical theatre news, expand your knowledge of the history of musical theatre, or gain insight on the changing landscape of today’s musical theatre, this podcast is for you.

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Episodes

"Letting Go to Create Space"

12/9/2019
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How can we let go of what does not serve us to create space for what WILL serve us. In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can begin to free ourselves of negative emotions or events and pave the way for new found creativity and positive fulfillment. Tim shares what he is actively going to "let go" as a director to create space for 3 new tasks to include into his daily life in 2020. Ashlee shares what she is letting go that we can all relate to as...

Duration:00:21:01

"An Underlying Problem"

12/2/2019
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How can we address the stigma of body image in musical theatre? In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can begin to change the stigma of body image in musical theatre. Articles and videos referenced in this podcast episode: The Rockettes Discuss Diversity in new hiresAntonio Banderas Interview on The Big Ticket podcastAlysha Umphress Broadway World Article in Response to NY Times CriticNews Video with Interviews of Alysha Umphress regarding NY...

Duration:00:20:17

"Communication and Collaboration"

11/25/2019
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How can we advocate for effective collaboration and communication within the creative team? What factors go into a fully developed concept when directing a musical? In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can effectively collaborate within the creative team and how to work together in a positive, productive atmosphere. Shout out to all the amazing designers and stage managers out there. Your work does not go unseen. Visit our podcast website for...

Duration:00:22:14

"A New Part of the History"

11/18/2019
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What is the reaction when a musical is reimagined or is different than the original concept? How do we keep an open mind, encourage creativity and express new ideas that relate to the current audience? In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can begin to advocate for supporting new versions of old concepts with highlights of Broadway and regional theatre news from the week and a puzzler question for all of you musical theatre lovers out...

Duration:00:21:46

Rerun: Episode 1 "Failure of the Imagination"

11/11/2019
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Since it's a holiday weekend: Enjoy a rerun of Breaking the Fourth Wall! Taking it back to our very first episode where it all began. Tim and Ashlee discuss female representation in the role of director in musicals on Broadway and in regional theatre. Where are we after last Tony Awards season and what changes are currently being made? Is it enough? Are we making progress and what we can do to advocate for the change we want to see? Visit our podcast website for a transcription of this...

Duration:00:07:16

"Waiting to See Themselves Represented"

11/4/2019
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How do we make auditions more inclusive? What steps can casting directors, directors, choreographers, music directors, and producers (all of those at behind table) take to provide an environment that supports all people. Casting breakdowns: Open calls and callbacks: In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can begin to advocate for a more inclusive and supportive environment at auditions with highlights of Broadway and regional theatre news from...

Duration:00:21:49

"We All Need a Little Help"

10/28/2019
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What's the best way to deal with toxic, unhealthy, unsafe work situations within theatre? We've all been there. We all know it exists. Know what can we do about it? In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can begin to advocate for a more positive and healthy work situation along with highlights of Broadway and regional theatre news from the week and a puzzler question for all of you musical theatre lovers out there. Visit our online...

Duration:00:21:23

"The Thrill of Her"

10/21/2019
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What’s the pathway to Broadway for shows featuring complex leading roles for women. Who bears the responsibility for promoting and producing these kinds of works? In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can begin to advocate for shows being produced that feature stories of female identifying, transgender, and those other than the "conventional" story line along with highlights of Broadway and regional theatre news from the week and a puzzler...

Duration:00:22:36

"Part of the Story We Tell"

10/14/2019
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How do we define love between two characters in a musical? Let's start working to normalize all forms of love and relationships on stage. In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss how we can begin to advocate for relationships that represent all types of people along with highlights of Broadway and regional theatre news from the week and a puzzler question for all of you musical theatre lovers out there. Visit our online...

Duration:00:23:18

"Fight the Battle"

10/7/2019
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What is a multi hyphenate artist? Is it possible to participate in multiple creative arena's within musical theatre? How do we invest equal time and energy into being a multi-hyphenate artist? In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee Espinosa discuss highlights of Broadway and regional theatre news from the week along with a puzzler question for all of you musical theatre lovers out there. Visit our online...

Duration:00:24:28

"Wearing Our Heart on Our Sleeves"

9/30/2019
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How can we create more opportunities for performers within the Deaf community and follow the path of companies like Deaf West? In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee discuss ways to promote greater representation for musical theatre performers within the Deaf community and those with abilities. Visit our online homes: AshleeEspinosa.com TimEspinosa.com Podcast Instagram: @ashleelynnespinosa @timespinosaofficial Email us at: ashlee@AshleeEspinosa.com

Duration:00:23:07

"Nowhere to be Seen"

9/23/2019
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In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee discuss ways to promote greater representation for musical theatre performers within the Latinx community. Are we making enough of an effort to create further opportunities for performers of color, especially those from Latinx culture? Are we making progress and what can we do to advocate for the change we want to see? Visit our online...

Duration:00:26:41

"I Had No Idea"

9/16/2019
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In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee discuss ways to promote greater representation for musical theatre performers within the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Are we making enough of an effort to create further opportunities for performers of color, especially Asian and Pacific Islander's? Are we making progress and what can we do to advocate for the change we want to see? Visit our online...

Duration:00:24:28

"The Third Idea"

9/9/2019
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In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee discuss ways to promote greater representation within a creative team for a musical. Are we making enough of a concerted effort to hire and recruit a more diverse pool of talented creative female artists and artists of color? Are we satisfied with the status quo of the creative teams we see in musical theatre? Are we making progress and what can we do to advocate for the change we want to see? Visit our online...

Duration:00:26:40

"Defining Success"

9/2/2019
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In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee discuss what it means to be successful in musical theatre. Are we content as artists with the creative journey that we are all on? Do we only value success based on the amount of awards we receive our the depth of your resume? Are we making progress and what we can do to advocate for the change we want to see? Visit our online...

Duration:00:21:07

"Keep Climbing"

8/26/2019
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In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee discuss non-traditional casting in classic and contemporary musicals both on Broadway and in regional theatre. As directors how can we step outside of traditional casting choices in order to support greater representation on stage? Is it enough? Are we making progress and what we can do to advocate for the change we want to see? Visit our online...

Duration:00:20:10

"Failure of the Imagination"

8/19/2019
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In this episode of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Tim and Ashlee discuss female representation in the role of director in musicals on Broadway and in regional theatre. Where are we after last Tony Awards season and what changes are currently being made? Is it enough? Are we making progress and what we can do to advocate for the change we want to see? Visit our online homes: AshleeEspinosa.com TimEspinosa.com Podcast Instagram: @ashleelynnespinosa @timespinosaofficial Email us at:...

Duration:00:19:20

Welcome!

8/12/2019
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Ashlee and Tim introduce their new podcast, Breaking the Fourth Wall. New episodes each week. Visit our online homes: AshleeEspinosa.com TimEspinosa.com Podcast Instagram: @ashleelynnespinosa @timespinosaofficial

Duration:00:01:21