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TCP 048 - Allie Bashuk on Event Installations

We visit Allie Bashuk at her vibrant home in East Atlanta, Georgia. While sitting at her kitchen table, Allie and Michelle explore what it means to be a community builder (as the co-founder of Dream Warriors), creative connector (as the director of Goat Farm Arts Center), and installation designer. Allie dives deep into how she turns spaces into works of art through Brutal Studio, which she runs with artist Sara Santamaria.


TCP 047 - Collins Provost on Beading and Lakhota Artistry

Lakhota artist Collins Provost finds healing and self expression through her intricate and vibrant beadwork. Listen to this episode of The Cultured Podcast to uncover Collins' deep-rooted journey as an artisan and how her Native American heritage both inspired and challenged her individual path.


TCP 046 - Matty Cardarople on Being a Character Actor

What does it mean to be a character actor? Learn from one of the best in the biz - Matty Cardarople, who's carved out a niche for himself as Hollywood's go-to clerk. Catch him on Stranger Things, Jurassic World, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and a laundry list of other hits. On this episode of The Cultured Podcast, Matty talks about his love for poetry (including his chapbook "Space Cadet"), his focus on kindness, and his vision for moving beyond supporting roles.


TCP 045 - Elyse Defoor on Intimacy in Art

Elyse Defoor is a talented Atlanta-based artist who wears her heart on her canvases. She has painted with oil enamel, drawn with charcoal, sculpted with black aluminum, collected textiles, and worked in many other mediums. Her work focuses on intimacy and the rawness of human relationships. She hopes to heal herself and others through her work, and certainly, she seems to be accomplishing just that. Get ready to dig deep into your feelings on this episode of The Cultured Podcast.


TCP 044 - Leonidas Trampoukis on Designing Spaces Artfully

Leonidas Trampoukis turns spaces into living sculptures. Michelle Khouri visits this architect and interior designer at the new Brooklyn studios for LOT, the design firm that he co-owns with his wife, Eleni Petaloti, to get an inside look at what it takes to design a space that looks as good as it feels. On this episode of The Cultured Podcast, Leonidas takes us along on his creative journey, rooted by his upbringing in Greece and inspired by the country's singular architecture. He explores...


TCP 043 - Alyshia Ochse on Auditioning for Film & TV

The Cultured Podcast is back from summer break, and there's no one better to immerse us back into our world of arts and culture than actor, filmmaker, author and host of the That One Audition podcast Alyshia Ochse. Alyshia is best known as “Lucy" opposite Matthew McConaughey from the Golden Globe-nominated HBO series True Detective. Currently, Alyshia is recurring on the CW show Life Sentence, USA show The Purge and HBO series Ballers.


TCP 042 - Performance Art, With Danielle Deadwyler

This week’s guest on The Cultured Podcast possesses some truly infectious energy! Danielle Deadwyler, to put it in her own words, is a multimedia artist who uses her body as her primary medium. Throughout her career, this has manifested itself across multiple channels, including on-screen and on-stage acting, dance and performance art. In her conversation with Michelle, Danielle discusses her method, process, and motivations. Danielle and Michelle discuss how the goal of Danielle's...


TCP 041 - Photo Mashups, With Paul Fuentes

Michelle’s Cultured guest this week is a design wiz with a flair for the bizarre. Mexico City-based Paul Fuentes takes graphic design in a unique direction with his pastel-drenched photo mashups. Paul’s delightfully surreal pop art creations, which usually focus on food, animals, and everyday objects, will make you do a double take, and that’s exactly the point. You have to look closely at his designs, optical illusions that seamlessly blend otherwise unrelated subjects into one perfectly...


TCP 040 - Toy Art, With Travers Cooke

Toy sculptor and connoisseur Travers Cooke gives The Cultured Crew an inside look at the world of toy art and its many subcultures. During his conversation with Michelle, Travers explains how his love of science fiction cinema and 80s pop culture inspire the custom toys he designs. He walks us through the process of creating art toys, whether through digital sculpting or by using traditional materials like casts, molds, oil-based clays, and waxes.


TCP 039 - Cardboard Sculpture, With Laurence Vallières

Montréal-based artist Laurence Vallières is right at home in the three-dimensional world. Armed with cardboard, wood, hot glue and a little varnish, Laurence reanimates discarded materials into whimsical yet realistic gorillas, elephants, geckos, and other creatures. Laurence and Michelle discuss her transition from waitress to full-time artist, and the leap of faith it required. Laurence walks us through her technique and the key role mathematics plays, while Michelle explores her talent...


TCP 038 - Freestyle Rap, With Vincent Van Pro

While he may have “stuttered” his initial freestyles years ago, lifelong word aficionado Vincent Van Pro now spits rhymes with the best of them. He and Michelle dig into his process and the way he groups his rhymes bar by bar rather than focusing on specific words. He references writing as “WD-40 for his mind,” a tool he uses to provoke his vocabulary and keep his senses sharp. Michelle and Vincent discuss the importance momentum plays in freestyling, how Vincent recovers after a blunder,...


TCP 037 - Blackout Poetry, With John Carroll

Blackout poet John Carroll joins us on The Cultured Podcast to chat about the art of redaction. What John describes as “part word search, part art project” began as a writing experiment during a dark chapter of his life. His blackout journey started as an anonymous experiment veiled by the name Make Blackout Poetry. That experiment has now catapulted John to the forefront of a movement.


TCP 036 - Writing for TV, With Felicia Henderson

A prolific TV creator, writer and producer, Felicia Henderson is responsible for some of the most iconic small-screen characters of the last few decades. She joins Michelle on The Cultured Podcast to detail her legendary career and reveal the common thread that knits her wildly diverse shows together. She and Michelle explore Felicia’s propensity for writing familial relationships and how she creates a range of characters, from fantastical to realistic. As the co-creator and executive...


TCP 035 - Paper Quilling, With Alia Bright

Michelle is joined by paper artist and typographer Alia Bright to dig into an art form that, although it developed long ago during the Renaissance, is often unfamiliar to many people today. Alia has a proficient background in illustration and graphic design, but it wasn’t until she discovered the art of paper quilling that she uncovered her personal artistic voice. Armed with scissors, tweezers and patience, Alia transforms paper strips into whimsical creations featuring pop culture...


TCP 034 - Art & Hip-Hop, With FRKO

What do you get when you mix comic books, hip-hop, pornography and figure painting? You get the signature style of the one and only FRKO (born Richard Montgomery). FRKO joins Michelle on The Cultured Podcast to discuss his earliest influences and how the streets of Atlanta shapes his art. FRKO's sense of humor and knack for capturing the essence of life on the streets has landed him on the radars of some of the biggest names in hip-hop. In fact, FRKO has drawn multiple covers for Action...


TCP 033 - Directing FX's "Atlanta," With Hiro Murai

Sweeping award shows and racking up critical acclaim, FX’s Atlanta is a masterpiece in tone. One of the masterminds behind its success is the show’s director and co-executive producer, Hiro Murai. Hiro joins Michelle to break down his role on "Atlanta" and how he came to join forces with the show’s creator Donald Glover. He highlights his career directing music videos and explains how his aesthetic in that genre translates to this narrative series. Hiro and Michelle chat about the uncanny...


TCP 032 - The Breakdown: Defining "Contemporary" Arts

In The Cultured Podcast’s new series The Breakdown, it’s just you and Michelle as she digs at the roots of individual topics in the vast world of arts and culture. These bite-sized episodes bring listeners one step closer to becoming Cultured connoisseurs by uncovering the rich history and fascinating facts of a given subject. On this Breakdown, Michelle delves into what the word “contemporary” actually means in the worlds of visual arts and dance. She uncovers the origins of the...


TCP 031 - Fluid Acrylics, With Hannah Pearman

Artists like Hannah Pearman prove that a canvas can hold much more than just paint. By using fluid (or watered-down) acrylic paints, Hannah brings to life the majestic blue and green hues that found in the rich ecosystems of her native country, New Zealand. Her abstract creations honor the enormity of our surroundings, from the cosmos to our planet’s deep seas (which she refers to as an Earth-bound cosmos).


TCP 030 - Puppetry, With Raymond Carr

It’s hard to imagine anything more surreal than the stories Jim Henson Company-trained puppeteer Raymond Carr brings to this episode of The Cultured Podcast. Raised by Christian clowns, Raymond spent his childhood touring the country in a pink 18-foot trailer with his family. Raymond shares how his nontraditional upbringing inspired his career in puppetry, which has since led him to perform everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Iceland.


TCP 029 - Stage Management, With Emma McVey

The magic of the theatre is in its power to suspend an audience’s disbelief ad whisk them away to foreign places in an imaginary world. That imaginary world rests heavily on the shoulders of the stage manager. Freelance stage manager Emma McVey drops by The Cultured Podcast to chat with Michelle and shed light on the talents this essential position requires. Emma explains how every purposeful component of a live production is tracked by the stage manager.