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31: 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 Theatre Women, in recognition of her work as a director and the body of work that Blessed Unrest has created under her leadership. With Blessed Unrest, just a few of the productions she has directed include Body: Anatomies of Being, Eurydice’s Dream (for...


30: 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 Resident Theatres (LORT) under his leadership. Prior to joining Artists Rep, Dámaso served as the associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse and co-founder and co-artistic director of the Furious Theatre in Los Angeles. And upcoming projects...


29: 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 it was an NYT Critics Pick and The Times review said it was quote: “an excellent cast led by the wonderful Ms. Sirna-Frest” Porto makes its Off-Broadway premiere at the WP Theater. Other productions include: A Tunnel Year (The Chocolate Factory), and The Offending Gesture (The...


28: Jose Solis - Theater Critic Spotlight

Jose Solis is the Chief Theater Critic at 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 Times, American Theatre, and Backstage. Jose is a member of the Drama Desk, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and the Online Film Critics Society. Jose is putting together a panel called Being a Critic of Color for BroadwayCon 2018. And, when he's...


27: 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 Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA as well as the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival. He was a participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. The...


26: 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. Brendan is also performing Histrionics, a one-man show at New York's Theater for the New City through mid-December of this year. Brendan has also appeared in fan-favorite shows including Suits, Scandal, and Lie To Me, as well as a number of other films and television...


25: 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 art, artist, and audience. Rachel is a member of HowlRound’s National Advisory Committee and is a regular presenter with National Arts Market Project on audience engagement and empowering staff to serve as change-agents. Rachel is responsible for...


24: 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" in the Broadway revival of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown with Kristen Chenoweth, Anthony Rapp, B.D. Wong, Roger Bart, Stanley Wayne Mathis (directed by Michael Mayer, Choreography by Jerry Mitchell). And she also starred in the Broadway...


23: 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, Nashville Rep, City Theatre, Geva Theatre, Actor’s Express, Palm Beach Dramaworks, UglyRhino, and Toftee Lake Center. Andrew is an alum of terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, the Ingram New Works program, National New Plays Network...


22: 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 Mexico, Colombia, and Ireland. Just a few of the theatres where he has recently directed include The Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens, Redmoon Theater, Foundry Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a playwright, his works include 2666,...


21: 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 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many others. Men on the Verge debuted in Los Angeles at the Celebration Theater and won the L.A. Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Play which went on to win the New York Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Solo...


20: 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 Award for Tectonic Mélange, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Iowa Art Fellowship. Deborah's plays have been developed at places including Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Harmony Project, Jewish Plays Project, The Great Plains Theatre...


19: 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 Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!), The O’Neill, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and others. And, her play, The Book of Will, was...


18: 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 Times and by the Huffington Post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” Sense and Sensibility was remounted off-Broadway in 2016, and it was nominated for Best Revival by the Drama League, it also received 2 Lortel...


17: 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 Fists, Kodachrome, Marian (or the True Tale of Robin Hood), Rare Birds, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Adventures of Super Margaret, The Why Overhead, and many others. Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from Juilliard, an MFA from Columbia...


16: 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 Drama Desk, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nominations for Best Revival; The Whale, winner of the Lortel Award for Best Play, and Davis received a Calloway Nomination for Best Director, Water by the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, February House, nominated...


15: 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 off-Broadway’s Keen Company, where he created the Keen Playwrights Lab for mid-career playwrights and led Keen Teens. Mark spent three years as the Literary Director for Playscripts, Inc. His writing has appeared in American Theatre, HowlRound and the Brooklyn...


14: Creating a Supportive and Safe Space as an Equity Stage Manager with 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 Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Sod House Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Playwrights' Center, and Theatre Novi Most. He is also the Managing Director of Theatre Novi Most. Jared earned his degree in theatre at the University of Minnesota. Jared shares...


13: 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 Dueling Arts International and teaches the art of stage combat at the University of Minnesota. Annie fronts and founded the rock band, Annie and the Bang Bang, and also has an acoustic singer-songwriter project. She was a 2010 Playwrights’ Center...


12: 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 degree in theatre with an emphasis in stage management at Arizona State University. Annalisa shares with Marc about the role and responsibilities of a stage manager at Disney and how it compares to traditional professional theater, what it...


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