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Theatre Geeks is a podcast and website focused on community theatre, featuring episodes and articles on acting, directing, technical and business issues, as well as other news and feature topics. Whether you call it community theatre, amateur theatre, or amdram, we've got it covered.

Theatre Geeks is a podcast and website focused on community theatre, featuring episodes and articles on acting, directing, technical and business issues, as well as other news and feature topics. Whether you call it community theatre, amateur theatre, or amdram, we've got it covered.


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Theatre Geeks is a podcast and website focused on community theatre, featuring episodes and articles on acting, directing, technical and business issues, as well as other news and feature topics. Whether you call it community theatre, amateur theatre, or amdram, we've got it covered.




159 Marcia Reminisces

In our first new episode in sometime, we get the three of us together along with actress and Theatre Geek Marcia Fulmer’s daughter Deirdre Lovejoy to talk about Marcia’s years in and around the theatre, newspapers and our shared experiences in community theatre (Elkhart Civic Theatre) over many years. Music is provided by


What’s up with those festival adjudicators? Episode 158

Happy New Year! As we gear up for some new episodes in 2017, Dave is clearing out some of our backlog of episodes that have been left unedited and saved “for a rainy day.” So here’s another one of these, on the pros and cons of adjudicators. If you’ve ever been to a theatre festival, you’ve probably had some of the same observations we’ve had. Some judges are helpful, others not so much. The Geeks explore this fully in an episode following the 2017 cycle of AACT festivals. PS: If YOU are...


157: What do you do about those “problem” patrons?

Patrons who make noise, patrons who unwrap loud candy and even patrons who stink. What to do?? . . . → Read More: 157: What do you do about those “problem” patrons?


Episode 156 — Playwright Elaine Liner

This episode, Texas playwright Elaine Liner joins us to talk about her latest work, Finishing School, which gets its world premiere September 8 at the Geeks home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House. The heartwarming comedy was chosen as one of the 12 winners in the AACT (American Association of Community Theatre) 2017 playwriting competition. It was the first choice for production by Elkhart Civic Theatre and is set to open its 2017-18 season at the Bristol Opera...


155 – Speak up and don’t talk with your mouth full! Enunciation and diction on stage.

The Geeks return to the issue of enunciation and diction in community theatre productions, how to deal with actors that just don’t get it, and why it’s so important. Music provided by Music Alley.


154 – Interview with a college intern for a community theatre

In this episode, the Geeks chat with Bronson Bontrager, Elkhart Civic Theatre’s college intern for the spring 2017 semester. We discuss the benefits of internships, for both the theatre and the student.


153 Return episode: Old or New? What sells best?

We are finally back on the pod. After a lengthy absence John, Dave and Marcia are recording episodes again. More will be coming your way, as there are several in the can and we have plans for more in the near future. In this episode we discuss a problem that plagues most of our theatres: do we do the old familiar shows, or risk something new that audiences are less familiar with? It’s hard because many audience members don’t like the idea of going to something that is outside their...


152 Audition: Great, Performance:Not so much

What do you do when you give a new actor a chance, based on a good or even great audition, but they never seem to rise to the same level in performance? The Geeks discuss. Music provided by Music Alley.


151 Deirdre Lovejoy, Ang Lee and cell phones in theatres

Deirdre Lovejoy Ang Lee Deirdre (Dede) Lovejoy joins the Geeks to talk about the recent Patti Lupone cell-phone snatch, working with Ang Lee in the upcoming “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” plus her own autobiographical play, “Bird Elephant China.” Join us for great conversation. Music provided by Music Alley


150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv

Jill Olson of Funny Bones Improv and Storytown, Chicago Improv artist making a difference in Chicago Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning in an interactive show for young people. Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while introducing audiences to story structure and problem solving. Storytown uses the core improvisation fundamental of “yes, and” so every suggestion and idea is accepted,...


149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick

Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for “Zombie Prom.” Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks’ home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Northern Indiana. He has created backdrops and scenic elements for such diverse shows as Count Dracula, Assassins, Company and many others. Collaboration...


148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

Aaron Nichols Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great conversation with the Geeks.


147 Putting music on stage

Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals. Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage. But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money. You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good — or not. Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy. The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or...


146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres. Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael’s insights in this lively episode. Music provided by Music Alley.


145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work, to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component. It will be performed by South...


144 Say What? Theatre sound.

All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre experience for the audience. The Geeks discuss various sound problems, and possible solutions. Use our contact form to send us YOUR thoughts on this issue. Music provided by Music Alley.


143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the Geeks to talk about them are Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive & Producing Artistic Director for the Long Beach Playhouse, and Gil Savage, AACT’s Region 8 Representative and AACT Board Member. Join us for some interesting conversation about the festival process. LINKS: American Association of Community...


142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners. Ron Ziegler of the American Association of Community Theatre joins the Geeks with some great tips for states or regions mounting their first festivals, along with some interesting tidbits about the festival process, the reasons for some of the rules, and how some of theme have changed over the...


How to save your theatre, part 2

Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” In this episode the Geeks talk about Kiley’s suggestion that a little alcohol makes for a happier audience. There are pros and cons, not the least of which are liability, audience composition and of course the legal and licensing issues. Also, can a theatre really make money offering alcohol to patrons? All...


How to save your theatre, Part 1

Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves,” and it’s a pretty good read, even though some of the content is more geared toward professional theatres rather than community theatres. This is the first of two episodes in which the Geeks discuss a couple of Kiley’s assertions, and part two will post...