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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...

Duration: 00:43:16

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...

Duration: 00:34:15

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...

Duration: 00:36:19

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...

Duration: 00:35:34

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...

Duration: 00:30:51

11: Growing a Community Theater Into a Professional Repertory Company with Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is the Managing Artistic Director of the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, soon to be San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre. He spent three years at the Atlantic Theatre Company studying acting under David Mamet, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman; he also spent a year at CAP 21 learning the finer intricacies of “jazz hands”. In 2005, Kevin traveled to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to co-write and direct an original play with Ashtar Theatre, Palestine’s only professional theatre...

Duration: 00:50:42

10: Theater as Messy, Exciting, Organic Storytelling with Erin Cronican

Erin Cronican is an actor, producer and an acting career coach. She belongs to both SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity with many credits performing in film, TV, plays, and musicals across the country. Erin is the lead producer and managing director of The Seeing Place Theater, an exciting, independent actor-driven ensemble in New York. She’s the founder and coach of The Actors’ Enterprise, a one-on-one coaching service that provides affordable career-coaching to actors who want to feel more...

Duration: 00:40:24

9: Marc Ensign - Musician for RENT (Getting the Broadway Musical Gig)

Marc Ensign is a musician on bass guitar and a marketing specialist. Those outside the world of theatre may not be able to grasp just how far one is willing to go to get the gig or job one really wants. For Marc Ensign, it meant collecting Broadway Playbills and stealing a phone book from a Manhattan bus station to get leads, and, then disguising himself as a journalist so that he could interview other Broadway musicians in his field. Regardless of what it took for Marc, it worked in his...

Duration: 00:44:48

8: Bernard Bunye - Advice for Actors from a New York Talent Manager

Bernard Bunye is a New York talent manager with over 10 years experience in the business. Bernard joined SirenSong Entertainment to work alongside Donna DeStefano in August 2016. He began his career in talent management working for manager/producer Lillian LaSalle at Sweet 180 Talent Management and Production. After three years of learning the business from Ms. LaSalle, Bernard co-created Intrepid Talent Management with Jen Namoff. Building on the success of ITM, Bernard launched...

Duration: 00:38:23

7: Joseph Megel - Directing New Plays of Diversity and Social Justice

Joseph Megel focuses on developing and directing new plays and works for theatre, film and video. He is an artist in residence in Performance Studies at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Communication. Joseph is the founder and Artistic Director of the Process Series: New Works in Development, now in its ninth year. He is also Artistic Director of StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. His most recent directing credits include: Howard L. Craft’s Freight: The...

Duration: 00:32:10

6: Doing Your Best Work On Stage with Suzy Newman

Suzy Newman resides in San Luis Obispo, California where she is an actor, director, and teacher & coach. She now works frequently on the “Central Coast” for The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville and the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, and recently with the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) and Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Some of her favorite shows include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, House of Blue Leaves, Always, Patsy...

Duration: 00:25:15

5: Directing for Young Audiences at Imagination Stage with Nikki Kaplan

Nikki Kaplan is the Associate Director of Education at Imagination Stage, one of the largest and most respected theatre arts organizations for young people in the country. Nikki began her career as a performer, studying as an actor, singer, and dancer. After graduating with a B.A. in Acting, she moved to New York and earned her M.A. in Educational Theater from NYU (focusing on Theater for Young Audiences and Directing). She’s also studied at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Nikki has directed...

Duration: 00:29:39

4: Amazing Lessons in Theatre with David Vining

David Vining has been working professionally in theater, since 1972. He has Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech Pathology from the University of Redlands and an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota. David shares with Marc some amazing lessons in theater from his experiences as an actor, director, and theatre professor. For most of his life, David has maintained dual careers as an actor and director in the professional theater and as a professor of theater at the University...

Duration: 00:35:18

3: Working Film by Day and Theater by Night with Jason Kuykendall

Jason Kuykendall performs in regional theaters all across the country and has had various roles in television and film. He has been with Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre and is currently a member of the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California. B Street Theater is one of the leading theater companies in Northern California where he has performed in more than 50 shows. Some of these productions include Last Train to Nibroc, The Adventures of...

Duration: 00:29:42

2: Acting in Broadway National Tours with D. Scott Withers

D Scott Withers is an award-winning actor and director who began his professional acting career with Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona, where he eventually became an associate artist – a relationship that has lasted 25 years. Scott was the Founder and Managing Director for In Mixed Company. In addition, he served as the interim Artistic Director at the Stagebrush Theatre, and the Artistic Director of Greasepaint Youth Theater. As a playwright, Scott’s original play, Big Dreams, was selected...

Duration: 00:35:08

1: Connecting to People with Playwright Trista Baldwin

Trista Baldwin is a playwright and currently a member of the Writers Group at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is also the recipient of Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, and a new play development grant from the Saison Foundation International Artist Residency. She is an alum of the Core Writer program at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Trista’s work has been produced in the States and internationally, and a few of her plays include Eye of the Lamb, American...

Duration: 00:26:24

000: Starting a Theater Podcast with Marc Smith

Talking Theater is really a simple idea. It’s about theater professionals talking theater. Each week I’ll talk with actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, teachers, and many more theater artists and professionals, and I’ll ask them to talk about their career, their craft, and their community. I want this podcast to be for you, a theater lover – either as an artist or a fan – who enjoys hearing stories about the lives of theater artists making a living in theater...

Duration: 00:07:30