The Compass

The Compass

The Compass is a podcast that asks: What do artists do to keep themselves from going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they may be creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire income from their art? Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.... Show More

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December 6, 2019 71 min

Actor Seamus Mulcahy shares his experiences with the dark side, auditioning, developing your process as an actor, the importance of community, how dyslexia has influenced his path as an artist and how he approaches the challenges of learning differently. Check out what he's up to at http://seamusmulcahy.com

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November 15, 2019 69 min

Actor Christopher Ryan Grant shares his experiences with the dark side, finding community, how his work with The Public Theater's Mobile Unit has changed how he tells stories, auditioning, and learning to put things in perspective. 

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November 1, 2019 62 min

Actor Christopher Livingston shares his experiences with the dark side, trying not to take the work home at the end of the day, mentors, auditioning, and staying positive. You can see him in his first Broadway show, The Great Societyat Lincoln Center or as Wayne Williams on the second season of Mindhunter.

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October 18, 2019 67 min

Painter, director, and teacher Sharone Halevy shares her experiences with the dark side, her evolution as an artist from performer to painter, process and empathy, being kind to yourself, and building a business plan as a painter. Check out her paintings on Instagram @art_by_sharone or www.sharonehalevy.com

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October 4, 2019 61 min

Actor and fitness professional Rachel Nicks shares her experiences with the dark side, auditioning, staying positive, asking for what you need as an artist and parent, her work as a fitness instructor focused on women's health and wellness, and living an unapologetically full life. Check out her work in all areas at https://rachelnicks.com.

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September 20, 2019 60 min

Actor Kris Sidberry shares her experiences with the dark side, continuing to learn and train, reevaluating, trying to not focus solely on career, and the community she's found at Burning Man (which she just got back from right before this interview!). Check out her work at www.krissidberry.com 

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September 6, 2019 62 min

Dancer, choreographer, and technologist Catie Cuan shares her experiences with the dark side, fusing her duel interests in dance and technology, how geography influences art, balance, and being in a relationship with another artist. Catie is currently pursuing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in California, so this conversation was recorded over FaceTime. Check out her work at www.catiecuan.com.

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Host Leah Walsh reflections on Toni Morrison's thoughts on an artist's task in times of chaos from "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” an essay included in the 150th anniversary issue of The Nation, read from the article "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist's Task in Troubled Times" by Maria Popova, published on brainpickings.org. Check the brand new look at www.thec... Read more

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August 9, 2019 67 min

Writer Meg Fee shares her experiences with the dark side, publishing and self-publishing her writing, the evolution of the online blogging space, finding her current path in human centered design, and processing the world through writing. Check out her book, Places I Stopped on the Way Home, and her other writing at www.megfee.com

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July 26, 2019 65 min

Actor and singer Dillon Heape shares their experiences with the dark side, expanding creativity in many directions, self discovery, keeping busy, Pride, new projects, sobriety and mental health. www.dillonheape.com

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July 12, 2019 59 min

Actor and teacher Erin Cherry shares her experiences with the dark side, auditioning, self-care, the evolution of dreams and goals, the importance of community, and her recent Emmy win. See what she's up to at www.erincherry.com and see her show After Forever on Amazon.

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June 28, 2019 50 min

Photographer Jordan Geiger shares his experiences with the dark side, transitioning from acting to photography, his upcoming move from NYC to LA, running a business as a freelancer, community, and being in a relationship with another artist. Check out his beautiful work at www.jjgeigerphoto.com

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June 14, 2019 64 min

Actor and teacher Nick Mills shares his experiences with the dark side, becoming a parent, gratitude, mentors, and how his approach to auditioning has changed. www.nickmosesmills.com

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May 31, 2019 75 min

Actor and dialect coach Lizzie King-Hall shares her experiences with the dark side, political action, navigating the role of dialect coach in a production and building her business, and learning from the artists around you. http://www.lizziekinghall.com

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May 3, 2019 62 min

Actor, writer, and producer Ryan Spahn shares his experiences with the dark side, going to Juilliard in his late twenties, having patience, getting his screenplays made, and collaboration. Check out a reading of his new play Nora Highland on Monday June 24th, 2019 as part of The Pride Plays at Rattlestick Theater and watch Ep 1. of his web series What's Your Emergency

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April 19, 2019 59 min

Artist Tim Dieterichs shares his experiences with the dark side, addiction and recovery, what he values about acting and design, the importance of community, and finding freedom in structure.

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April 5, 2019 52 min

Dancer and choreographer Marla Phelan shares her experiences with the dark side, the complexities of being a freelancing, working in different genres of dance and theater, moving towards her choreographic voice, and knowing your worth.  www.marlaphelan.com

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March 22, 2019 46 min

Director Kristin McCarthy Parker shares her experiences with the dark side, devising work, day jobs, the strength of working with an established community, and directing a long run of a show. Check out her projects at www.kristinmccarthyparker.com, www.puffstheplay.com, www.recentcutbacks.com.

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Actor, dancer, and creator Charlotte Bydwell shares her experiences with the dark side, building her creative life, producing her own multidisciplinary work, decision making, artist visas, having patience, and doing things that terrify you. Check out what she’s up to at www.charlottebydwell.com

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February 22, 2019 6 min

A mini episode with host Leah Walsh today featuring an excerpt from "An Incomplete Manifesto For Growth" by Bruce Mau, a part of the Manifesto Project. Check back in two weeks for a new guest and interview! http://www.manifestoproject.it/bruce-mau/

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