THED Talks

THED Talks

THED Talks is a podcast for theatre teachers and theatre education students. Dr. Jimmy Chrismon, Theatre Education professor at Illinois State University, brings you stories and interviews from experienced K-12 theatre teachers, current theatre education majors, and professors of theatre education that will warm your heart, renew your faith in teaching, and provide resources to better your practice in your theatre classroom. Pour the coffee, relax, and join us for heart-warming conversations and practical advice from practitioners making a difference in students' lives each and every day!


December 6, 2023 63 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Utah theatre education professor Dr. Amanda Dawson. She talks about dramaturgy, conversations about race in the theatre classrooms, and her current research. 

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This week Jimmy talks with London-based teaching artist Jared Scott. He talks about his early training as a theatre artist, his work in theatre pedagogy, and finding the right fit in colleges and universities

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November 22, 2023 34 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Maryland teacher Katie Keddell. She talks about commissioning a playwright, being a neurodiverse artist, and creating theatre that is more accessible to all abilities and access needs.

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November 15, 2023 79 mins

This week Jimmy talks with New York teacher Connor Graham. He talks about devising/creating new works, administrators, and being a magician and certified hypnotist.

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This week Jimmy talks with Florida teacher Matthew Belopavlovich. He talks about clowning and touring with Ringling Brothers, the ups/downs of working with middle schoolers, and creating sensory-friendly productions.

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November 1, 2023 65 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Nevada theatre professor Shea King. He talks about rebuilding a theatre program, actor training, and student support resources. THED Talks apologizes for the muffled sound in the interview. 

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October 25, 2023 62 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Baton Rouge, Louisiana teacher Joel Rainey. He talks about his time with Disney, his new book he is working on, and working with Terrence Mann on Romeo and Juliet: A Rock Musical. 

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October 18, 2023 51 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Maryland teaching artist Tara Cariaso. She talks about reimagining commedia dell'arte through a DEI lens, marginalized identity harm in theatre classrooms, and masks for actor liberation.

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October 11, 2023 47 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Melissa Hamm from St. Maarten in the Caribbean. She talks about Caribbean Theatre, cultural forms, and being an arts coordinator.

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October 4, 2023 40 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Chris McRae from Perth, Australia. He talks about playwriting, all boys theatre, and community theatre involvement.

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September 27, 2023 41 mins

This week Jimmy talks with New Jersey teaching artist, Luke Ferrell. He talks about being an arts-based small business owner, collaboration and team work, and teaching online.

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September 20, 2023 47 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Oklahoma theatre professor, Mark Frank. He talks about community colleges, playwriting, and children's theatre!

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September 13, 2023 44 mins

This week Jimmy talks with New Jersey theatre teacher, Yah Roper. She talks about encouraging burnt out performance staff, utilizing Ai as a tool in classes, and the need of content in marginalized areas.

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September 6, 2023 49 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Kentucky theatre teacher, Zach Fryman! He talks about teaching at an IB School, collaborating with high school program, and working as a teaching artist before transferring to a public school.

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August 30, 2023 60 mins

This week Jimmy talks with Long Island theatre professor, David Overton. He talks about the transferable skills of theatre, educational vs. conservatory approaches to theatre training, and Shakespeare!

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August 23, 2023 72 mins

This week Jimmy talks with New Jersey teaching artist, Rebecca Lopkin. She talks about running an educational theater company, balancing motherhood and running a business, and finding time to do your own art!

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August 16, 2023 52 mins

This week Jimmy kicks off Season 6 as he talks with 2023 Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award Winner Jason Young. He talks about his journey to becoming a theatre teacher, working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in theatre, and his Tony Award experience.

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May 10, 2023 68 mins

This week Jimmy talks with one of his senior theatre education majors, Ryan Renc. He talks about his experiences in college, his passion for young people, and taking care of your students during the production process. 

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This week Jimmy talks with first year middle school theatre teacher Jake Mouchawar. He discusses training to teach in quarantine, the outdatedness of theatre education, and using the theatre classroom for community and community building.

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This week Jimmy talks with South African teaching artist Annalise Zaverdinos. She talks about her love of reading, her work with reader's theatre in South Africa, and taking care of yourself when you hear and see a lot of hurting people.

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