Upstage Left | Intimate Conversations with New York Theater

Upstage Left | Intimate Conversations with New York Theater

Rachel Lin speaks with the theater artists shaping the landscape of American Theater today. Join her, as she chats with the most exciting theater makers of our generation about their careers, the challenges, and how they live a life in the arts.... Show More

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Jaclyn Backhaus is the 2018 Horton Foote prizewinner for her play India Pale Ale. Her play Men on Boats has been produced at Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks, Playwrights Horizons, & regionally in the US. Her new play Wives will be opening Playwrights Horizons' 2019-2020 season, running from August 23-October 6. She is a co-founder of Fresh Ground Pepper, a theater company committed to developing new work, and a member of the Kilroy... Read more

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Annie Tippe's latest project, Octet, a chamber musical, written by Dave Malloy, is a meditation on our collective addiction to technology and our devices. In this episode we talk about how Annie came to direct this strikingly relevant piece, and what she did the day after the show opened to rave reviews. Annie talks about her relationship to her mentor, Rachel Chavkin, who just won the Tony for Best Director of Musical - and how th... Read more

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Wendy Vanden Heuvel is a native New Yorker, who has been acting since high school. Today she is an actor (most recently seen in the world premiere of Jessica Dickey's The Convent as the Mother Abbess), teacher, and producer. She is the artistic director of  Weathervane Theater, founder of piecebypiece productions, and a member of Rising Phoenix Rep.I met Wendy when she was teaching acting at the Experimental Theater Wing, at N... Read more

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You may have seen Layla Khosh (Khoshnoudi) in the Pulitzer Prize nominated Dance Nation at Playwrights Horizons as Amina, in Abby Rosebrock's Dido of Idaho at Ensemble Studio Theatre, in the original cast of Men on Boats, or as Nina in Seagullmachine by the Assembly. She's a brilliant actress, as well as writer and director. After moving New York to attend the Martha Graham School, she left the program early to pursue a c... Read more

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Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody are two of Fiasco Theater's co-founding members and co-artistic directors. In addition to running a company celebrated for their productions of Shakespeare & Sondheim - they're both actors, teachers, and directors. Their production of Merrily We Roll Along co-produced with Roundabout Theatre Company has been extended until April 14 at the Laura Pels Theater.They joined forces after graduate school... Read more

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March 21, 2019 51 min

Ronald Peet is currently starring opposite Alan Cumming in Daddy by Jeremy O. Harris. You can also catch him in Netflix’s upcoming series “The I-Land” (with Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez and Alex Pettyfer). Previous credits include: Spill (EST), Cute Activist (The Bushwick Starr), Kentucky (EST/P73), Icarus On The LES (Joe’s Pub), The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), Debutante (Ars Nova).In this episode Ronald talks to Rache... Read more

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Charly Evon Simpson is the playwright behind the thrice extended Behind The Sheet at Ensemble Studio Theater. A New York Times' critic pick, Behind The Sheet is based on the true story of a group of enslaved black women, and their (uncredited) contributions to modern gynecology.Her new play Jump is premiering at four theaters across the country with the National New Play Network's rolling world premiere program, including: Playmake... Read more

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February 17, 2019 51 min

Ming Peiffer's Roundabout Underground debut, "Usual Girls" made history by writing the first play to sell out its extension before the show even opened. The critically acclaimed play follows the story of Kyeoung, a bi-racial (half-Korean, half-American) girl coming of age in Ohio. A former actress, and founder of the now defunct Spookfish Theater Company - Ming talks about her own journey from being on stage to writing for it. The ... Read more

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