Talking Theater

Talking Theater

Talking Theater podcast celebrates theater! Your host, Marc Smith, interviews theater makers for theater people who love theatre. Actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, musicians, and other professionals will share stories about their career, their craft, and their community. You will be introduced each week to artists who make a living in the performing arts. We’re not just talking – we’re talking theater!... Show More

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June 6, 2018

Isaac Butler is a writer and theater director, recently of The Trump Card, about the rise of Donald Trump with solo performer Mike Daisey.

Isaac also wrote and directed Real Enemies, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and named one of the top ten live events of 2015 by The New York Times.

Along with Dan Kois, he is the co-author of the critically-acclaimed The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in Am...

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Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, poet, performer, and essayist. This summer, he will become the Producing Artistic Director of StageOne Family Theater in Louisville, KY.

For StageOne, Idris penned American Tales and the widely produced And In This Corner: Cassius Clay. Other plays include: How We Got OnBars and MeasuresThe RaidHype Man: a break beat play, BlackademicsThe Way the Mountain Moved, commissioned as ...

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Ken Urban is a playwright, screenwriter, and musician based in New York.

His plays include Sense of an EndingThe CorrespondentA Future PerfectThe Awake, The Happy Sad, Nibbler, A Guide for the Homesick which recently premiered just a few months ago at the Huntington Theater in Boston, and his newest work, a darkly-comic play called The Remains, which opens in May 2018 at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

His work has been pro...

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Jessica Burr is the artistic director of Blessed Unrestan ensemble-based experimental theatre company in New York City, co-founded with Matt Opatrny.

In 2011, Jessica received the Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, in recognition of her work as a director and the body of work that Blessed Unrest has created under her leadership.

With Blessed Unrest, just a few of the productions she has directed i...

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Dámaso Rodriguez is a Cuban American director based in Portland, Oregon, where he serves as artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland's longest-running professional theatre company, which became a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) under his leadership.

Prior to joining Artists Rep, Dámaso served as the associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse and co-founder and co-artistic director of ...

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Julia Sirna-Frest is an actor and singer based in New York.

She was most recently seen as Margit in Seder at Hartford Stage.  

And in the title role of: [Porto] which played at The Bushwick Starr last year where it was an NYT Critics Pick and The Times review said it was quote: “an excellent cast led by the wonderful Ms. Sirna-Frest”

 Porto makes its Off-Broadway premiere at the WP Theater

Other productions include: A Tunnel Year...

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Jose Solís, as a theater critic, has been writing about film and theater since 2003, and his work has appeared in major film and theater publications including (links are reviews or articles): The New York Times, American Theatre, and Backstage

 Jose is a member of the Drama Desk, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and the Online Film Critics Society.

Jose is putting together a panel called Being a Critic of Color for Br...

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Jamil Jude is a director, producer, playwright, and dramaturg. Self-identifying as an "Artist Plus", Jamil feels most at home bringing socially relevant art to the community.

Jamil is the Associate Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA as well as the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival.

He was a participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Found...

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Brendan Hines is a versatile actor and singer-songwriter. He currently stars in Amazon's The Tick as Superian.  The show is based on Ben Edlund's comic book of the same name, with new episodes in February 2018.

Brendan is also performing Histrionics, a one-man show at New York's Theater for the New City through mid-December of this year.

Brendan has also appeared in fan-favorite shows including Suits, Scandal, and Lie T...

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Rachel Grossman is the Ensemble Director and a co-founder of dog & pony dc where audience integration is their guiding artistic principle.

She is also a theater artist and engagement strategist. She likes to explore the triangulation between art, artist, and audience.

Rachel is a member of HowlRound’s National Advisory Committee and is a regular presenter with National Arts Market Project on audience engagement and empowering s...

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Ilana Levine is an acclaimed actor on Broadway, TV  and film. She’s also a producer, and the amazing host of one of my favorite podcasts, Little Known Facts.

Ilana is probably best known to Broadway fans for her comedic turn as "Lucy Van Pelt" in the Broadway revival of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown with Kristen Chenoweth, Anthony Rapp, B.D. Wong, Roger Bart, Stanley Wayne Mathis (directed by Michael Mayer, Choreograp...

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Andrew Rosendorf is a playwright based in Minneapolis. He is a 2016-2017 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center.

His work has been produced or developed at La Jolla Playhouse, MCC, Luna Stage, American Theater Company, Nashville Rep, City Theatre, Geva Theatre, Actor’s Express, Palm Beach Dramaworks, UglyRhino, and Toftee Lake Center. 

Andrew is an alum of terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, ...

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Seth Bockley is a playwright and theater director, specializing in literary adaptation, physical and object theater as well as multimedia works.

As a director, Seth has led productions throughout the United States and around the world, including Mexico, Colombia, and Ireland.

Just a few of the theatres where he has recently directed include The Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens, Redmoon Theater, Foundry Theater, and the Brooklyn Aca...

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Guillermo Reyes has produced and published a variety of plays including Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown and Mother Lolita as off-Broadway productions with Urban Stages, Chilean Holiday and Saints at the Rave at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many others.

Men on the Verge debuted in Los Angeles at the Celebration Theater and won the L.A. Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Play which went on to ...

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Deborah Yarchun is a New York City playwright from Austin, Texas.

Her honors include two Jerome Fellowships, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for The Man in the Sukkah, the Kernodle New Play Award for Tectonic Mélange, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Iowa Art Fellowship.

Deborah's plays have been developed at places including Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Harmo...

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Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced living playwright in America for both 2016 and 2017.

 

Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!), The O’Neill, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded F...

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Kate Hamill is a playwright and actor based in New York City. 

In 2014, her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility premiered off-Broadway where it was named in the "Top 10 Theater of 2014" by both Ben Brantley of the NY Times and by the Huffington Post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” 

Sense and Sensibility was remounted off-Broadway in 2016, and it was nominated for Best...

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Adam Szymkowicz is a playwright based in New York City. His plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, England, and around the world.

Adam’s plays include The Wooden Heart, Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Kodachrome, Marian (or the True Tale of Robin Hood), Rare Birds, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Adventures of Super Margaret, The Why Overhead, and many others.

Adam received a Playwright’...

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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,...

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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 a...

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