Yes But Why Podcast

Yes But Why Podcast

Yes But Why is an Austin-based podcast in which host Amy Jordan interviews improvisers, writers, showrunners, and other creatives about what inspires them, how they handle their struggles and what project they’re working on next!

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December 6, 2021 93 min
In this week’s Yes But Why Podcast episode, I talk to Morgan Phillips, performer of improv and music since 1994.

Morgan Phillips is an improviser and improv coach based in New York City. He is the creator and temporary Artistic Director of Not A Bit Comedy Theater.

Morgan has been studying and performing improv on a regular basis for almost 30 years. He loves performing improv. In 2015, Morgan did online improv scenes with over 100...
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In this week’s episode of Yes But Why Podcast, I chatted with joyful storyteller, Shweta Bhat.

Shweta Bhat is a software professional, a teacher, a writer, a psychologist, a theatre artist, an improviser and a poet. She is a counsellor, trainer and consultant at SASHA (Support Against Sexual Harassment). Shweta is also the host and editor of “Voice – The SASHA PoSHcast,” a monthly podcast dealing with topics around the theme of sex...
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This week on Yes But Why, I connected with parent support coach and certified hypnotherapist, Laurie Wagner Storlie.

Laurie Wagner Storlie is a child development expert with an extensive background in producing and performing improv comedy. She shows parents how to find parenting hacks using the rules of improv. Laurie is also the host of the podcast, “Improvised Parenting.”

In our conversation, we talk about how Laurie got into imp...
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This week on Yes But Why, I chatted with Austin comedian, Kat Ramzinski.

Kat Ramzinski is a Stand Up Comic, Writer, Actor and Musician, best known for her story-telling abilities and that time she was stabbed.

Kat has been showcased on the comedy docuseries “Cracking Up” on the Mental Health Channel, and the PBS show “Stand Up Empire”. Kat has performed Stand Up comedy at Moontower Comedy Festival, End of the Earth Fest, Ladies ar...
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This week on Yes But Why, I had the pleasure of speaking with pianist, composer, and music director, Ammon Taylor.

Currently based in Austin, Texas, Ammon Taylor is The Paramount Theatre’s Education Music Director and an active member of Austin’s theatre community. With a Bachelor of Music in composition from UT Austin, Ammon has been using his background in classical, jazz, and musical theatre to set children’s narrative invention...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I reconnected with writer/director Elena Weinberg. I also got the opportunity to sit down and chat with Elena’s husband and creative partner, writer/actor, Duncan Coe!

Elena Weinberg is an actress, writer, director, producer, and production manager. She has made quite a few independent films alongside Duncan Coe with their production company, TurtleDove Films. Elena is known for her work creating th...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I had a great conversation with actor/producer, Alya Lei.

Alya Lei is an actress and producer, known for Lucifer (2016), 13 Reasons Why (2017) and Moonlighter (2018). She has worked on network television shows, been cast in numerous independent films, corporate industrials, and booked principal roles in commercials. She is consistently working on her craft with a variety of acting coaches.

Alya is a...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I showcase my talk with comedian and filmmaker, Jer Moran.

Jer Moran is a filmmaker and cartoonist based in Austin, TX. He has written and directed various short films and his work has been shown at the Austin Spotlight Film Festival, Austin Comedy Film Festival, Austin Micro Film Festival, and GELOS Comedy Film Festival.

Jer is also a comedian and musical improviser who can be seen at the Hideout ...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I interview comedian John Gebratatose.

John Gebretatose has been dedicated to the comedy scene in Minnesota's Twin Cities for more than a decade. He performs stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy. John is an improv instructor as well as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis, MN. He has taught improv workshops in theaters, hospitals, corporate workspaces,...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I present my chat with Travis Charles Ploeger, the director/founder of Washington Improv Theater's longest running ensemble, iMusical: The Improvised Musical.

Over the course of his career, Travis Charles Ploeger has helped to create and perform over 2,000 improvised musicals to audiences across the country. He joined Washington Improv Theater and created iMusical in 2006, after an eight-year c...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, listen in as I interview Stephanie Herrera, actor, writer, and entertainment insurance broker.

Stephanie Herrera is an Entertainment Specialist based out of Durham, Ontario, Canada. She is a Stage/Screen Actor, a Comedian, a Singer, a Writer, a Producer, an Acting Coach, a Director, a Key Note Speaker, a Corporate Trainer, a TV Host, and a Voice Actor. She has been the host and community producer on...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, we are featuring comedian and podcaster, Ivy Le.

Ivy Le is a Vietnamese American comedian and writer based in Austin, Texas. Ivy has performed at Bedpost Confessions, Coldtowne Theatre, the Decatur Book Festival, Kollaboration, and more!

Ivy is the host and creator of the Spotify podcast, “FOGO: Fear of Going Outside: a nature show by the most reluctant host ever”. Ivy was selected to be one of the...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I am delighted to present my conversation with Australian improviser, Amanda Buckley.

Amanda Buckley is an actor, improviser, voice over artist and teacher.
She has been performing for over 20 years for theatre, corporate and festival audiences both in Australia and overseas. Amanda most recently has appeared in a series of sketches for Channel 10’s The Project and will next appear in the upcoming m...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, listen in as I chat with Improvisation facilitator, training developer and Higher Education professional, Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson.

Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson is an improviser based in Glossop, England. She has been performing and teaching improv for 15 years. Jess is the co-founder of Glossop Improv alongside Sekki Tabasuares. Together, they provide a weekly online improv workshop to improvisers all...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I interview artist and podcast producer, Traveus Lawson.

Traveus Lawson is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Always Press Record, Inc. (alwayspressrecord.com) He is the lead producer on more than 30 serial podcasts, with thousands of hours of content within the APRTV vault that is broadcasted globally via 24/7 live streams and On-Demand SmartTV apps.

Originally from the small town of Monesse...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, listen in as I talk to Audio Describer, Bridget Melton.

Bridget Melton is an Audio Describer who has recently relocated to North Texas from the Chicago area. Active in the cultural accessibility community for many years, Bridget works to create a welcoming environment for all. Around the United States, and virtually, she can be found at various theatres promoting inclusion as an audio describer, a...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I interview writer and performer, Andy N.

Andy N is a poet, a musician, an open mic host, and a podcaster from Manchester, England. Andy N is the author of six full length poetry collections and he also writes a regular column for Manchester’s publication, The Sunday Tribune. He composes ambient electronic music under the name of “Ocean in a Bottle” and he co-hosts the always welcoming Spoken Word ...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to improviser and marketing expert, Annie Schiffman.

Annie Schiffman is an award-winning improviser who is also the founder of Downstage Media, the Places Please Project, and Profitable Improv.

Like many performers, Annie stopped her onstage work when getting to rehearsals, auditions, and shows became too difficult alongside raising her two children. So she put her energy into helping other ...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to improviser Siddharth Venkatesh.

Siddharth Venkatesh is an improv performer with Improv Comedy Bangalore. In early September 2020, he co-created the ICB’s Facebook Community Group. It has since become a central hub through which improvisers all over the world connect! Outside of Improv, Siddharth is an engineer and he loves to play Indian classical percussion.

In our conversation, Siddharth...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to improviser and academic, David Escobedo.

David Escobedo has been coaching and performing improv since 1995, starting his career in San Diego and Los Angeles. He has his BA and MA in Drama; and, David is currently pursuing his PhD in Drama with a focus on improv at the University of Chester in the UK. His Masters thesis paper was on how an improviser’s voice (background/experience) is the m...
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