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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September 26, 2021 83 min
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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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to the amazingly funny Rachael Mason.
Rachael Mason is a veteran improviser and a teaching artist of the famed Chicago improv scene. She started her creative career by taking classes and performing at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. Later, she taught improv workshops at theaters and universities all across the Chicago area. Rachael Mason has performed and taught all over the world, prima...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I chat with Improv Artist and a Social Entrepreneur, Vishok Verma.
Vishok Verma is a Professional Trainer of Communication Skills (Corporate, Social Enterprises, and Non-profits). He is the Founder & CEO of “Let’s Express,” an organization that uses improvisational games and other performing arts exercises to boost the self-esteem and to improve the communication skills of young individuals fr...
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I connected with Dr. Jennifer Christner, doctor, educator, and improviser.

Jennifer G. Christner, MD is the Dean, School of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

Dr. Christner was practicing general pediatrics when early in her career, she was selected to become a National Faculty Development Scholar by the Academic Pediatric Association. This changed her focus from seeing patients to devel...
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This week, Yes But Why Podcast features podcaster and Twitch streamer, Sammi Dittloff.

Sammi Dittloff is an actor, writer, podcaster, Twitch streamer, and crafter who also works in marketing and social media. Sammi hosts and produces two podcasts: Pop Culture Diner is about The Bachelor and horror movies (and any other pop culture topics that comes up), and Dairy Free State, an interview podcast about food and health and what happe...
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This week on Yes But Why, I talk to Indian improviser, Assad Khan.

Assad Khan is the Founder, Producer and Artistic Director of “Creating Humour - An Improv Experience.” He is one-half of The Bromantic Duo with Rahmeen Charania. He is one-half of Creating EXTREME Humour with David Riley Pustansky. He is also one-half of The Elke and Assadie Show with Elke Reid. He is a proud member of the India Improv Ensemble with Kaivalya Plays. ...
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This week on Yes But Why, I chat with Jeff Rogers, comedian, emcee, author, keynote speaker, actor, game show host and so much more.

Starting off as an award-winning stand-up comic in the late 1980’s, Jeff Rogers was spotted by Amy Sedaris who suggested he audition for The Second City Theater in Chicago. Jeff is the second youngest performer behind John Belushi to be hired at the renowned Second City theater.

Jeff Rogers is currently...
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This week on Yes But Why, I interviewed French improviser/musician, Bertrand Hance.

Bertrand Hance is a man with many creative talents. He is a skilled improv comedian and a corporate team building coach. He is currently teaching theatrical improvisation workshops for teens and adults through The Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture des 3 Maisons as well as an improv workshop for people with disabilities through APF Nancy. Bertrand i...
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This week on Yes But Why, I chat with Washington DC-based performer, Karen Lange.

Karen Lange is an actor, singer, improviser, and producer. In 2008, Karen co-founded Pinky Swear Productions. Over a decade later, Karen is amazed by how many awesome shows Pinky Swear has done and how many amazing artists they have had the opportunity to work with.

In addition to her work with Pinky Swear Productions, Karen acts in theatrical product...
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This week on Yes But Why, I had the pleasure of talking to Roberto Lewis.

Roberto Lewis is a writer and improviser from San Jose, CA. He performs improv with ACME Theater’s “Pick-Up Game” and in Impro Theatre’s “Rom Com Improvised.” Roberto can be seen on Ripley Improv's “Heartbeats,” an improvised medical drama, available now on YouTube. Roberto also writes and performs for the sketch group, “The Bizness.”

From the stories he te...
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This week on Yes But Why, I interview Austin improviser, Kit Brooks.

Kit Brooks is an Educator & Theatre Artist with a passion for inclusion. Kit has performed in many shows at Austin improv theaters, both on the stage in the before times and in the improv Zoom shows that are the norm these days. Kit teaches improv classes to neurodiverse students through The Hideout's Building Connections program. Kit is also an aerial da...
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