Four men of color pull up to a mic and talk diversity, inclusion and race in the Philadelphia Theatre Community. While this is not a complete reflection of our cultural makeup, these voices paint a picture that may not be as clear to all but, are views through a lens that is worth a look. This, I hope, will be the start of many conversations that bring to light the extremely complex mission of a great cultural community as change is demanded and the conversation continues. Today, I am joined by Terrell Green, Ozzie Jones, and Brian Anthony Wilson. Stay Tuned.
On today’s podcast, Philadelphia Theatre Company played host to 6 influential voices who were brought together to discuss Arts Journalism in conjunction with “Mike Daisey’s This Is Not Normal & The End of Journalism”. Stay Tuned!
A panel discussion, moderated by award-winning playwright Jackie Goldfinger, featuring Michael Riedel, New York Post columnist and author of Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway; John Timpane, Media and Fine Arts Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer; John Moore, Senior Arts Journalist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic for the Chicago Tribune; and Wendy Rosenfield, Editor-in-Chief for the Broad Street Review.
On today’s podcast, we get to know Theatrical Trainer. Health and wellness are a huge part of everyday life. Of course, we know that the life of an artist can be an adventure. If only there were a team of dedicated artists who understand the plight and has a direct focus on the maintenance required to be a working artist. That is what I sought to find out when I sat down with Theatrical Trainer, a Personal Training Company by Theatre artists, for theatre artists and beyond. With the understanding of be working artists combined with health and wellness practices, all signs point to, let’s find out. So, here’s our interview with Theatrical Trainer at Rep Radio, Studio D, for The Drake. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT THEATRICAL TRAINER
Theatrical Trainer is a theatrical conditioning and In-Home Personal Training company located in Center City, Philadelphia.
With the help and support of our staff at Theatrical Trainer you’ll get personal training in the comfort of your own home or local park and get results without the commitments or expense of a gym/studio. Workouts are fun, challenging, convenient, semi-private/private, affordable and completely safe. Our staff not only provides general personal training, but workshops, movement coaching and choreography as well. We service the theater and film industry, both conditioning actors and providing physical theater training to your cast, educational program or company.
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After a long day, I wanted to make this easy. So, a casual conversation about the many “wigs” Dito van Reigersberg wears lightens the mood. During the rehearsal for Buyer & Cellar, Dito had another “Pig Iron” in the fire. Fringe Arts, the artistic overload that welcomes in our theatre season, needed his attention as well. I ask about switching gears and turning the rest off in order to focus on becoming Alex. Of course, he is a professional. Of course, he knows how to do that. But, most theatre lovers see the polished presentation of all the hard work and not always do they get to hear about the process. Stay Tuned.
ABOUT BUYER & CELLAR
Just fired from a stint working at a California theme park (mouse ears, anyone?), Alex More is an underemployed actor looking for a new gig when, out of the blue, the biggest piece of theatre in the world just happens to find him.
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On today’s podcast, we meet Almanac, an interdisciplinary theatre group whose production of “Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes” runs through Fringe Arts at the Painted Bride Arts Center. I have been aware of Almanac for a while now, often in the building they are performing in for another production. Now, we get a chance to find out more about their work, process, practices and inspirations. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES
From the company behind Exile 2588 comes a re-envisioning of Almanac’s acclaimed tale of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, & the absurdity of believing too hard. Breathtaking acrobatics & earnest theatricality combine with brand new live music. What do people do when they find themselves lost at sea?
Called “The little dance theatre troupe that could” by Philadelphia’s City Paper, Almanac was founded in 2013 by Nick Gillette and Ben Grinberg, graduates of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, with Adam Kerbel, a graduate of the Headlong Performance Institute. The company pursues present performance at the edge of what is possible, through playful honesty.
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On today’s podcast, Dany Guy talks about his time at Interact Theatre Company as Director of Operations as he begins to transition into his new role as Managing Director of 11th Hour Theatre Company. From Intern to Director, Dany’s growth is similar and so valuable to our community and that is why we gave him time to talk about it.
ABOUT DANY GUY
Hails from Massachusetts and started with InterAct as a production intern for the 2009/2010 season. As an intern, he assistant stage-managed the Barrymore-nominated production of Lee Blessing’s WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA, which was moved Off-Broadway to 59E59 Theatre. This is his 7th season working with InterAct. Other Philadelphia credits include: Tribe of Fools ZOMBIES…WITH GUNS!, TWO STREET, ANTIHERO, SHUT YOUR WORMHOLE, HEAVY METAL DANCE FAG (Production Manager) and DRACULA (Stage Manager); Shakespeare in Clark Park: WINTER’S TALE (Production Manager); Simpatico Theatre Project THE AMISH PROJECT (Lighting Designer), THE LYSISTRATA PROJECT, A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, THE BLACK MONK, THE MEEP PROJECT (Production Manager); Enchantment Theater Company’s THE VELVETEEN RABBIT national tour and HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON (rehearsal A.S.M. and A.D.). He currently serves on the board of Tribe of Fools and as a Barrymore Nominator. Daniel graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2008 and recently received his M.S. in Arts Administration in June from the Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Arts.
On today’s podcast, I touch base with John Orr, Executive Director of Art-Reach. After the “Arts Funding Panel: Who Should Pay?”, I realized that we have known each other for 17 years and John’s path that lead to Art-Reach is an interesting one. We talk about Art-Reach’s mission and goals as well as the accessibility opportunities of our cultural community.