On today’s podcast, we travel to Northern Liberties to Pig Iron Theatre School to chat with two students, Jacinta Rasma Lee Yelland and Mark Kennedy-McClellen who traveled across the country via Amtrak in search of inspiration. Being the first time chatting about the Pig Iron Theatre School, what a great conversation to have.
ABOUT UARTS / PIG IRON DEVISED PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
Students from the University of the Arts/Pig Iron Devised Performance Program will travel across America by train in March 2018, journeying from Philadelphia to San Francisco on Amtrak. Led by Devised Performance Program Director and Pig Iron Co-Artistic Director Quinn Bauriedel, the students of the Class of the 2019 will seek inspiration for original performance creations, attempting to make a ‘snapshot’ of America as it is right now–its landscapes and cities, its people and their stories. Along the way the students will meet and collaborate with fellow artists in Chicago and Omaha, forging connections and fostering creative exchanges.
About Pig Iron
Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization. Over the course of its more than two-decade lifespan, Pig Iron has created over thirty original works, toured to festivals and theatres nationally and internationally, and received two OBIE awards. The New York Times named Pig Iron “one of the few groups successfully taking theatre in new directions.”
On today’s podcast, we return to GoKash OnStage to talk about the production “V to X”, a remount in residence at Arden Theatre Company. In this piece, Kash takes a hard look at the U.S. Prison System as a business and show how the inmates lives and value are always up for debate. This piece touches on so many elements of a vicious cycle that makes prisoners more than it aims to rehabilitate. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT V to X
GoKash OnSTAGE in residence at the Arden returns in Spring with a sobering look at privatized incarceration, “V to X”. In this look at the U.S. justice system, writer/director Kash Goins draws inspiration from the tragic experience of N.Y. teen Kalief Browder, whose diminished mental state after three years of abusive Rikers Island incarceration without having ever gone to trial, drove him to suicide upon release in 2015.
Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “A work that erupts with tragic power and vicious humor.”, “V to X” debuted in October, 2015 and encored in February of the following year, proving to be one of the hottest theatre tickets in town.
The interactive drama that Goins has coined theatre in 3-D takes Arden’s brand new Bob and Selma Studio Theatre stage on 3/28/18 – 4/15/18.
On today’s podcast, I caught up with playwright, MJ Kaufman via Skype to talk about Interact Theatre Company’s World Premiere production of “Sensitive Guys”. MJ’s work has received a lot of attention this season but, this interview focuses on the development of this piece in the time of “Times Up” and on the heels of the news of Drexel’s recent campus assault that was developing as we connected. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT SENSITIVE GUYS
Takes place on the campus of a small liberal arts college where a pair of extracurricular programs, the student-led Men’s Peer Education Group and women’s Survivor Support Group, work together on an ambitious plan to unlearn sexism and totally eradicate all sexual violence everywhere within just five years. Everything seems to be on track – until an incident throws all their ideals into question. Beginning as a satirical look at hyper-progressivism and modern gender tropes, the play casts a long shadow, asking what change might actually be possible when complicity is assured—intentionally or inadvertently—in the monolith of male-dominated society.
MJ Kaufman (Playwright) is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the New Museum, Colt Coeur, National Asian American Theater Company, Huntington Theatre, and Yale School of Drama and performed in Russian in Moscow. In Philadelphia MJ has worked with InterAct, Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Headlong Dance Theater as an incubated artist. They taught at University of the Arts and served as a Teaching Artist in Residence at Philadelphia Young Playwrights. MJ also received a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant and a project grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers’ Group, WP Theater Lab, and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ has co-curated the 2016 and 2017 Trans Theater Festivals at The Brick and will launch Trans Lab, a fellowship for trans theater artists, in January 2018.
On today’s podcast, I give the microphone to Founding and Managing Director, Gabriela Sanchez, Artistic Director, Erlina Ortiz and Resident Director, Asaki Kuruma. Meet Power Street Theatre Company. Coming up, #NewWorldMatriarchy, Womyn of Color Love Slam. This multi-cultural group is unapologetically fierce and brings the community together with themes that are all to familiar. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT POWER STREET THEATRE COMPANY
Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC) is home to a collective of fierce multicultural and multidisciplinary artists dedicated to the mission of empowering marginalized artists and communities of color throughout Philadelphia and beyond.
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, 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.