Playwright Chisa Hutchinson stopped by the studio to chat about her experience from her first play, She Like Girls, to her latest, Proof of Love, that was commissioned and produced by Audible. Chisa has worked with The Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, Keen Company, Penumbra, Primary Stages, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, NJPAC, and she's currently teaching creative writing at Delaware University and three film projects in development. Also, we had a special guest, her dog Smitty, you get to hear a little from him as well.
Laura Jellinek was nominated for a Tony Award for her design of Oklahoma! She also designed the world premieres of The Wolves, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Mary Page Marlow - along with many other wonderful groundbreaking productions. Laura won an OBIE for sustained excellence in design in 2013. She has an MFA from NYU.
Eric T. Miller is an NYC based actor. His theater credits include Mope (EST) rogerandtom (HERE Arts Center), Ever So Humble (Hangar Theatre), The Last Seder (Mint Theater), Safe Home (Royal Family Productions), Sweet Storm (LAByrinth/Alchemy Theatre Co.), Broken Hands (Fringe and Fringe Encore) and Betrayed (The Culture Project) with workshops and readings at New York Theater Workshop, New Georges, LARK, New York Stage and Film, LAByrinth, the Public, EST/Youngbloods and Rattlestick. Television and Film include The Unusuals (ABC), Kings (NBC), Law & Order (NBC), Shame (Dir: Steve McQueen), Reaching Home, Brewsie and Willy, Pieces, My Secret Friend and the upcoming Home (Dir: Jono Oliver).
Director Taibi Magar stopped by the studio to talk with us today. Taibi is an Obie Award winning director and works Off-Broadway and at major Regional Theaters. In NYC she directed Is God Is at Soho Rep (Obie Award), Underground Railroad Game at Ars Nova, and Master at The Foundry. Padraic met Taibi over a decade ago when she was recommended to work with him and it has been a joy to watch her career - and it was a pleasure to catch up.
Actor Liza Colón-Zayas stopped by the studio to chat with us about her journey. Liza is currently in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven at The Atlantic Theatre. Liza is an original company member of The LAByrinth Theater Company and has been in numerous of Stephen’s plays, including Our Lady of 125th Street and the Pulitzer Prize winning Between Riverside and Crazy. She is a good friend and very generous in sharing her experience.
Our good friend Trevor Long stopped by the studio to talk with us about his journey in building a career, who helped him along the way, and how he approaches the work. Trevor is a long time company member of LAByrinth Theater Company, just finished a two season run as Cade Langmore on Netflix's Ozark, and co-produced and stars in the film Seeds which is on Amazon. It was such a joy talking with Trevor - very honest, open, and fun conversation.
Stage Manager on some of Broadway's biggest hits, including An American in Paris, War Horse, Come Fly Away, Spring Awakening, Mother Courage, Frost/Nixon and many more, Rick Steiger has some entertaining stories to tell -- including that time when Meryl Streep bought him lunch -- and lots of valuable advice for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the theater. We hope you'll join us for our tenth and final episode of our first season of the Bullpen Sessions.
Casting director Judy Bowman's two passions are theater and film, always with diverse casting. She stopped by the studio recently to talk about how she got her start, what she enjoys most about casting sessions and her advice for success in the audition room. Judy was nominated for an Artios Award for Best Webseries Casting for "Karl Manhair: Postal Inspector" and her theatrical collaborations include recent work with Dorset Theatre Festival, New Jersey Rep, Merrimack Rep, Jewish Plays Project, Partial Comfort Productions, San Francisco Playhouse & Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She is an Adjunct Asst. Professor in the MFA Film School at Columbia University, and was on faculty at Harlem School of the Arts for 3 years. She also teaches at One on One in New York, and leads workshops at universities around the country.
Check out our conversation with producer Megan Kingery, whose notable projects include Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Co-Producer / Tony nomination). She is also the Creative Producer of Blue Man Group’s first book, Blue Man World and has brought financing to Fun Home (Tony Award) and Hand to God (Tony nomination). Megan's latest projects include The Subject, a feature film by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Lanie Zipoy and starring Jason Biggs and Aunjanue Ellis, and Adam Mann (Not His Real Name) a new play by Marin Gazzaniga. She is also the lead Producer of the Broadway-bound PARTICLE FEVER (in development: book and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music by Bear McCreary), and NEVER BETTER (in development: book, music, and lyrics by Preston M. Allen).
Megan stopped into the studio to tell us about how she got her start in producing, the value of preparedness and how an episode of South Park figures into every project she does.