Adam Szymkowicz, playwright, stopped by to talk with Padraic at the SETC. Adam’s work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others. Published plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian Or The True Tale of Robin Hood, Kodachrome, Mercy and Nerve. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Original Works Publishing, and featured in New York Theatre Review, the Dionysian, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books. He’s the Playwrights Program Manager at The Juilliard School. Adam has interviewed over 1000 playwrights on his blog.
Ashlee Latimer, TONY Award winning producer sat down to talk with Padraic at SETC. Ashlee is a producer and writer based in New York City. Co-producing projects include: The Inheritance (Broadway), Once On This Island (Tony Award), The Jungle (West End), and Be More Chill (Broadway, Off-Broadway). Currently, Ashlee handles creative development for Hunter Arnold’s production company, TBD Theatricals. In addition to her work with TBD, Ashlee has assisted artists such as Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and Tim Federle (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series); worked with major NYC theatre companies in various capacities, including Roundabout Theatre Company, Disney Theatrical Group, and Broadway Across America; and most recently was the Brand Strategist for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.
Maegan McNerney Azar took time to talk with us during the SETC convention. Maegen is the new President of the Board of SETC. She is Associate Professor of Acting and Directing and Chair of Theatre Arts at Furman University. Maegan directed Kimberly Belflower's College Collaboration Project John Proctor is the Villain at Furman University. She also works and directs in the professional theatre of Greenville, South Carolina.
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.