Michael Stuhlbarg is a great actor. His films include Call Me by Your Name, The Post, The Shape of Water (all three nominated for an Oscar for best picture in the same year), Blue Jasmine, and A Serious Man. For Television: Boardwalk Empire and The Looming Tower. Theater: Michael played the title roles in Socrates at the Public Theatre and Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park, and was on Broadway in Pillow Man for which he won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony. He is currently in New Orleans filming the series Your Honor by Peter Moffat.
CHRISTINE BRUNO (actor/teaching artist/disability inclusion consultant) MFA — acting & directing, the New School. Member — The Actors Studio, NY Shakespeare Exchange; Advisory Company member, National Disability Theatre. Leadership — SAG-AFTRA NY Local Board; Chair, SAG-AFTRA New NY Local Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee; SAG-AFTRA National PWD, Actors’ Equity EEOC. Theatre: Cost of Living, Glass Menagerie, world premieres — Bekah Brunstetter’s Public Servant (Off-Broadway), The Maids (adaptation by Jose Rivera), The Good Daughter, musicals The Ugly Girl, Raspberry (UK tours). Film and TV: God Friended Me, Law & Order, Best Summer Ever, Hungry, award-winning features Flatbrush Luck and This is Where We Live.
Join us as we talk with Centre College Theatre Chair Matthew Hallock about his enduring love for the theatre, working in academia and the lessons he's taken along the way. Padraic and Matthew have known each other since their high school days and have been working together ever since -- most recently on the Farm Theatre's College Collaboration, where Matthew and the students of Centre College play a pivotal role.
Bullpen Rerelease! 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.
Damon Kiely is a professional director and writer, as well as a full time professor of directing and acting for DePaul's Theatre School. He has directed for Next Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and Route 66. His world premiere adaptation of Thieves Like Us was produced by the House Theatre of Chicago and the Theatre School. He served as the Artistic Director of American Theater Company from 2002 to 2007. Prior to moving back to Chicago he produced, directed and taught in New York City. In New York he directed for the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Ontological Theater, Adobe Theater Company, PS122, Ensemble Studio Theater and New Dramatists. Damon also served as the Artistic Director for Real Time Theater and was a Producing Director at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater as well as the Associate Artistic Director for the Children's Theater of Maine. He is a winner of the 2000-02 NEA/TCG Career Directing Program, the 2000 Drama League Fall Directing Program and the 1997 Princess Grace Award. He lives in Edgewater with his wife Jennifer and their children, Isabella and Finnegan.
Nicole Brewer is a director, actor, educator and facilitator. She is a passionate advocate for anti-racist theatre and is invited across the US and the UK to teach and speak about Conscientious Theatre Training. Her advocacy for the theatre industrial complex to replace racist and oppressive practice with anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices has appeared in both American Theatre and HowlRound.
Rajiv Joseph chatted with us over Zoom. Rajiv's play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has twice won the Obie Award for Best New American Play, first in 2016 with Guards at the Taj (also a 2016 Lortel Winner for Best Play) and then, in 2018, for Describe the Night. Other plays include Archduke, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Lake Effect, The North Pool, and Mr. Wolf. Joseph has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He is a board member of The Lark in New York City, where he develops all his plays. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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.