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Well, the Award Season is now in high gear with all the major theater nominations out: Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and of course the mother of them all, the Tonys. Everyone seems to be talking about the hottest shows on Broadway. So today I’m jumping into the deep end as well, talking about some of the current Broadway darlings. And joining me is Dr. Broadway herself to also discuss the history that went into making Broadway what it is today as well as some of the backstory to the Tony Awards.   Dr. Broadway, also known as Kristin Stultz Pressley is a Musical Theatre Historian, and as you would guess one of Broadway’s biggest fans. As a passionate and energetic presenter, Pressley has taught theatre at every level – from pre-school all the way up to university. And yes, she is an actual doctor with a phd in Theater and Film Studies. For her research on the life and work of Tony Award-winning lyricist and librettist Dorothy Fields, she was awarded the Bruce Kirle Emerging Musical Theatre Scholar Award. That’s a long-titled award all to say she knows a whole lot about Dorothy Fields. And we’ll also be discussing her important and pivotal work during broadway’s golden age.    Stephen Sondheim once wrote, "Work is what you do for others; art is what you do for yourself." And for Dr. Broadway that’s exactly what she loves about being a Musical Theatre Historian as it also informs her ongoing mission: educating theatergoers in order to enhance theatergoing.    Follow her on Instagram and find out more at DrBroadway.com.    ----- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com
The actor and all-around fun gal, Erin Cronican joins us "in studio" to discuss her own formula for making it in the entertainment industry. From coaching to her theater company, Erin keeps a lot of irons in the fire. Learn more about those irons at http://www.erincronican.com/. ----- The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each week is both sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com
On the second half of AUDITION STORIES we dive into the comparison game with Justin Guarini. This kind of jealousy is so common to actors and affects us in the audition room more than we know. Former guests share their experiences from onstage to on-camera, from the wonderful to the embarrassing, and everything in-between. (Listen to Part One as well.) Those featured in this episode: JUSTIN GUARINI - "Comparison Trap" (Audition Secrets podcast) LAUREN KENNEDY - Artistic Director of Theatre Raleigh MEGAN HOXIE - Actor/Singer in FOOTLOOSE REMY GERMINARIO - Actor and Stand-Up Comedian MEGAN CARVER - Actor, Writer, Filmmaker MIATA EDOGA - Actor and Financial Coach CHARLOTTE COHN - Actor, Director, Producer (Episode coming in March) MAISIE WILLIAMS - Actor from GAME OF THRONES (TED Talk)   Join The Chain with Megan Carver and Adventuress Films. NY Actorfest - Casting Directors panel discussion ---------- I want this podcast to be a resource for you as you discover more ways to pursue a career in this industry and sustain it through the many ups and downs that follow. You can always reach out to me: contact.winmipodcast.com Also, don't forget Miata Edoga's special financial empowerment offer for WINMI listeners from Abundance Bound. For further insights and unreleased audio clips of these episodes, you can be a part of the WINMI community on Twitter and Instagram (@winmipodcast). Lastly, this podcast is supported through kind donations of listeners like you by buying me a coffee.
Today on our program we have an actor, a singer, a dancer, a voice/public speaking coach and a singing/audition coach.  And...it's all one person, Casey Erin Clark!  Learn all about her 15 minutes of terrifying fame and how she manages to be all of those things listed above.  Find out more about Casey on her awesome new website...https://www.caseyerinclark.com
It's been a wonderful ride despite some growing pains and losses along the way. My first year of podcasting has nonetheless taught me a great deal, and I hope you've learned a thing or two as well. I honestly do this for you and try my best to give you interviews and insights as well as some fun along the way. A lot of effort goes into these episodes and sometimes they hit the mark and other times fall short (mostly technical hitches and glitches and my own verbal fumbles). So I may not have made it on anyone else's Top Podcast Lists, but here's my own best-of retrospective on the highs and lows of 2018! The guests and sounds clips featured on this episode: Marella Martin Koch • Erin Cronican • Joey Fatone • Jeff Thomson • Scott Wojcik • Mike Wartella • Stephen Wallem • Casey Erin Clark • Jessica Holt • Matt Zambrano • Grace McLean • Jelani Alladin • Glasgow Lyman • Alvin Hough, Jr. • Jeff Theiss • Dena Hammerstein • Michael Repper • Sydney Altbacker • Tate Robinson • John McGinty • Chris Coyne Though there was no way to include every episode on this best-of-2018 edition, I am immensely grateful for ALL the guests that have come on the podcast. It most certainly would not be the same or nearly as good without their contributions. ---------- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com     Tony Award Bonus Episodes theme music - "Hot Swing" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ The Spotlight Series theme music - "Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost2010 - Licensed under Creative CommonsAttribution (3.0)
Charlotte Cohn was born in Denmark and raised in Israel where she served in the Israeli Army as a commanding officer. She was a founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF) and MainStreet Musicals. Other producing credits include Rated P For Parenthood, The New York Times critics’ pick Handle With Care and Church & State. In this episode she chronicles her journey from commander to singer, from Broadway actress to Off-Broadway producer and director. Despite the setbacks faced as she progressed from one to the other, her passion and persistence kept her going...along with a good sense of humor. Follow her on Twitter (@charlottecohn) as well as her website: https://charlottecohn.wixsite.com/charlotte ---------- May this podcast be a resource for you as you discover more ways to pursue a career in this industry and sustain it through the many ups and downs that follow. For further insights (Twitter) and unreleased audio clips of today's interview (Instagram) be a part of the WINMI community on social media @winmipodcast. And you can always reach out to me on the website: contact.winmipodcast.com  Lastly, this podcast is supported through kind donations of listeners like you by buying me a coffee.   "Traces" by Hyson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. "Here" by Hyson is licensed under a Attribution License. "September" by Kai Engel is licensed under a Attribution License.
The first ever mini-episode with Patrick, focusing on why he'll never make it as well as why he's still here. Patrick talks about the wonderful camaraderie within theater and gives a loving tribute to Marin Mazzie, who passed away last month from ovarian cancer. (Read about Marin's remarkable joy and positivity as she confronted cancer.) A career that spans 30 years, she was always a consummate professional yet easy-going and always herself. She brought passion and true enjoyment to each role she played.  Her light still shines and her impact is still felt on a grateful Broadway community to whom she gave so much. "We've been laughing and laughing, and hoping that the audience thinks it's as funny as we do," she says of her time in Bullets Over Broadway. Opera News did an excellent interview and chronicle of her life. ----- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com
The actor and all-around fun gal, Erin Cronican joins us "in studio" to discuss her own formula for making it in the entertainment industry. From coaching to her theater company, Erin keeps a lot of irons in the fire. Learn more about those irons at http://www.erincronican.com/.
Andy Clausen is a New York-based composer, trombonist, bandleader, and graduate of The Juilliard School. Hailing from Seattle, Clausen relocated to NYC in 2010 where he enjoys a diverse schedule collaborating with filmmakers, folk and blues artists, classical composers, as well as New York's jazz elite. An active educator, Clausen has taught workshops across the United States and currently serves as Artistic Director of The New York Youth Symphony Jazz Program. For more information visit https://www.whyillnevermakeit.com/l/nyys-andy-clausen.   ------------------------------- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com   Intro music and interludes:"Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost2010 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
Audition season is winding up here in New York City as we prepare for the summer months. I hope you have some good plans for the summer. For myself, I will be doing a couple of shows: one in St. Louis the other in Raleigh.  My special guest today is also keeping himself busy. Ethan Paisley is a writer, producer, and director, with a TV series this summer on DVD Netflix called Set Life. Other projects include the feature film .453 which is on Amazon, two films that have screened at the Cannes Film Festival...and when it comes to awards Ethan is no stranger. He won Best Overall Film at the San Mauro Torinese Film Festival, Best Young Filmmaker at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and Best Young Director at the Young Entertainer Awards.  Just how young is he? He's accomplished all this by the ripe old age of 18.  So when I ask myself why I'll never make it, it's guys like this that have the drive and ambition to keep them going. He and I discuss his rapid rise to success and the setbacks he's faced in getting there. He has definite points of view on filmmaking and auditions and directing. It's a fascinating interview with a talented, young, and upcoming artist. Go to Ethan's website and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.Also check out his growing list of IMDB credits. ----------- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com
Thanks for joining me and Remy for this week's FINAL FIVE! After our discussion of the rigors and challenges of stand-up comedy, we got down to the serious business of bucket lists and sage advice. (I even throw in a new Final Five questions just for Remy.) The answers given are surprising and revealing, showing another side to Mr. Germinario... If you could have any other job outside of the arts what would it be? What is a bucket list role or show you still hope to do one day? Who do you look up to? A mentor or someone who inspires you. What is a time in your life when you messed up and had to own up to it? What’s the best advice you’ve received? ---------- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Do you have questions or stories of your own? Share them with me: contact.winmipodcast.com
We're now about halfway through the 2018-19 Broadway season, and several shows have closed and some still have yet to open. Ryan McPhee, Managing News Editor at PLAYBILL, joins the podcast once again to talk about the notable shows of the 2018-19 Broadway Season. We focus especially on those that are likely to get some Tony Award recognition. Here's the list of all shows we mention in this episode: • Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie at 54 Below• Getting the Band Back Together did not get good reviews• Head Over Heels was thrown out on its heels in January• The Cher Show gets a diva endorsement• American Son getting a Netflix adaptation• The Intricacies of Family in Waverly Gallery and The Ferryman• Lifespan of a Fact with Daniel Radcliffe• Network and Bryan Cranston's electrifying performance reviews• To Kill a Mockingbird overcame lawsuits to make it to Broadway• Are you going to The Prom?• King Kong stirs up controversy and bad reviews• Be More Chill goes from Off-Broadway to the big time• Kiss Me Kate in the #MeToo era• Oklahoma! sets a darker tone in this reboot• Hadestown's road to Broadway• Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus is a new comedy with Tony veterans • Tootsie gets a facelift• Beetlejuice...Beetlejuice...Beetlejuice out of town• Ain't Too Proud to Beg, the latest Broadway temptation We also give special shoutouts to Bonnie Milligan and Stephanie J. Block. Follow Ryan McPhee on Twitter. ---------- The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each week is sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com "Hot Swing" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
From musical theater to opera, from Disney Cruise Line to New York's famed Town Hall venue,Amy Marie Stewart has seen first hand the struggles that singers and actors face. Most of it coming from our own preconceived notions or those expectations heaped on us by others. Her recent blog post "Failing our Singers" went viral as she tried to dispel those do's and don'ts in order to free us up to give our best performance, whether onstage or in the audition room. Due to a recent illness, which she opens up about in this episode, Amy now focuses on teaching and helping singers be their best. As the founder of TheoryWorks she specializes in distilling down effort, finding a filter-free sound, helping legit singers belt and belters sing legit -- and, most importantly, in being her student's new number-one cheerleader. She works with musical theatre folks to build a cohesive book. To get a sense of her approach, check out the (free) TheoryWorks online masterclass on putting an audition book together. Amy is also a published Backstage Expert and distinguished representative of the CU College of Music Alumni in NYC. Her students are currently performing on Broadway, and in Broadway tours, on cruise ships, with the Rockettes, and in theatres across the country. Learn more about Amy here. ------------ Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com
This podcast mainly focuses on the artist and the creative, the actor or composer or director, etc. But in today’s episode I’m turning the tables and focusing on the audience, specifically those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Their access to what we do onstage is often limited and often times they can’t make it to the theater because there is no way provided for them to understand what is happening. That’s where sign language interpreters come in and provide access for this underserved community of theater-goers. (Click here for a full transcript of this episode at the WINMI Blog.) The history of ASL-interpreted shows is actually fairly young. It was not until the early 1980s that the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles would offer the first regularly-scheduled ASL-interpreted performances of theatre in the nation. This was spurred on by its own success with the play Children of a Lesser God in 1979, which went on to a Broadway production and won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1980. (Source: howlround.com, an essay by David Kurs) In fact, Children of a Lesser God had a Broadway revival a couple of years ago and I was grateful to have one of the actors from that play, John McGinty, on the podcast. (Listen to that conversation here: smarturl.it/johnmcginty) As I was putting together this episode, I contacted John again and asked him about the importance of ASL-interpreted shows: "It is imperative to show that audiences prefer the personal aspect that a great, certified, sign language interpreter can bring to a theater performance. It helps build a “family” and a sense of belonging in the audience for those who happen to be Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Also, once the audience sees that the show is interpreted, they will be able to leave and say, 'Hey, I saw a show that was interpreted.' This will at least build a foundation and awareness of the Deaf/HoH community in their future." Recently one of our FOOTLOOSE shows on Norwegian Cruise Lines was ASL-interpreted by two women who travel to many different events and venues to provide sign language interpretation, Heidi Johnson and Mia Engle. In all my contracts aboard ships I’ve never seen ASL done for any show, so it was a real honor to be a part of the night’s presentation and it was an even bigger pleasure to sit down with them and talk about the important work they do. These are some of the people and topics covered in this episode: Mairéad MacSweeney - Director of the Deafness, Cognition, and Language Research Centre at the University College London Children of a Lesser God - A play by Mark Medoff based on a story written about deaf characters for deaf actors in the late ‘70s—featuring a deaf woman named Sarah Norman who falls in love with a speech therapist named James Leeds. John McGinty - Deaf actor and advocate, who also teaches sign language David Kurs - Artistic Director of Deaf West theater company Prosody - the rhythmic structure, intonation, and stress in spoken and signed languages ---------- The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each week is sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Please consider donating and supporting the work that goes into each episode. donate.winmipodcast.com   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to me with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com  
Overcome with laziness and procrastination, feeling unmotivated, stuck, and just can’t get started? Believe me, you are not alone.  But there is hope when mired in such complacency. However, it may not be the solution you think it is. You and I were taught from an early age that we need to stay busy and keep moving. And while the intent behind those ideals was good, putting them into practice is neither easy nor always helpful.  In this episode, I consider what we do as artists and the energy we expend to see if we can eliminate some actions, to see if laziness can be our guide to achieving a greater impact by doing less. This doesn't mean less is more. It means less can be better.  Explore "laziness" in these articles:  - 7 Reasons Why Lazy People Are More Likely To Be Successful - Lifehack  - BEING LAZY IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS - The Independent  - Science: Lazy people are likely to be smarter, more successful, and better employees. Who knew? - CNBC  ----------  May this podcast be a resource for you as you discover more ways to pursue a career in this industry and sustain it through the many ups and downs that follow.  For further insights on the topics covered in this episode: https://twitter.com/winmipodcast/  Quotes and unreleased audio clips: https://www.instagram.com/winmipodcast/  Reach out to me with comments or questions: https://contact.winmipodcast.com  WINMI is supported through kind donations of listeners like you: https://ko-fi.com/winmipodcast  ----------  Music in this episode: "Here" and "All Will See" by Hyson is licensed under a Attribution License. "Kitty In The Window" by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. (Based on a work at http://soundofpicture.com)
A good friend of mine and the podcast joins me for the first interview of 2019! Tovi Wayne opens up about starting dance late in his performing career and how that put him behind other dancers but also motivated him to get better, to learn as much as he could. He came to NYC with the dream of being in NEWSIES and through a lot of hard work finally did a regional production of the show down in Florida. But he certainly has a long career ahead of him with more shows he wants to do! So join the conversation as we dig a little deeper into what it takes to make it in this business and why we keep going. https://www.toviwayne.com/ --------------- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com  
November is National Military Families Month, and in honor of that I have Janine DiVita joining me today to talk about her work with the USO Show Troupe in New York City. Now when most people think of the USO, the first thing that comes to mind, understandably, is the legendary entertainer Bob Hope, who first performed for U.S. troops in California in May 1941, just a few months before the Pearl Harbor. But the USO is certainly much more then any one celebrity. It’s mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. For over 77 years, the USO has done just that. And the show troops play a vital role in that mission by entertaining service members and conveying the support of the nation through their uplifting shows.  As an actor herself Janine knows firsthand what it takes to reach an audience, and she’ll be joining me next week to talk about work-life balance and how is she maintains her voice and acting chops. In fact, she and I did Bridges of Madison County together this past summer, but during that run she continued to do work for the USO both as an administrator and as a producer. She said down with me recently in the USO offices in New York City to discuss the importance of this organization and what it means to her as well as military service members and their families. She co-founded Empowered Voices, a company that combines dynamic theatrical techniques with traditional prevention education tactics to combat and prevent Sexual Assault within the U.S. Military and beyond, which was an important step in her becoming director of the USO Show Troupe. See how you can support the efforts of the USO. And if you would like to be a part of the show troupe, click here. ---------- At the end of this month I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving with your stories of gratitude and appreciation. Go to contact.winmipodcast.com and send me a text or voice message. I’d love to share your stories of thankfulness with all of us in the WINMI community.
From his first intimate musical, john and jen, to his bigger productions on and off Broadway, Andrew Lippa has been a prolific and award-winning writer. He joins the podcast to talk about his growth along that sometimes bumpy path and what it means to bring a bit of himself into his compositions and lyrics. He shares the disappoints he felt with The Wild Party and Big Fish, the lessons he learned from The Addams Family, and the personal journey he took in becoming Harvey Milk. Learn more about Andrew... Website: https://andrewlippa.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/lippaofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lippaandrew/ His recent shows: The Man in the Ceiling, I Am Harvey Milk, Unbreakable  —————  May this podcast be a resource for you as you discover more ways to pursue a career in this industry and sustain it through the many ups and downs that follow.  For further insights on the topics covered in this episode: twitter.com/winmipodcast/  Quotes and unreleased audio clips: instagram.com/winmipodcast/  Reach out to me with comments or questions: contact.winmipodcast.com  WINMI is supported through kind donations of listeners like you: ko-fi.com/winmipodcast 
Hannah Elless and Mykal Kilgore (and myself) first met doing a reading of a new musical called THE STAR CHILD. They have each gone on to do three Broadway shows, but they still love that new-car smell of a fresh, unknown piece of theater. In today's conversation they explain why new works are so important, how their big families taught them to collaborate, and what success means to them and how they are still striving for it. Plus, they talk about the dream of a Broadway debut versus the reality of getting one.  - Listen to my episode with Jenny Stafford, book writer for STAR CHILD.  - Hear a song from Mykal's A MAN BORN BLACK.  - Watch Hannah's multi-instrument talents on display in "Ashville" from BRIGHT STAR.  Follow on Instagram: Hannah Elless / Mykal Kilgore  ————— May this podcast be a resource for you as you discover more ways to pursue a career in this industry and sustain it through the many ups and downs that follow.  Reach out to me with comments or questions: https://contact.winmipodcast.com  Support WINMI through your kind donations: https://ko-fi.com/winmipodcast    Music used in this episode from Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. "Sidecar" • "Kitty in a Window" • "Smooth Actor"
Samantha Figgins is currently in her sixth season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. But what many people don't know is that this gorgeous dancer suffers from single-sided deafness. As a baby, Figgins contracted spinal meningitis, which caused her to lose all hearing in her right ear. She never gave up on her dance dreams, though, and fought her way through uncomfortable situations, never missing an opportunity to learn and grow. In this episode, she shares her love of dance, her passion in telling stories, and the discipline that makes it all possible. Listen to the previous episode all about Alvin Ailey. Dance Spirit cover in 2013  Watch Samantha dance in Revelations on TED: https://youtu.be/0f4wtD8eXNk  Follow her: Instagram / Twitter  —————  WINMI is a Top 20 Podcast thanks to you! https://blog.feedspot.com/theatre_podcasts/  More episodes: listen.winmipodcast.com Join the WINMI community: Instagram or Twitter (@winmipodcast)  Reach out with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com    The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each week is sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode. ----------- "I Been 'Buked" and "Fix Me, Jesus" arranged by Hall Johnson. G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. "Kitty In The Window" by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Based on a work at http://soundofpicture.com
When it comes to the performing arts and certainly to dance, there are few people more worthy of admiration, of inspiration and imitation than Alvin Ailey. He was both uniquely gifted and qualified to tell the African-American experience which he lived and saw and reacted to through the art of dance.  If you follow me or the podcast on social media, you know that I’m a white man who also grew up in the South. I was certainly witness to and heard tinges of racism growing up, but was fortunately sheltered for the most part from those who held such a deep-seeded hatred. A bigotry that Ailey knew first-hand. Growing up in the South, he had his own struggles with self-esteem due to the acts of racial violence so prevalent in those formative years.   Within the theater, we have playwrights and lyricists who can put difficult feelings and hard lessons into words. They show us parts of humanity that can be both glorious and despicable. But theater is not with us right now, the stage is silent. And so in the last few days, in light of the events that led to George Floyd‘s death and its aftermath, I have looked for and listened to past voices for both understanding and action, comfort and courage.    One of my most treasured experiences and memories of being here in New York City is getting to watch the Alvin Ailey American dance concerts each winter and summer. They consist of powerful and moving performances by amazingly talented dancers. And so it was only natural that my thoughts would go to the stories and emotions told through the pieces that Alvin Ailey choreographed himself, namely his iconic Revelations, which was inspired by his involvement within the Southern Black church. In fact, all of his work came forth from the people and places and experiences of his life.    People and choreography discussed:  Alvin Ailey - https://www.alvinailey.org/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/alvin-ailey Judith Jamison - https://www.alvinailey.org/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/judith-jamison Robert Battle - https://www.alvinailey.org/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/robert-battle Lester Horton - https://www.kennedy-center.org/artists/h/ho-hz/lester-horton/  Cry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuTJSbWm2QY  Masekela Langage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxsWWYBxKE0  Revelations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrPJ4kt3a64  Videos and interviews used in the making of this episode: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at 50 A Golden Anniversary Celebration  Big Lives: Profiles of LGBT African Americans - Alvin Ailey  Alvin Ailey Celebrates 50th - CBS Judith Jamison: Early Days with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Alvin Ailey and the Importance of the Arts - The New Yorker Alvin Ailey connects cultures through dance Alvin Ailey speaking at UCLA  - 3/9/1983 Revelations from a lifetime of dance - TEDtalk  ------------ The time and expense needed to compile and edit this epiosde was at times challenging but ultimately rewarding. Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.  For further insights on the topics covered in this episode follow on Twitter @winmipodcast: https://twitter.com/winmipodcast/  Quotes and unreleased audio clips follow on Instagram @winmipodcast: https://www.instagram.com/winmipodcast/    Do you have questions or stories of your own? Share them with me: contact.winmipodcast.com    Music used in this episode: "Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost. 2010 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) "Smoldering" by Kai Engel is licensed under a Attribution License. "Jazz Brunch" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Attribution 3.0 International License. Based on a work at incompetech.com. "Barbara" by U.S. Army Blues is licensed under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License. "Something About John Coltrane" by Alice Coltrane. Licensed to YouTube by UMG (on behalf of Verve); BMI - Broadcast Music Inc., UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA - UBEM, UMPI, LatinAutor, Jowcol Music (Publishing), LatinAutor - UMPG, and 8 Music Rights Societies.
In this longer episode than normal, I am honored and grateful to have this enormously gifted artist on the show. Cris Eli Blak may only be a senior in college, but he has wisdom far beyond his years to share with all of us. From thoughts on the current racial tensions gripping this country to how theater can be a voice in the midst of it, Cris shares from the heart and from his art. He opens up about his own challenges and struggles as a writer, how growing up without a father affected him, and the type of writing and storytelling he wants to give the world. This is a touching and moving episode that will leave you with a better understanding of where we are and a brighter hope for where we can ultimately go. Topics covered in this episode:  - Do The Right Thing 30 Years Later   - Spike Lee on HuffPost Live   - The Brother's Survivor short film   - The World Changes Through Art   - Our Duty to Confront Racism in Theater Industry   - "Like Father, Like Son" on the Logue Lounge   - All-White Production Of HAIRSPRAY In Texas Raises Eyebrows   - Should There Be All-White Productions of HAIRSPRAY?    Follow Cris: Instagram / YouTube / Medium  Follow WINMI: Instagram / Twitter / Website / Medium —————  WINMI is a Top 20 Podcast thanks to you! https://blog.feedspot.com/theatre_podcasts/  Reach out with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com    The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each week is sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode. 
Season 4 Survey: https://winmipodcast.typeform.com/to/SdODaMU7 I first got to know Roberto when putting together the Season Three opener with Caroline Bowman. He had taken beautiful photos of her as she was preparing for the National Tour of Disney's FROZEN. I wanted him to come on the show to share his experiences and insights on making the best headshots possible. So get ready to take some notes.  Little did I know, though, the backstory and struggles he's been through. From a family unwilling to accept his sexuality and being homeless in NYC to the "casual racism" he has encountered in the industry. Roberto really opens up and shares an enlightening story that can both inspire our craft and push us to change the underlying biases still present in theater.  Follow Roberto: Instagram / Twitter / YouTube / Website  Follow WINMI: Instagram / Twitter / Website / Medium  —————  WINMI is a Top 20 Podcast thanks to you!  https://blog.feedspot.com/theatre_podcasts/  Reach out with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com    The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each week is sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode: https://ko-fi.com/winmipodcast   
Today's episode focuses on the Musical Theater Composition program of the New York Youth Symphony, directed by Anna Jacobs. Her musicals include: POP! (book & lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman) ANYTOWN (book by Jim Jack) TEETH (co-book & lyrics by Michael R. Jackson) CAGE MATCH and MAGIC 8 BALL (Prospect Theatre Company; w/ Sam Salmond & Michael R. Jackson) KAYA: TASTE OF PARADISE, a soon-to-be-released movie musical commissioned by the New York Film Academy and featuring Okieriete Onaodowan (screenplay by Jerome Parker, directed by Paul Warner) Anna was recognized for her work as a composer/lyricist with the prestigious Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. She’s a former Sundance Fellow and Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has been an Artist in Residence at Ars Nova, New Dramatists, Musical Theatre Factory, Goodspeed, and Barrington Stage Company. Anna holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU-Tisch and is on faculty at The New School. www.annakjacobs.com Also featured in this episode are two students in the MT Composition program, Sydney Altbacker and Tate Robinson, along with their new piece "Song for Marilyn" which was written for the class. Follow them on Instagram: Sydney /  Tate Watch the full interview with Sydney, Tate, and two other students on the WINMI YouTube Channel. The New York Youth Symphony, founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area's most gifted musicians ages 12-22, has since grown to encompass programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, and jazz, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Joe's Pub at The Public. --------------- Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode.   Join the WINMI community by following on Instagram or Twitter as well as reaching out to Patrick with any questions or comments: contact.winmipodcast.com   -------------------------------Intro music and interludes:"Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost2010 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
After our conversation on the previous episode, Roberto answers the Final Five. He shares his love of CBS Sunday Morning and his dream of playing the Baker in INTO THE WOODS as well as that the time he forgot to press the record button. Do you have other ideas for Final Five questions? Let me know at contact.winmipodcast.com.      ----------      The time and expense needed to bring these guests and conversations to you each week is sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Please consider buying me a coffee to support this work that goes into each episode: ko-fi.com/winmipodcast For further insights on the topics covered in this episode: twitter.com/winmipodcast/  Quotes and unreleased audio clips: instagram.com/winmipodcast/    Do you have questions or stories of your own? Share them with me: contact.winmipodcast.com
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Dec 28th, 2017
Latest Episode
Mar 25th, 2020
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