Hang & Focus: The Podcast from the Official State Theatre of Arizona


We’re excited to announce Arizona Theatre Company’s brand-spankin’-new podcast titled Hang & Focus. Titled such because sometimes we want to just “HANG out and chat” and other times we want to “be serious and FOCUS”, but we want to do it all with you! Not only that, “hang & focus” is a lighting term, and each tech has a “hang & focus” time where lighting instruments are placed on the grid above the stage in order to create the lighting design!

Hang & Focus is now available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and YouTube. This is our way to keep us all connected to the art we create, the artists we love and support, and our uber-talented staff and you, our patrons – all the people that ARE Arizona Theatre Company! New episodes will be released every Friday and Sunday. Be sure to subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or YouTube to automatically have new episodes added to your podcast platform of choice. Be sure to subscribe to follow along with the new releases!


Episode Index

Episode 11: Live With Sean Daniels: Phoenix Rises (featuring Jaime Dempsey and Mitch Menchaca)

Artistic Director Sean Daniels talks with Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Mitch Menchaca, Executive Director of the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.


Episode 10: Live With Sean Daniels: Phoenix Rises (featuring Ricky Arazia and Chanel Bragg)

This week, Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director Sean Daniels talks with Phoenix-based artists Ricky Arazia of Teatro Bravo and Chanel Bragg.


Episode 9: Live with Sean Daniels: The White Chip (feat. Ryan Hampton, Hank Stratton, and Joe Tapper)

In advance of Arizona Theatre Company’s benefit reading of Sean Daniel’s “The White Chip”, Sean Welcomes co-founder of The Voices Project, Ryan Hampton, to discuss the power of stories in removing the stigma of addiction and recovery as well as interviews with Arizona Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Hank Stratton and The White Chip’s lead actor, Joe Tapper.


Episode 8: Voices of Recovery

In conversation with Arizona Theatre Company’s upcoming benefit reading of Artistic Director Sean Daniels’ THE WHITE CHIP, Join us for these conversations with activists and artists across the country.

Each one drawing from their experiences in different ways to bring exciting work to life and working to end the shame associated with addiction. In this episode we hear from co-founder of The Voices Project, Ryan Hampton.

Steven Strafford shares his autobiographical solo musical, METHTACULAR!.

Armand Fields, Chicago based actor and drag queen, and Gretchen Wirges, Tucson based theatre artists, share their experiences creating work after embracing recovery.

 We also meet T.j. Murphy and the New Hampshire based Hope Ensemble, battling addition through their love of music. (Episode Resources)


Episode 7: Live with Sean Daniels: The White Chip (feat. Sheryl Kaller & Dan Bakkedahl)

Arizona Theatre Company’s Artistic Director discusses his play The White Chip written based on his personal journey of recovery. Joined by Tony Nominated Sheryl Kaller who directed the The White Chip Off-Broadway and will direct our online reading on May 11th, and Dan Bakkedahl: actor, comedian, former roommate of Sean, and fellow friend in recovery. Content Warning: Addiction, Sobriety, Recovery. Find out more about the White Chip Reading. This episode was recorded Live on May 1st through Zoom and Facebook. If you want to watch these episodes Live- tune into Facebook every Friday 7pm E/4pm PDT.

Episode 6: We Are Arizona Theatre Company

Join us for this conversation with Arizona Theatre Company staffers as they recall why and how they got involved in theatre and why they love the work they get to do at ATC.

Episode 5: Live with Sean Daniels: Clowns, Odes, and Musical Mindfulness (feat. Lucky Yates and Brian Lowdermilk)

In our first Hang & Focus Livestream, Sean chats with Lucky Yates from FX’s Archer, musician/composer Brian Lowdermilk, and ATC’s Costume Shop Manager Mary Woll about the things they love and whats on their mind right now. Enjoy this conversation that covers everything from fond memories of starting an improv troupe, writing songs about everyday gratitude, and making masks to donate to hospitals!

Episode 4: Gender Queerness and Gender Identity in Theatre

Join us for this conversation between a few of our ATCteen young artists and professional ATC artists on gender queerness, gender identity and being TGNC and a theatre artist. We cover some of the challenges TGNC artists face, how theatre needs to evolve to be more inclusive and pursue liberation for disenfranchised communities, and why representation matters to us.

Episode 3: A Conversation with Chris D’Arienzo on Jukebox Musicals, Rock of Ages, and ATC

Sean Daniels, Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director, talks with playwright Chris D’Arienzo.


Episode 2: Representation Matters – The Making of Sueños: Our American Musical

Sean Daniels, Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director, talks with Jesse Sanchez and Jason Hurtado about representation, music and the making of a new musical.

Episode 1: A Conversation with the Cast of The Legend of Georgia McBride

Welcome to Hang & Focus. In this show we will celebrate the conversations, people and art that lights us up. We were so excited about our production of The Legend of Georgia McBride but due to COVID-19 and the need to socially distance, we postponed the show until the 2021-2022 Season. However, we did have just enough time to do an amazing Opening/Closing night and record this conversation with the cast.


You can visit our podcast resources page here.

The mission of Arizona Theatre Company is to inspire, engage, and entertain –one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. ATC shares the passion of the theatre through a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and community events. With more than 700 Education & Engagement activities through the schools and summer programs, ATC focuses on teaching Arizona’s youth about the creative power of dramatic literature and how it can enrich their own lives in multiple ways. Your gifts at every level support Arizona Theatre Company’s mission to inspire, engage, and entertain – one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Donors play a starring role at ATC, providing the funds vital to our productions and education programs. Ticket sales and subscriptions cover about 60% of the budget; the remainder comes from contributions from people like you.