Welcome to Arizona Theatre Company’s 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 Podcasts, Spotify, 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! Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, 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!
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with playwright Idris Goodwin, and ATC’s Chief Development Officer, Paula Taylor
Idris Goodwin is a creative voice for change impassioned by the power of art for social good. He uses story to inspire and incite new audiences across culture and generation. His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On and Hype Man : a break beat play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses and non-traditional spaces alike. He’s been honored to receive commissions and developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions Series, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Residency. He’s currently writing Scarfoot Lives, a new play co commissioned by Arena Stage’s Power Play Program and The Playwright Center’s McKnight Fellowship. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications with Haymarket Books including Inauguration, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins and the controversial play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. His words, voice and sometimes entire body, have shown up on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC radio, and the Discovery Channel. Idris is the Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. A frequent public speaker at conferences and educational spaces, Idris is one of the leading voices in his field, committed to using art to cultivate more diverse and equitable spaces. Visit Idris on the web and social media WWW.IDRISGOODWIN.COM
Paula Taylor, M.S., is a Retail Industry, Strategic Marketing and Business Development Executive, Event Producer, and Author. For over two decades, Paula worked at all levels of the Fashion and business industry. She owned and operated highly profitable retail boutiques and a thriving production company.
Taylor’s clients and work history include iconic brands, startups, small businesses, billion-dollar real estate companies, and not for profit organizations. Paula positions her work to successfully tackle the challenges of a changing business landscape with humor and straightforward proven tactics for success. With her entrepreneurial skills and business acumen, the transition to fundraising and development was a natural choice.
She is currently the Chief Development Officer for The Arizona Theatre Company, focused on raising funds and brand positioning. Stewarding both donors and the organization.
Paula wrote the prominent textbook on fashion show production, How to Produce a Fashion Show from A-Z. Published by Prentice-Hall (2012), during her years as a college professor educating many successful retail leaders. Paula lives in Phx, Arizona.
Contact Paula @ email@example.com
Follow Paula on Instagram @Ptaylorllc
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Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with Tom Kirdahy, Broadway producer and husband to the late Terrence McNally.
TOM KIRDAHY is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer whose projects have spanned Broadway, off-Broadway, the West End, national and international tours. Select NY/London credits: HADESTOWN (8 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical), THE INHERITANCE (11 Tony Nominations including Best Play), Terrence McNally’s FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE (2 Tony Nominations including Best Revival), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revival). Additional Tony nominations: THE VISIT, MOTHERS AND SONS, AFTER MIDNIGHT, RAGTIME, MASTER CLASS.
Recipient, Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theater Producing. Kirdahy serves on the Broadway League Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. As an attorney he spent nearly two decades providing free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS and served for many years on the Executive Committee of the NYC LGBT Center. Graduate, New York University School of Law, NYU CAS.
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Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with Tamilla Woodard, Director of ATC’s online reading of Covenant by York Walker; and Paul Weir and Nadia Hage, organizers for the Tucson’s All Souls Procession.
Tamilla Woodard, names Associate Director for Broadway’s Hadestown on March 22, is the Co-Artistic Director of Working Theater. This season her work includes American Dreams, By Leila Buck, Where We Stand by Donnetta Lavinia Grays for WP Theater and Baltimore Center Stage, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at American Conservatory Theater and direction and co-conception of Warriors Don’t Cry, a Co-production of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and TheaterWorksUSA. Recently named one of 50 Women To Watch on Broadway, Tamilla is a graduate of Yale School of Drama where she also teaches. http://www.tamilla.com
Partners since the 1990s in art and life, Paul Weir and Nadia Hagen are founding Board Members for the umbrella non-profit, Many Mouths One Stomach, that produces the annual All Souls Processions. Nadia was born and raised in New York and has worked as a scenic painter and toured with the notorious Tribal Industrial Project, Crash Worship. Paul grew up in New Orleans and brings a background in mountaineering, Industrial Design and Butoh Dance to his work. Nadia took over The All Souls Procession as an Artistic Director in 1996, and founded Flam Chen Pyrotechnic Theater, which Paul joined 1998.
The All Souls Procession is perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today. The Procession had its beginnings in Tucson, Arizona in 1990 with a ceremonial performance piece created by local artist Susan Johnson. The tradition now organizes for well over 150,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the ceremonial burning of a large Urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed.
Myriad altars, performers, installation art, and creatives of all kinds collaborate for almost half the year to prepare their offerings for this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones and ancestors.
Info for 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgsd3_jiBuU&feature=youtu.be
Many Mouths One Stomach, a non-profit arts collective based in Tucson, AZ, is the organizing body for the Procession, and serves as a vehicle for working artists to collaborate, create, and inspire the public through Festal Culture. “Festal Culture” is the expression and fulfillment of core human needs through public celebration, ceremony, and ritual. The All Souls Procession is an event that was created to serve the public need to mourn, reflect, and celebrate the universal experience of Death, through their ancestors, loved ones, and the living.
The Procession is a sanctuary for community members from all walks of life to express their grief and loss in a celebration of creative energy and rejoicing of life.
With the continued cooperation of the City of Tucson, Tucson Police and Fire departments, local businesses, civic organizations, and participants like YOU — MMOS stewards the development of the parade to accommodate the growing number of participants in a healthy and harmonious way.
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Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with York Walker to talk about his play Covenant that we will be streaming soon!
York Walker is an award-winning writer based in Harlem, New York. He is the inaugural recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Colman Domingo Award. His work includes The Séance (Winner of the John Singleton Short Film Competition, 48 Hours… in Harlem), Covenant (Fire This Time Festival, Access Theatre’s 4 Flights Up Festival), White Shoes (Fire This Time Festival), Summer Of ’63 (The Actors Company Theatre’s New TACTics Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Apprentice Reading Series) and Of Dreams To Come (American Conservatory Theatre’s New Work Series). York received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
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Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) hangs out with Ben Scheuer, performer and writer of the award winning one-man-musical, The Lion in a special interview that was recorded a few months ago, at the onset of the Pandemic shutdown.
ATC is excited to present Ben Scheuer’s recent London Concert for our ATC audiences from October 20-27 and wanted to offer our audiences a more intimate conversation with him in advance of showcasing his talent!
MUJER! is a feminist fashion and beauty magazine aimed at representing women as they really are—diverse, creative, passionate, flawed but beautiful—human.
MUJER!’s mission is to change preconceived, patriarchy-derived notions of female beauty. There are no ads, no photoshopping and all of our models are 25+ (in real life, women do not disappear after this age).
MUJER! is produced in Mexico City and distributed worldwide. (https://www.mujerrev.com)
Arts in Color was founded in 2013 to celebrate, inform and inspire poc theater artists. We conducted equity & inclusion work, interviews, reviews, provided history, auditions, celebrated poc students showcasing across the country and much more! Currently the site is being revamped but you can find us on FB in the meanwhile (https://www.facebook.com/ArtsinColor/)
Shavanna Calder is the Creative Director for MUJER! and founder of Arts in Color. She is a first-generation actor, stylist, singer, writer and human! Credit Highlights: SNL, Grammys (2018), Hairspray (National Tour), CBS ‘Best of’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, For Colored Girls (Lady in Green), Caroline, or Change (Emmie) etc. Shavanna is a Wellesley College and NYU alumna who also works in arts focused equity & diversity strategy. (www.shavannacalder.com)
Featured interview with:
Kara Branch is a New York based costume designer. Her recent design projects include Till: The Musical with American Theater Group and Imagining Madoff and Brecht: Call and Response with New Light Theater Company. Recent Assistant design credits include Hamilton (National Tour), Slave Play (Broadway), The Secret Life of Bees at Atlantic Theater Company, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Signature Theater Company and Detroit ’67 at The McCarter Theater. (https://www.karabranchdesigns.com/)
Nikiya Mathis and Shavanna met at Hairversations a glorious event for Black women to discuss our hair within the industry. Nikiya is an actress & the creator of ActTRESSES Hair, a Hair & Wig design company. ActTRESSES Hair Consulting, specializes in supporting actors of color in film, TV and theater. She is also a drama desk award nominee & Antonyo Award Winner. She’s worked on a variety of projects including For Colored Girls at The Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem & Jessica Jones. (https://www.acttresseshair.com/)
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Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with Phoenician Philanthropist and NAU Alumn, Billie Jo Herberger.
Billie Jo Herberger has been a Phoenix resident since 1969 and was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by Women of Scottsdale. According to a 2015 article highlighting her in the Phoenix Magazine, “Billie Jo serves as an inspiration to many – she’s survived cervical cancer, breast cancer and malignant melanoma without losing a sliver of her spunk or spark. She doesn’t cover up her scars, but displays them proudly as ‘badges of courage.’”
The Herbergers are well known in the Valley for their support of the arts. Just last year they were inducted into the Herberger Performing Arts & Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2019 and had a new Scottsdale arts award named after them – the Herberger Award for the Arts. They have given generously to arts organizations including the Herberger Theater, the Phoenix Theater, Valley Youth Theatre, Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, Scottsdale Philharmonic, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Center for the Arts as well as other important non-profits such as Release the Fear, Key to the Cure (TGen), Kids Read USA, and Phoenix Heart Ball.
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with Daina Griffith, Brian Beacock, and Joel Van Liew, the cast of our online presentation of Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod.
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with Charissa Bertels, Christian Duhamel, and Ed Bell, the creators behind our first LIVE production of the 2021 Season, the new musical My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend.
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with Wendy MacLeod, playwright of our upcoming Digital Reading, Slow Food, and our 2021 production Women in Jeopardy.
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Carley Elizabeth Preston (Development Operations Manager) will be hanging out with ATC’s Board Chair and Phoenix Philanthropist, Char Augenstein, and Director of Learning and Education, Jasmine Roth
Arizona Theatre Company’s Carley Elizabeth Preston (Development Operations Manager) and Chanel Bragg (Associate Artistic Director) will be hanging out with winners of and the team behind ATC’s National Latinx Playwright Award. Join ATC Playwright-in-residence Elaine Romero, ALMA playwright Benjamin Benne (winner of 2019 NLPA) and playwright , actor, filmmaker, and recipient of the 2020 NLPA Eliana Pipes.
Arizona Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Sean Daniels, and co-host Carley Elizabeth Preston (Development Operations Manager) will being hanging out with the creatives from our Online Presentation of Alma. Join Playwright Benjamin Benne and Director Cat Rodriguez as they discuss this exciting reading of ATC’s 2019 National Latinx Playwrighting Award (NLPA) in anticipation of it’s August 18th – August 22nd run!
Arizona Theatre Company’s Carley Elizabeth Preston (Development Operations Manager) is joined by Jasmine Roth, Director of Learning and Education. They’ll be hanging out with Summer OnStage Alumna Alex Alegria (2018,2019), Cassie Miller (2017, 2019), Melissa Arnaud (2013), and Tyler Gastelum (2009, 2010, 2011).
Artistic Director Sean Daniels and Development Operations Manager, Carley Elizabeth Preston, are joined by Phoenix podcast hosts D. Scott Withers and Ashley Stults of Chewing the Scenery, and Ricky Araiza, Chandra Crudup, and Walter Belcher of Sippin’ Tea in the Balcony.
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Carley Elizabeth Preston (Development Operations Manager) hang out with ATC Managing Director Geri Wright.
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Carley Elizabeth Preston (Development Operations Manager) hang out with Playwrights and Actors from this week’s @24 Hour Plays Arizona Edition #24ViralMonologues:
Jennifer Gantwerker – @ChildsplayAz
Alejandra Luna and Susanna Velarde Covarrubias – @Teatro Bravo #teatrobravoaz
Brenda Foley , Shonda Royall, and Angelica Howard- @The Bridge Initiative
Louis Farber – @Stray Cat Theatre
Shelby Maticic and John Perovich- @Brelby Theatre Company @brelbytheatreco
Maybe Stewart and Veronika Duerr – Phoenix Theatre Artists
Milta Ortiz and Veronica Conran- @Borderland Theatre #borderlandstheatre
Paul Michael Thomas- @uatheatrefilmtv @uarizonaactingmt
Monica Bauer and China Young – @Winding Road Theatre Ensemble
Gabriella de Brequet – @Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre
Elaine Romero – Arizona Theatre Company
Arizona Theatre Company’s Sean Daniels (Artistic Director) and Carley Elizabeth Preston (Development Operations Manager) hang out with Mark Armstrong (Artistic Director of The 24 Hour Plays ) and Ashley La Russa (Founder of Roux Events and BlaxFriday.com, and beloved member of the ATC family).
This week of Hang and Focus is co-hosted by Jasmine Roth, Director of Learning and Education and Assistant Production Manager and Chair of the DiveIn Committee, Tajh Oates, as we discuss the different ways that artists and arts organizations can be advocates for change. Tajh meets with Catherine Campbell, Production Manager at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, to discuss the what their theatre is doing to assist the situation in their town after the murder of George Floyd and how they integrate social justice work into their organization. Tajh and Will also speak with Diana Burbano, actor and playwright most recently featured in as Amalia in our production of American Mariachi, who speaks about her experience as a Latinx playwright and performer, the way that she advocates for her fellow Latinx artists and young artists in her community, and how her experiences have inspired her to make change within the industry.
Artistic Director Sean Daniels and Development Operations Manager, Carley Elizabeth Preston, are joined by incoming Associate Artistic Director, Chanel Bragg to talk about ATC’s exciting future!
As an surprise bonus, we will also talk HAMILTON with Jesse Sanchez, Musical Director for Cabaret and creator of SUEÑOS: Our American Musical who was the Musical Director for the Angelica touring cast of Hamilton.
We look forward to you joining us!!
Megan Carney (Artistic Director of About Face Theatre in Chicago),Sharon Pasia (Member of the Youth Ensemble AND Youth Task Force at About Face) and Amy Young (Amy Young, the Managing Editor of Echo Magazine, Phoenix’s longest-running LGBTQ publication) hang out with Sean and Carley Elizabeth Preston (ATC’s Development Operations Manager)
“If we want our artmaking to be about social change, what are the different tools we have to really advance that?” – Megan Carney (“Synthesis”) & Sharon Pasia (“Present”)
“We have a strong community that is interested in raising voices and continuing to make change” – Amy Young (“Strength”)
Hosts Sean Daniels and Carley Elizabeth Preston interview Joanie Drago (Creator and Playwright of HOT PINK OR READY TO BLOW) and Oscar De Las Salas (Community Leader) on their work, experiences and projects. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the interviews (you’ll have to listen to find out more!):
“I thought I was a playwright and then I realized I just knew how to run my mouth” “ They were wearing their slut buttons”“what is the starting point of self” “If I were to say I am, there is creative energy in that” – Joanie Drago
“Welcome to my sideways life” “I have, today, been three months in confinement” “Humanity, compassion and for the good of others” “Be kind” ‘This is a statement. It’s not up for discussion” – Oscar De Las Salas.
Reggie D. White (Actor—The Inheritance [Broadway]) and Raymond Carr (Puppeteer—Jim Henson Studios) hang out with Sean and Carley.
Larissa Fasthorse (Playwright, co-founder of Indigenous Direction, member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, and Vice Chair of Theatre Communications Group) and Hana Sharif (Artistic Director—The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).
Tune in with Sean for this timely and important interview with Ralph Remington (Artistic Director, Tempe Center for the Arts) and Larry O’Keefe (Broadway Composer and Lyricist – Bat Boy, Legally Blond, Heathers)!
Tune in with Sean for this timely and important interview with Ralph Remington (Artistic Director, Tempe Center for the Arts) and Larry O’Keefe (Broadway Composer and Lyricist – Bat Boy, Legally Blond, Heathers)!.
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.
This week, Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director Sean Daniels talks with Phoenix-based artists Ricky Arazia of Teatro Bravo and Chanel Bragg.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Sean Daniels, Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director, talks with playwright Chris D’Arienzo.
Sean Daniels, Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director, talks with Jesse Sanchez and Jason Hurtado about representation, music and the making of a new musical.
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.