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The Compass

The Compass is a podcast that asks: What do artists do to keep themselves from going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they may be creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire income from their art? Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.
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Apr 19, 2019

Artist Tim Dieterichs shares his experiences with the dark side, addiction and recovery, what he values about acting and design, the importance of community, and finding freedom in structure.

Apr 5, 2019

Dancer and choreographer Marla Phelan shares her experiences with the dark side, the complexities of being a freelancing, working in different genres of dance and theater, moving towards her choreographic voice, and knowing your worth. www.marlaphelan.com

Mar 22, 2019

Director Kristin McCarthy Parker shares her experiences with the dark side, devising work, day jobs, the strength of working with an established community, and directing a long run of a show. Check out her projects at www.kristinmccarthyparker.comwww.puffstheplay.comwww.recentcutbacks.com.

Mar 10, 2019

Actor, dancer, and creator Charlotte Bydwell shares her experiences with the dark side, building her creative life, producing her own multidisciplinary work, decision making, artist visas, having patience, and doing things that terrify you. Check out what she’s up to at www.charlottebydwell.com

Feb 22, 2019

A mini episode with host Leah Walsh today featuring an excerpt from "An Incomplete Manifesto For Growth" by Bruce Mau, a part of the Manifesto Project. Check back in two weeks for a new guest and interview! http://www.manifestoproject.it/bruce-mau/

Feb 8, 2019

Playwright Rachel Bonds shares her experiences with the dark side, the development process for new plays, collaboration, and how the theater community can support artist parents and their work. Read her wonderful essay Working Like A Mother on howlround.com.

Jan 25, 2019

Actor Finn Wittrock shares his experiences with the dark side, auditioning, the ups and downs of film production and funding, finding an outlet in writing, and advice from his artistic mentors.

Jan 11, 2019

Actor, writer, and teacher Jasminn Johnson shares her experiences with the dark side, building a healthy creative life, discovering her passion for teaching, collaboration, sharing through her writing, and moving from waiting to creating in the new year. Check out what she's up to and read her writing, particularly her blog post Doing: The New Waiting, which we discuss on this episode at http://www.jasminnjohnson.com/

Dec 14, 2018

Actor and writer Pepper Binkley shares her experiences with the dark side, always having something to look forward to, collaboration, how becoming a parent has changed her work and creative life, and the major undertaking of creating the web series "It's Freezing Out There" as actor, writer, co-director, and co-producer (co-produced with Episode 10 guest Dylan Moore and co-staring Episode 60 guest Frankie J. Alvarez). All twelve short episodes are available to stream on the website, www.itsfreezingoutthere.com

 

Nov 30, 2018

Actor Sofia Jean Gomez shares her experiences with the dark side, working in regional theater, making the most of your work in auditions, creating your own space when the industry isn't giving you opportunities, day jobs, and moving to a new theater community. Sofia is currently appearing as Nora in A Doll's House Part 2 at San Diego Rep through December 16, 2018. Host Leah Walsh is back from maternity leave and shares an update in the introduction. https://sofiajeangomez.weebly.com

Nov 5, 2018

In this bonus episode The Compass Podcast host Leah and Sober in Vegas blogger Kim talk about becoming moms while sober. The resources they wish they had had during this life transition, tools they found helpful during pregnancy, anxieties and fears, talking to kids about alcohol, and how they are approaching parenthood as sober women in the arts. A casual conversation between close friends. Check out @soberinvegas on Instagram!

Aug 17, 2018

Actor and singer Raymond J. Lee shares his experiences moving between genres, developing new musicals, using social media to your advantage, speaking up for yourself and fellow performers, and becoming a parent as an artist, See what he's up to at: www.raymondjlee.com

Aug 10, 2018
Actor, producer, and co-founder of theater company Lesser America shares her experiences with the dark side, fully embracing her passion for producing, supporting new plays, day jobs and sexual harassment, and building a theater company. Check out Lesser America's upcoming production of Agnes by Catya McMullen at 59E59 Theaters, September 8-29, 2018. www.lauraramadei.com
Aug 3, 2018

Host Leah Walsh reads the article "Adrienne Rich Reads "What Kind of Times Are These" by Maria Popova, as well as the poem named in the title (link below). Check back next week for a new interview!

https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/01/01/adrienne-rich-reads-what-kind-of-times-are-these/

Jul 27, 2018
Costume Designer Alexis Forte shares her experiences with the dark side, the economics of working in theater or film, trying to find balance, being in a relationship with another artist, the value of diplomacy, saving money, and not comparing yourself with others.
Jul 13, 2018

Choreographer, dancer, and director Esmé Boyce shares her experiences with the dark side, making the personal political, collaborating creatively with her family, producing her own work, deciding to go to grad school, and deepening the conversation created by modern dance. You can find out more about her work and see video of her most recent pieces at www.esmeboycedance.com

Jun 29, 2018

Host Leah Walsh shares about her one year sobriety anniversary and some of the resources she's found helpful along the way. Enjoy! 

Jun 22, 2018

Chelsea Ainsworth is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and one of the founders of Arts On Site: a multidiscipline arts organization in NYC that supports artists through performance based programs and community building events. Chelsea shares her experiences with the dark side, working in modern dance, starting a non-profit, building an artist retreat upstate, community, sticking to a mission statement, and slowing down. See what she's up to at Arts On Site or check out their beautiful rehearsal space here: www.artsonsite.org

Jun 8, 2018

In this mini episode host Leah Walsh shares an excerpt from a Ted Talk by Oskar Eustis, "Why Theater is Essential to Democracy". Check back next week for a full new episode of The Compass Podcast! https://www.ted.com/talks/oskar_eustis_why_theater_is_essential_to_democracy

Jun 1, 2018

Writer and performer Matthew-Lee Erlbach shares his experiences with the dark side, moving from NYC to LA, finding his way as a playwright, being in a relationship with another artist, writing for TV, and taking political action with your art. Check out his play "The Doppelganger" at Steppenwolf Theatre Company through June 2nd or see what he's up to here: http://matthew-lee.com/

May 25, 2018

Playwright, screenwriter, memoirist, and filmmaker Brooke Berman shares her experiences with the dark side, learning through doing when tackling new challenges, dealing with the business side of the entertainment industry, and becoming a parent as an artist. www.brookeberman.net

May 18, 2018

In today's mini episode, host Leah Walsh shares an article on grief by Laverne McKinnon and a poem by dancer/choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith. Check back next week for a new episode and guest! https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/how-cope-grief-a-canceled-show-guest-column-1109305

https://www.dancemagazine.com/gaga-movement-bobbi-jene-smith-poem-2558713809.html

May 11, 2018

Playwright and performer Romana Soutus shares her experiences with the dark side, how she started writing her own work, her relationship with La Mama and her latest play Martyrs, and queer representation in the NYC theatre scene. www.romanasoutus.com

May 4, 2018

Actor Brandon Gill shares his experiences with the dark side, teaching, how his approach to auditioning has changed, growing up and getting his training in NYC (he's a graduate of LaGuardia High School and The Juilliard School, right across the street from each other), owning your strengths, and developing an honest relationship with representation.

Apr 27, 2018

Actor Anna O'Donoghue shares her experiences with the dark side, her extensive work with new play development, growing up in NYC, day jobs, and how her approach to auditioning has changed over time. 

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