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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 20, 2018

In today's mini episode, host Leah Walsh shares a quote from Martha Graham. Check back next week for a new episode and guest! https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/47790.Martha_Graham

Apr 13, 2018

Actor Marcus Crawford Guy shares his experiences with the dark side, what he's learned from his teaching work with Artists Striving To End Poverty, auditioning, collaborating with artists of different disciplines, and navigating the visa system as a working actor from another country. Check out what he's up to at: www.marcuscrawfordguy.com, and learn more about ASTEP here: https://astep.org

Apr 6, 2018

Actor Nick Westrate shares his experiences with the dark side, his involvement with Fair Wage Onstage and Actors Equity to fight for a living wage for Off-Broadway performers, his artistic mentors, celebrating other artists, and the conversation series he hosted in New York Theatre Workshop interviewing veterans of non-traditional and experimental theater. Check out those interviews at: http://processinperformance.blogspot.com Get involved with Fair Wage OnStage: http://fairwageonstage.org

Mar 30, 2018

In today's mini episode, host Leah Walsh shares an article by writer George Saunders, entitled "George Saunders: what writers really do when they write", originally published in The Guardian on March 4, 2017. Check back next week for a new episode and guest! George Saunders: what writers really do when they write

Mar 23, 2018

Actor and painter Samantha Walsh (no relation to host Leah Walsh) shares her experiences with the dark side, the evolution of what's important in a day job, not censoring yourself, and finding balance. Check out her upcoming projects, paintings, and the documentary photo project Womanish at her website www.samanthafwalsh.com

Mar 16, 2018

Musician and composer Michael Thurber shares his experiences with the dark side, resilience, family, working in different mediums, and learning from studying your inspirations. Featuring one of his songs at the end of the episode! See him next in his variety show Thurber Theater at Joe's Pub on April 26th, 2018 at 9:30pm. More info at www.michaelthurber.org

Mar 9, 2018

Installation artist Georgia Saxelby's work explores the relationship between art, architecture, ritual, and cultural identity. She shares her experiences with the dark side, how her focus has evolved as an artist, travel as inspiration, risk taking, appreciating everyone who contributes to the arts ecosystem, and exploring ritual in her work and in her process.

Participate in her latest project, To Future Women, by sending a handwritten letter to future women to be archived until the 20th anniversary of the Women's March, details at www.tofuturewomen.com, open through July 2018. More about all of her work at www.georgiasaxelby.com.

Mar 2, 2018

Costume designer Joshua Marsh shares his experiences with the dark side, using travel as an outlet and inspiration, his creative process in television, building work relationships that last, and finding balance. Follow him on Twitter @joshuajmarsh, and check out his work on Seven Seconds on Netflix! 

Feb 23, 2018

Actor, teacher, writer, and producer Maechi Aharanwa shares her experiences with the dark side, stopping the comparison game, finding mentors, pursuing the craft of teaching, and standing up for yourself in auditions. www.maechi.net

Feb 16, 2018

In this mini episode host Leah Walsh shares some personal thoughts and reads two poems dealing with grief, and an excerpt from The Artist's Way on anger. Check back next week for a full new episode of The Compass Podcast!

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/amsterdam

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/orchids-are-sprouting-floorboards

http://juliacameronlive.com

Feb 9, 2018

Actor Stacey Yen shares her experiences with the dark side, finding her footing after grad school, the beauty of small things, intuition, political engagement, and building Miles for Mary with The Mad Ones. Miles for Mary has just been extended till Feb 25th at Playwrights Horizons, check it out! http://themadones.org   https://www.playwrightshorizons.org

Feb 2, 2018

Filmmaker, director, performer, and translator Nicola Rose shares her experiences with the dark side, coming off the high of finishing an artistic project, forging your own path when plans fall through, coming from an artistic family, casting, and her latest project In the Land of Moonstones. Check out what she's up to at: www.nicolaroseonline.com

Jan 26, 2018

Guitarist and composer Kirsten Carey of Episode 106 shares two songs by her punk duo Throwaway. Check out her project Persist: A Women's Mixtape for Planned Parenthood, a diverse mixtape of female-fronted bands from across America. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Available on Bandcamp: https://ppmixtape.bandcamp.com/releases https://www.therealthrowaway.com

Jan 26, 2018

Guitarist and composer Kirsten Carey shares her experiences with the dark side, moving cross country, day jobs, her love of animation, the ties between meditation and jazz, and re-joining the music community in Detroit. Check out her project Persist: A Women's Mixtape for Planned Parenthood, a diverse mixtape of female-fronted bands from across America. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Available on Bandcamp: https://ppmixtape.bandcamp.com/releases http://www.kirstencareymusic.com

Jan 19, 2018
David Carl is an actor, comedian, writer, and impressionist. He shares his experiences with the dark side, how important his improv training has been to him, taking control of your artistic life by writing your own work, collaboration, focusing on what's important, political satire, and his current one-person show "Trump Lear". http://davidcarlonline.com, check out Trump Lear on Feb 3rd or 10th, 2018 in NYC, info at www.trumplear.com 
Jan 12, 2018

Director, actor, teacher, and activist Mauricio Salgado shares his experiences with the dark side, going back to school for directing, his commitment to social action, applying his efforts to challenge oppressive systems in society to his artistic process as well, his work with non-profit Artists Striving to End Poverty, and being married to another artist. Check out his work at: www.mauriciotsalgado.com 

Jan 5, 2018

Actor, director, writer, and producer Carrie Preston shares her experiences with the dark side, keeping creatively busy by making her own work along side her acting career, her involvement with The New Harmony Project supporting playwrights, growing up in an artistic family, and learning to hold on loosely to opportunities or ideas and accept change. Check out what she's up to at http://carriepreston.com and with her production company: http://daisy3pictures.com

Dec 22, 2017

Poet, preacher, and educator Lyvonne Proverbs Picou shares her experiences with the dark side, honesty, entrepreneurship, the importance of self-care, and her organization Beautiful Scars which "promotes healthy and safe conversations around religion, sex, and Blackness in order to, ultimately, address the silence in the Black Church on sexual abuse." Happy Holidays! The Compass will be back with a brand new episode on Friday, January 5th. Find information on Lyvonne's work at her website www.lyvonnep.com, social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/l.proverbs.briggs
Twitter, Instagram: @LyvonneP
Medium: https://medium.com/@lyvonnep
YouTube, Tumblr, Snapchat: ProverbsthePoet
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyvonnepicou/

Dec 15, 2017

I recently got to see an early screening of Steven Spielberg's "The Post", it was a very powerful film about the First Amendment and, as the blurb says, "A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government." I recorded a talkback after the film with the cast (including Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks) and the casting director about the film and learning from history before it repeats itself. Check back next week for a new full episode of The Compass Podcast! Become a Patron.

Dec 8, 2017

The Compass Podcast, Episode 101: Rivka Rivera is now online! Actor Rivka Rivera shares her experiences with the dark side, her work with Irondale Ensemble Project including a program that builds conversation and empathy between law enforcement officers and community members, her latest filmmaking project, recovering from an eating disorder, and finding balance. www.rivkarivera.com

Dec 1, 2017

The 100th Episode Live Event (which occurred 11/19/17 in NYC): Actor, choreographer, director, and teacher Jesse. J. Perez shares his experiences with the dark side, how he's expanded his definition of who he is as an artist and the opportunities that have opened up to him because of it, collaboration, learning to say no, and the importance of honest conversations as a teacher. Featuring musical guest Samora Pinderhughes (around 1hr 4mins, originally featured on Ep. 49), and song and podcast theme by Brendan Spieth (song at the start of the podcast, originally featured on Ep. 4). Thank you to everyone who has made these first 100 episodes possible! If you would like support the ongoing production of The Compass Podcast, please visit our Patreon page!

Nov 17, 2017

Actor Chalia La Tour shares her experiences with the dark side, her activist work for equity within the arts/entertainment industry and education, transitioning to New York City after grad school, and making change in a community with your work. Check out what she's up to here: www.chalialatour.com

 The Compass Podcast, 100th Episode Live Event is this Sunday, 11/19/17 at 7pm at Arts on Site! Guest: Jesse J. Perez, Musical Guest: Samora Pinderhughes, with Host Leah Walsh and theme music by Brendan Spieth. RSVP to thecompasslive@gmail.com, $15 suggested donation at the door. The event will also be live streamed through Facebook Live on The Compass Podcast Facebook page!

Nov 10, 2017

Actress Mirirai Sithole shares her experiences with the dark side, her new creative endeavor www.ayedefy.com, the freedom of sharing through writing, day jobs, finding the people who will push you to take action on your ideas, and community. Mirirai can currently be seen in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh at MCC.

Nov 3, 2017

Writer, producer, and director Priscila García-Jacquier shares her experiences with the dark side, finding her voice as a writer, using her own immigration story to speak out for others, finding your power in the industry, and embracing extreme honesty. Check out her blog here: https://priscilaelenagj.com and her production company here: http://roundroomimage.org 

Oct 27, 2017

Save the date for the upcoming event, The Compass Podcast Live, Episode 100! The evening of November 19, 2017 in NYC, more info to come. 

Actor and writer Tim Nicolai shares his experiences dealing with the dark side, the importance of community, mentorship, and taking action in the current political climate. 

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