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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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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. 

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

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