Dancer Brandon Cournay shares his experiences with the dark side and building a creative life in the New York dance world, from freelancing to becoming a company member, starting a business, and finding community. Check out what he's up to at http://www.brandoncournay.com and https://www.dancedevicelab.com
Dancer and performer Giselle O. Alvarez shares her experiences with the dark side, taking care of yourself and staying inspired during a long running show (she just hit her five year anniversary in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), how being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis has affected her life as an artist, finding freedom in different styles of dance, and pushing yourself to always keep learning.
Actor, musician, and composter Manik Choksi shares his thoughts on the dark side, making your own work, growing in long-term collaborations, and how becoming a parent influences him as an artist. He also shares a song from his new song cycle based on the story of The Ramayan! This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at BroadwayCon, 2020. (@nickchoksi on Twitter)
Update on The Compass Live from BroadwayCon, Episode 150 with Manik Choksi coming up on January 25, 2020, as well as a few readings from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.
“So don't be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don't know what work they are accomplishing within you?”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Thoughts on the New Year by host Leah Walsh and a reading of a poem and reflections by author Neil Gaiman. http://journal.neilgaiman.com
Actor and founder of the Parent Artist Advocacy League Rachel Spencer Hewitt shares her experiences with the dark side, auditioning, becoming a parent as an artist and how that led her to form PAAL and advocate for the support of parents and caregivers in the arts, and the power of community.
Actor Seamus Mulch shares his experiences with the dark side, auditioning, developing your process as an actor, the importance of community, how dyslexia has influenced his path as an artist and how he approaches the challenges of learning differently. Check out what he's up to at http://seamusmulcahy.com
Actor Christopher Ryan Grant shares his experiences with the dark side, finding community, how his work with The Public Theater's Mobile Unit has changed how he tells stories, auditioning, and learning to put things in perspective.
Actor Christopher Livingston shares his experiences with the dark side, trying not to take the work home, mentors, auditioning, and staying positive. You can see him in his first Broadway show, The Great Society at Lincoln Center or as Wayne Williams on the second season of Mindhunter.
Painter, director, and teacher Sharone Halevy shares her experiences with the dark side, her evolution as an artist from performer to painter, process and empathy, being kind to yourself, and building a business plan as a painter. Check out her paintings on Instagram @art_by_sharone or www.sharonehalevy.com
Actor Kris Sidberry shares her experiences with the dark side, continuing to learn and train, reevaluating, trying to not focus solely on career, and the community she's found at Burning Man (which she just got back from right before this interview!). Check out her work at www.krissidberry.com
Dancer, choreographer, and technologist Catie Cuan shares her experiences with the dark side, fusing her duel interests in dance and technology, how geography influences art, balance, and being in a relationship with another artist. Catie is currently pursuing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in California, so this conversation was recorded over FaceTime. Check out her work at www.catiecuan.com.
Host Leah Walsh reflections on Toni Morrison's thoughts on an artist's task in times of chaos from "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” an essay included in the 150th anniversary issue of The Nation, read from the article "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist's Task in Troubled Times" by Maria Popova, published on brainpickings.org. Check the brand new look at www.thecompasspodcast.com, you can search the back catalogue of episodes by key word!
Writer Meg Fee shares her experiences with the dark side, publishing and self-publishing her writing, the evolution of the online blogging space, finding her current path in human centered design, and processing the world through writing. Check out her book, Places I Stopped on the Way Home, and her other writing at www.megfee.com
Photographer Jordan Geiger shares his experiences with the dark side, transitioning from acting to photography, his upcoming move from NYC to LA, running a business as a freelancer, community, and being in a relationship with another artist. Check out his beautiful work at www.jjgeigerphoto.com
Actor and dialect coach Lizzie King-Hall shares her experiences with the dark side, political action, navigating the role of dialect coach in a production and building her business, and learning from the artists around you. http://www.lizziekinghall.com
Actor, writer, and producer Ryan Spahn shares his experiences with the dark side, going to Juilliard in his late twenties, having patience, getting his screenplays made, and collaboration. Check out a reading of his new play Nora Highland on Monday June 24th, 2019 as part of The Pride Plays at Rattlestick Theater and watch Ep 1. of his web series What's Your Emergency
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.
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
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.com, www.puffstheplay.com, www.recentcutbacks.com.
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