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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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Dec 18, 2015

Lighting designer and musical theatre book/lyric writer Alana Jacoby talks about how she avoids the dark side by staying busy, problem solving, being in a relationship with another designer, balancing her alter egos of designer and writer, and her artistic community. 

Dec 11, 2015

Actress Rebecca Hirota shares her thoughts on the dark side, the evolution of her day job, being a collaborative artist, and how you leave a state like Hawaii.

Dec 4, 2015

In this mini episode, Leah shares an article which gives specific examples of how art can improve communities. Playwright Adam Scott Mazer reads Leah's tarot cards and talks about the process of developing his play, The Tower, which is now getting a full production at HERE Arts Center Dec 4-19, 2015.

Nov 27, 2015

Director and performer Philip Gates shares his experiences producing his own work, battling imposter syndrome and the dark side, building lasting relationships with playwrights and collaborators, and his current project which tells the intense story of The Donner Party. 

Nov 20, 2015

Stage manager, director, and visual artist Kim Miller (creator of The Compass cover art!) shares her thoughts on not taking things personally, being realistic, having a supportive family, and working in vastly different forms of theatre.

Nov 13, 2015

Actor and dancer Jude Sandy shares his perspective on taking care of yourself in a business that tries to define you, going where the work you want to do is possible, how his art is shaped by his experiences growing up in Trinidad and Tobago as a young gay man, and where he goes in New York City to escape the dark side. 

Nov 6, 2015

Singer Dwayne Washington shares his unique journey over the past few years: moving away from singing (and the USA), coming back, wanting to be a part of telling under represented stories, and dealing with the dark side of a life in the arts. 

Oct 30, 2015

Actor and producer Dylan Christina Moore shares her experiences curating new work in unusual settings, prioritizing happiness, the artist as citizen, and finding her way out of the dark side. Check out the work she does with ASTEP (and Episode 1 guest, Alejandro Rodriguez) at https://asteponline.org and her producing work with her company Our Exquisite Corpse.

Oct 23, 2015
Episode 9: Lori Wolter Hudson

Director Lori Wolter Hudson talks about producing her own work, having her baby six weeks early and how that affected her latest production, letting go, and the stability of a full time day job. Check out Lori's theater company Three Day Hangover at www.threedayhangover.com

Oct 16, 2015

Dancer and actor Collin Baja shares his experiences with balancing his creative drive and taking care of his body and mind. He talks about what the dark side looks like for him and how friendships and meditation help him stay out of it. Also: being in a relationship with another artist, Fort Tryon Park, modeling as a day job, and focusing on what's really important in life. 

Oct 9, 2015
Episode 7: Britannie Bond

Actress Britannie Bond discusses her time in New York, finding photography, the virtues of stability in a day job, and the glories of BAM. 

Oct 2, 2015
Episode 6: Vichet Chum

Actor and writer Vichet Chum shares his experiences building an artistic life in New York City and battling the dark side with writing. He talks about the one-person show he's been working on about his Cambodian heritage, The Group Lab theatre company, and finding a day job which uses his education. 

Sep 25, 2015

No guest this week, new episode next Friday! In the meantime, Leah shares a few thought provoking pieces to get your Friday started: a quote from President Obama and a speech by performance artist Taylor Mac. 

Sep 18, 2015

Dancer Jeff Sykes discusses the need for mutual respect in the world of freelance dance, his approach to auditions as two-way conversations, and the physical practices that help keep him away from the dark side. 

Sep 11, 2015
Episode 4: Brendan Spieth

Actor Brendan Spieth talks about how he deals with the dark side and charting his own path, spanning music, theatre, food, and dance. He shares one of his songs and its origin. Brendan is also responsible for The Compass intro and outro music. 

Sep 9, 2015

A sneak peak at the upcoming episode featuring Brendan Spieth, hear two of his original songs and how one of them came to be.  Keep an eye out for Brendan's episode of The Compass later this week!

Sep 4, 2015
Episode 3: Amanda Sykes

In Episode 3 of The Compass, actress Amanda Sykes talks about the dark side and how she finds her way out of it, her love for New York City, and perseverance. 

Aug 27, 2015

Detailed introduction to The Compass Podcast with Leah Walsh 

Aug 27, 2015
Episode 2: Stephanie Wright Thompson

In Episode 2 of The Compass, actress Stephanie Wright Thompson shares her experiences balancing creating new work with her theatre company (The Mad Ones), day jobs, refining priorities, and finding a little time to slow down. Check out The Mad Ones upcoming projects here: http://themadones.org

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