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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Actress Britannie Bond discusses her time in New York, finding photography, the virtues of stability in a day job, and the glories of BAM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Detailed introduction to The Compass Podcast with Leah Walsh
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