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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 16, 2016

Actress and blogger Ashley Grombol shares her experiences with the dark side, building community as an actor, starting a blog from scratch, pursuing an Equity card, producing, and being married to another artist. Check out Ashley’s popular baking and style blog at www.domesticbatch.com and her acting work at www.ashleygrombol.com. Please take a moment to leave a rating or review in the iTunes store to help other artists find The Compass!

Dec 9, 2016

Actor Robert Karma Robinson shares his thoughts on the dark side, keeping creative, long-term collaborations with playwrights and mentors, day jobs, and what he loves about getting out of New York and working in regional theater. Please leave a rating or review in the iTunes store!

Dec 2, 2016

Producer and photographer Sydney Lowe shares her thoughts on the dark side, on starting a career in TV production, creating an inclusive women artists collective on and offline, making the move from NYC to LA, and the importance of mentorship. This episode was recorded over Skype. Check out Sydney's work at www.sydney-lowe.com & www.artgirlarmy.com

Nov 22, 2016

Producer, actor, singer, and Co-Artistic Director of theatre company Three Day Hangover David Hudson shares his experiences with the dark side, transitioning from focusing on acting to producing, learning the business side of running a theatre company, empowering other artists, and becoming a parent. Check out David's current production (featuring host Leah Walsh as well) here: www.drunklevanya.com

Nov 18, 2016

Filmmakers Casey Killoran (actor/producer) and David Tyson Lam (director/producer) share their experiences with the dark side, producing their own work including their first feature film, communication, balancing each others strengths, and planning ahead for the challenges of obtaining a work visa as an international artist. (check out   the details of their new film here: http://www.viralbeautymovie.com)

Nov 11, 2016

Excerpts from Live Episode 1, which took place on 11/6/2016 at www.artsonsite.org in NYC, hosted by Leah Walsh, music by Brendan Spieth, with guests actor Frankie J. Alvarez and actress/singer songwriter Laura Gragtmans. Also, thoughts on the election. See Leah now in Drunkle Vanya, tickets at www.drunklevanya.com

Nov 4, 2016

Karl Kenzler is a wonderful actor, writer, director and teacher. He shares his experiences with the dark side, raising kids as an artist, creating your own work, keeping inspired during a long run of a play, and passing on the legacy of great teachers. Check out his work at DarwinTheSeries.com and www.KarlKenzler.com Also, info about the 11/6/2016 Live Episode of The Compass!

 

Oct 28, 2016

Emily Simoness is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency in upstate NY. She shares her thoughts on the dark side, moving from a background as an actor into a new focus as SPACE has grown, the technical side of creating a non-profit, and building community. www.spaceonryderfarm.org Also, info on the upcoming Live Episode of The Compass on 11/6/2016. Check out The Compass Podcast on Facebook for all the details!

Oct 21, 2016
Playwright Jason Gray Platt shares his experiences with the dark side, new play development, balancing your financial life as an artist, collaboration, and theatre in unusual spaces. http://www.jasonplatt.com Also info on the November 6, 2016 Live Episode of The Compass!
Oct 14, 2016

Jazz pianist, composer, and activist Samora Pinderhughes shares his experiences with the dark side, music as social action, collaboration, self releasing an album, and finding balance in an uncertain field. Check out his amazing work: www.transformationssuite.com

Oct 7, 2016

Actor Chris Perfetti shares his experiences with the many facets of the dark side, the importance of community in a healthy life in the arts, acting in TV (including on HBO’s Looking) vs on stage, #fairwageonstage, and type casting. Please rate and review the podcast in iTunes. Live Episode of The Compass in NYC the evening of Sunday, November 6th, 2016! More info soon. 

Sep 30, 2016

Nigel Campbell is a dancer and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of MOVE NYC, a tuition free summer dance intensive for NYC youth. He shares his experiences with the dark side, building MOVE NYC from the ground up, making professional decisions that prioritize your well-being, dancing abroad and returning to New York, and using dance for community action. www.movenyc.nyc

Sep 23, 2016

Dancer and teacher Jenna Pollack shares her thoughts on the dark side, expanding the definition of dance, redefining value systems for yourself, understanding the business side of the arts, and dancing in Europe. www.jennapollack.com

Sep 16, 2016

Director Wes Grantom shares his experiences with the dark side, being a parent in NYC, producing your own work, day jobs, and finding balance. Check out his theatre company Crowded Outlet: www.crowdedoutlet.org

Sep 9, 2016

Actress Liz Jenkins shares her thoughts on the dark side, being an actor in LA, sketch comedy and improv, confidence, bringing yourself out in auditions, and making your own work. Check out her current project, WERK Web Series, here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/werk-web-series

Sep 2, 2016

The Compass Podcast, Episode 43: Kambi Gathesha is now online! Actor and dancer Kambi Gathesha shares his experiences with the dark side, evolving as an artist, combining mediums, and the balancing act between what is fulfilling artistically vs financially.

Aug 26, 2016

Actress and writer Ceci Fernandex shares her experiences with the dark side, deciding to go to grad school, the support of friends and family, collaboration, facing other people's expectations as a Latina actress, and making her own work. Ceci writes for @InstaMiniSeries on Instagram, check it out! The Compass is beginning to partner with Playbill.com this week, the episodes will be featured in the Jobs section and keep an eye out for future collaborations. 

Aug 19, 2016

Join me for some thoughts on the first year of the podcast, a reading from Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch, and a piece by playwright John Patrick Shanley, and check back next week for another full episode of The Compass. Thank you for listening, and please rate The Compass in iTunes! - Leah Walsh

Aug 12, 2016

Cook, writer, and food stylist Caroline Wright talks about dealing with the dark side, always moving forward, how her move out of NYC has impacted her career, balancing her creative work with brand management and publicity, and being a working parent. Check out her beautiful work (as well as her new cookbook, Cake Magic) here: http://carolinewrightfood.com/about

Aug 5, 2016

Join me for a look back at Three Day Hangover's EMPOWER HOUR event, addressing the violence seen all over our country this summer with community, art, and honesty.  Check back next week for a new full episode. Thank you for listening, and please leave a rating or review in iTunes if you have a moment. Have a great weekend!

Jul 30, 2016

Actor, filmmaker, and visual artist Dion Mucciacito shares his thoughts on the dark side, finding flow in an unpredictable lifestyle, discipline, the differences between making art in L.A. vs. NYC, and embracing change. (http://www.dionmucciacito.com) The Compass was featured on Playbill.com this week! Check it out

Jul 22, 2016

Actor and writer Sean Parker shares his experiences with the dark side, making a cross-country move, creating your own work, solitude, success, and storytelling. 

Jul 15, 2016

Playwright Beth Kander shares her experiences with the dark side, how her time living in rural Michigan and Jackson, Mississippi have influenced the way she tells stories, the "emerging playwright" situation in today's theater culture, and how she and her husband are preparing for their soon-to-be roles as artists who are parents. Check out Beth's work and upcoming events at http://www.bethkander.com!

Jul 8, 2016

Actor Nate Miller discusses the dark side, keeping busy between jobs, co-founding his theater company Lesser America, community, family, and his love of the ongoing cultural conversation in New York.

Jul 1, 2016

Join me for an article about the dangers of suppressing anger, and a poem by Billy Collins read by a special guest, Frankie J. Alvarez. Check back next week for a full episode. We reached 10,000 downloads of The Compass this week! Thank you for listening, and please leave a rating or review in iTunes if you have a moment.

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