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I Love Theatre Now What

I Love Theatre: Now What?! This is the podcast that backs you up on your dream to becoming a theatre pro.  Steph Newman gets the scoop from a variety of theatre lovers who turned their talents into careers.   

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#9 How to be Disciplined with Steph Newman

Released December 1, 2019

"Ten minutes to places!" –Every Stage Manager Ever


Host Steph Newman gives insights on what it takes to start being more disciplined with your goals.  We can learn a lot from drama—especially from the phrases we use all the time in theatre. 


Do you often say “I’m going to learn a new monologue for auditions…” or “I’m going to finish that script…” but never DO it?  Don’t fall into the trap of being mediocre.  If you want your dreams to manifest, you need to take action.


Steph Newman is a theatre pro who helps people.  Contact her!  You can share your questions, dreams, failures and successes to get tips, tricks and ideas by writing to steph@stephnewman.com 


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman.  This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond).  So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!


This is a labor of love.  Your contributions lead to better equipment and interviews.  Contribute now.

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#8 HOW TO BE A JACK OF ALL TRADES WITH TONY RUST

Released November 26, 2019

"I’m a theatrical jack of all trades.” – Tony Rust


And he truly is.  Wyoming born Tony Rust has been through the rolodex of neat jobs: jazz singer and disc jockey being early highlights.  Thrust into theater during college because of an administrative snafu, Tony got involved with the early days of ACE (Actors Cabaret of Eugene  www.actorscabaret.org), embarked upon life in NYC for a couple of decades and hasn’t stopped since.  See why Technical Director, Director, Producer, Teacher, Actor and Carpenter Tony says, “It takes all of us to do theater.”


Hear about Tony’s journey and these topics:

·         Southern Methodist University in Texas for a Bachelors in Drama (BA degree)

·         What led him to his 20 years in New York City

·         How Patrick Tucker influenced him

·         What he did when the parts he imagined himself playing weren’t matching the parts his voice and body led him to be cast as

·         How he started to produce work, including relationships with the Riverside Shakespeare Company (though not operating now, here’s the Wiki info: ) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverside_Shakespeare_Company

·         What living in New York City can be like

·         How to know when a company has run its course

·         Why he says joining Equity was “one of the dumbest things I did in my career”

·         Holding back on choices and how he got out of his own way

·         The struggle with “type”

·         The needs of characters that expose vulnerability or reveal a world close to the actor versus characters that are clowns or require a different, heightened reality

·         How he became a set carpenter, painter and designer

·         What it’s like to have a scene shop in New York

·         The union for stage carpentry (IATSE: https://www.iatse.net/ )

·         What his experience was working at the MET

·         Why he wanted to teach

·         Going to get his Master’s in Directing 

·         Evolving into Technical Director

·         How having kids influenced some of his choices

·         How they created their own New York in the West

·         What it was like getting involved (and then becoming key players both onstage and off) at the Cottage Theatre http://www.cottagetheatre.org/

·         The many factors involved with coordinating a set build

·         See Tony’s performance as Fagan in Oliver! And then his direction of Mamma Mia and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as part of the 2020 Cottage Theatre season.

·         Studying versus doing

·         His style of directing

·         Advice to future (and current!) high school drama teachers and how they relate to students

·         How to find a mentor and be a “mentee”


Share your journey, questions, successes and failures: contact your host Steph Newman at steph@stephnewman.com and have your stories shared on a future episode!  She’ll celebrate with you, give you tips and tricks, ask questions of the guests for you, and help you thrive as a drama lover and theater contributor.


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman.  This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond).  So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!


This is a labor of love.  Your contributions lead to better equipment and interviews.  Contribute now.

Tony Rust directs, designs, paints, builds, produces and breathes theater

Tony Rust directs, designs, paints, builds, produces and breathes theater

#7 How to be a music director with Shoshana Seid-Green

Released November 24, 2019

 How to be a Music Director with Shoshana Seid-Green


“I'm passionate about collaborating with diverse creative teams, musicians, and singers, to create beautiful, innovative, musically excellent productions.” –Shoshana Seid-Green


Shoshana Seid-Green joins us from New York City: music director, accompanist and vocal coach extraordinaire.  Shoshana has a great open spirit and delves into what being a music director for the last decade has been like. Hear about traveling for gigs (not just a couple of places: I’m talking 50 states!) Shoshana gets candid about finding her career, and explains so much. 

You can find her at www.shoshanaseidgreen.com 


Notes from this episode:

· She’s about to music direct at Sierra Repertory Theatre (Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical)

· How to prep for a show once she’s booked it

· How a music director finds work 

· What Backstage and Playbill can help you do

· How being a female music director influences her options

· Maestra MDs and Maestra

· What she did when facing burnout

· How she started to get her first credits

· How to tell if you’re good enough to “make it”

· How Shoshana made her first year in New York work

· What the benefits are of being a hire from New York City

· What it’s like personally and professionally to travel for gigs 

· What types of shows she enjoys music directing

· How technology influences her job

· Working with Mainstage

· What happens when a tech crisis occurs during a show

· What the many paths music directing can lead to

· How to get a job when inexperience is in the way

· How personal development works in a field that doesn’t give feedback

· How to be self-analytical when leaving a job

· How to practice self-care in such a social job world

· The Goodspeed Opera House’s MD workshop https://www.goodspeed.org/education-library/classes

· What happens when you have a conflict

· How to connect with others in your field


Share your journey, questions, successes and failures: contact your host Steph Newman at steph@stephnewman.com and have your stories shared on a future episode! She’ll celebrate with you, give you tips and tricks, ask questions of the guests for you, and help you thrive as a drama lover and theater contributor.


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman. This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond). So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!


This is a labor of love. Your contributions lead to better equipment and interviews. Contribute now.

Shoshan Seid-Green, Music Director

Shoshan Seid-Green, Music Director

#6 how to be a theatre maker with Tracy Liz Miller

Released November 20, 2019

  “You’ve gotta try it. You can’t say that you can’t do it because you’ve never done it before.” –Tracy Liz Miller


Tracy Liz Miller joins the show from New York. What is a theatre maker? Well, take a look at this bio, listen to this episode, and you shall see! Bio: Co-Founding Producing Director The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre, www.bridgeinit.org. Former Director of Theatre Arts at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. Co-Founding Producing Artistic Director of Pawling Theatre Exchange, www.pawlingtheatreexchange.org.  Co-Chair for the Statera Arts Conference IV that was held in New York City this October, 2019. www.stateraarts.org

Actor, Director, Producer, Teacher, Partner & Mother: you can learn more from Tracy at her website, www.tracylizmiller.com

Tracy discusses so many topics, including: 

· How to balance family and career dreams

· Expectations of hitting milestones and their aftermath

· The competitive mentality that a lot of artists get tunneled into

· How to know if you want to pursue the industry professionally

· How to know if you want to go to college for theatre

· Branching out from musicals to classical work

· Internships that expanded horizons: Warehouse Theater, SC & Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN

· What housing can be like at theatre companies and big cities for your theater gigs

· How to push against (or let go of) the expectations of a linear life timeline for buying a house, having a career, personal milestones, and more

· How to decide on whether or not to get more training in grad school

· What makes a repertory theatre so valuable

· What to ask yourself when you want to do this for the long term

· What the Alabama Shakespeare graduate program is like

· How to juggle career interests when processing a loved one’s loss (and Tracy’s openness in this section is heartbreakingly real)

· How to channel self-doubt

· How to help oneself translate the “no” from others into self-producing and taking positive action

· Women’s Project Theater (WP Theater) www.wptheater.org 

· How having courage to make a shift changed her life

· Statera Arts www.stateraarts.org

· How she started to produce work in New York City

· How she became a “disrupter” in Phoenix, Arizona

· Martha Richards and SWAN day www.womenarts.org

· Her partnership with Brenda Jean Foley to create The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theater https://www.bridgeinit.org/

· How she changed to asking herself, “How can I be of service?” and helped people, became head of a community college program, and offered help to people in LGBTQ+

· How she became “the go-to feminist director” in an area with underrepresentation 

· How the Pawling Theatre Exchange in upper New York was created (and how you can be there: go to https://www.pawlingtheatreexchange.org/


Share your journey, questions, successes and failures: contact your host Steph Newman at steph@stephnewman.com and have your stories shared on a future episode! She’ll celebrate with you, give you tips and tricks, ask questions of the guests for you, and help you thrive as a drama lover and theater contributor.


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman. This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond). So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!


This is a labor of love. Your contributions lead to better equipment and interviews. Contribute now

Tracy Liz Miller creates, directs, performs and teaches theater.

Tracy Liz Miller creates, directs, performs and teaches theater.

#5 How to be a playwright with Martin Follose

Released November 18, 2019

  

Martin Follose is a playwright, drama teacher and director based out of Southern Oregon. With 36 years of writing, Martin opens up about the journey of writing plays and musicals, and covers such topics as:

· How to get published as a playwright

· How to collaborate on writing a musical

· What it is like to teach high school music and theater

· What to do when a high school drama program’s budget gets cut

· How it feels to see your plays get done at other theaters

· What his writing process is like

· Working with actors and others on your script

· The rehearsal process when directing your own show 

· Becoming a Board President of a community theatre

· And so much more!


You can see Martin Follose’s repertory of plays and musicals available at his website: www.martinfollose.com

Martin has plays published at Pioneer, Heuer, Brooklyn and Eldridge publishing companies. He also has a selection not available for publishing that he will premiere at theaters. You can contact Marty through his website for more information. 

Martin Follose is an educator who loves writing, music, directing and more. He is currently the Board President of the Umpqua Actors Community Theatre in Roseburg, Oregon (www.uact-theater.com)


Share your journey, questions, successes and failures: contact your host Steph Newman at steph@stephnewman.com and have your stories shared on a future episode! We’ll celebrate with you, give you tips and tricks, ask questions of the guests for you, and help you thrive as a drama lover and theater contributor.


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman. This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond). So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!


This is a labor of love. Your contributions lead to better equipment and interviews. Contribute now.

Martin Follose writes plays and musicals.

Martin Follose writes plays and musicals.

#4 how to be a new york actress with Maribel Martinez

Released November 5, 2

 Maribel Martinez is an actor who was born in Puerto Rico and is now based in New York City.  Passionate about work that "moves people and gets them thinking," Maribel covers a ton of great topics close to her heart in this episode, including:

  • Dominican Republic women represented in theatre;
  • Why "blind casting" is not the phrase to be using, and what to say instead;
  • Why she says "I don't get to be comfortable;"
  • "The room has to reflect the work;"
  • What it was like getting into graduate school;
  • The family dynamic at University of California, Irvine;
  • Showcase;
  • Building a team versus taking the quick jobs;
  • LA versus NY;
  • Having a community in NYC while touring regionally;
  • Being Equity (and EMC);
  • "How to make a safer space for people of color;" and others who have been excluded;
  • CATS! (not the show! real cats!) and regional theater work;
  • How to rejuvenate; and
  • Women in theater and how family ties into that work.

You can imagine my delight in covering all of this!  Maribel Martinez was a gem to talk with, and you will learn so much from her story.


You can find Maribel on Instagram @instamarbles or go to maribel-martinez.com


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman.  This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond).  So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!

If you like this episode, share with a drama lover you know.  Listeners can send questions, success stories, and feedback to your host, steph@stephnewman.com
 

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TRANSCRIPTION available in blog!

Maribel Martinez is a NY based actress.

Maribel Martinez is a NY based actress.

#3 How to be a lawyer with Michelle Philo

Released October 17, 2019

Michelle Philo is a lawyer who knows a thing or two about drama.


Wait, what?! A lawyer? OK, this one's a little outside the box, but here's the thing: drama lovers can and do find meaningful careers in other avenues besides theatre.  Michelle Philo shares how she shifted her focus during college and the great things that translated from theater classes into law. 

You can find Michelle at www.philolaw.com

Please share with your friends and send feedback to steph@stephnewman.com

I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman.  This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond).  So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!

This is a labor of love.  Your contributions (even $1, my friends) lead to better equipment and interviews.  Contribute now. 


TRANSCRIPTION available in blog!

Michelle Philo is a lawyer who specializes in estate planning and corporate law in CA.

Michelle Philo is a lawyer who specializes in estate planning and corporate law in CA. 

#2 how to be a union actor with Paul Henry

Released October 17, 2019

Paul Henry got his Actors Equity card!  Want to know one way to go pro in the acting profession? Listen to Paul's story. He talks about the "job" of being an actor, how he utilized the Equity Membership Candidate program, and how PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) influenced his acting journey. 


You can find Paul at www.paulhenry.me or follow him @paulhenry085


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman.  This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond).  So if you're curious to know where that love of drama you have can actually lead, listen up!


This is a labor of love.  Your contributions (even $1, my friends) lead to better equipment and interviews.  Contribute now.


TRANSCRIPTION available in blog!

Paul Henry is a NY-based actor.

Paul Henry is a NY-based actor.

#1 how to be a THEATRE PRODUCER with Jason James

Released October 23, 2019

From acting, going to NYC, directing, and even a TV news gig, Jason James catapulted into producing theatre.  He has a great sense of humor about the ups and down of learning along the way: whether it was showing up in New York without knowing anything (or anyone) or landing a talent competition judge gig that paid the rent and brought him all over the states, Jason James owns up on what it takes to become a theater producer.  


You can find Jason on Instagram @director_notesj2


I Love Theatre Now What is a creation by Steph Newman and Travis Newman.  This podcast is on a mission to share the real stories that lead to real jobs (in the arts and beyond).  So if you're curious to know where that love of drama can lead, listen up!


If you like this episode, share with a drama lover you know.  Listeners can send feedback to steph@stephnewman.com

Your contributions lead to better equipment and interviews.  Contribute now.


TRANSCRIPTION available in blog!

Jason James is a theatre producer

Jason James is a theatre producer