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Released February 11, 2020

“It is a human experience. It’s about being passionate, empathetic, supportive and present.” –Michael Jenkinson


How to be a Director/Choreographer with Michael Jenkinson


Michael Jenkinson is a director/choreographer with an extensive resume of hit blockbuster shows, including his choreography work with Scott Schwartz (A Room with a View, The Old Globe; Next to Normal, The Alliance Theater; Next to Normal, Geva Theatre Center; My Fairytale, PCPA). Michael is a proud SDC and AEA member with decades of work at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre; Phoenix Theatre; Sacramento Theatre Company; Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre; PCPA and many more theaters. Just off of a gig doing Kiss Me, Kate! in Montana, Michael takes time to share insights into his life as a director/choreographer (and performer). 


Hear from Michael about:

· Life as a director/choreographer

· Choreographing versus doing both the dancing and direction

· How to balance life when constantly traveling for work

· The different seasons in the industry, personally and professionally

· How to work with talents of all levels and personalities

· What to do about conflict when it arises

· His communication style that has been so effective

· The exceptional Oregon Cabaret Theatre www.oregoncabaret.com 

· River City Theatre Co in Sacramento (a terrific place for youth) http://www.rctcweb.org/ 

· The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre company that he enjoys     https://www.utahfestival.org/

· Phoenix Theatre Company www.phoenixtheatre.com

· Intermountain Opera Bozeman (where Michael just did Kiss Me, Kate!)

· The glorious PCPA on California’s central coast: www.pcpa.org 


You can contact Michael Jenkinson via www.michaeljenkinson.com  You can find him on Facebook and Instagram.


Your host 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


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.

Michael Jenkinson, Director/Choreographer

Michael Jenkinson, Director/Choreographer 

#16 How to be a Casting Director with Erik Stein

Released February 7, 2020

“Build relationships with decision makers.” –Erik Stein


Erik Stein is the Casting Director for PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre and the Recruitment Coordinator for Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s Professional Actor Training Program. On Broadway, Erik performed with Roddy McDowall, Hal Linden, Jim Dale, and Frank Langella. He appeared as the Ghost of Christmas Present opposite Tim Curry in the Broadway production of A Christmas Carol directed by Susan Stroman. Off-Broadway, Erik created the role of Stephens in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Captains Courageous starring Treat Williams and Norm Lewis. Erik is a founding member of The Alaska Shakespeare Festival and The California Cabaret Theatre. He has had the fortune to work across the country with more than 30 Regional Theaters including several award-winning theaters such as The York Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Geva Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and PCPA. Erik teaches Audition Techniques and the Business of Being an Actor for Pacific Conservatory Theatre, he has directed for several training programs and regional theaters, and he has lead Audition and Acting the Song workshops all over the country. Erik is the author of No Caution! A Step by Step Guide to Preparing Auditions for Universities, Colleges, Conservatories, and Beyond. As a playwright, Erik has written a few plays including Under the Boardwalk, Ho,Oh,No! A Christmas Show!, Mouth Pictures, and The Key. Erik lives with his beautiful wife Jax and their two wonderful cats on the Central Coast of California.


Hear from Erik about:

· How this career works and unfolds

· How The Red Eye Grill in New York City has been part of Erik’s Broadway ups and downs

· How he became a playwright

· The kind of auditions that work 

· What a casting director does (how his job works)

· What can be frustrating for a casting director 

  (the energy you actors DO NOT want to bring into the room!)

· How to adjust your pieces for an individual audition

· Tips to make your auditions amazing!

· How to market yourself and build relationships

· Feeling stuck in a “type?” How to break out of it and be seen differently

· How to change your thinking from an actor’s perspective to a decision maker’s

· What makes PCPA so special (and how to audition for them…NOW!)

· The odds of males versus females at auditions for Erik

· The conservatory at PCPA: www.pcpa.org (click on “Conservatory” for videos and info)

· Must-know tips for video submissions from Erik! (this is HUGE!)

· His audition tip book, No Caution! And how it can help you succeed in the audition room


You can contact Erik Stein at casting@pcpa.org and find him on Facebook


You can order Erik’s book, No Caution!: A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Auditions for Universities, Colleges, Conservatories, and Beyond HERE


You can also share this episode on social media, write a review, and/or email Steph before March 1, 2020 and one lucky winner will receive a free copy of Erik’s audition tip book!


Your host 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


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. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Sometimes I post links to great products: thanks for using them!

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Erik Stein is the Casting Director at PCPA

#15 How to be a Theatre Artist with Kathy Hsieh

Released February 4, 2020

“We want to feel like our life had impact on more people than just ourselves.” –Kathy Hsieh


Kathy Hsieh is an award-winning actor, writer and director, most recently seen in The Brothers Paranormal with Pork Filled Productions, Washer/Dryer with SIS Productions & Pratidhwani, Gambatte at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in Portland, M. Butterfly at ArtsWest, The White Snake with ReAct and ASL Midsummer Night’s Dream with Sound Theatre. She received Footlight and Gypsy Awards for acting in Chinglish at ArtsWest and was nominated for an Ellie Award for the same role with CATS in Nevada City, and received the Gregory Award for Sustained Achievement in 2017. She has also worked with the Seattle Rep, Book-It, ACT, Intiman, Taproot, The 1448 Projects, Freehold, Living Voices and more. Her most recent project is a reading of Black Santa at Solo and Copious Love last December.


Hear from Kathy about:

· Her extensive traveling in life

· How immigrant parents influenced her love of drama

· How being shy and introverted can work with theatre

· What the Seattle theatre world is like

· What a high school teacher told a woman of color about theatre 

· How she paid her way through college by acting

· How she went from roles onstage to roles in life

· What diversity and inclusion can do for theater

· How she balances projects for herself versus projects that serve others

· How she bought a house from her acting income

· What it’s like being a funder for the arts

· How she gets to influence diversity and inclusion with theatres and their audiences

· Women and ageism in the arts and our society


You can follow @KathyHsieh on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


Your host 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


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


Kathy Hsieh

Kathy Hsieh is a theatre artist based out of Seattle.

#14 How to be a Theatre Producer with Lynn Shore

Released January 14, 2020

 “You’re starting a business every single time you produce a show. You’re starting a business from scratch… It is a business first and nobody wants to lose money.” – Lynn Shore


International producer of musicals such as Friends! The Musical Parody; Happy 50ish! The Midlife Crisis Musical, and New York State of Mind [Billy Joel Tribute Show] businessman and creative force Lynn Shore joins the show from Southern California. Off-Broadway and regional theatre performer, television and voiceover actor, and 2013 recipient of the worldwide Jason Robert Brown vocal contest.  


Hear from Lynn about:

· His international licensing experiences

· What it was like when Warner Bros called when they heard about his musical that parodied Friends

· The reception of his show in New York versus Los Angeles

· How he got into performing

· What a summer workshop did for him

· Why he turned down an offer to go to New York at 18

· What summer stock theatre can be like (summer stock is when you do several shows in rep [repertory] during the summer; ie, perform one show while rehearsing the next one or two at the same time)

· Premiering Babes in Toyland

· What his biggest regret is (take note, listeners who want to be performers!)

· What’s the most important thing to take away from his knowledge of this career

· What he hopes theater degrees teach students now

· How much it takes to produce theater on Broadway

· His experience with Hamilton the musical

· What Orange County High School of the Arts does well


You can see Friends! The Musical Parody in Las Vegas right now. You can keep up with Lynn and learn more about his shows and performing at:

www.lynnshoreentertainment.com Or follow him on Facebook or Instagram


Your host 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

Lynn Shore

Lynn Shore is a savvy theater producer, businessman and performer.

#13 What to Do After College

Released January 8, 2020

 “Even if you’re not actively submitting, you can be actively working on your career.” –Steph Newman


So you are almost done with your college theatre degree… NOW WHAT?! Steph Newman covers a submission from Braydon Simmons, a senior at a college looking to advance after his theater degree is achieved this Spring (Bravo, Braydon!) What acting internships are there, where can you find them and what is next?

  

Favorites include:

· PCPA: Pacific Conservatory Theatre  www.pcpa.org

· SRT: Summer Repertory Theatre www.summerrep.com (Starting January 20!)

· Interships.com/theater

· Playbill.com, backstage.com and more!


Your host Steph Newman is a theatre pro  who helps people. Contact her! Just like Braydon, 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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#12 How to be an Artistic Director with Valerie Rachelle

Released January 6, 2020

  “I convinced him to hire me and that was that.” –Valerie Rachelle on how her career began


Artistic Director of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, Freelance Director and Choreographer, and Talented Actor and Dancer Valerie Rachelle joins the show to talk about her journey with host Steph Newman. Full of energy and laughs, Valerie is a savvy business owner and powerful leader in the performing arts. 


Learn from Valerie Rachelle about:

· How her career launched

· How she decided school/training versus just moving to New York

· What a BFA at California Institute of the Arts can be like

· Lucid By Proxy: how to start non-profit work

· How Valerie became a producer

· Getting hired as a choreographer versus a director

· Getting the MFA at University of California, Irvine

· How she came to buy a theater business

· The shock that came with leaving Los Angeles (and the honesty Valerie brings here is heart-warming)

· Why she continues to freelance (choreograph, direct, produce and perform)

· How she feeds her creative and educational sides while juggling running a theater

· What her research with female professors uncovered: https://stateraarts.org/blog/2018/3/14/valerie-rachelle

· Taking a theater through the process to become Equity

· What the duties of an Artistic Director can be

· How technical advances allow for collaboration across the United States

· How opera singers are changing with the times 


You can see more about Valerie Rachelle at www.oregoncabaret.com and you can follow her on Facebook.


Your host 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 at www.stephnewman.com/podcast

Valerie Rachelle owns the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and  is a Director, Choreographer and Performer.

Valerie Rachelle owns the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and  is a Director, Choreographer and Performer. 

#11 How to be a Broadway Actor with Josh Grisetti

Released December 16, 2019

 “It always starts with humble beginnings [...] You’re not as far away as you think.” –Josh Grisetti


Broadway actor and director Josh Grisetti joins the show from Los Angeles after a recent move from New York City. After starring in the hit musical Something Rotten, Josh is now at the helm of productions, directing musicals- including Something Rotten—and diving into new divisions of theater. 


Hear from Josh about:

· How a Broadway actor got started in a small town

· What his dad thought of theater and how it affected him

· His research at LMU (Loyola Marymount University)

· What the statistics are for having a livable wage as an actor as part of the union

· How he got training in high school

· Why a summer in Italy studying opera led him closer to musical theater

· What area he targeted so that he could be competitive in the industry

· How to distinguish a true triple threat (singer, dancer, actor)

· What Josh’s strengths are (and you’ll find yours)

· What it’s like auditioning for Obie-winning Michael Greif and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner for Angels in America

· Emotional availability and how it plays into casting

· How he got Mark in Rent 

· What it was like to do an emotionally draining role for 9 months

· How anchoring in New York City led him to booking a TV pilot

· How he wiped out student loan debt while working as an actor

· What the road was like getting to a Broadway show

· Insights into prime time pilot season

· What Marci Phillips, Executive Director of Casting in NYC for ABC, says about the career

· How to keep your performances fresh and active over a long run

· How he lives to his best potential


Keep up with Josh at his terrific website full of great photos and videos: www.joshgrisetti.com


Want a copy of his book, God In My Head: The true story of an ex-Christian who accidentally met God?

Share this episode of “I Love Theatre Now What” podcast on Instagram or Facebook and tag #Ilovetheatrenowwhat (theatre with a –RE) by the end of 2019. One lucky winner will be chosen on January 1 and contacted for their mailing address. 

Award winning Broadway actor Josh Grisetti

Award winning Broadway actor Josh Grisetti

#10 How to be a Touring Actor with Corey Jones

Released December 3, 2019

“There is no set way to build a career.” –Corey Jones


On tour with The Book of Mormon, actor and voiceover artist Corey Jones joins the show from Mexico where the 2nd National Tour of the hit musical debuts in yet another nation. International touring with a show for several years is one way to make your love of drama into a dream career. 


Hear from Corey Jones as he describes:

· Performing a show in another country and its tech needs

· How he came to love theater

· What an internship did for him

· How to know where your passions truly are

· How to figure out when you need to relocate for a career

· Why he turned down a highly desirable job- twice

· How it felt to do his dream part

· What being a leading man really means

· What it’s like being in a repertory company

· How saying “yes” to small roles led him to a Broadway-level musical

· What it was like auditioning for a Broadway musical

· How to not get defeated and maintain composure


See Corey Jones on tour by checking out the Book Of Mormon schedule here:

https://bookofmormonbroadway.com/tour

You can follow Corey’s adventures on Facebook and then on Instagram with @coemjo


Your host 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.

Corey Jones is an actor in the 1st and 2nd national tour of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon

Corey Jones is an actor in the 1st and 2nd national tour of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon