Producing Heroes is a podcast dedicated to creative producers who make impossible things happen. Every day these intrepid theatrical alchemists harness the energies of artists, hustle opportunities, dream dreams and translate them from ideas into shows.
They are the drivers of an industry and yet they tend to remain hidden, hiding behind the curtain. Until now.
The triumphs and failures, the risks and rewards, the glory and the gory all feature in these deeply personal accounts of some of the world’s most inspiring creative producers.
Producing Heroes tells their stories, in their own words.
Created by Circa
Host: Yaron Lifschitz
Producer: Lauren Eisinger
Post Production: Thom Kellar, Folklore Sound
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Producing Heroes with Ed Bartlam
Ed Bartlam is a founder and Director of Underbelly and has built a massive presence at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on London’s Southbank as well as producing on the West End and in Hong Kong. The company is known for its sense of adventure, healthy appetite for risk and incredible shows.
Ed talks to us about following your gut instinct, fostering and investing in relationships and how he came to own a venue shaped like an upside-down purple cow.
Producing Heroes with Linda Brumbach
Linda Brumbach founded Pomegranate Arts in 1998, a company dedicated to developing, producing and touring innovative contemporary performance arts projects through creative collaborations.
Since its inception, Pomegranate Arts has produced the Olivier Award winning production of Einstein on the Beach (Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Lucinda Childs), Shockheaded Peter (The Improbably Theater), Book of Longing (Leonard Cohen, Philip Glass), Dracula: The Music and Film (Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass and Universal Pictures), Hal Willners’ Came So Far from Beauty (Leonard Cohen and guests), Healing the Divide: A Concert for Peace and Reconciliation (Dalai Lama, Tom Waits, Anoushka Shankar) and most recently Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music.
Linda joins us from New York to talk about engaging deeply with artists, having the right people on your team, fearlessly serving a vision and just when you think it can’t possibly happen, finding a creative solution.
Producing Heroes with Tommy Kriegsmann
Our guest this week on Producing Heroes is Tommy Kriegsmann, founder and President of ArKtype.
ArKtype is recognized as among the world’s leading supporters of new, experimental work. Established in 2005 to support the finest in emerging and established artists based in NYC and worldwide, ArKtype support risk in live performance – creating an ever-shifting mechanism for the fulfilment of artists’ visions for new work, international collaboration, production and touring. The company has grown to encompass renowned artists from twenty-five different countries at any given time, limitless genres and commercial and non-profit support structures for a variety of spaces
Tommy’s previous work includes producing the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL, Director of Programming for Spiegelworld’s South Street Seaport season, and most recently Director of Programs at New York Live Arts, including the unprecedented festival Live Ideas: MENA/Future – CulturalTransformations in the Middle East North Africa Region.
Enjoy our conversation about facing down the impossible, creating a safe space for artists, enacting change and the crazy things we do in the name of art.
Producing Heroes with Phloeun Prim
Born during the genocide in Cambodia and having grown up in Montréal, Canada, Phloeun is proud to be part of the movement to use the arts for healing, social transformation and economic development in Cambodia.
A visionary cultural entrepreneur, Phloeun has spearheaded Cambodian Living Arts’ (CLA) transformation from a grassroots project reviving traditional arts to the leading cultural agency in Cambodia. Phloeun has led the organization to extend its reach from local to international programming; The major Season of Cambodia festival in New York April-May 2013, a $2.6 million project, involving 125 artists, 34 presenting partners including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, symbolizes the capacity that Phloeun has brought not only to CLA, but to the Cambodian arts and culture sector as a whole.
Join us for Phloeun’s incredible story of bringing Cambodian art to the world stage, the importance of art and culture in a post-genocide society and the power of a smile.
Producing Heroes with Virginia Hyam and Simon Hinton
Virginia Hyam (HOTA, Gold Coast) and Simon Hinton (Merrigong Theatre) discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with producing and presenting in cities that are one hour away from a major capital. They share their stories of developing new work and new audiences, pioneering initiatives and playing the long game.
Producing Heroes with Ruth Wikler
Ruth Wikler joins us on Producing Heroes. Ruth is the Deputy Director of Programming for Circus Arts at TOHU, Montréal’s premier presenter of contemporary circus.
Ruth is a passionate advocate for international artistic exchange. She is a published writer and translator on international theatre and circus. Ruth ran an independent performance series, bringing contemporary theatre to Portland, Oregon.
Join us as she shares her tales of unlikely collaborations, cultural diplomacy and producing independently and for large organisations.
I loved this conversation, great guest and Yaron is such an astute enquirer. The theme of continually mentoring and being mentored is one that really resonated. Great listening for producers!
This is a fabulous podcast for understanding what it takes to make amazing things happen in the world of live performance. It’s also just really inspiring.
This podcast is a great listen, for all those with an intertest in arts, culture, producing and the likes. What an amazing set of guests that Yaron provides thoughtful, provoking questions to.