A theater arts and performing arts podcast featuring interviews that inspire and empower performers, while encouraging the benefits of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Interviews with acclaimed actors, writers, directors and musicians sharing the secrets behind their success.
Actor Dan Chameroy on musical theatre and keeping well
Dan Chameroy has performed across North America, including the tour of 'Matilda the Musical.'
He made his Toronto stage debut in 1991 as part of the Canadian cast of 'Les Miserables' at The Royal Alexandra Theatre and performed in the legendary pre-Broadway production of 'The Drowsy Chaperone.'
We discuss his work with Gary Griffin and Donna Feore at the Stratford Festival.
Dan also opens up about his work's physical demands and the time he hurt his back so badly he wasn't sure he'd ever perform again.
Don't miss Dan's performance on Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 in Ross Petty's virtual production 'There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays.'
Kahlil Ashanti, actor and ticketing innovator
Kahlil Ashanti served in the United States Air Force and had a hit Fringe Festival show that went to the Edinburgh Fringe and Off-Broadway.
As well as being a talented performer, my guest Kahlil Ashanti created an online ticketing system, unlike any other. Although it was used in theatres around the world before the pandemic, it's even more useful now, when everyone is creating content online.
weshowup.io is an innovative, digital pay-what-you-want solution.
Follow Kahlil on:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kahlilashanti/
Rodrigo Beilfuss, actor and artistic director
Rodrigo Beilfuss is a Brazilian-born Canadian actor-director with a German last name, who trained in England and now calls Winnipeg, Manitoba his home. He is the artistic director of Shakespeare in the Ruins.
Growing up in Brazil, Beilfuss envisioned a career as a diplomat. He was well on his way after being accepted to law school, but he faced a fork in the road when he was also accepted to a cultural exchange program in Winnipeg. He chose Winnipeg thinking he'd return to Brazil, and a career in the foreign service after the cultural exchange was completed.
As part of his cultural exchange program, Beilfuss was introduced to the works of Shakespeare; he fell in love with the Bard's words and soon traded his pursuit of a diplomatic career for a one in theatre.
Beilfuss admits that when he was first introduced to Shakespeare, he didn't understand much of the language. However, his realization that he was not alone in his struggle to comprehend Shakespeare's work ultimately gave him the confidence to work through it. "Ironically, Shakespeare gave me a sense of belonging - everyone was confused; everyone was terrified," says Beilfuss.
From Winnipeg Beilfuss traveled to Stratford, Ontario and England where he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His master's thesis research at LAMDA examined the process, and cultural impact, of performing Shakespeare in different languages - a natural topic for Beilfuss, whose first language was not English.
Cyrus Lane podcast
Stream Macbeth from Stratford as part of the Shakespeare Film Festival
Hamlet at the Rose Theatre Brampton with Pakistani-Canadian star Ahad Raza, directed by Haysam Kadri a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival.
Shakespeare In The Ruins website
Actor, columnist Tony Nappo
Tony Nappo is a Canadian actor who graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and has appeared in critically acclaimed television, film and stage productions.
As well as discussing parenting and acting, Tony shares the story of how he managed to kick his drug habit after a 5-day bender that almost killed him.
He also publishes the weekly column Nappoholics on https://www.intermissionmagazine.ca/
Actor Bruce Dow, Broadway shuts down
Bruce Dow is an award-winning performer who has played featured rolls on Broadway five times.
When Broadway was shut down, Dow was in previews with the show "Diana." Dow who resides in Canada, was one of the thousands of people who work on Broadway that had to figure out their next steps.
In our podcast you'll hear how the cast and crew working on "Diana" learned about the show closing down after Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, has declared that all theaters close temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Escapologist, daredevil Jonathan Goodwin
Jonathan Goodwin is appearing in the show The Illusionists, which is at the Meridian Hall in Toronto from January 1st through January 5th.
As well as performing in The Illusionists, Jonathan has appeared on many TV shows and has created theatrical magic for many performers, including Derrin Brown, who is currently on Broadway with his show Secret.
Great guests and some really interesting conversations.
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Interesting insights and interviews with those who create. This podcast is a fantastic way to check in with what is happening within Canadian theatre and beyond.