10 episodes

Arts Calling is a podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but also a case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities.

Writer Jaime Alejandro catches up with friends and artists in the written, visual, and performing arts to hear their origin story, how to overcome real-world hardships, and why it is essential to remain true to an artistic calling. We hope you join us in this celebration of the creative pursuit!

Arts Calling Podcast Jaime Alejandro

    • Arts

Arts Calling is a podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but also a case for the arts as the gateway to empathy, healthy lives, and strong communities.

Writer Jaime Alejandro catches up with friends and artists in the written, visual, and performing arts to hear their origin story, how to overcome real-world hardships, and why it is essential to remain true to an artistic calling. We hope you join us in this celebration of the creative pursuit!

    Ep. 9 Jose Casas | State of TYA, social impact with theater, and other brown playwright adventures

    Ep. 9 Jose Casas | State of TYA, social impact with theater, and other brown playwright adventures

    Hello friends!

    Today I am thrilled to be Arts Calling the very awesome playwright/compa José Casas! Thanks so much for joining us today with your wisdom, anecdotes, and good cheer! And a shoutout to Alvaro Saar Rios for making this happen! A part 2 episode with José and Alvaro will definitely be happening someday soon!

    José Casas is a playwright, director, and Assistant Professor who heads the Playwriting Minor in the Department of Theatre & Drama at the University of Michigan. He has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a M.A. in Thetre Arts from California State University, Los Angeles, a M.F.A. in Playwriting from Arizona State University, as well graudate work in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and TYA/USA. He is also a board member of The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

    His plays, la ofrenda and somebody’s children were recipients of both the Bonderman National Playwriting for Youth Award and the American Alliance of Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award. His book, Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences was a recipient of an AATE Distinguished Book Award.
    His plays include aDoBe, the vine, 14, la ofrenda, Desvelado, a rose grows beyond the wall, jj’s place, a million whispers in the wind, somebody’s children, Pedro y El Lobo, and Flint. His work has been included in a number of anthologies such as The Bully Plays, Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre, and Theatre for Youth II: More Plays With Mature Themes**. His published work includes la ofrenda, 14, somebody’s children, and Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences**.

    He is currently working on Every Great Dream: Visioning African American Theatre for Young Audiences (2022); to be published by Dramatic Publishing.

    Check out the production of José's play, Flint. Available online for FREE!

    Visit brownplaywright.com for more information.

    --

    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    Ep. 8 Raegen Pietrucha | Great poetry, crafting a Gorgon, and tackling art/life balance.

    Ep. 8 Raegen Pietrucha | Great poetry, crafting a Gorgon, and tackling art/life balance.

    Hi friends,

    Today I'm so excited to be arts calling Raegen Pietrucha!

    Raegen Pietrucha is a professional and creative writer, editor, consultant, and educator with two degrees in English and more than 20 years of combined experience. Her chapbook, An Animal I Can’t Name, won the 2015 Two of Cups Press competition; her debut poetry collection, Head of a Gorgon, is forthcoming with Vegetarian Alcoholic Press in 2022; and she has a memoir in progress. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, where she was an assistant editor for Mid-American Review. Her creative work has been published in Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, and other journals.

    Our conversation went so quickly! Yet I learned so much from Raegen that I hope you go check out her website asap: https://raegenmp.wordpress.com.

    @freeradicalrp on Twitter
    @raegenmp on Instagram

    Thanks so much for taking the time to connect and share your knowledge with us, Raegen!

    --

    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 7 Dane Halvorson | Sandbox mentality, musical collaboration, and a strong dose of laughter

    Ep. 7 Dane Halvorson | Sandbox mentality, musical collaboration, and a strong dose of laughter

    Hi there,

    Today I am arts calling one of my best friends and supremely talented collaborator: Dane Halvorson! We recollect the many lessons of learning our craft together. We also discuss the importance of the sandbox mentality when starting out, his time with Second City, and his creative journey as a performer and composer.

    About Dane:
    Born and raised in Montana, Dane began practicing piano and studying music from a very young age. His career as a piano player took off in Chicago after graduating from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He toured all over the country as a Musical Director with The Second City and it included long term projects with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and various corporate events.

    Dane is currently based out of Los Angeles and looks forward to working with you on your next project! Stop by danehalvorsonmusic.com for recent samples and more information!

    *In order to maintain street cred, I must make a correction: The Schwarzenegger Epic Handshake Meme moment is from the most excellent film, Predator. I had a momentary lapse due to excitement.

    --

    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: review and share the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Audio narratives, sibling collaborations, and building your own community with Madelyn Dorta - Ep. 6

    Audio narratives, sibling collaborations, and building your own community with Madelyn Dorta - Ep. 6

    Hi friends,

    Today I am so excited to be arts calling writer/creator/producer Madelyn Dorta! We had an incredibly inspiring conversation about audio narratives, and how Madelyn and her sibling collaborators are creating outstanding work on their own terms at Wrightwood Studios. Hope you join us!

    A few words from the author:

    At the age of six, I got superpowers. That’s what I thought at the time. I had the ability to pick up a #2 Ticonderoga pencil and create worlds. I could create great kingdoms, giant monsters, and badass heroines who saved the day. I had the power to create. This superpower has evolved many times through the course of my life and morphed into something different, the NEED to create. The annoying itch that can’t be scratched with anything other than storytelling, trust me...I’ve tried.

    I created Meteor City in a desperate attempt to get a story out of my mind. A story that was consuming all of my waking thoughts and my dreams sometimes too. A story of afrolatina woman who tries desperately to understand and recognize the world and her community around her. Through this journey, I found my passion for audio storytelling and there is no turning back.

    My creations:
    Meteor City
    Covencast: A Disaster’s Guide to Magic - co-created with Amber Bulinski
    Feminist Fairytales: Lina - Coming Soon

    Follow Madelyn on Instagram!
    For more information, check out Wrightwood Studios!

    --

    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: review and share the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    • 47 min
    Poetry, fiction, and performing your own work with Daniel Damiano - Ep. 5

    Poetry, fiction, and performing your own work with Daniel Damiano - Ep. 5

    Hi friends,

    Today I'm arts calling my friend Daniel Damiano to discuss the many facets of his creativity! He is an actor/writer/inspiring human being and I'm thrilled to have him on the show. Let's learn from his insights today!

    Daniel Damiano is an Award-winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Poet and Novelist based in Brooklyn, NY. His plays have been performed throughout many areas of the U.S., as well as London, England and Sydney & Melbourne, Australia. His acclaimed play DAY OF THE DOG premiered with St. Louis Actors' Studio in 2013 and subsequently transferred to 59E59 in NYC in 2014. It was a 2013 St. Louis Critics Choice Best Play Nominee, and was published by Broadway Play Publishing in 2018. Other more recent productions of his work include HARMONY PARK ("4 Stars" - Detroit Free Press, with Detroit Repertory Theatre), THE LEPERS (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC) and his acclaimed solo play AMERICAN TRANQUILITY (which has been lauded in both NYC and Washington DC). His new play THE WILD BOAR was a 2019 Finalist for both the Woodward/Newman Award and the Janet & Bruce Bunch Award. He was a 2013 Nominee for the Pushcart Poetry Prize and a Finalist for the 2012 Arts & Letters Prize for Drama. He recently completed his first novel, THE WOMAN IN THE SUN HAT, in addition to 104 DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC, a book of poetry. His poetry has been published in Crooked Teeth Literary Magazine, Newtown Literary Journal, New Voices Anthology, Cloudbank and HotMetal Press.

    His poetry release, 104 Days of the Pandemic, now available on Amazon!

    Also check out Daniel's novel, released this summer, The Woman in the Sun Hat!

    Please visit www.danieldamiano.com for more information.

    --

    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show: review and share the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

    Inspired stage adaptations and writing wisdom with playwright Alvaro Saar Rios - Ep. 4

    Inspired stage adaptations and writing wisdom with playwright Alvaro Saar Rios - Ep. 4

    Hi there,

    This is Jaime Alejandro and today I am arts calling playwright Alvaro Saar Rios to talk about his origin story, creative process, and so much more!!

    Alvaro Saar Rios is a Texican playwright living in Chicago. His plays have been performed in New York City, Mexico City, Hawaii, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. He has received playwriting commissions from various organizations, including the Kennedy Center, Chicago Children’s Theatre, First Stage, Houston Grand Opera, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Purple Rose Theatre Company, Houston Community College, Zoological Society of Milwaukee and The Rose Theater. Rios' award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing. Other plays include On the Wings of a Mariposa, The History of Mexicans in 10 Minutes, The Day the Music Came Back and Carmela Full of Wishes. He holds an M.F.A. in writing for the stage and screen from Northwestern University. Rios is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and playwright-in-residence at Milwaukee’s First Stage. He is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    Alvaro is currently adapting Matt de la Peña's bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes for the stage. It will premiere in Omaha, Nebraska in January 2022 and in Chicago in April 2022. Visit www.alvarosaarrios.com for more information. Follow him on Twitter @realCrazyMex!

    --

    Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show, review and share the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and original content!

    Make art. Much love,

    j

Top Podcasts In Arts