16 episodes

Created by the North American touring company of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY, ‘Conversations from Away” shares perspectives from the road as we navigate re-emerging into public spaces after our 18-month shut down, share stories and re-focused objectives surrounding our ongoing journey with advocating for intentional compassion, kindness, radically inclusive storytelling, and social justice, and find ways to uplift our community. Join us as we keep the conversation going and subscribe today!

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Created by the North American touring company of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY, ‘Conversations from Away” shares perspectives from the road as we navigate re-emerging into public spaces after our 18-month shut down, share stories and re-focused objectives surrounding our ongoing journey with advocating for intentional compassion, kindness, radically inclusive storytelling, and social justice, and find ways to uplift our community. Join us as we keep the conversation going and subscribe today!

    Mamas From Away

    Mamas From Away

    Achieving life/work balance is a universal quest - and as we’ve been sharing with you, being on the road presents its own unique challenges. Listen in as Christine chats with three phenomenal women in our company about how they navigate traveling with their young children, doing 8 shows a week, and learning to take things one hour at a time.

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    Host: Christine Toy Johnson (@CToyJ on Instagram and Twitter)

    Guests: Marika Aubrey (MarikaAubrey.com, @marikaaubrey on Instagram)
       Sharone Sayegh (www.sharonesayegh.com, @sharonesayegh on Instagram and Twitter
       Danielle K Thomas (@dtdramatics on Instagram)
        
       Marika Aubrey hosts the “Conversations About Foster Care” Podcast,
        
       Danielle K Thomas is a Soprano member of the Tony Award-winning choir, Broadway Inspirational Voices, and is also Director of BIV's A&E programs at The Ronald McDonald House NY https://broadwayinspirationalvoices.org/

    Produced by: Christine Toy Johnson
                Geoff Maus (@doingeoffstuff on Instagram and @managingonthemove on TikTok)
                Shawn Pennington
                     
    Special Thanks to the Broadway Podcast Network and Junkyard Dog Productions
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    • 33 min
    The Kettle's Always On: Touring with a Long-Running Show

    The Kettle's Always On: Touring with a Long-Running Show

    Over 750 Shows in 65 different cities across North America. We opened our tour in October of 2018 and, save for that pesky pandemic-related shutdown, we are still going strong! In addition to getting the job done eight times per week and keeping the show running, we have to stay in optimal health while keeping performances fresh and our spirits high, no matter what curve balls might come our way. How does it all work? Listen in as Christine chats with two other original company members who have been here since day one! Shawn Pennington (Production Stage Manager) and Kiana Weber (Fiddle) discuss what it's like to work on a long-running show. 

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    Host: Christine Toy Johnson (@CToyJ on Instagram and Twitter)

    Guests: Shawn Pennington      
           Kiana June Weber (@kianajuneweber, www.kianajune.com)

    Produced by: Christine Toy Johnson
                Geoff Maus (@doingeoffstuff on Instagram and @managingonthemove on TikTok)
                Shawn Pennington
                     
    Special Thanks to the Broadway Podcast Network and Junkyard Dog Productions
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    • 44 min
    Our Blended Come From Away

    Our Blended Come From Away

    We’re back! What have we been up to since our last episode? Like most performing arts companies, we recently weathered a surge of the Omicron Variant of Covid-19 that required some inventive staffing. This resulted in a temporarily blended company, which included cast members from our extended Come From Away community. Listen in as Christine and Jenny chat with James Kall (from the Toronto company) and Happy McPartlin (from the Broadway company) who both got surprise phone calls asking them to fly out to join our ranks in Minneapolis. Production Stage Manager Shawn Pennington also weighs in on what it was like to keep the show running with a stage full of performers representing every international company of Come From Away.

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    Hosts:
    Christine Toy Johnson (@CToyJ on Instagram and Twitter)
    Jenny Ashman (@alaskanjz on Instagram and @jennyashman on TikTok)

    Guests:
    James Kall (@jameskall on Instagram, IMDb.me/jameskall)
    Happy McPartlin (@beltress in Instagram, @Beltress on Twitter)
    Shawn Pennington

    Produced by:
    Christine Toy Johnson
    Geoff Maus (@doingeoffstuff on Instagram and @managingonthemove on TikTok)
    Shawn Pennington

    Special Thanks to the Broadway Podcast Network and Junkyard Dog Productions
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    • 40 min
    Dogs From Away

    Dogs From Away

    WOOF, there sure are a lot of dogs on this tour! The Come From Away North American Tour family includes quite a few canine companions—four of which come to work every day—and we’re chatting with some of their people. Hosts Christine Toy Johnson (Diane & Others) and Jenny Ashman (Standby), invite Caleb Grissett (Merchandise Manager), Geoff Maus (Stage Manager), and Sarah Wade (Wardrobe Supervisor) to talk about touring with pups. Join us as we discuss all the ways in which Weston, Betty, Ruby, and Larry have changed our lives, our jobs, and our workspaces.

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    Hosts:
    Christine Toy Johnson (@CToyJ on Instagram and Twitter)
    Jenny Ashman (@alaskanjz on Instagram and @jennyashman on TikTok)

    Guests:
    Caleb Grissett (@calebgrissettt on Instagram)
    Geoff Maus (@doingeoffstuff on Instagram and @managingonthemove on Tiktok)
    Sarah Wade (@stay.stitchy on Instagram)

    Special Thanks to the Broadway Podcast Network and Junkyard Dog Productions.

    Christine Toy Johnson is the host of “The Dramatists Guild presents Talkback,” also found on the Broadway Podcast Network.
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    • 33 min
    Renewal

    Renewal

    After a brief hiatus to relaunch our tour, we are back! This season is all about RENEWAL. Where have we been? How are we feeling? What is it like to be out in the world telling our story (and doing our jobs!) again? Listen in as we hit “record” on SEASON TWO of Conversations From Away.
    Did you miss Season One where we discussed social justice issues onstage, backstage, and beyond? Listen now on the BPN App or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.
    Christine Toy Johnson is the host of “The Dramatists Guild presents Talkback,” also found on the Broadway Podcast Network!

    Host: Christine Toy Johnson (@CToyJ on Instagram and Twitter)
    Jenny Ashman (@alaskanjz on Instagram and @jennyashman on TikTok)
    Shawn Pennington
    Aaron Michael Ray (@aaronraystagram on Instagram)

    Produced by: Christine Toy Johnson
    Geoff Maus (@doingeoffstuff on Instagram)
    Shawn Pennington

    Special Thanks to the Broadway Podcast Network and Junkyard Dog Productions.
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    • 43 min
    Music and Theater Higher Education

    Music and Theater Higher Education

    In the Season One finale of “Conversations From Away,” we take a look at higher education. Often seen as necessary training for a career in the industry, college programs in music and theater can also present significant barriers to entry. Aaron is joined by Pascale Florestal (Education Director of Front Porch Arts Collective, faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee) and Cynthia Kortman Westphal (original Music Director of Come From Away North American Tour and original company member of The Lion King on Broadway, current faculty member at University of Michigan), both artists and educators, to discuss their experience teaching young artists. How are things? What has changed? What still needs to change? Listen in to learn more about our guests’ own education, how it has informed their approach to teaching others, and why being black is not a “type.“
    Learn more about the Front Porch Arts Collective here: https://www.frontporcharts.org
    And keep an eye out for Pascale’s production of Once on This Island with SpeakEasy Stage Company in March 2022
    https://www.speakeasystage.com/2020/05/07/season30/

    Host: Aaron Michael Ray (@aaronraystagram on Instagram)
    Guests: Pascale Florestal (@pascale3206 on Instagram and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pascale3206)
    Cynthia Kortman Westphal (@cynthkw on Instagram and Cynthia Kortman Westphal on Facebook)

    Special Thanks to Broadway Podcast Network and Junkyard Dog Productions
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    • 48 min

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