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A podcast exploring the intersectionality of costumes and social issues. Host Johanna Pan will be joined by a variety of theatre professionals to discuss topics including anti-racism, feminized labor, decolonizing and degendering costumes, fatphobia, and more. Dirty Laundry: Unpacking The Costume Closet is an impactful, insightful, and nuanced podcast that is designed to challenge the way we think about our bodies and the clothes we wear.

Dirty Laundry: Unpacking The Costume Closet Johanna Pan

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

A podcast exploring the intersectionality of costumes and social issues. Host Johanna Pan will be joined by a variety of theatre professionals to discuss topics including anti-racism, feminized labor, decolonizing and degendering costumes, fatphobia, and more. Dirty Laundry: Unpacking The Costume Closet is an impactful, insightful, and nuanced podcast that is designed to challenge the way we think about our bodies and the clothes we wear.

    Episode 3: Decolonization

    Episode 3: Decolonization

    Elizabeth Wislar, Dede Ayite, & Clint Ramos discuss decolonizing the costume imagination. Decolonization is the active resistance against colonial powers. It is a shifting of political, economic, educational, cultural, & psychic independence & power to a nation’s own indigenous peoples. Decolonizing art requires an unlearning of white supremacy; a de-centering of Eurocentric ideals of art, aesthetic, & design; & the dismantling of institutions that are steeped in colonization, including capitalism & white American theatre.

    Mentioned In This Episode:
    History of Singapore
    Colonialism in Singapore Today
    Colonization in The Philippines
    Filipino-American Colonial Mentality
    Colonialism in Ghana
    Resisting Colonialism in Ghana
    Epigenetics
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Scott Rudin Abuse Allegations

    More From Our Guests:
    Conscious Costume Profile of Elizabeth
    Elizabeth's Website
    Daily Beast Profile of Dede
    Dede's Instagram
    Clint's Column for Deadline
    Clint's Website

    Additional Resources:
    Racial Equity Tools for Decolonization
    The Fashion and Race Database
    Decolonizing Fashion
    Eurocentric Beauty Standards
    Sustainability & Colonialism
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    Host: Johanna Pan
    Producers: Shayna O'Neill & Johanna Pan
    Music: Jay Ong
    Audio Engineer: Justin Sabe
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    • 58 min
    Episode 2: Black Hair

    Episode 2: Black Hair

    Johanna talks with Cassandra Freeman, Nikiya Mathis, and Cody Renard Richard about Black hair in theatre and film. Black actors' hair needs are continually neglected in the industry; producers are often woefully lacking in knowledge of the time, money, and work required to achieve various hairstyles. Companies often have no relationship with Black hair/wig stylists in their community, and leave Black actors to spend their own money and time on styling for their roles. In this episode, we discuss the ways theatre and film can end Black hair discrimination, and the effects such discrimination has had on Black artists.

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Oscar James
    Molly Rogers
    Bridging The Gap
    National Black Hair & Makeup Registry
    The CCR Scholarship Program
    Broadway Advocacy Coalition

    More From Our Guests:
    Interview with Cassandra
    Cassandra's Twitter
    HAIRversations & HAIRstories
    Nikiya's Website
    Interview with Cody
    Cody's Website
    Additional Resources:
    Black Hair Guide
    The CROWN Act
    Hair Love, A Short Film by Matthew A. Cherry
    8 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Black Women's Hair
    How Natural Black Hair at Work Became a Civil Rights Issue
    12 Reasons Why Hair Is Important in Black History
    Who Decided Black Hair Is So Offensive Anyway?
    My Black Hair: A Tangled Story of Race and Politics in America

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    Instagram
    Facebook
    Twitter

    Host: Johanna Pan
    Producers: Shayna O'Neill & Johanna Pan
    Music: Jay Ong
    Audio Engineer: Justin Sabe

    Transcript

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 1: Feminized Labor

    Episode 1: Feminized Labor

    Argh, the sound quality, we know! We had some technical difficulties with our first set of interviews, but we still wanted to share the great things our guests had to say! And don't worry, we've got a brand new mic for Johanna, so she'll sound great moving forward!

    Porsche McGovern, Elsa Hiltner, and Jessa-Raye Court join Johanna to discuss feminized labor and achieving pay and labor equity in theatre.

    Feminized labor is the incorporation of womxn in the workplace under conditions inferior to men. We see this in theatre where, regardless of gender, costume workers are consistently paid less than their counterparts. There are many reasons, including that NYC costume shops aren't unionized (as opposed to Broadway scenic, lighting, and sound shops), and that we separate the IATSE union for wardrobe (Local 764) from the union for scenic, lighting, and sound stagehands (Local 1). Despite recent achievements, like reaching pay parity on Broadway and Off-Broadway contracts under the IATSE USA 829 Collective Bargaining Agreement, many areas of costume work still lag behind. This is only reinforced by trends in fast fashion, which cheapen the way costumes and clothing are seen by the public.

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    The 2020 Survey Results
    Take The New Survey!
    Porsche’s Website & Patreon
    On Our Team
    Articles by Elsa: Inequity By Design, A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design
    Theatrical Designer Pay Resource
    Can You Sew This For Me? Instagram
    Elsa’s Website & Patreon
    Costume Professionals for Wage Equity
    NYT Article on The Flea
    Statement from Resident Artists of The Flea
    Collaborator's Agreement from Johanna's Recent Show
    Jessa-Raye’s Website

    Visit our Bookshop for reading recs!

    Support The Show:
    Donate to Dirty Laundry
    Join Our Patreon

    Find Us Online:
    www.dirtylaundrythepodcast.com
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Twitter

    Host: Johanna Pan
    Producers: Shayna O'Neill & Johanna Pan
    Music: Jay Ong
    Audio Engineer: Justin Sabe

    Click here for a transcript of this episode.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Minisode: The Inside Dirt on Dirty Laundry

    Minisode: The Inside Dirt on Dirty Laundry

    "The Inside Dirt on Dirty Laundry" or "Just What Is This, Anyway?"

    Host Johanna Pan and Producer Shayna O'Neill are here to introduce themselves and the podcast! Find out what to expect from Dirty Laundry's upcoming episodes.

    Support The Show:
    Donate to Dirty Laundry
    Join Our Patreon

    Find Us Online:
    https://www.dirtylaundrythepodcast.com
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Twitter

    Host: Johanna Pan
    Producers: Shayna O'Neill & Johanna Pan
    Music: Jay Ong
    Audio Engineer: Justin Sabe

    Click here for a transcript of this podcast.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

bklne ,

Insightful and thoughtful!

I really appreciate the peek backstage that this podcast provides, and the thoughtful discussion about so many issues that affect our world today and how they play out in theatre and the performing arts.

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