Live at the Lortel offers audiences an opportunity to hear from their favorite stage performers and artists in an intimate setting – the 299-seat Lucille Lortel Theatre. Guided by host, interviewer, and professional theatre- lover Eric Ostrow, these conversations dig deep into the artists’ work and career, including past, current, and future projects.
Born in South Korea, adopted and raised in Rochester, New York. Off-Broadway: The Chinese Lady (The Public, Ma Yi), Kentucky (EST), Bikeman (Tribeca PAC). Regional: The Good Book (Berkeley Rep), Fun Home (Baltimore Center Stage), Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage), Smart People (Geva Theatre), Bright Half Life (Kitchen Theatre), The White Snake (Old Globe), Miss Saigon (Pioneer Theatre, MT Wichita), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Northern Stage). TV: 30 Rock (NBC), The Last O.G. (TBS), Rediscovering Christmas (Lifetime). Notable audio projects: The MS Phoenix Rising (Playwrights Horizons), antarctica (Two River Theater), Half the Sky (5th Avenue Theater), The Girl from the Sea (2021 SOVAS Award, Audiobook Narration), Vancouver (Ma Yi). BFA Syracuse University.
Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Also-Known-As
Clint Ramos is a designer, educator, advocate and creative producer. He is a theatre and film worker. Current film credits include production design for Lingua Franca by Isabel Sandoval for Netflix. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival which chronicled the daily struggles of an undocumented Filipina transwoman in New York. And his costume design for Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson for MGM.
Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Design Action
Jaygee Macapugay is a proud Filipino American actress & artist, originally from Chicago, currently residing in Brooklyn. Upcoming: SUFFS by Shaina Taub at The Public. Broadway: School Of Rock (OBC, cast album). Selected Off-Broadway: Public Theater - Soft Power, Here Lies Love, Wild Goose Dreams. National Asian Artists Project: Irene Molloy, Hello, Dolly!, and Gabrielle, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Prospect Theater Company: Honor, The Rockae.
Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Asian American representation in the arts, Broadway Barkada
Kristina Wong is a writer, actor, performance artist, comedian, and elected representative of Koreatown, Los Angeles. Wong was just nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for her solo show, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord, which premiered at New York Theater Workshop and which has received A New York Times Critics Pick and praise from the Washington Post and publications across the country. Kristina Wong, Sweatshop, Overlord is currently continuing its run in regional theaters.
Philanthropic/Activist Causes: API Rise and World Harvest LA
Jennifer Simard is a Tony Award, four-time Drama Desk Award, three-time Drama League Award and Lucille Lortel Award nominee. Off-Broadway credits include the original companies of Forbidden Broadway: SVU; The Thing About Men; and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Film credits include The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Wish You Were Dead and Sister.
Philanthropic/Activist Causes: National Scleroderma Foundation, The National Eating Disorders Association, and Darkness RISING
Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2011, Linda Lavin has won numerous awards, including a TONY, for her performance in “Broadway Bound” in 1987. She is a six-time TONY Award nominee for her roles in "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and "The Lyons," among others. She is a two-time Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee for her role as Alice on the 9-year hit TV series "Alice" on CBS, and she co-starred with Sean Hayes in the NBC Series "Sean Saves the World". Linda is currently a series regular on the CBS sitcom, “B Positive,” produced by Chuck Lorre. Linda can currently be seen in the Aaron Sorkin feature,“ Being the Ricardos.” Her recent feature films include "Naked Singularity" opposite John Boyega and "Manhattan Nocturne" with Adrien Brody. Linda was born in Portland, Maine and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, which recently conferred on her an honorary Doctor of Arts degree where she endows a theater program.
Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Raising awareness and support for women’s equality and support of single mothers.
Brilliant and important
Host Eric Ostrow is not only knowledgeable and charming, but he takes the interviews into territory that is much deeper and more important than mere performances. He delves into poignant human issues and vital social concerns with wit and warmth.
I want you to know how grateful I am for Live at the Lortel. Before the quarantine, I can’t describe what it felt like to walk into a space like the Lucille Lortel. What a gift it was to be in the same room as these artists I so admire, whose careers I follow so closely, whose work I have been so fortunate to see across New York. I love your podcast because I believe it is the closest thing we have to the legacy left by James Lipton and Inside the Actors Studio. Nowhere else are we given long-form, deep-dive conversations, by artists, for artists, about craft, career, about what it means to be a human being and an artist, to work and to live making a life in the American theatre.
I’m writing because I have seen the changes you’ve made in Season Two of the podcast, and I know how valuable feedback can be to service delivery—especially in the shifting landscape we’ve found ourselves in. We are witnessing a sea change across the performing arts sector, a call for real transformation within all our platforms—to be intentional about the voices that we are lifting up, about the stories we’re telling and who we’re asking to tell those stories.
This is why I think it’s so important that we’re seeing platforms like Live at the Lortel recognize and so nimbly embrace this call for greater intentionality. I share your belief that we must center those voices we’ve for so long kept at the margins, because we must ultimately be led by those artists towards this future we seek—a more equitable, justice-oriented future. In a moment of true upheaval, I believe Live at the Lortel is chief among the platforms carrying this torch forward for us all.
I think you’re doing important work. We are living through a moment when artists so desperately need to hear from other artists. The hour you give to each of your guests is, without fail, such a rich, nourishing, healing hour of conversation. I look forward to everything you have in store for us in the future. We need you.
Thank you for all you do.
Creative Director, Dream Out Loud Media
Live at the Lortel is a delight! Host Eric Ostrow is the perfect blend of well researched, passionate, effortlessly witty & warmly intimate. Each episode has the feel of a spontaneous, wondrous & fortuitous hang out with some of the most talented, generous & bright creators you've ever hoped to meet.
With a focus on & access to Off Broadway talent, Live at the Lortel is sharing some of the most interesting & diverse voices in American theatre. It's easy to become jaded by self promotional, clever, press junket tales of show business insiders.
In contrast, Eric Ostrow takes the time & does the work to dig deeper, seek out innovators & make us all feel like we're chatting together in the family room over coffee or a cocktail. You'll leave inspired.