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Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Rep in Summit, New Jersey, explores what it means to make art and culture in New Jersey. Join her for smart, thoughtful conversations with local actors, playwrights, directors, and arts professionals.

Local with Laura Ekstrand Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

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Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Rep in Summit, New Jersey, explores what it means to make art and culture in New Jersey. Join her for smart, thoughtful conversations with local actors, playwrights, directors, and arts professionals.

    Emma Gibson- Theatre is Immediate 

    Emma Gibson- Theatre is Immediate 

    This month on Local, Laura connects with playwright, actor and director Emma Gibbson. Emma is a British playwright now based out of Philadelphia, where she founded the theatre company Tiny Dynamite. Vivid Stage fans can look forward to seeing Emma’s writing come to life in the main stage production of her play; Water in My Hands. Emma talks with Laura about her journey and evaluation as an artist — from her founding of a theatre company using Pepsi bottle caps, to the methodical writing process of everything from prose, to poetry to theatre, and sometimes all three at once. Listen in on this fascinating conversation between two theatre aficionados.
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    Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

    • 28 min
    Harry Patrick Christian - I Respond Even Bigger In Kind.

    Harry Patrick Christian - I Respond Even Bigger In Kind.

    In this episode of Local, Laura sits down with actor and teaching artist Harry Patrick Christian. Harry hails from the great state of Georgia where he began his acting career as a teenager. Vivid Stage fans know Harry well, from years of his amazing performances. Harry talks with Laura about his life as a teaching artist and actor — from his experience teaching workshops with the Patterson Police Department to performing one-man shows, don’t miss this fun, sprawling, and fascinating conversation between two dear friends.
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    Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

    • 33 min
    Stephanie Windland - We don’t want you - we want someone from Instagram that has cool tattoos.

    Stephanie Windland - We don’t want you - we want someone from Instagram that has cool tattoos.

    Kicking off Local Season 4, Laura sits down with actor and singer Stephanie Windland. Stephanie received her BA in Musical Theater and Communication Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and currently lives and works in New York City. Vivid Stage audiences will remember her from the 2018 main stage production of Dead and Buried. Stephanie tells Laura what drives her to continue pursuing an artistic life and career—particularly after considering leaving it behind during the pandemic. Stephanie’s energy and wit radiate throughout this conversation, and we’re so thrilled to share it.
     
    To learn more about Stephanie check out - www.stephaniewindland.com/about
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    Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

    • 27 min
    Joe Sutton - Storytelling Through Captured Human Behavior

    Joe Sutton - Storytelling Through Captured Human Behavior

    On the season finale of Local, Laura chats with the incredibly talented Joe Sutton. They talk about his return to New Jersey, his native New Yorker bias against the Garden State, and overcoming the Jersey stigma to fall in love with Montclair. Joe went to grad school as a director, but almost immediately realized that artistic opportunities were greater as a playwright. Within years of leaving grad school, he was writing plays professionally and seeing them produced. Laura and Joe then dive deep into the art and craft of playwriting. Joe talks about putting his own personal life and psychology into his work, from the more extreme to the more realistic, and the relationship between stage directions and the visual world of the play. Also, what to do about those plays in the drawer...

    • 30 min
    Daria M. Sullivan - I Want to Learn as Many of the Things…

    Daria M. Sullivan - I Want to Learn as Many of the Things…

    On the April podcast we’re joined by Dreamcatcher Rep company member Daria M. Sullivan — the M is important, don’t forget the M! Laura and Daria talk about how they first met, racism in the acting industry, the audition grind, and the challenges and triumphs of discovering your voice as an artist. Don’t miss Daria this month in Everything is Super Great: A Comedy, opening April 29, 2021, and as Madame 6 in the ongoing webseries Together Apart.

    • 30 min
    Jason Szamreta - We are not just ONE thing

    Jason Szamreta - We are not just ONE thing

    This month on Local, Laura talks with Dreamcatcher Rep company member Jason Szamreta. In this fun, light-hearted interview, they get deep into what makes Jason tick and what makes him fulfilled — including his enthusiastic eating.  Jason discusses his decision to enter the field of social work in addition to acting, and how the two fields inform each other. They remember some favorite moments working together at Dreamcatcher, and look ahead to Jason’s role as Lil Nephew Balki in Dreamcatcher’s forthcoming web series Together Apart.

    • 28 min

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