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Savage Wonder is a podcast about warriors and artists. It features long-form, one-on-one conversations with people who have a foot in both the world of the artist and the world of the warrior.

It is produced by the Veterans Repertory Theater, a creative hub for talented veterans and world-class performers to create compelling live theater and events.

Savage Wonder Christopher Paul Meyer

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Savage Wonder is a podcast about warriors and artists. It features long-form, one-on-one conversations with people who have a foot in both the world of the artist and the world of the warrior.

It is produced by the Veterans Repertory Theater, a creative hub for talented veterans and world-class performers to create compelling live theater and events.

    Kimberly Evans - Part 1 of 3

    Kimberly Evans - Part 1 of 3

    Kimberly Evans is a federal law enforcement officer as well as being an up-and-coming poet, photographer and writer.
    Follow her here.

    • 38 min
    Lois Hicks-Wozniak

    Lois Hicks-Wozniak

    Lois Hicks-Wozniak is an active concert saxophonist and educator in the New York Metropolitan and the Hudson Valley region, committed to community engagement through new music and Global Music styles. A D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, her many awards include winning the Special Presentation Winners Recital Series, sponsored by Artists International Presentations; earning her a New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She is described in performance as having “tremendous technique and fidelity to tone without sacrificing musical line,” and a “beautiful soprano saxophone sound...preserving the beauty and consistency of her sound regardless of the technical or musical demands of the moment” (Saxophone Symposium).
    From 1996-2004 she served active duty in the U.S. Army as a saxophonist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, the West Point Saxophone Quartet and as a featured soloist at the World Saxophone Congress 2000 in Montreal, where she performed the Glazunov Concerto with the West Point Concert Band. She resigned her position in the Army to take on her most prized role as proud mom of four terrific children. (two sets of twins!)
    She can be heard on her recording Playback: Music for Saxophone and Bass Trombone with Matthew Wozniak, bass trombone and Nadine Shank, piano and on the West Point Saxophone Quartet CD, Fault Lines. Her performances have been broadcast on New York public radio and she has an educational YouTube channel called “TheSaxophoneLady,” featuring frequent audition material for elementary and junior high students. 
    As a subscription series soloist with the New Jersey Wind Symphony, she presented the east coast premiere of the Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble by John Mackey. An artist-in-residence at Mississippi State University, she performed the Mississippi premiere of Dream Dancer for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Michael Colgrass, and she has been a guest of the Ithaca College Saxophone Society. She served as principal saxophonist with the New Jersey Wind Symphony from 2005-2018, and has performed and recorded with the Albany Symphony; along with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greater Newburgh Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, the Pone New Music Ensemble and the Dallas Wind Symphony, to include their recording, Fiesta! She maintains an active schedule as a performer and clinician, appearing as guest soloist with high school, university and community ensembles. As a freelance musician, she has shared the stage with diverse acts from Manhattan Transfer to Milton Berle. She has commissioned and championed many new works for saxophone.
    With a passion for World Music, Ethnomusicology, and Diversity, she has studied South Asian Carnatic percussion and has recorded with Pat Waing master, Kyaw-Kyaw Naing and the first Burmese-American Hsiang Waing ensemble. She is a featured professor in the textbook, World Music Pedagogy Vol VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education (Routledge 2020), holds a certification in Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy, and teaches classroom courses in Global Music Studies.
    An advocate of new chamber music, she and her husband, Matt Wozniak, comprise the saxophone and bass trombone duo, The Wozniak Duo. During the 2020 pandemic, Lois and Matt created “Music Tells a Story,” a recorded local library program for children and care-givers featuring story-telling, enactive music involvement, global music and incorporation of new music. Championing new works for this unique ensemble, they have commissioned and premiered works by Kevin Ames, Rob Deemer, Zae Munn, Carter Pann, and Gregory Wanamaker, most recently presenting the world premiere of Zae Munn’s Gnashing of Teeth at the North...

    • 3 hr 19 min
    Mitchel Coffman

    Mitchel Coffman

    Mitchel Coffman is a New York City-based artist. He is the son of a Vietnam-era veteran and is the longtime friends of several special operations folks. His 25 oil-on-canvas portraits of fallen Rangers are featured at the 75th Ranger Regiment Hall of Honor at Hunter Army Airfield and his newest exhibit is an immersive look at the GWOT, titled, "Wish You Were Here." He has painted murals in Maryland and New York, including pieces for the Brooklyn Diner in Times Square and the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visit him at MitchelCoffman.com.
    Listen at https://profilesinhavok.captivate.fm or wherever you get your podcasts. Watch on YouTube at YouTube.com/@veteransrepertorytheater

    • 2 hr 53 min
    Jean Ciampi

    Jean Ciampi

    The daughter of a veteran, Jean Ciampi is a playwright, freelance writer, humorist, Dramatists Guild of America member, passport holder, scuba diver, actress, baseball fan, director, Texan, humorist, dog lover and cilantro hater. She was mentored by Canadian playwright Sharon Pollock and is a member of the 2022 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive. Her latest farce, "Yazoo, Miss'ssippi" won the 2024 Robert J Pickering/JR Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence. Her other full-length plays and shorts have been produced internationally. She uses the Oxford comma indiscriminately and single spaces after periods. Her ten-minute play, "Unboxed" placed third in the latest VetRep playwriting competition.
    Follow her here.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Dakota Silvey

    Dakota Silvey

    Dakota Silvey is a New York-based playwright, stage manager, wildland firefighter and U.S. Air Force Veteran. Recorded in-person at the Players in NYC, Dakota spoke about life as both a writer and an active participant in the profession of arms. His play INTERMISSION PLAY placed second in Veterans Repertory Theater's latest 10-minute playwriting competition.

    • 2 hr 27 min
    Stephanie Kline

    Stephanie Kline

    Stephanie Kline is a playwright from Arlington, VA. She is a Marine Corps veteran, former Air Force dependent, and served as an Army civilian and defense contractor. 
    Her short plays have won multiple competitions and festival selections, including selection to the NYC Players’ Theatre 2021 Short Play Festival with a four-night, off-Broadway run of ‘Torture Chamber.’ 
    Her first full-length stage play-in-progress, a drama about the military’s treatment of servicemembers with PTSD, was selected for the 2023 Chicago Dramatists’ Scene Showcase. Stephanie is a Dramatists Guild member and studied playwriting at the Kennedy Center, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Chicago Dramatists. 

    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

gymspy ,

Super podcast

Great interview of the admired writer Jean Ciampi, a genius of comedic drama. Thank you for interviewing her and others. Nice that the interviews are long and thorough.

Soucyman ,

Great podcast from a great organization

First off, the host, Chris, is truly engaging and earnest. The very notion of providing veterans with a place to express themselves artistically is not only noble, it is essential. The guests are fascinating and the range of experiences and creative endeavors are inspiring.

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