14 episodes

Welcome to SHOUTBOX hosted by artist and filmmaker Chris Olsen. Join us as we explore the vast spectrum of identity through the voices and perspectives of some truly inspiring human beings. Each week we will travel along the frontlines of individuality and oppression, meet those building pathways towards equality and representation, and examine the complexities of mental health, the toxicity of “othering”, and the healing potential for self-expression, all while reveling in the many human experiences that help connect us together.

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Welcome to SHOUTBOX hosted by artist and filmmaker Chris Olsen. Join us as we explore the vast spectrum of identity through the voices and perspectives of some truly inspiring human beings. Each week we will travel along the frontlines of individuality and oppression, meet those building pathways towards equality and representation, and examine the complexities of mental health, the toxicity of “othering”, and the healing potential for self-expression, all while reveling in the many human experiences that help connect us together.

    EPISODE 14 - NICOLE CLARKE-SPRINGER & BELIEVING DANCE

    EPISODE 14 - NICOLE CLARKE-SPRINGER & BELIEVING DANCE

    EPISODE 14 - NICOLE CLARKE-SPRINGER & BELIEVING DANCE
    So. much. has. happened. since our last 'cast.

    Happy Summer... but dannnng... Fall is running at us fast! On today's show we talk to the amazing and inspirational Dancer/Choreographer Nicole Clarke-Springer about her life spent dancing, teaching and now serving as Artistic Director for the amazing Chicago-based Deeply Rooted Dance Company. We were lucky to catch her In between sessions at the 2020 Summer Dance Intensive, and got to chat about the difference between "performing" and "believing" on stage, the meaning of "loving tough" in the arts world, and the importance of Deeply Rooted's spirit and "space" to artist's all across the globe.

    Learn more about Deeply Rooted at https://deeplyrooteddancetheater.org

    Rate today's program, share thoughts, and send us questions at: shoutbox@kaiharding.com. (or visit us at: www.KaiHarding.com/shoutbox)

    Today’s program was recorded (remotely!) by Sidney Jones at Bam Studios (www.bamstudios.com), edited and mixed by Sven at Blue Box Studio, and our punktastic theme song was written and performed by the iconic Melody Jane Wachtel of This Is A Stick Up!

    Until next time, Love to all of you, and keep fighting the good fight!

    • 28 min
    EPISODE 13 - CRAIG V. MILLER & TAKING STOCK

    EPISODE 13 - CRAIG V. MILLER & TAKING STOCK

    EPISODE 13 - CRAIG V. MILLER & TAKING STOCK
    So. much. has. happened. since our last 'cast.

    We proudly stand with our LGBTQ family and vehemently support Black Lives Matter, and are doing our part to listen, learn, and act in ways to support a movement seeking critical social justice, civil liberty, and racial equality for all. This is a critical event 400 years in the making, and it is our responsibility to each take part in reinventing critical system wide change here in America and beyond.

    On today's show we talk to Dancer/Choreographer Craig V. Miller to discuss his inspirational time in the Chicago dance scene, (including 8 years spent with Chicago's www.danceintheparks.org), how dancers survive and thrive despite systemic issues with support and funding, the lack of resources for artists of color in dance, and how INEQUITY IN THE ARTS hurts us all.

    Learn more about Craig and his work at: https://www.youtube.com/user/unlibro
    and
    www.instagram.com/iamcraigv

    Rate today's program, share thoughts, and send us questions at: shoutbox@kaiharding.com. (or visit us at: www.KaiHarding.com/shoutbox)

    Today’s program was recorded (remotely!) by Philip Von During at Bam Studios (www.bamstudios.com), edited and mixed by Sven at Blue Box Studio, and our punktastic theme song was written and performed by the iconic Melody Jane Wachtel of This Is A Stick Up!

    Until next time, Love to all of you, and keep fighting the good fight!

    • 33 min
    EPISODE 12 - ANTHONY SIMS & MAKING SPACE

    EPISODE 12 - ANTHONY SIMS & MAKING SPACE

    EPISODE 12 - ANTHONY SIMS & MAKING SPACE
    Annnnd... We are BACK from our way too long Pandemic Break!
    On today's show we talk to Performance Artist Anthony Sims to discuss his work. embodying Queer & Black Experience, performing in a post pandemic society, the importance for making and taking space in the world, finding and being true to your own voice, Tableau Vivant, and so many other good things!

    Learn more about Anthony and his work at www.AnthonyJSims.com!

    Rate today's program, share thoughts, and send us questions at: shoutbox@kaiharding.com. (or visit us at: www.KaiHarding.com/shoutbox)

    Today’s program was recorded (remotely!) by Philip Von During at Bam Studios (www.bamstudios.com), edited and mixed by Sven at Blue Box Studio, and our punktastic theme song was written and performed by the iconic Melody Jane Wachtel of This Is A Stick Up!

    • 33 min
    Episode 11: Hugh Dandy, Girlboifriend & Persona

    Episode 11: Hugh Dandy, Girlboifriend & Persona

    Welcome to our first episode of 2020, and our new MONTHLY format show!

    We are back in Chicago based Studio K for our first show of the new season, and we will be talking about presentational gender, persona, and performance with TWO phenomenal Drag performers

    Starting off we'll go deep into discussion with the Houston based Drag King HUGH DANDY to chat about the sparkle, swagger and excellent manbunnery of performing masculinity, and finish off the show chatting with Chicago based gender performer GirlBoiFriend, who slays in 10 inch heels, and knows how to rock a vinyl bodysuit and custom chain link halter while doing a sensational death drop!

    Learn more about Hugh: https://www.instagram.com/Hugh_Dandy
    and follow the Kings of Houston: https://www.instagram.com/kingsofhouston

    Learn more about Girlboifriend: https://www.instagram.com/girlboifriend

    Find us on Facebook and Twitter, or send us an email at: shoutbox@kaiharding.com.

    Today’s program was recorded by Sidney Jones of Bam Studios in Chicago… and edited and mixed by Sven at Blue Box Studio. Our theme music was written and performed by Melody Jane Wachtel of the band This is a Stickup!

    As always, thank you so much for tuning in, and We’ll see you next Month!

    • 36 min
    Episode 10: Melody Jane Wachtel & Punk Transition

    Episode 10: Melody Jane Wachtel & Punk Transition

    EPISODE 10 - MELODY JANE WACHTEL & PUNK TRANSITION
    On today's show we talk to TWO guests, with our first being composer/performer and brilliant Trans musician Melody Jane Wachtel of the band This is a Stickup! You've heard her chops kick off each of our shows with her fantastic Shoutbox Theme music this season, and we are so excited she could join us on today's program!

    Join us to hear about her musical and trans journeys, her coming out experience to her family and friends, the frustrations of dysphoria, and the joyful experiences that can occur when you live your authentic life.

    OH! But wait there's more!! Adding to the fun of today's Episode is a very special bonus second guest, the always awesome founder of Clock, Inc LGBT+ Community Center Chase Norris, adding his insight into dysphoria, and the importance of community and support systems to remind folks to take care of themselves as we head into the holiday season!!

    Listen to Melody and her band This is a Stickup on Bandcamp at: https://thisisastickup.bandcamp.com
    and Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7dhuXeSjgSp139nfGUfOLd

    And connect to Chase and Clock Inc at: www.clockinc.org

    Please rate today's program, share your comments, and send us questions, feedback, or your own personal stories at: shoutbox@kaiharding.com. (or visit us at: www.KaiHarding.com/shoutbox)

    Today’s program was recorded by Philip Von During at Bam Studios (www.bamstudios.com). The program was edited and mixed by Sven at Blue Box Studio, and once again, Thank You Melody for our show's punktastic theme music!!

    Happy Holidays to all, and we look forwards to seeing you again in the new year on January 23rd, 2020!

    • 20 min
    Episode 9: Claire Aran & Giving Thanks

    Episode 9: Claire Aran & Giving Thanks

    On today's special Thanksgiving episode, we chat with Claire Aran, lazer-femme artist, LGBTQ+ rights advocate, and inspiring twitter personality to talk about her gender transition, her path to becoming her fullest self, and the many wonderful things she is thankful for in her life.

    To connect with Claire and see her latest makeup designs, follow here on twitter @dev_deets!

    We want to hear from you!! So PLEASE take a moment to rate today's program, or send us your questions and comments at: shoutbox@kaiharding.com.

    Today’s program was recorded by Dave Leffel at Bam Studios (www.bamstudios.com). The program was edited and mixed by Sven at Blue Box Studio, and our show's theme music was written and performed by Melody Jane Wachtel of the band This is a Stickup!

    Thank y'all again for tuning in, and have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

    • 27 min

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