10 episodes

What are some of the most intriguing challenges that Artistic Directors face every day? Join NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley as she chats with Artistic Directors and Directors about the daily dilemmas, tough questions and thorny challenges that come with the job. When your job is bringing people together, how do you keep from falling apart?

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What are some of the most intriguing challenges that Artistic Directors face every day? Join NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley as she chats with Artistic Directors and Directors about the daily dilemmas, tough questions and thorny challenges that come with the job. When your job is bringing people together, how do you keep from falling apart?

    A Quarter-Century of Artistic Leadership

    A Quarter-Century of Artistic Leadership

    In this final episode of the podcast as her tenure draws to a close, Jillian interviews former NAC English Theatre Artistic Directors Marti Maraden and Peter Hinton-Davis, two giants on whose shoulders she stands. This formidable trio, who share a rare experience at the helm of Canada’s national theatre, unpack the privilege, responsibility and complexity inherent to the job, and reflect on the challenge embedded in the institution’s name: National. Arts. Centre

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Julie Taymor: Dancing for the Gods

    Julie Taymor: Dancing for the Gods

    Jillian speaks with directing supernova Julie Taymor about pushing theatricality in cinema and innovating cinematic language in the theatre. Also: playing with idiographs across scale, the poetry of transitions, gender in Shakespeare, and working with your life partner.

    • 56 min
    Robert Lepage

    Robert Lepage

    Jillian speaks with singular international theatre maker and Artistic Director of Quebec City’s Ex Machina, Robert Lepage, about stretching rehearsal schedules to make space for the “rendering farm”, creating the conditions which optimize creative agency, and technicians as brilliant puppeteers.


    Also: collaborating with one’s critics, and the galvanizing power of subtitles.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Weyni Mengesha: The Unabashed Self

    Weyni Mengesha: The Unabashed Self

    Jillian speaks with Soulpepper Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha about the crucial vitality of bringing your whole unabashed self as a director, radical gestures of welcome, and theatre as a sacred space. Also: individual and collective responsibility for centering the marginalized, and not making assumptions about your audience.

    • 48 min
    Yaël Farber: The Third Space

    Yaël Farber: The Third Space

    Jillian speaks with internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber about the rehearsal room as a sacred ecosystem where the civic and the spiritual collide, vulnerability is nurtured, and unpredictability is welcomed as the kernel of transformation for both artists and audience. Also: the actor as activist and the wholeness required for sustainable truth-telling.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Daniel Brooks: An Uncompromising Commitment to Liveness

    Daniel Brooks: An Uncompromising Commitment to Liveness

    Jillian speaks with Daniel Brooks, one of Canada’s foremost directors and inaugural Siminovitch Prize laureate, about his expansive and unyielding devotion to process and his ethos (with longtime collaborator Daniel MacIvor) of maximum preparedness, maximum spontaneity. Also: trusting the intuition of your body as a director.

    • 47 min

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