13 episodes

Season 2 starts on October 19th - This year we're all about ACCESS.
We’ve seen the stats. We’ve read the think pieces. Now we’re ready to TALKBACK. TALKBACK is the podcast for every dramatist or theater fan who wants, but maybe hasn’t seen, the inclusiveness we all imagined. TALKBACK entertains frank conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. We ask the tough questions and don’t have all the answers but dig into dialogue that’s vital and messy and real. Join host Christine Toy Johnson and her industry colleagues from the pulse of the American theatre on TALKBACK. Available on all your favorite podcast platforms. Join the conversation on twitter using #DGTalkBack.

TALKBACK The Dramatists Guild

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Season 2 starts on October 19th - This year we're all about ACCESS.
We’ve seen the stats. We’ve read the think pieces. Now we’re ready to TALKBACK. TALKBACK is the podcast for every dramatist or theater fan who wants, but maybe hasn’t seen, the inclusiveness we all imagined. TALKBACK entertains frank conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. We ask the tough questions and don’t have all the answers but dig into dialogue that’s vital and messy and real. Join host Christine Toy Johnson and her industry colleagues from the pulse of the American theatre on TALKBACK. Available on all your favorite podcast platforms. Join the conversation on twitter using #DGTalkBack.

    Robert and Charles talk about Radical Hospitality

    Robert and Charles talk about Radical Hospitality

    In our final episode of Season 2, Christine gets to chat with two longtime friends, Robert Barry Fleming and Charles Randolph-Wright about the concept of radical hospitality: the act of creating access where none existed by purposefully and actively removing barriers. Christine leads our conversation on how all artists can claim the space to tell their own stories and how radical hospitality can be extended towards the audiences for whom these stories are intended to reach.
     To learn more about Charles Randolph-Wright visit: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/members/charlesrandolph-wright
    To learn more about Robert Barry Fleming visit: https://www.actorstheatre.org/bios/robert-barry-fleming/
    To learn more about Actors Theater of Louisville visit: https://www.actorstheatre.org/
    This episode features Charles Randolph Wright and Robert Barry Fleming. The Dramatist Guild Presents: Talkback is a production of The Dramatists Guild of America . This episode was produced by Sarah Storm, Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson. Robare Pruyn mixed our show. Our theme music was composed by Andrea Daly. Special thanks to Tina Fallon, Tari Stratton, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Dramatists Guild.
     
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    • 32 min
    Nikkole and Bianca talk about Alternate Access

    Nikkole and Bianca talk about Alternate Access

    The entire theater industry has found itself confronting a very specific access challenge this year. So many traditional boundaries have been broken. The fourth wall has been replaced with the Zoom screen, and the audience with a chat room. Christine chats with writers Nikkole Salter and Bianca Sams about how they’re thinking about work, audience, and opportunity - outside of the brick-and-mortar theater model with its traditional subscriber base.
    To learn more about Nikkole Salter visit www.nikkolesalter.com Follow them on Twitter @NikkoleSalter
    To learn more about Bianca Sams visit www.biancasams.com Follow them on Twitter @BiancaSams1
    This episode features Nikkole Salter and Bianca Sams. The Dramatist Guild Presents: Talkback is a production of The Dramatists Guild of America . This episode was produced by Sarah Storm, Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson. Robare Pruyn mixed our show. Our theme music was composed by Andrea Daly. Special thanks to Tina Fallon, Tari Stratton, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Dramatists Guild.
     
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    • 35 min
    Sarah and Caroline talk about Access at Any Age

    Sarah and Caroline talk about Access at Any Age

    Age is just a number, right? Maybe not when it comes to the entertainment industry. Playwright Sarah Tuft (MARVEL-OUS MONICA; IN WHICH MONICA LEWINSKY IS A SUPERHERO HELL-BENT ON REVENGE, 110 Stories) and actor Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Edward Scissorhands) tell personal stories about their careers and how age has played a factor. Sarah tells Christine how she refused to accept the status quo and is on the executive committee at Honor Roll-an action and advocacy group of women+playwrights over 40.
     
    To learn more about Caroline Aaron visit: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/members/carolineaaron
    To learn more about Sarah Tuft visit www.sarahtuft.com and follow her on Twitter @sarah_tuft
    To learn more about Honor Roll visit: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/thedramatist/honor-roll-we-got
    and follow them on Twitter @HonorRollWrites
     
    This episode features Sarah Tuft and Caroline Aaron. The Dramatist Guild Presents: Talkback is a production of The Dramatists Guild of America . This episode was produced by Sarah Storm, Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson. Robare Pruyn mixed our show. Our theme music was composed by Andrea Daly. Special thanks to Tina Fallon, Tari Stratton, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Dramatists Guild.
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    • 28 min
    Gregg and Katy talk about Physical Access

    Gregg and Katy talk about Physical Access

    Theater is upheld as an inclusive community. So, what does meaningful inclusion look like for artists with disabilities? Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan talk with Christine about their roles in Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Cost of Living, their own advocacy work, and the extra labor they take on just by stepping into the rehearsal room.
    To learn more about Gregg’s work visit https://queenstheatre.org/ or http://www.greggmozgala.com/
    To learn more about Katy visit www.katysullivan.net
    You can buy a copy of Cost of Living by Martyna Majok from Dramatists Play Service
    This episode features Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan The Dramatist Guild Presents: Talkback is a production of The Dramatists Guild of America . This episode was produced by Sarah Storm, Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson. Robare Pruyn mixed our show. Our theme music was composed by Andrea Daly. Special thanks to Tina Fallon, Tari Stratton, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Dramatists Guild.
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    • 35 min
    KJ and Vichet talk about MFAs

    KJ and Vichet talk about MFAs

    Is getting a Masters degree the best way to enter the theater industry? It’s a popular avenue to take, but it may not be the only way. Christine sits down with friends and colleagues KJ Sanchez and Vichet Chum as they dive into the realities of student loans, institutional racism, and a career in an insecure industry.
    For more information on the MFA programs discussed today please visit:
    Brown University MFA in Playwriting
    University of Texas at Austin MFA in Playwriting
    This episode features Vichet Chum and KJ Sanchez The Dramatist Guild Presents: Talkback is a production of The Dramatists Guild of America . This episode was produced by Sarah Storm, Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson. Robare Pruyn mixed our show. Our theme music was composed by Andrea Daly. Special thanks to Tina Fallon, Tari Stratton, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Dramatists Guild.
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    • 33 min
    Georgia and Lloyd Talk about the Pipeline

    Georgia and Lloyd Talk about the Pipeline

    Christine sits down with two writers and advocates, Georgia Stitt (Snow Child, Samantha Spade, Ace Detective, Founder of Maestra) and Lloyd Suh (The Chinese Lady, Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery), to talk about the pipeline, who is granted access to being considered for jobs in the industry and why. You’ll hear their theories on why the pipeline is perpetuated, whose stories are being told, and how musicians, composers, and playwrights can make a more welcoming space for all.
     
    For more on Lloyd Suh visit https://newdramatists.org/lloyd-suh
    For more about Georgia Stitt and Maestra visit maestramusic.org or GeorgiaStitt.com
    To see the Asian American Performers Action Coalition Visibility report visit http://www.aapacnyc.org/2017-2018.html
     
    This episode features Georgia Stitt and Lloyd Suh The Dramatist Guild Presents: Talkback is a production of The Dramatists Guild of America . This episode was produced by Sarah Storm, Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson. Robare Pruyn mixed our show. Our theme music was composed by Andrea Daly. Special thanks to Tina Fallon, Tari Stratton, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Dramatists Guild.
     
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    • 30 min

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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Breath of Fresh Air

A terrific podcast featuring the much needed discussions about bipoc & other under represented community theatre makers. It's a breath of fresh air!

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