I’ve been a working actor for over thirty years and have met some incredible artists along the way. Artists on both sides of the camera as well as on stage, and behind the scenes. In these conversations, I explore how the lives they live shape the art they create.
Executive Director of Writers Theatre, Kate Lipuma discusses the state of live theatre during and after Covid. She also recounts her time at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and Signature Theatre in New York. Including apple pie with Arthur Miller and Hershey bars with Horton Foote. Insight into theatre management, from one of the top executives in the industry, on this episode of The Art In Yourself.
Jim O'Heir - Pt. 2
Part two of my conversation with Emmy Award winning actor Jim O'Heir. In this episode, we discuss his time on Parks and Recreation, the amazing Amy Poehler, and getting away from being lovable through his role in the independent film Middle Man.
Jim O'Heir - Pt. 1
Emmy Award winning actor Jim O’Heir is best known for his career-defining role on Parks and Recreation. Jim’s life and career are fascinating, from psychotic puppets to one of the most successful shows in television history. This is part one of our two part conversation.
As Casting Director and Artistic Associate at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Bob Mason gives us an inside look at the casting process. Including what happens after the actor leaves the room.
Actor, director, producer, writer, and entertainment executive Harry Lennix is best known for his film and television roles in The Five Heartbeats, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Ray, Man of Steel, The Blacklist, 24, and Commander in Chief. In this conversation we discuss Harry’s thoughts on law, race, religion, 1960’s TV westerns, his musical theatre aspirations, and his mission to create the Lillian Marcie Performing Arts Center on the South Side of Chicago.
Film, TV, and stage actor David Dastmalchian is best known for his work in Marvel and DC films like Ant Man and The Dark Knight. As well as blockbusters like Blade Runner 2049, Suicide Squad and Dune. He has also written, co-produced, and starred in the independent films Animals and All Creatures Here Below. In this conversation we mostly cover David’s life before Hollywood, including with his journey from addiction to recovery.
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The Art In Yourself
I have listened to two and they are awesome... the questions, the wittiness, and affection for his craft. You have to know John (and you can visualize him speaking as you listen to his radio voice) to laugh at some of the phrasings he uses, very colloquial, but there is subtle humor or sarcasm as he pokes fun at normal everyday life. I have been listening to podcasts for over a decade and this is truly among the best of the best. 👏🏽 👏🏽👏🏽