The Backstage Creative focuses on the people who work behind the scenes of theater. Each week is a conversation with either a stage manager, designer, musician, music director, choreographer, sound engineer, or technical director. We get into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to get a live production on stage and shine a light on the often overlooked and under appreciated creatives who create the magic of live theater.
Emma Ford is a New York City based drummer. We talk about the Australian theater scene, playing on the Australian production of Hamilton, and how running has benefitted her life.
Tara Houston is a scenic designer and painter based in Louisiana. We talk about some of the issues in higher education, being a community based artist, and managing priorities.
Paul Thompson is a Pittsburgh based bassist. We talk about being in the moment, what he likes about teaching, and the importance of keeping the music first.
Harry Nadal is New York City based costume and scenic designer. We talk about knowledge being a safety net, how he gets unstuck in the design process, and what he is excited about right now.
Beth Lake is a New York City based sound designer. We talk about deciding what projects to take on, her favorite parts of being an associate sound designer, and being a women in the sound world.
Shantez Tolbut is a theater artist in New York City. We talk about Black Stage Everything, theater education, and entrepreneurial advice.