199 episodes

The Compass Podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life. Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.

The Compass Leah Walsh

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

The Compass Podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life. Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.

    Vivienne Benesch

    Vivienne Benesch

    Director, actor, and teacher Vivienne Benesch is the Producing Artistic Director of Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC. She shares her experiences with the dark side, collaboration, the countless contingency plans of running a theater through a time of crises, embracing being a multi-hyphenate, and her upcoming Broadway directing debut, which is currently paused due to the pandemic.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chris Myers

    Chris Myers

    Actor Chris Myers shares his experiences with the dark side, growing up as an artist in NYC, collaboration, developing the study group series "Anti-Capitalism for Artists" (current title) which gives artists a place to engage with a radical class education, and moving to Los Angeles. Chris also works as a writer, director, producer, and teaching artist, see what he's up to at http://www.chrismyersinc.com Happy New Year, good-bye 2020!
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    • 54 min
    Emily Ritger

    Emily Ritger

    Theatrical maker and teacher Emily Ritger shares her experiences with the dark side, creating community, deciding to go to grad school and invest in herself as an artist, and starting the artist cooperative The Midwives that fosters artists and their work through interlocking circles of support. She is based in Chicago and you can check out her work at www.emilyritger.com and www.themidwives.org.
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    • 1 hr
    Mini Episode: Fearlessness in Difficult Times Edition

    Mini Episode: Fearlessness in Difficult Times Edition

    Host Leah Walsh reads from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
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    • 4 min
    Christina Rouner

    Christina Rouner

    Actor Christina Rouner shares her experiences with the dark side, resisting the comparison game, becoming a parent, auditioning, starting her own business, and gratitude.
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    • 1 hr
    Episode 165: Nija Okoro

    Episode 165: Nija Okoro

    Actor Nija Okoro shares her experiences with the dark side, the power of rituals in daily life, establishing herself in Los Angeles after growing up in NYC, falling in love with independent film, and lessons learned from her recent national tour of August Wilson's Jitney,
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Adaumbelle ,

Thoughtful Conversations

Leah has a terrific podcast. Her conversations are thoughtful, in depth, & go from fun to serious. The episodes fly by!

Krissidnyc ,

Wonderful and Renewing

It may pertain to the arts, but the core of it all will speak to the human in us all. Thank you for this gift.

bbLICny ,

The Compass restores my sanity!

Thank you for this beautiful investigation into the lives of artists and the heart of creative process!!!!!!

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