The Farm Theater's Bullpen Sessions are conversations with working theater professionals aimed at early career artists or any one interested in the journey of building a career in the theater. Season one features guests including: Aaron Roman Weiner ("The Americans"), Susan Pourfar ("Scandal"), Raul Castillo (El Chicano; HBO's Looking), Matthew Hallock (Chair of Centre College Theater Dept.), Portia (Sweat; Ruined), Kris Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety), Lisa Arrindell (Madea's Family Reunion; Saints and Sinners), Megan Kingery (Broadway Producer, The Great Comet of 1812), Judy Bowman (Casting Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Rick Steiger (Broadway Stage Manager, An American in Paris; War Horse). The focus of the podcast is to have conversations with working theater professionals and to demystify the process of building a career in the theater. Hosts Lee Kaplan and Padraic Lillis will talk with artists from all disciplines in the theater to have them share: how they got to where they are, who and what helped them, what they carry with them into the room, and advice for early career artists.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 45: Jose Solís
Jose Solís is a Honduran critic based in NYC. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, TDF Stages, Backstage, American Theatre, 3 Views, America Magazine, and more. He’s also the co-creator and co-host of Token Theatre Friends. He wanted to become a critic since he was 10 and became obsessed with classic Hollywood movies. He began writing professionally at age 16 when he started his first website. After moving to NYC he fell in love with theatre and sees around 300 shows a year. He’s a member of the Drama Desk, the Online Film Critics Society, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 44: Victor Almanzar
Victor Almanzar, is a New York based actor who came from the Dominican Republic at an early age. He appeared as Oswaldo in the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Between Riverside And Crazy in both The Atlantic Theater and Second Stage Theater (NYC) and the Steppenwolf Theater (CHICAGO). He also appeared as Oscar at The Steppenwolf Theater production of Grand Concourse. He has completed a lead role in the feature film 11:55 (INDEPENDENT), a recurring role in the series Homeland as lieutenant Wenzel (Showtime), a recurring role in the series Power as Arturo (STARZ), a recurring role in the series Empire as Big Heavy (FOX), a supporting role in the feature film Brawl in Cell Block 99 (XYZ FILMS), a guest star role in Blue Bloods (CBS), a guest star role in Chicago PD (NBC), a guest star role in High Maintenance (HBO), and a role in LFE (a pilot for CBS). Before turning his attention to acting, Victor was in the United States Marine Corp, where he served in Kosovo and Iraq. Since then he has worked on the New York stage, Regional Theaters, and in London. He was nominated for The Lucille Lortel Award for his role in Between Riverside And Crazy. Victor is a proud lifetime member of The Actors Studio.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 43: Alice Kremelberg
Alice Kremelberg: Actor. Alice is currently shooting Season Four of The Sinner. She is in The Trial of the Chicago 7 for Netflix/Dreamworks. She recurred as 'Nicole Eckelcamp" on the last two seasons of Orange is the New Black. She was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Kat in The Feels, which she co-wrote. She can also be seen in Doomsday (ITV Fest, Brooklyn Web Fest + HollyWeb Fest winner of Best Series) On stage she originated the role of Reba in Dry Land at NYSAF + HERE and she played Cassandra opposite Austin Pendleton in Dress of Fire at the Abington. Alice trained at The Atlantic Acting Conservatory.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 42: Kelly AuCoin
Kelly AuCoin (Actor) Showtime series Billions, where he plays 'Dollar' Bill Stearn. Pastor Tim on FX's The Americans. House of Cards, he played Doug Stamper's brother, Gary. AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies, playing Hercules Mulligan. Recently in Donald Marguiles' play, Long Lost, at Manhattan Theatre Club. It was directed by Daniel Sullivan and co-starred Annie Parise, Alex Wolff, and Lee Tergesen. I played Ted Caccioppi in HBO's The Wizard Of Lies. Signature Theatre's The Wayside Motor Inn, which was honored in 2015 with a special Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble." played Octavius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington in the Broadway revival of Julius Caesar. He is from the great state of Oregon and is a RABID Portland Trail Blazers fan.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 41: Abby Marcus
Abby Marcus is a producer, teacher, and consultant. Current projects: producer for The One You Feed, an immersive dance theater production with Witness Relocation; consulting producer for BigBlackOctoberSurprise by Paul Outlaw at REDCAT. Abby was the Managing Director/Lead Producer for the OBIE Award winning “geek theatre” company, Vampire Cowboys where she produced The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G; Alice in Slasherland; Soul Samurai (GLAAD Media Award nominee); Fight Girl Battle World (NY InnovativeTheater Award nominee); and more. She has served as the Managing Director for the Orchard Project, General Manager/Interim Managing Director for the Playwrights’ Center, the Managing Director for the Dramatists’ Guild of America, General Manager for HERE Arts Center, Company Manager for LAByrinth Theater Company, and the Director of Finance for Baryshnikov Arts Center and St. Ann’s Warehouse. She served as Chair for the Honorary Awards Committee for the NY Innovative Theater Awards and was a founding Board Member for the League of Independent Theatre, New York and re-envisioned the MFA Producing program for California Institute of the Arts.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 40: Melissa Friedman
MELISSA FRIEDMAN is co-Artistic Director of Epic Theatre Ensemble and has performed in numerous Epic Off-Broadway productions including Hannah and Martin with David Strathairn, Einstein’s Gift with Aasif Mandvi, A Hard Heart with Kathleen Chalfant as well as Habitat, A More Perfect Union, Time and The Conways, Othello, Little Eyolf, Macbeth, and Born with Teeth. Other Off-Broadway & Regional credits include An Ideal Husband (Tennessee Rep), Last Night of Ballyhoo (Fulton Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing and Degenerate Art (Irondale), and Substance of Fire, Macbeth, and Henry IV directed by Jack O’Brien (Old Globe). MFA in Acting from the University of San Diego. Other credits include AN IDEAL HUSBAND at Tennessee Rep, LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at Fulton Opera, Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Irondale, a witch to Victor Garber’s MACBETH and Lady Mortimer in Jack O’Brien’s production of HENRY IV at the Old Globe. Melissa has directed 13 Shakespeare Remix productions for which, on behalf of Epic, she received the 2009 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. Before co-founding Epic, Melissa worked as a Lead Teaching Artist with many NYC theatres including Roundabout, BAM’s Shakespeare Teaches program, and Theatre for a New Audience. She co-developed Epic’s Citizen Artist curriculum and currently acts as a Lead Teaching Artist in Epic’s partner schools and outreach programs. Melissa received her BA from Oberlin College and MFA from the Old Globe University of San Diego.
Covers the gamut...beautifully
The Farm's Bullpen sessions, is a throughorly engaging hour or so of stage director Patric Illis speaking with theater professional. As an interviewer, he humbly gives 95% of the time to his interviewees-- letting and encouraging them to go as deep as they like into any given area of their careers and the personal stories behind those careers. It's exciting to listen to the wild and varied trajectories of actors' and writer's lives and what fuels them. Zero fluff, zero pretense. Wish all theater podcasts were this on point. If you love hearing about 'process' it's all here!
Great podcast! Very inspiring. Thank you, Padraic and Lee for creating this.
Love this show
Padraic is brilliant and Lee asks great questions. Their guests are working artists who share gems of knowledge that I find incredibly helpful!