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 60: Pooya Mohseni
Pooya Mohseni is a New York based award winning actor, writer, and transgender activist, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She has appeared on stage in New York and regional theaters, including Hamlet and Comedy of Errors at the Play On Shakespeare Festival, One Woman with United Solo Festival, Galatea with the WP Project, The Good Muslim at EST, White Snake at Baltimore Center Stage, Death of the Persian Prince with the Midtown International Theater Festival and the SAIPAF, A Touch of Forever with the New York International Fringe Festival and she recently appeared in the world premiere of English in an Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theater co-production, which has been nominated for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Scenic Design by the Lucille Lortel Awards. Her film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Big Dogs, Falling Water, Madam Secretary, Lucky, Terrifier and award winning film See You Then, available now to stream on VOD.
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Bullpen Sessions Episode 59: James LeBrecht
James LeBrecht has over 40 years of experience as a film and theater sound designer and mixer, filmmaker, author and disability rights activist. LeBrecht co-directed and co-produced, with Nicole Newnham, the 2021 Oscar nominated feature length documentary, Crip Camp. Crip Camp received the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for feature length documentary, the 2021 Independent Spirit award for Best Feature Documentary and a 2021 Peabody Award. Jim began his career in the theater in 1978, working as the resident sound designer at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for 10 years. In 1996, LeBrecht founded Berkeley Sound Artists, an audio postproduction house. His film credits include Minding the Gap, The Island President, The Waiting Room, Audrie and Daisy and, of course, Crip Camp. Jim’s work as an activist began in high school and continued at UC, San Diego, where he helped found the Disabled Students Union. Jim is currently a board member at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Some of LeBrecht’s additional accomplishments include co-founding FWD-Doc, an organization that supports documentary filmmakers with disabilities and being a character consultant for Pixar Animation Studios for 2 of their films. Jim is a member of the Disability Futures Fellowship, an initiative of the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 58: Sally Cade Holmes
Sally Cade Holmes is a two time Tony Award-winning producer and thought leader committed to making challenging and innovative entertainment with broad appeal. She believes that brave, accessible, social justice-minded storytelling will make the world a better place. Her Broadway producing credits include Hadestown (Tony Award), The Inheritance (Tony Award / GLAAD Media Award), Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Tony nomination), and Anastasia. Her Off-Broadway credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Desk, Drama League & Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Puffs. Past credits include Nubia (featuring the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race), Boy Gets Violent (Ars Nova’s AntFest), Summer Valley Fair (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Ryan J. Haddad’s Hi, Are You Single (2015 Hot! Festival and 2016 Under The Radar) and Here’s Hoover (directed by Tony Award winner Alex Timbers). She spent the early part of her producing career as Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Jungle, It’s Only A Play) where she was mentored by Tom Kirdahy and the late Terrence McNally. Prior to that, she served as Producing Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival where she worked on Broadway and off-Broadway productions of The Bridges of Madison County, Fool for Love, Living on Love, The Old Man and The Old Moon, and The Visit. Sally Cade holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration with an advanced certificate in Arts Enterprise from Boston University. She received her BS in Theatre Studies with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Evansville. Currently, Sally Cade is a Guest Teaching Artist at Furman University where she teaches an Advanced Seminar in Creative Leadership. She is developing several new theatrical works. @sally.cade | www.sallycadeholmes.com
Bullpen Sessions Episode 57: Narelle Sissons
Narelle Sissons (she/her) is an award winning scene and costume designer whose designs have appeared on Broadway and at major theatres and opera companies across the U.S. and internationally. She has been nominated for Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing, Helen Hayes and Kevin Kline Awards and is a winner of a Back Stage West Award and a Leon Rabin Award. Her design work includes Mabou Mines Dollhouse, directed by Lee Breuer, and many productions with Labyrinth, an intersectional theatre company. A native of the UK, Sissons graduated from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London and earned her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art. She has lived in the United States for 28 years and currently is a professor of scene and costume design at Carnegie Mellon University.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 56: Rowen Haigh
Rowen Haigh (she/they) is a freelance director, deviser, producer, and educator as well as an activist and organizer for gender parity in the theatre. She serves as the Director of Education & Outreach with Women’s Theatre Festival, as chair of the Women in Theatre Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and as a board member for the Kentucky Theatre Association. Rowen’s areas of theatrical research and practice include collaborative, non-hierarchical creation models for gender equity, community building, empowerment, and new talent development focusing on EDIA, best practices for artist health and career longevity. Rowen holds an MFA in Directing/Theatre Arts from Towson University (Baltimore, MD) and a BA in Theatre from Reed College (Portland, OR). Rowenhaigh.com
Bullpen Sessions Episode 55: Anthony Moseley
Anthony Moseley (Artistic Director, he/him) has been the Artistic Director of Collaboraction since 1999, using theater as a tool of knowledge, empathy, dialogue and action. Through this work, Moseley has commissioned and collaborated with thousands of artists to build a more equitable future for Chicago through projects including Sketchbook Festival, Peacebook, Encounter and The Light youth theater festival. As a writer/director he created Crime Scene: a Chicago Anthology and its four sequels, This is Not a Cure For Cancer, Connected and A Blue Island in the Red Sea. In 2018, Collaboraction was honored with a Comcast/Ovation Stand for the Arts Award and an Otto Award for “ground-breaking political theater.” collaboraction.org
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!