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 32: Victor Malana Maog
Victor Malana Maog was born in the Philippines, raised in the Bay Area, and is a graduate of New York University Gallatin School, with a concentration in Global Leadership and Performance Studies. A highly respected theatre director, educator, and arts leader with more than twenty-five years of experience directing projects, programs, and companies. He’s directed and developed works at The Public Theater, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Signature Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Working Theater, York Theater, Drury Lane, Connecticut Repertory Theate, New Dramatists & The Lark. He was the Artistic Director of Second Generation 2016-18, he served as Show Director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment creating and directing stage shows, large scale events, and spectaculars for millions of visitors. www.victormaog.com
Bullpen Sessions Episode 31: Elyzabeth Wilder
Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s plays include Gee's Bend, Fresh Kills, The Flagmaker of Market Street, The Furniture of Home, White Lightning, Provenance, and Everything That’s Beautiful. Her plays have been produced at the Royal Court (London), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, KC Rep, Northlight, the Arden, B Street Theatre, and Hartford Stage, among others. Her one act Santa Doesn’t Come to the Holiday Inn was featured in the Marathon of One Act Plays at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Elyzabeth is the recipient of the Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association and is a graduate of the dramatic writing program at New York University. Elyzabeth is the current Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South where she teaches playwriting.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 30: Jessica Asch
Jessica Asch is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT). She holds a BFA in Acting and an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University. Jessica has worked in a variety of settings helping individuals with developmental disabilities, veterans struggling with complex PTSD, Holocaust survivors, adolescents in the juvenile justice system, adults struggling with substance abuse, and individuals living with chronic mental illness. www.jessicaasch.com
Bullpen Sessions Episode 28: Celeste Lagrotteria
Celeste Lagrotteria is the Production Manager for Manhattan Theatre Club. At MTC she production managed My Name is Lucy Barton, Ink, Choir Boy to name a few. She has also worked with Center Theatre Group, The Mark Taper Forum and The Kirk Douglas Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has overseen productions at the highest level Celeste began her professional career at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. She has an MFA in Production Technology & Theatre Management from Carnegie Mellon, and is a graduate of Centre College.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 27: Jenni Werner
Jenni Werner is the Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center. In that role, she has served as dramaturg on 29 productions at Geva, including classics and world premieres by Wendy MacLeod, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Cass Morgan, Nora Cole, Jamie Pachino, Mat Smart, Gabriel Jason Dean, Keith Glover, Lila Rose Kaplan and Brent Askari. In 2015, Jenni co-produced Geva’s blues festival celebrating the life and legacy of musician Son House, Journey to the Son. Jenni also produces Geva’s new play programming, and has led the development of over 40 new plays during her tenure at Geva. Additionally, she directs Geva’s commissioning of new plays through the Rochester Stories program. Previously, Jenni served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field. From 2005-2011, she produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field. For six years, she was an adjunct instructor at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jenni has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She also serves on the board of ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT film festival.
Bullpen Sessions Episode 25: Kerry O'Malley
Kerry O'Malley is a wonderful actor who has worked on Broadway, Film, and Television. She is currently cast in the Broadway Revival of 1776 and can be seen on the new series Snowpiercer on TNT. Her theater credits include Broadway and National Tour of White Christmas, Into The Woods, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, the original cast of How I Learned To Drive, for television Shameless, Boardwalk Empire, Brotherhood, and film credits include Terminator Genisys with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, the Disney feature Earth to Echo, Case 39 with Renee Zellweger, The Happening with Mark Wahlberg, Rounders with Matt Damon, and many others. She is also a huge Boston sports fan. www.kerryomalley.com
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Great podcast! Very inspiring. Thank you, Padraic and Lee for creating this.
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Padraic is brilliant and Lee asks great questions. Their guests are working artists who share gems of knowledge that I find incredibly helpful!