Broadway actor and aspiring renaissance man Denis Lambert is voraciously studying life, the arts and what it means to be a student and a teacher. Join Denis as he learns from a wide range of guests from the theatre and beyond.
Kimberly Vaughn - Releasing Perfectionism
Kimberly Vaughn is a performance coach, teacher, actress, producer, director and dramaturg. One of the things she focuses on at the Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio is releasing her students’ need to be perfect and "get it right the first time” so that they can be improvisational beings and bring their own unique humanity to the stories they tell. This episode is centered on that idea. Kimberly and Denis also discuss the challenges of the audition waiting room, why she tells her students "your voice is not for sale" and why she finds her job so endlessly rewarding.
Photo: Jeffrey Hornstein
Will Burrard-Lucas - On Wildlife Photography
Will Burrard-Lucas is a prolific British wildlife photographer. He is known for developing innovative devices such as the BeetleCam and camera traps. Some of his projects include The Black Leopard, Land of Giants, Ethiopian Wolf and Year in Zambia. Will discusses safety, conservation, commitment, his relationship to Africa, the different purposes of photography and how he found his passion. Denis' conversation with Will inspires him to think about depth of experience versus breadth of experience.
Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas
Darian Sanders - Speaking Life Into
Darian Sanders is about to step into the role of Simba in the National Tour of The Lion King, make his New York debut in Songs for a New World at New City Music Theatre on August 26 and he starts work next week on recording his first album. Denis sits down with his friend to discuss his inspiring and unconventional path to being a busy professional performer. Darian started late in life and never expected to be on a musical stage. Darian talks about how having a strong purpose in life guides him and teaches Denis the phrase "speaking life into" and its origin.
New City Music Theatre:
Remembering Joseph Siravo - A Special Tribute
Joseph Siravo was a magnificent actor who passed on earlier this year. Best known for his work in The Sopranos, Carlito's Way, American Crime Story: The People vs. O. J. Simpson and the original Broadway productions of Oslo and The Light in the Piazza, Joe was also a profoundly gifted teacher and an extraordinary human being. Thirty people from Joe’s life contributed to this special tribute episode. They share their memories of Joe, talk about the influence he had on their lives and, collectively, they tell his story.
Julia Barrett-Mitchell (Gabriel’s Inferno)
Ray Brahmi (365 Days/365 Plays)
Karl Bury (The Karl Bury Studio)
Paul Calderón (Pulp Fiction)
Gregory Connors (Coriolanus)
Bryan Fenkart (Waitress)
John Gardiner (A Bronx Tale)
Kelvin Garvanne (Emmy winner)
Maury Ginsberg (Jessica Jones)
Jonathan Hadley (Jersey Boys)
Jessica Blair Herman (American Crime Story: The People vs. O. J. Simpson)
Buck Hujabre (Jersey Boys)
Daniel Jenkins (Tony nominee, Big River)
Terry Knickerbocker (Terry Knickerbocker Studio)
Aaron Lazar (Drama Desk nominee, A Little Night Music)
Bruce MacVittie (When They See Us)
Elizabeth Masucci (Shame)
Brian Patrick Murphy (The Engagement Party)
Kelli O'Hara (Tony winner, The King and I)
Allegra Okarmus (Joseph Siravo’s daughter)
Cambra Overend (Oslo)
Heather Parcells (A Chorus Line)
Garry Pastore (The Sopranos)
Rachel Pickup (The Merchant of Venice)
Michael Raynor (ER)
Laila Robins (The Blacklist)
J.T. Rogers (Tony winner, Oslo)
Fay Simpson (Founder, The Lucid Body)
John Douglas Thompson (Tony nominee, Mare of Easttown)
Barbara Walsh (Tony nominee, Falsettos)
Martine Kei Green-Rogers - On Dramaturgy
Martine Kei Green-Rogers is a freelance dramaturg, theatre educator and author. Her credits include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center and Court Theatre. She is the Past President of the Literary Managers and Dramturgs of the Americas and is currently the Interim Dean of the Division of Liberal Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Martine obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Denis chats with Martine all about dramaturgy, including her work on Shakespeare, August Wilson and new plays. Tune in to hear why Martine believes dramaturgical skills are life skills and why she tells her students it is irrelevant if they "like" a play.
Martine Kei Green-Rogers:
Stephanie Pope - Fosse and Longevity
Stephanie Pope's career as a performer is over 35 years long and includes over 10 Broadway shows. Stephanie worked directly with Bob Fosse on Sweet Charity and Big Deal, in addition to performing his material in many shows after his passing. She now teaches Fosse rep for The Verdon Fosse Legacy as one of their legacy teachers. Stephanie talks about the significance of Fosse's work in her life and why it's important to her to protect its integrity as she passes it on to the next generation. She also discusses longevity in show business through her journey with yoga, her willingness to move from ensemble to principal roles and back, taking a break from performing when she needed it and her current focus on producing.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy: www.verdonfosse.com
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The Voracious Student is a thoughtful podcast that explores, teaches and celebrate arts. I listened and left inspired to accomplish more. The host is great and dedicated to illuminating arts for us all. I will Definitely continue to listen!
Denis has created a uniquely intimate and personal podcast. Wonderful questions and conversations with some of the most accomplished creative artists. Encouraging, insightful, and inspiring in the most surprising ways.
The Best podcast this YEAR!!
This podcast time and time again renews my desire to continue to create art and, perhaps more importantly, the continue to LEARN. Bravo Denis. And thank you for this.