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Thesis on Joan is a podcast dedicated to amplifying voices from the LGBTQ+ community in the New York performing arts scene and examining the industry from a queer perspective! Join fanqueers and theatre professionals Holly (they/them) and Meghan (she/her) as they sit down with groundbreaking theatre folx, from Brooklyn cabaret performers to people backstage and on Broadway. For many queers, theatre has been an escape, this podcast looks to have open conversations on where we’ve come from and where we’re headed as a community, while queering the canon along the way.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Thesis on Joan is a podcast dedicated to amplifying voices from the LGBTQ+ community in the New York performing arts scene and examining the industry from a queer perspective! Join fanqueers and theatre professionals Holly (they/them) and Meghan (she/her) as they sit down with groundbreaking theatre folx, from Brooklyn cabaret performers to people backstage and on Broadway. For many queers, theatre has been an escape, this podcast looks to have open conversations on where we’ve come from and where we’re headed as a community, while queering the canon along the way.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

    Reimagining the world with Javier Rivera DeBruin

    Reimagining the world with Javier Rivera DeBruin

    Wrap up Pride month with playwright and impact producer, Javier Rivera DeBruin, and hosts Meghan and Holly! Javi discusses how queerness, magical realism/fantasy/scifi in theatre allows a unique opportunity for anything to happen, the dynamics of family in their writing and in the theatre community, and why theatre is the Grey Gardens of the arts. Learn what Javi does as an Impact Producer for documentaries like DISCLOSURE and TRANS IN TRUMPLAND, practices that theatre could adapt from documentaries, and the rewards of contributing to the counter narratives to the recent attacks against trans youth.

    Holly and Meghan also discuss upcoming shows in July and how you can support the Equality Act!
     
    Upcoming Shows: 


    Trans Moses at Ars Nova - Created & Performed by Christian Luu  


    Brother, Brother at NYTW - by Aleshea Harris, directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury


    Action of the Ep: 

    Call and email your Senators to support the Equality Act


    Javier Rivera DeBruin: Website | Instagram | Twitter 

    Parsnip Ship Radio Roots Writers’ Group

    DISCLOSURE

    TRANS IN TRUMPLAND


    Queer Culture Recs:


    Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 

    Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender


    Queer Gives:


    Third Wave Fund - DONATE


    Sex Worker Giving Circle


    Thesis on Joan:

    Follow Thesis on Joan on Instagram & Twitter 

    Leave us a voicemail at (845) 445-9251‬

    Email us at thesisonjoan at gmail dot com


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Criminal Queerness with National Queer Theater

    Criminal Queerness with National Queer Theater

    Celebrate Pride with National Queer Theater’s Criminal Queerness Festival! Hosts are joined by director, playwright, actor, teaching artist and National Queer Theater (NQT) Artistic Director Adam Odsess-Rubin and playwright, dramaturg and Co-Producer of the Criminal Queerness Festival Adam A. El-Sayigh. In addition to the trio of shows for this year’s Criminal Queerness Festival we talk about fighting for queer liberation through art, queerness as a political act, a producing theater’s responsibility to artists, the many incredible programs offered by NQT, and the trials and tribulations of producing outdoor theater. Meghan and Holly talk about their dream pride celebrations (it’s not in June), pride celebrations happening this month, the work of Communities United for Police Reform and the MaYi Theater’s production of ONCE UPON A (KOREAN) TIME by Daniel K. Isaac and directed by Ralph B. Peña. 

    ONCE UPON A (KOREAN) TIME:
    Show Information

    National Queer Theater:

    Web Site

    Get Tickets for the Criminal Queerness Festival

    THIS IS NOT A MEMORIZED SCRIPT, THIS IS A WELL-REHEARSED STORY By Dima Mikhayel Matta, Directed by Em Weinstein

    > By Victor I. Cazares, Directed by Borna Barzin

    LAYALINA By Martin Yousif Zebari, Directed by Sivan Battat

    NQT Programs 


    Adam A. El-Sayigh

    Web Site


    Instagram (for charcuterie gold)

    Twitter


    Adam Odsess-Ruben
    Instagram

    Action of the Ep

    Communities United for Police Reform

    Take Action: Budget Justice

    Dyke March

    New Marshal Training Information

    June 12th-13th - Haircut Fundraiser at Hairrari

    Queer Liberation March


    Queer Culture Rec:

    Genera+ion

    Veneno

    It’s a Sin


    The Circle (Season 2)


    Queer Gives:
    National Queer Theater - Donate


    Thesis on Joan:
    Follow Thesis on Joan on Instagram & Twitter 
    Leave us a voicemail at (845) 445-9251‬
    Email us at thesisonjoan at gmail dot com
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Queer Queue with Drew Gregory

    Queer Queue with Drew Gregory

    This week, hosts chat with filmmaker, theatremaker, and writer Drew Gregory! Drew shares about the short she made in quarantine, “The First Time”, reminisces about directing immersive theatre immediately after coming out, and giving young people the trans representation in media she did not have. As a writer for Autostraddle, Drew discusses the freedom of writing for queer indie media, finding the one second of queerness in the In The Heights trailer, and assigns us the best kind of homework, to watch her queer media recommendations.
    Hosts Holly and Meghan discuss more thoughts on the return of in-person theatre and Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club written by and featuring Shakina Nayfack and directed by Laura Savia on Audible.

    Show Discussion:


    Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club written by and featuring Shakina Nayfack, directed by Laura Savia, produced in collaboration with Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Narrated by: Shakina Nayfack, Kate Bornstein, Annie Golden, Telly Leung, Jason Tam, Bianca Leigh, Ivory Aquino, Pooya Mohseni, Samy Figaredo, Angelica Ross, Liz Lark Brown, Ita Segev, Dana Aliya Levinson


    Action of the Ep: 

    Upcoming NYC voting dates

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 - early Voting begins 

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - absentee ballots must be requested 

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - primary election 

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - general election

    NYC Registered Voter Search


    Find Your Pollsite and View a Sample Ballot for Democratic Primary elections!

    Research candidates for Mayor, City Council, District Attorney, Cit Comptroller, Borough President, and more!

    Learn about the new Ranked Choice Voting

    Gothamist 2021 Voter Guide

    Theater in Asylum’s 2021 Voter Guide


    Drew Gregory: Instagram | Twitter | Autostraddle

    “The First Time” - short from Drew Gregory

    “This Is an Essay About Penises”

    “The Poet’s Choice” - essay about Portrait of a Lady on Fire 



    “From “Calamity Jane” to “The Prom”: A History of Queer Women in Movie Musicals”

    Holy Camp!

    The 200 Best Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Movies Of All Time

    House of Hummingbird

    Alice Junior

    The Watermelon Woman

    Mommy is Coming

    Eva & Candela

    Second Star on the Right


    “Sundance 2021: “4 Feet High” Is a Monumental Work of Queer Disabled Media”


    Queer Gives:

    Trans Justice Funding Project - Donate!

    Thesis on Joan:

    Follow Thesis on Joan on Instagram & Twitter 

    Leave us a voicemail at (845) 445-9251‬

    Email us at thesisonjoan at gmail dot com


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Genre Fluid Dionne McClain-Freeney

    The Genre Fluid Dionne McClain-Freeney

    The multi-talented Dionne McClain-Freeney is a musical theatre septuple threat - pianist, composer, lyricist, choral and musical director, arranger, singer and teaching artist. Join Meghan & Holly as they sit down with Dionne to discuss her many roles in the theater world, musical theater as a medium rather than a genre, the importance of “working it out” in a collaboration, genre-fluidity, love song lyrics that make her swoon, uplifting the next generation of musical theater creators, redefining success in theater, faith and spirituality as a queer person, the beauty in the mundane lives of queers, and our shared enduring love of Anybodys. Meghan and Holly also discuss the LAST GASP WFH, written and performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches and presented by La Mama and shout out Rock Steady farm.

    Dionne McClain-Freeney: 

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Maestra Music Profile


    Into the World - from THIS ONE GIRL’S STORY 


    Last Gasp WFH - Split Britches
    Through May 31, 2021
    Streaming 

    Action of the Ep

    Rock Steady Farm - Web Site


    Black Farmers United - Web Site



    Queer Culture Rec:
    Soul Summit- Instagram


    Queer Gives:

    Mizz June

    The Audre Lorde Project


    Thesis on Joan:
    Follow Thesis on Joan on Instagram & Twitter 
    Leave us a voicemail at (845) 445-9251‬
    Email us at thesisonjoan at gmail dot com

    A full transcript of this episode is available here.
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Living Joyously with Melissa Li & Kit Yan

    Living Joyously with Melissa Li & Kit Yan

    In Thesis on Joan’s first duo interview, musical theatre writing team Melissa Li (she/her) and Kit Yan (they/she/he) check in with hosts about the recent rise in anti-Asian violence, how they’ve grown as creative partners over a decade, and what our responsibility is to our elders even when they’re part of the problem. Kit and Melissa also discuss how they healed their friendship through writing the musical Interstate, met the community they now write for while touring to 32 states, and what to do when casting directors tell you they can’t find someone for a role. Get your athletic wear ready for their next musical, Miss Step, with an entirely trans lead cast telling the story of the boring and remarkable life of a trans person, the importance of queer joy, and living our best lives.

    Hosts Holly and Meghan discuss nonbinary erasure and ciswashing of Jagged Little Pill and their thoughts on the Ars Nova Vision Residency of The Women, created by L Morgan Lee and Raja Feather Kelly.

    Content Warning: 18:18 - 19:10 Mention of sexual assault, rape, death

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Broadway’s Jagged Little Journey Toward Nonbinary Inclusion by Christian Lewis

    Show Discussion:


    Ars Nova Vision Residency of The Women 


    Created by L Morgan Lee & Raja Feather Kelly

    Featuring works by Kirsten Childs, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Christine Toy Johnson, Bianca Leigh, Carmen LoBue, & Nia Witherspoon

    Directed by Raja Feather Kelly

    Featuring Dane Figueroa Edidi, Kim Exum, Jordan Ho, Lacretta, L Morgan Lee, Ronald Peet, Aneesh Sheth


    Action of the Ep: 

    March on Broadway: @randomblackgirllll, @50milerunforjusticeprotest, @papimagic


    March on Broadway Demands


    Melissa Li and Kit Yan: 

    Melissa Li: Website | Instagram | Twitter


    Kit Yan: Website | Instagram | Twitter


    Interstate website


    Queer Culture Rec:

    Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

    Queer Gives:


    East West Players - Donate here



    No Place For Hate • EWP responds to rising anti-Asian violence


    Thesis on Joan:

    Follow Thesis on Joan on Instagram & Twitter 

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Shut Up & Listen with Maybe Burke

    Shut Up & Listen with Maybe Burke

    Maybe Burke has been all over your TV this pandemic! In our third episode of the season, Meghan and Holly sit down with the award-winning actor, writer and human rights advocate! We talk about the many ways to identify as a theatre-maker, the dangers of producers auditioning trans actors to “check a box,”, the glamours of screen work (umbrella PAs?), why this is now a Victor Garber stan podcast, how we all wish theater was better to us, shutting up and listening in order to be an advocate, and why some of our favorite musical theater characters should be trans!
    Meghan and Holly give updates on their pups and discuss the Women’s Project Theater, in collaboration with Red Bull Theater, production of GALATEA by MJ Kaufman and directed by Will Davis.

    Maybe Burke: 

    Website

    Instagram

    Twitter


    GALATEA

    Show Information

    MJ Kaufman


    Action of the Ep
    NYC Community Fridges

    Queer Culture Rec:

    Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

    Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

    Janet Mock’s Website


    Queer Gives:

    The Transgender Training Insitute

    Learn More

    Donate - Website


    Upcoming Webinars


    Thesis on Joan:
    Follow Thesis on Joan on Instagram & Twitter 
    Leave us a voicemail at (845) 445-9251‬
    Email us at thesisonjoan at gmail dot com

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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

droo216 ,

Fascinating!

Highly recommend this podcast! Holly and Meghan shine as hosts, and their guests consistently bring in new ideas and perspectives. Fascinating and engaging and educational and compelling!

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