Borrowed Wisdom with Robert Barry Fleming

Borrowed Wisdom with Robert Barry Fleming

By Actors Theatre of Louisville
Theatre in the 21st-century is an inherently interdisciplinary craft and Robert Barry Fleming, Executive Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, finds inspiration everywhere. Each week, Robert talks with an unrivaled expert, full of ideas, strategies and challenges around their work, then investigates that which is consonant and connected to how they navigate their discipline and their world no matter what the field. It’s a podcast about that which we can learn from one another when such learning is approached with a spirit of openness.
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Investing in Mental Health and Combating Trauma, ft Nancy Brooks (NAMI Louisville) and Donna Pollard (Survivors' Corner)
Robert chats with two local mental health and advocacy experts - Nancy Brooks and Donna Pollard - to explore combating isolation, fear, anxiety in quarantine, intergenerational trauma, and cultural obstacles to mental health resources and healing. Content warning: discussion of suicide and suicidal ideation, child abuse, addiction, police brutality, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Nancy Brooks has been the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Louisville since 2017. A Louisville native, she’s passionate about advocacy at the local and state level for the needs of those being served by NAMI. Nancy is an experienced non-profit director with a history in community development, education, and the arts. Donna Pollard dares to believe in a world where young girls can be free from abuse and exploitation. A native of Kentucky -- a state burdened with thousands of cases of abuse and a history of child marriage -- she is leading the charge for change. Donna successfully advocated for improved legislation in her home state and many others that put an end to child marriage through parental consent and continues to advocate for this protective change both nationally and internationally. She most recently traveled to Finland as the keynote speaker for the Zonta International Centennial Conference, shedding light on the devastating implications of child marriage and critically needed global reform. As a survivor herself, Donna realizes the need for healing, support, and encouragement for past victims. She founded Survivors’ Corner, a nonprofit that empowers those ready to share their survival experiences with the goal of breaking abusive cycles and challenging policies and laws that perpetuate crimes against women and children. Her journey through the trauma of child marriage and exploitation can be accessed through the A&E Documentary, "I Was a Child Bride," interviews and articles in Good Housekeeping, Glamour, NPR, Stateline, Fox News, US News and World Report, PBS, CBS News, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and the Louisville Courier-Journal, among many other national and international outlets, such as The Guardian and Daily Mail. She is a frequent panelist, speaker, and trainer, and has given numerous keynote speeches as well as testimony before legislative committees. Donna is a mother of two girls, a business professional, and an avid advocate for child welfare. 📚 Resources: NAMI Louisville: https://namilouisville.org/ Survivors Corner: https://survivorscorner.org/ Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Kathryn de la Rosa and Elizabeth Greenfield Edited by Paul Doyle Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
1:09:03
August 6, 2020
Witnessing and Reflecting That Which Can’t Be Expressed, ft Nataki Garrett
Robert and Nataki share their experiences directing stories of enslavement, transitioning from performance to leadership, and being an artist during the paradigm shift we’re experiencing today. Nataki Garrett is Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s sixth artistic director. As the former associate artistic director of CalArts Center for New Performance, Garrett has been hailed as a champion of new work as well as an experienced, savvy arts administrator. 2019 was Garrett’s first season at OSF, where she directed How to Catch Creation. At CalArts, Garrett oversaw all operations of conservatory training and produced mainstage, black box, developmental projects, plays, co-productions and touring productions. She is currently on the nominating committee for The Kilroys, and she recently served on the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Distinguished Playwright Award nominating committee and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship panel. 📚 References: Brandon Jacob-Jenkins’s “An Octoroon” https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=5049 Read more about Dominique Morisseau’s “Confederates” https://www.blackburnprize.org/home/finalists-2020/dominique-morisseau/ Read more about Katori Hall’s “Pussy Valley” https://www.playbill.com/article/katori-hall-takes-on-strip-clubs-power-sex-and-the-south-in-her-explosive-new-series-p-valley Read Alesha Harris’s “Is God Is” http://www.3holepress.org/is-god-is Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Elizabeth Greenfield Audio Engineer: Paul Doyle Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
59:27
July 28, 2020
Cultural Recovery and Imagining the Future, ft Christen Boone (Fund for the Arts)
Robert and Christen discuss investing in Louisville’s cultural future, building capacity within our arts organizations, and evolving local philanthropy towards more inclusive and relevant support. Christen Boone is the President & CEO of the Fund for the Arts in Louisville. Before that, she held leadership roles at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and Cincinnati’s Fine Arts Fund. 📚 References: Cultural Lou Recovery Campaign: https://fundforthearts.org/culturallourecovery/ Michael Kaiser & DeVos Institute of Arts Management: http://devosinstitute.umd.edu/ Fund for the Arts’ Black Artists Fund: https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2020/07/15/fund-for-the-arts-launches-programs-for-black-arti.html Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Kathryn de la Rosa and Elizabeth Greenfield Audio Engineer: Lindsay Burdsall Edited by Paul Doyle Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
38:01
July 21, 2020
“Why church? Why theatre?,” ft Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell
Shannon Craigo-Snell joins Robert to explore Christianity, theatremaking, and the great American project through the lenses of performance, practice, and doubleness. Shannon Craigo-Snell is a theologian and a faculty member at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She previously taught at Yale University and is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and she’s the author of The Empty Church: Theater, Theology and Bodily Hope. 📚 References: The Empty Church: Theatre, Theology and Bodily Hope by Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell Poetry and the Black Panther Party: from Ancestral Memory, Morphogenetic Fields to Hip Hop by Dr. Regina Jennings Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930 by George C. Wright Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Kathryn de la Rosa and Elizabeth Greenfield Audio Engineer: Lindsay Burdsall Edited by Paul Doyle Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
45:54
July 14, 2020
COVID-19 and Systemic Racism: Dual Public Health Crises, ft Dr. Monalisa Tailor
Dr. Monalisa Tailor shares a COVID-19 primer and chats with Robert about being “the first” in leadership positions and approaching healthcare from a human-first perspective. Monalisa Tailor, MD is a practicing outpatient internist with Norton Community Medical Associates: Barret. As only the 6th female President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society, the first Indian American, and one of the youngest Presidents in its history, she is honored to be able to serve the Louisville community in this role. Dr. Tailor  is a native of Bowling Green, KY. Her parents are Indian immigrants who are self employed business owners. She graduated from the University of Kentucky summa cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She then graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine Class of 2010. Actor and musician Nick Cordero passed away from COVID-19 on July 5, 2020. Here is the link to the memorial fund to benefit Amanda Kloots, his wife, and their 10-month old son. https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-amanda-kloots-nick-cordero-amp-elvis Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Elizabeth Greenfield Audio Engineer Lindsay Burdsall Edited by Paul Doyle Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
1:04:13
July 7, 2020
Feeding Louisville and Empowering the Next Generation, ft Chef Nikkia Rhodes (McAtee Community Kitchen)
Robert talks to Chef Nikkia Rhodes about serving Louisville, leadership, and empowering the next generation in and out of the kitchen. 📚 References: McAtee Community Kitchen: https://leeinitiative.org/mcatee-community-kitchen/ Kentucky to the World “The Future of Food is Female” : https://www.kentuckytotheworld.org/upcoming-events/the-future-of-food-is-female Iroquois High School Culinary Academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqd0VEgK8zo Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Elizabeth Greenfield Edited by Lindsay Burdsall and Paul Doyle Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
33:38
June 30, 2020
Radical Hospitality, Extravagant Welcome, and Transforming Communities, ft Dr. David Anderson Hooker
Robert talks to Dr. David Anderson Hooker about radical hospitality, extravagant welcome, and building community after conflict and protest. 📚 References: The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing: A Hopeful, Practical Approach to Dialogue (Justice and Peacebuilding) by David Anderson Hooker Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation by Raúl Quiñones Rosado, PhD Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing by Miranda Fricker Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer by Father Michael Lapsley. Fr Lapsley is the Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories: https://www.healing-memories.org/ The Democracy Collaborative: https://democracycollaborative.org/ Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Kathryn de la Rosa and Elizabeth Greenfield Edited by Lindsay Burdsall Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
41:12
June 23, 2020
Abolition, Redlining, and Louisville, ft Joshua Poe (Root Cause Research Center)
Joshua Poe, co-founder of the Root Cause Research Center in Louisville, joins Robert to discuss racial capitalism, redlining, and the Breonna Taylor protests. Recorded June 4, 2020. Root Cause Research Center: https://www.rootcauseresearch.org/ 📚 References: Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930 by George C. Wright Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta by Clyde Woods Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell Actors Theatre of Louisville: https://actorstheatre.org https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatreofLouisville 📷 Instagram: @actorstheatre, @robertbarryfleming 🐦 Twitter: @atlouisville, @flemingrobertb3 Produced by Kathryn de la Rosa and Elizabeth Greenfield Edited by Lindsay Burdsall Cover art by Mary Kate Grimes Original music by Omega Latham III Opening song written & performed by Erica Denise
51:37
June 16, 2020
Introducing Borrowed Wisdom
A new podcast from Actors Theatre of Louisville, hosted by Executive Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming. Season one coming soon!
00:36
June 12, 2020