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(Art)versations - Hosted by Bri Clarke

(Art)versations - Hosted by Bri Clarke

By Bri Clarke
(Art)versations is a meditative conversation about the artistic process. A tool that ignites transformative ideas.

Each episode, a featured artist will join host Bri Clarke to bridge the gap between the process, the final product, and its infinite transformation. Artists. Conversations. (Art)versations.

Cover by Jan Marquez.
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BONUS: Best of Season 4
(Art)versations Podcast is a meditative conversation about the artistic process. Tune into all of Season 4 available now! Guest Artists featured in this episode: STEVEN (郝邦宇) HAO @steven_haoby HANNAH SOMERS @hansom_ers KRISTEN-INNES STAMBOLIC @kristenstambolic RENEE SMITH @reneejsmith_ HALF LIGHT DANCE PROJECT @halflightdance JULIA D’ANGELO @juliadangelo ANKITA ALEMONA @ankita.alemona KEVIN HOWE @kevinhowe_ JAVAUN RYAL BUTLER Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/txst.bobcat.75 SARAH GERVAIS @sarah_shoshana LUKE KIMBALL @lukekimballacting IZZI NAGEL @izzinagel FOLLOW THE POD: @artversationspod FOLLOW HOST BRI: @brianna_clarkee
58:08
December 13, 2021
10. Sarah Gervais, Luke Kimball & Izzi Nagel
Sarah is an actor, playwright and director, who recently produced Theatre44’s “Pandemic Play”. Luke is an actor and director, with a recent credit of playing Bennett on “Workin’ Moms”. Izzi is an actor, writer and director, with an upcoming role in the film “The Swearing Jar”. We talk about what tools they each use to stay creatively inspired, Sarah’s writing process for “Pandemic Play”, what Izzi has discovered about working on sets, what we are observing about the return to live theatre in other cities, the fateful day Luke was cast in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, dealing with rejection after an audition, the process of A Front Company’s “Zoo Story”, and what’s coming up next for these artists. See more from Sarah: Instagram: @sarah_shoshana Theatre44 on Instagram: @theatre44 Check out “No Solicitors” at the New Voices Festival: https://www.performancecapstone.ca/nv-2020/no-solicitors See more from Luke: Instagram: @lukekimballacting See more from Izzi: Instagram: @izzinagel The Meisner class that Luke and Izzi mentioned: Instagram: @shaunmbenson Facebook: Benson Meisner
01:56:32
October 04, 2021
9. JaVaun Ryal Butler
JaVaun is an actor and writer, currently in his last year at Texas State University’s acting program. We talk about moving on from an audition that tainted his interest in musical theatre, why he connects with breath before a performance, digging deeper into the contextual dirt while working on “Hair”, his perspective on the racism and bigotry that shows up in older works of art, and the scary process of beginning his thesis project. Follow him on Instagram: @javaunrbutler Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/txst.bobcat.75
01:05:15
September 27, 2021
8. Kevin Howe
Kevin is a stage & screen dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, currently based in London, England. We talk about his move to London after twelve years in Toronto, working in a Disney-built village for the filming of “Disenchanted”, the importance of dancers to complete a scene, and sipping fake champagne as a background actor on the “The Crown”. Follow Kevin’s Instagram: @kevinhowe_ Take Kevin’s drop-in class: https://www.thehubstudioslondon.com/timetable.html
01:06:30
September 20, 2021
7. Ankita Alemona
Ankita is a Kalaripayattu, dance and theatre artist, and the founder of Nautanki Creations. We talk about discovering her passion for Kalaripayattu during a painful period in her life, how her relationship with nature has shifted while in rehearsals with Frog in Hand, responding to the space as a performer in “Stories in the Woods”, why she refrains from describing artists as talented, and choreographing for the Bollywood Monster Mashup. Follow Ankita on Instagram: @ankita.alemona Follow Nautanki Creations: @nautanki.creations Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nautanki.creations Website: www.nautankicreations.com Follow Frog in Hand on Instagram: @froginhand Check out the company’s website: https://www.froginhand.com/ Listen to “War of the Worlds Reimagined”: https://ko-fi.com/s/3598b448e8 Ankita’s blog about her time as a company member: https://www.froginhand.com/post/staying-in-process-slowing-down-acknowledging-the-land
01:03:54
September 13, 2021
6. Julia D'Angelo
Julia is a dancer, actor, and singer/songwriter, currently based in New York. We talk about why she chose to focus on film during her last year at The New School, working through doubt for The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, her debut EP “Night Before”, and going under the name “Giulia.” for her music. Follow her Instagram: @juliadangelo Check out “Giulia.” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7k0HpVFheAj2rimeWyiD11?si=0I5IJMBvQT2llL0Z6MwmMg&dl_branch=1 Check out Julia’s performance in “Maya’s Nostrils”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjeBCv-O1ys&ab_channel=The24HourPlays
01:00:22
September 06, 2021
5. Half Light Dance Project
Lilly Giroux and Emily Rapley are the co-founders of Half Light Dance Project. We talk about why their film “September” almost had a different title, teaching at KRISP Collective’s Summer Series, relearning how to partner with each other, Lilly’s upcoming project with TOES FOR DANCE, and Emily’s mission as a certified Thai Massage Therapist. Follow their Instagram: @halflightdance YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvd_yVFoCOb2gRQ7rL0sZpA Contact: halflightdanceproject@gmail.com Follow Lilly: @girouxlil Follow Emily: @emrapley.moves
01:09:41
August 31, 2021
4. Renee Smith
Renee is a dancer, teacher and choreographer, currently based in Toronto & the GTA. We talk about her memorable first year of teaching at Take 5 Dance Studio, being up in the clouds while working with Alysa Pires & Echo Chamber Toronto, why she leaves space for open communication when collaborating, and creating “Bitter” for the Young Creator’s Challenge after heading about her friend’s hospitalization. Follow Renee on Instagram: @reneejsmith_ Contact: reneejsmith.dance@gmail.com Check out Renee’s performance at the Toronto Summer Music Festival: https://vimeo.com/578482644/a22f05432b
01:01:60
August 23, 2021
3. Kristen-Innes Stambolic
Kristen is a multi-media artist, who works with film, animation and dance. We talk about the intersection of dance and animation, working with Rua Carlota and Susannah Haight, selling her first NFT, and collaborating with musicians on upcoming projects. Follow her on Instagram: @kristenstambolic and check out her filters Follow her on Tiktok: @tinylines Purple Glow Mag article Bri mentioned: https://purpleglowmag.com/all-posts/2021/4/11/kristen-innes-stambolic
52:17
August 16, 2021
2. Hannah Somers
Hannah is a multi-media artist, currently showing her exhibition “I Found A Place” until September 16, 2021. We talk about why stepping away from photography helped her stay artistic, how she depicts her evolving identity in her works, producing a raw quality with her family for “Side by Side” [REDACTED], and we have an honest discussion about the changing name of X University. Follow Hannah on Instagram: @hansom_ers Her website: hannah-somers.format.com Visit “I Found A Place” through the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival: https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2021/exhibition/hannah-somers-i-found-a-place/ Buy Filling Station Issue 76: https://fillingstation.myshopify.com/products/filling-station-issue-76
01:05:32
August 09, 2021
1. Steven (郝邦宇) Hao
Steven is a Toronto-based actor, singer/songwriter and writer, currently enrolled in X University’s Performance Acting program. We talk about why watching filmed live performance feels strange, how a couple Zoom readings turned into Precipice Productions’ New Play Lab, the quiet moment that brought him to create “Colour, Silence”, nostalgic stress during tech day of “Another Birthday at The Buffet”, and how the community around him helps him to continue creating. Follow Steven on Instagram: @steven_haoby Check out Precipice Productions’ website: https://www.theatreprecipice.com/ Follow Precipice Productions’ Instagram: @precipiceproductions Donate to Breakup Time Machine's Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/breakup-time-machine#/
01:03:39
August 03, 2021
16. Ellen Winter
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Ellen is a singer/songwriter/composer, currently based in New York City. We talk about the ways they collaborated on the album “Every Feeling I’ve Ever Felt”, making work that is in conversation with other artists, why they realized that wearing many hats is not sustainable, how the album speaks to today’s lonely youth, the inevitability of change during the pandemic, and why play is so important. Ellen’s website: https://ellenwinter.com/ Buy “Every Feeling I’ve Ever Felt” on Bandcamp: https://ellenwinter.bandcamp.com/ Twitter / Instagram: @itsellenwinter Facebook: EllenWinterMusic YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EllenWinter
01:21:26
January 18, 2021
15. Colleen Snell
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Colleen is the artistic director and co-founder of Frog in Hand, a dance-theatre company based in Mississauga, Canada. We talk about how her summer projects brought motivation along with fear, why she is interested in providing public service in public spaces, the inspiration behind her upcoming radio play, a moment of panic she had during “Distance Dances”, and why she believes the arts are within our most humble selves. Follow Frog in Hand on Instagram: @froginhand Check out Frog in Hand’s website: https://www.froginhand.com/ Frog in Hand’s free audio content: https://www.froginhand.com/audio-projects Frog in Hand’s upcoming virtual classes/workshops: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/frog-in-hand-17860509485
01:07:41
January 11, 2021
14. Wesley Tang
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Wesley is a dancewear and dance costume designer, and the founder of Wesley Tang Designs. We talk about his new warehouse space, how he has been able to continue designing during the pandemic, why he disregards the notion that there is one perfect body type, how travelling has broadened his creative process, and the secret to his signature strapless bodysuit. Follow his Instagram: @westangs Follow his company Instagram: @wesleytangdesigns Check out his company website: www.wesleytang.com
01:00:44
January 04, 2021
13. Melanie Elysse Old
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Melanie is a dancer and choreographer, currently based in Regensburg, Germany. We talk about how she is adjusting to the German lifestyle as a Canadian artist, why she believes the artist’s role in society is even MORE vital, what she discovered about the Toronto dance community after hosting a Works-in-Progress showing in February, and the sad truth that being an artist is a lonely task. Follow her Instagram: @melanie_old
55:06
December 28, 2020
12. Rohan Dhupar
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Rohan is a theatrical performer and choreographer, and the co-founder of Theatre Oculus. We talk about how he is finding ways to “let the paint dry”, why he is looking to reimagine art through a cross-disciplinary lens, how he is adapting to digital theatre, the many collaborations of the film “Venus and Adonis”, and his upcoming mentorship program “Amplified”. Follow his Instagram: @rohandhupar Follow Theatre Oculus on Instagram: @theatre0culus Check out Theatre Oculus on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theatreoculus
01:03:45
December 22, 2020
11. Sierra Holder
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Sierra is a stage and screen performer, and the co-host of “Chunky Coyote: A Couples Podcast (But Not)”. We talk about her experience of choosing to leave Ottawa, how she finds ways to learn after her traditional education, the strange but true origin of the name of her podcast, why she believes platonic relationships are crucial to survival, and her work as a creative associate and educator with “Diva Day”. Follow her Instagram: @sierraholderr Check out Chunky Coyote Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/1PC18mtxZRZUEGpZHSrAEm Follow the podcast Instagram: @chunkycoyotepod Check out Diva Day’s website: https://ddivaday.org/ and Instagram: @ddivaday
01:04:50
December 14, 2020
10. Sadie Segriff
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Sadie is an artist currently based in Whitehorse, Yukon, who identifies as a white queer cis woman and a post-colonial Canadian settler. We talk about how she feels creatively settled in Whitehorse, the process of creating her solo “Frame of Reference” for the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, how her final year at Ryerson has brought new challenges, and why her work is influenced by her northern upbringing, environmentalism and advocating for human rights. Follow her Instagram: @badiegriff Check out her website: https://www.sadiesegriff.com/ Check out “Frame of Reference”: https://yraf.ca/2020-festival/sadie-segriff/
51:03
December 07, 2020
9. Samuel Davilmar
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Samuel is a dancer, actor, teacher and creator of “The Movement”. We talk about how the murder of George Floyd brought him the desire to talk with others, a special reveal of his upcoming guests for “The Movement”, why he links finding joy with showing respect, and his top three choreographers to work with in Toronto. Follow his Instagram and check out his IGTV for “The Movement”: @samdarius Check out his website: http://samueldavilmar.com/
01:00:35
November 30, 2020
8. Madison Leonardo
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Madison is a writer/blogger and founder of S(p)eaking Truth Company. We talk about remaining grateful and patient during COVID-19, the negative experience she had with the Ryerson Dance program, and how her company has given her a creative outlet to open up. Follow her Instagram: @madisonleonardo_ Follow her company Instagram: @speakingtruthcompany Check out her company website: www.speakingtruthcompany.com
59:16
November 23, 2020
7. Claire DeJean
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Claire is a singer/songwriter and creator, currently studying Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan. We talk about the changes she made in her life after being on “The Voice”, the process of creating her upcoming single and music video, her experience of singing with a huge orchestra, the Spotify covers that she is loving right now, and why she enjoys making art with her friends on her own timeline. Follow Claire on all her social medias: @clairedejean Check out her SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/claire-dejean
57:48
November 17, 2020
6. Laith Al-Kinani
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Laith is an actor and writer, currently in his last year of Ryerson’s BFA Performance Acting program. We talk about his perspective on the downfall of the performance industry, how he explored his sexuality and sense of humour during the Young Ruffians Apprenticeship Program, breaking the writer stereotype, and what he is learning from teaching ESL. Follow his Instagram: @laithkinani Follow his TikTok: @laithlikes2eat Check out “Love and Information” premiering online: https://www.ryerson.ca/performance/2020-21-season/fall-2020/love-and-information/
54:03
November 09, 2020
5. Michael Baboolal
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Michael is a choreographer, visual artist, and dancer with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, based in Montreal. We talk about the changes in his rehearsal schedule due to COVID-19, why his movement practice starts with groove and music, the quick process of choreographing over Zoom for “Dusk Dances”, and how he takes care of his biscuits (his feet). Follow his personal Instagram: @michaeljaredb Follow his visual arts account: @mjb.misha Check out his Facebook: Michael Baboolal Check out dance film “(A)PART” by Hit and Run Productions: https://vimeo.com/460316671
54:26
November 02, 2020
4. Aaliyah Sundar
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Aaliyah is an emerging costume and fashion designer, who recently graduated from Ryerson University’s BFA Performance Production and Design program. We talk about the pros and cons of social media for the creative industry, how she influenced her teacher to start up fashion courses at her high school, designing upside-down pants for “Everything is Different in This Moment”, and why she believes you should never skip the mockup. Follow Aaliyah on Instagram: @aaliyahsundar Check out the New Voices website: https://www.performancecapstone.ca/nv-2020
54:25
October 26, 2020
3. Ricardo Lopez
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Ricardo is a director and theatrical performer currently based in Houston, Texas. We talk about how he came to the difficult decision to take a year off of school, his early life living on Saint Croix island without internet, our first time working together at The Performing Arts Project, and his next project of directing “Schoolhouse Rock!” at a community theatre. Follow Ricardo on Instagram: @ricardo.lopez.montilla
54:16
October 19, 2020
2. Alessia Urbani
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic Alessia is an emerging designer and artist who recently graduated from Ryerson University’s BFA Performance Production and Design program. We talk about our mutual longing for being in a room with other creatives, why oil painting portraits of her family members keeps her calm, and how she maintained some level of sustainability when designing for “To Be Determined”, and the childhood memory that reminds her to dress performers in a way that they always feel comfortable. Follow Alessia on Instagram: @alessiaurbani Check out her website: https://www.alessiaurbani.com/ Check out the Create Showcase website: https://www.performancecapstone.ca/create-2020
53:46
October 12, 2020
1. The Playground Project
Anti-Racism Resources provided by Chantelle Good: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1maa3qLiPscjjKpnFxBceTvp9WiG1j-C-e2zZcxTAxpE/mobilebasic The Playground Project is an emerging dance company, co-founded by Maria Riano & Dominique Tersigni. We talk about the limitations that are keeping artists from creating, why Maria decided she needed to be her own boss, their use of musical landscaping for their work “Habitual”, the time Dominique had to explain contemporary dance to her Uber driver, and what’s coming up next for their company. Follow The Playground Project: Instagram: @theplaygroundproject Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/theplaygroundproject Follow Maria’s Instagram: @maria.riano Follow Dominique’s Instagram: @dominique.tersigni
57:35
October 05, 2020
19. Kelly Shaw
Donation links for #blacklivesmatter: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/cggys2-justice-for-regis https://blacklivesmatter.ca/donate/ Kelly is a Toronto-based dancer, teacher, and fitness instructor. We talk about the performance of social media, why the soundtrack to “A Star is Born” prepped her backstage before a performance with ProArte Danza, how she is finding ways to remove the lid on her voice, and what she found about herself during a trip to Australia (before quarantine). Follow Kelly on Instagram: @k22shaw Check out her Self Development workshop: https://kellyshaw.podia.com/
58:34
June 15, 2020
18. Kate McArthur
Donation links for #blacklivesmatter: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/cggys2-justice-for-regis https://blacklivesmatter.ca/donate/ Kate is a Mad (Bipolar Disorder 1) queer actor, creator and producer who earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor. We talk about her crazy trip to New Jersey that was cut short before she could see her first Broadway show, how she and her co-founding members of Skipping Stones Theatre worked through the complexities of Sarah Kane’s final play “4.48 Psychosis”, her connection to the character of Hamlet from an early age, and why she tries to find balance within her life outside of acting. Follow Kate on Instagram: @old.lady.kate Check out her website: https://katemcarthu1.wixsite.com/katemcarthuractor Check out Skipping Stones Theatre: https://www.skippingstonestheatre.com/ Check out Mindful Movement Centre’s online classes: http://www.mindfulmovementcentre.com/
01:09:24
June 08, 2020
17. Kristen Carcone + David Norsworthy (TOES FOR DANCE)
Kristen and David are the co-founders and co-artistic directors of TOES FOR DANCE. We talk all about their upcoming workshop Ignite! which runs from July 26-31, 2020 at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto. They spoke to me about why Ignite! is different from other training programs in that it offers participants a wide variety of classes, labs, field trips, and even life coaching sessions. If you are interested in auditioning, visit www.toesfordance.ca/ignite to find out more about the program. Follow TOES FOR DANCE: Instagram: @toesfordance Facebook: TOES FOR DANCE Website: https://www.toesfordance.ca/ Follow Kristen on Instagram: @littlebitsofawesomeness Check out her personal website: https://kristencarcone.com/ Follow David on Instagram: @david.norsworthy Check out his personal website: http://www.davidnorsworthy.com/
01:00:57
May 25, 2020
16. Stephanie Wilson
Stephanie is a singer, dancer, actor and choreographer, based around the GTA. We talk about how her current work with Smile Theatre has impacted her, the process of creating an online mini-musical with the students of St. Andrew’s College, how virtual wedding planning is keeping her creativity alive, and our mutual disappointment when hearing dance competitions are being postponed. Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephaniewilson345 Follow Smile Theatre Company: Instagram: @smiletheatre Facebook: Smile Theatre Website: http://smiletheatre.com/
54:53
May 18, 2020
15. Thomas L. Colford + Chantelle Good
Thomas is an actor, creator, teacher and ACTRA member, originally from Nova Scotia now based in Toronto. Chantelle is a freelance dancer, teaching artist and alumni of Marymount Manhattan College, based in New York. We talk about the certain tools that they are using to take care of their respective mental health’s, how structure and guilt can affect productivity, Chantelle’s experience with leaving New York when the COVID-19 shutdown happened, the current overload of creation on social media, why Thomas is putting an emphasis on care, and how each of them feel about teaching classes virtually. Follow Thomas: Instagram/Twitter: @tlcolford Facebook: Thomas L. Colford YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSp0yuHawiYSG8vKTEDgAnA Follow Chantelle: Instagram: @chantelle_good Facebook: Chantelle Good
01:05:17
May 11, 2020
14. Sophia Mangan
Sophia is a high-fashion runway model, who recently received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, with a Specialization in Immunology and Microbiology. We talk about how she expresses her creativity in the world of science, her perspective on finding confidence, and the most embarrassing moment she’s experienced on the runway. Follow Sophia on Instagram: @sophia_tk The artist that Sophia spoke about: @izzytad
44:26
May 04, 2020
13. Kalil Haddad
Kalil is a filmmaker and editor, based in Toronto, Canada. We talk about how art has become less innovative, how his short film “Farm Boy” plays on themes of confusion and fear, the pros and cons of releasing art online, and the experimental process of his upcoming film “Tiger Eats a Baby”, which he is planning to release directly through Vimeo. Follow Kalil on Instagram: @kalil.haddad; Check out his website: https://kalilhaddad.com/ and his Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/kalilhaddad
51:20
April 27, 2020
12. Mario Palumbo
Mario is a musician and songwriter, based in Toronto, Canada. We talk about the process of writing two new songs for his band “Foreign Moon”, his open mic nights at Handlebar that had begun before the quarantine of COVID-19, and a memorable moment he had watching The Killers live in concert. Follow his Instagram: @themariospeedwagon Follow Foreign Moon on Instagram: @foreign.moon and like their page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foreignmoonband
52:48
April 20, 2020
11. William Flood
William is in his final year at Ryerson University for a BFA in Performance Acting. We talk about how his play “SOAP” is shifting towards an online platform due to the COVID-19 climate, his trial and error approach to directing, and why “Tiger King” and playing The Sims 4 have been keeping him creative in quarantine. Follow his Instagram: @wmflood1998 and the New Voices Festival: @newvoices2020
50:49
April 13, 2020
10. Alysa Pires
Alysa is a Toronto based choreographer and a Choreographic Associate for the National Ballet of Canada. We talk about how her early indie projects helped define her career as it is now, the current state of dance opportunities in Toronto, the challenges of adapting Macbeth for her first full-length commission with Ballet Kelowna, and how she handles criticism. Follow her Instagram: @alysapiresdanceprojects and check out her website: www.alysa pires.com
01:03:29
February 17, 2020
9. Kaelin Isserlin
Kaelin is in his final year at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. We talk about his dream of opening an outdoor space for artists to create, the contrasts between working with Marc Boivin and Apolonia Velasquez in “Impulse”, why his current choreographic process causes him to break out in tears, and why Fiona Apple and Feist continue to be his favourite artists. Follow his Instagram: @kaelinbaby and General Effect Dance Productions: @generaleffectdp
01:01:58
February 10, 2020
8. Maxim Bortnowski
Maxim Bortnowski is a photographer and theatre artist, based in Toronto. We talk about the terrifying experience he had when his SD card ran out during a show, the differences he notices between shooting dancers and other artists, and why a turtleneck is his go-to outfit. Follow his Instagram: @maximalbphotography ; Facebook: Maxim Luca Bortnowski Photography
42:16
February 03, 2020
7. Tavia Christina
Tavia Christina is an emerging artist based in Toronto, Canada. We talk about their new position as Performance Director at the Ryerson Communication and Design Society, the many ways they are developing their voice to be an advocate for indigenous, POC and queer representation, and what’s coming up for NEAR&FAR Projects. Links to check out: Instagram- @tavschristina @nearfarprojects ; Websites- www.taviachristina.com www.nearfarprojects.com ; Podcast they mentioned: @thedanceunion
41:59
January 27, 2020
6. Mike Flynn
Mike Flynn is a physics teacher at St. Matthew’s High School in Ottawa. We talk about how he grew up balancing physics and theatre, why teaching high schoolers is better than an anechoic chamber at The Canadian Space Agency, and his favourite prank to play on his students involving a cooler.
29:36
January 20, 2020
5. Sarah Gervais
Sarah is in her final year at Ryerson University for a BFA in Performance Acting. We talk about the impact that a recently passed professor had on her, her emotional journey with body image, and why she’s producing a play that terrifies her. Follow her Instagram: @sarah_shoshana
47:08
January 13, 2020
4. Kirsten Sullivan
Kirsten is a dancer and choreographer, based in Toronto. We talk about her current research on the concept of time, the unique experience she had watching Rock Bottom Movement’s “hollow mountain”, how she grew up training in multiple sports and much more. Follow her Instagram: @kirstsullivan
37:50
January 06, 2020
3. Jake Myles
Jake is in his final year at Ryerson University for a BFA in Performance Dance. We talk about our competitive dance days, his experience running the New York City Marathon, and his current obsession with the singer Lauv. Follow his Instagram: @jake_myles and check out “Mountain Movers Podcast” on Apple and Spotify.
44:49
December 30, 2019
2. Kat Sinclair
Kat is in her final year at Ryerson University for a BFA in Performance Production. We talk about our experience working with Dylan Crossman of the Merce Cunningham Trust, how she built a ramp at Honest Ed’s, and our dream cast for a 2030 revival of American Idiot. Follow her Instagram: @katurdays
46:45
December 23, 2019
1. Judy Luo
Judy is in her final year at Ryerson University for a BFA in Performance Dance. We talk about the interchangeability of being a student and a teacher, her plans after graduation, the artist's role in society and more. Follow her Instagram: @judstahhh
38:44
December 16, 2019
28. Maya Efrat, Zoie Tannous & Kat Rodriguez
Maya, Zoie and Kat were my roommates during our time at The Performing Arts Project. We would often unwind with each other after long days and it was always a party and a half. Join us for a heated argument about which High School Musical movie is the best, a discussion on why theatre should be more accessible, and so much more. Instagrams: @mayaefrat_ @zoietannous @seeyanerds Original air date: September 18, 2019
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November 23, 2019
27. Jacey Morgan Schult
Jacey is a performer, and costume designer who just graduated from Rider University with a BA in Acting. We sat down at The Performing Arts Project during our break to talk about a fruitful experience she had working backstage and how anxiety can be a superpower for performers. Instagram: @jaceyymorgann_ Original air date: September 9, 2019
11:05
November 23, 2019
26. James Cullinane
James is a performer and photographer in sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame as a Theatre major. We sat down at The Performing Arts Project during our break to talk about his passion for rowing, and the photo-worthy landscapes of North Chicago. Instagrams: @jaymowis @thisgoodlyframe Original air date: September 3, 2019
12:54
November 23, 2019
25. Sabrina Mangone
Sabrina is a director, choreographer and performer who is in her senior year of high school at A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. We sat down at The Performing Arts Project during our break to talk about auditioning for post-secondary education, and a one-woman show that she is working on. Instagram: @sabrinamangone Original air date: August 26, 2019
10:37
November 22, 2019
24. Kiana Holmes
Kiana is a performer and director, currently studying Theatre and Dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. We sat down at The Performing Arts Project during our break to talk about having several interests outside of theatre, her love for gymnastics and much more. Instagram: @kianadholmes Original air date: August 19, 2019
11:15
November 22, 2019
23. Jessica Helgerud
Jess is a multi-faceted performer who is attending NYU for a BFA in Acting. We sat down at The Performing Arts Project during our break to talk about an upcoming manuscript they are working on, representational problems in the arts industry, and much more. Instagram: @the_artistic_geek Artist Jess mentioned: @chellaman Original air date: August 12, 2019
14:50
November 22, 2019
22. Rae Bundy
Recently graduated from York University's BFA Film program, Rae is a multi-faceted filmmaker and photographer who was kind enough to sit down with me. We discussed what it was like growing up in a small town, the personal inspirations behind her thesis film and much more. Instagram: @rae_bundy Original air date: August 6, 2019
36:26
November 22, 2019
21. Rebecca Clarke
My talented cousin Rebecca joined me to talk about her journey through York University's BFA Film Production program. We touch upon the ups and downs of shooting on set, our creative adventures during our childhoods, and much more. Instagram: @_becca_clarke Original air date: July 29, 2019
27:03
November 22, 2019
20. Codi Gowanlock
Codi sat down to discuss his solo piece, “Iodine Sky”, which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. We talk about how his process of creation actually sent him into disliking the work as time went on. It showed me how some creative processes are abandoned and that is completely valid too. Instagram: @codigowanlock Original air date: July 22, 2019
19:58
November 22, 2019
19. Jessica Mak
Jess sat down to discuss her piece, “Modul”, which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. She broke down her entire creative process, beginning with gathering a group of women who helped her develop the movement. We also touched upon topics such as gender, costuming and overall interpretation from the audience. Instagram: @jessica_yymak Original air date: July 15, 2019
17:29
November 22, 2019
18. Christian Lavigne
Chris sat down to discuss his piece, “bOdies touchIng”, which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. We talk about how personally connected this piece was to his childhood and other inspirations that came up during the creative process. Instagram: @chris.lavigne Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLWO4ppbWZXwcJSS64kfMQw Original air date: July 1, 2019
15:50
November 22, 2019
17. Margaux Labossiere & Evan Webb
These two sat down to discuss their co-choreographed duet "Liminal", which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. We touched upon controversial topics like gender stereotypes and how performance art can help neutralize the stigma that is created in society. Instagrams: @margaux.labossiere @evankwebb Original air date: June 24, 2019
23:13
November 21, 2019
16. Alessia Mallozzi
Alessia sat down to discuss her group piece, “Anisa”, which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. We talk about the link between mental health and performance art. Instagram: @alessiamallozzi Original air date: June 17, 2019
14:09
November 21, 2019
15. Anastasia Botou
Anastasia sat down to discuss her solo piece, “ALLAGI”, meaning “transition” or “change”. It was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. We talked about her background as a Greek-Canadian artist and why honest storytelling is an important part of performance. Instagram: @anastasiabotou Original air date: June 10, 2019
15:26
November 21, 2019
14. Ethan Kim
Ethan sat down to discuss his group piece called “Particulate Mass”, which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. We talked about how small movements can look so large with many dancers involved and about the cinematic musical score he chose. Instagram: @ethanthankim Original air date: June 3, 2019
18:32
November 21, 2019
13. Hannah Shikatani
Hannah sat down to discuss her solo piece entitled “Lover”, which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. We discussed musical influence, spontaneity, and her recent project with Frog in Hand. Instagram: @hannahshikatani Original air date: May 27, 2019
11:27
November 21, 2019
12. Max Wheatley
Max sat down to discuss his solo piece, aptly titled “intergouvernementalisation”. It was performed at Ryerson’s Choreographic Works 2019. We talk about how his vision changed over the process of creation and how using a fusion of styles challenges what dance performance can be. Instagram: @maxwheatley Original air date: May 21, 2019
18:03
November 21, 2019
11. Joel Taylor
Joel sat down to discuss his piece "Nowadays", which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019. His charm, dedication to the craft and creative vision make him so unique as an artist. We talk about climate change and ballet choreographers that give us life. Instagram: @joelanthonytaylor Artist who inspired Joel’s piece: @studioolafureliasson Original air date: May 14, 2019
18:45
November 21, 2019
10. Rumi Jeraj
Rumi sat down to discuss his piece “Hahaha…ha” which was performed at Choreographic Works 2019.  We talk about the experience of live music in dance performance and how the creative process for him and his dancers shifted as the piece grew. Instagram: @rumidude15 Original air date: May 6, 2019
20:13
November 21, 2019
9. Madison, Ava & Elle MacGregor
These three sisters co-wrote the series “P3: The Inevitable Truth”. We talk about music, grief, feminism, 90s nostalgia and much more.  P3: The Inevitable Truth is available for pre-order on April 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM EST.  Synopsis: After a devastating loss, a sudden journey to a new town could lead to their demise. Turning back is not an option. “Home” as they know it is gone… Recently orphaned Mavelle Ta’Marken and her twin sisters, Rose and Kelin, unexpectedly become the centre of a mystery to discover who killed their mother and father. The sisters’ new home lies in an isolated country called Dawnington; a nation ruled by a cowardly leader called the Monarch, who has been in hiding since 1976. Mavelle, Rose and Kelin have each other, and a bond stronger than blood that becomes a new power as they are pitted against forces of evil.    Instagram Links: @madisonmacgregor @avamacgregor @ellemacgregor @p3series   Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/2W3riaG  Spotify playlist based on Kelin Ta’Marken: https://open.spotify.com/user/l91oc80...  Organization that Madison is involved with: https://www.myteam.org/ Also check out “Mind Time with Madison”: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Ms...
46:20
November 20, 2019
8. Hannah Stein
Hannah is sunshine in human form. We caught up to talk about her new lifestyle after leaving school. Instagram: @ok_ish Original air date: April 8, 2019
15:33
November 20, 2019
7. Brayden Cairns
Brayden is a performer and choreographer, based in Toronto. We touch upon topics like the 13th month of the year, our glorious time in Greece, humans growing plants inside of them, and a mysterious note that we attempt to analyze. Instagram: @b.cair Original air date: April 1, 2019
45:16
November 20, 2019
6. Deivan Steele & Madelaine Hodges
Deivan and Madelaine played Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle respectively in “Pygmalion”, directed by James Wallis. We talk about how the 1912 play by George Bernard Shaw was redefined for a modern day audience and the varying ethics that are explored throughout the story. Instagram: @maddy_hodges_11 Original air date: March 25, 2019
44:42
November 20, 2019
5. Rachel Facchini
Rachel sat down with me to discuss “One Glimpse Inside”, a work she performed in Choreographic Works 2019. We talked about her journey through multiple versions of this solo piece, including her residencies at Lake Studios Berlin and at Dancemakers in Toronto. As well, we touched upon the ideas of patience, social perception, and performer-audience relationships. Instagrams: @rachelfacchini @nearfarprojects Website: https://nearfarprojects.com/  Original air date: March 18, 2019
15:32
November 20, 2019
4. Emilie Trimbee
Emilie was the lighting designer for the show "Deimos X Phobos", created by NEAR&FAR Projects and Alex Flack. We discuss how she developed the fearful ambiance for the show and how she spent her time in a trip to New York City.  Instagram: @emilietrimbeedesigns Original air date: March 4, 2019
29:17
November 20, 2019
3. Diego Varela & Oshan Starreveld
Diego and Oshan were the sound designers on the show "Deimos X Phobos", created by NEAR&FAR Projects and Alex Flack. We discuss how certain sound clips were made and what they are up to next. Instagram: @d.astro @0sh4n Original air date: February 25, 2019
42:23
November 20, 2019
2. Jake Myles & Theo Zgraggen
Jake Myles and Theo Zgraggen make up the company FUTUREYOUTH, whose motto strives to help others live the best life possible. We talk about social media as an art and where they are headed next. Instagram: @fxtureyouth Website: https://thefutureyouth.com/ Original airdate: December 7, 2018
32:12
November 19, 2019
1. NEAR&FAR Projects
I sat down with the two co-founders of NEAR&FAR Projects, Tavia Christina and Rachel Facchini, to talk about their piece "This is Where it Starts". We discuss minimalism, the future of their company and why live music can be so effective. Instagram: @nearfarprojects  Website: https://nearfarprojects.com/ Original air date: October 28, 2018
11:33
November 19, 2019