Foolish Voices: A Company Of Fools Podcast

Foolish Voices: A Company Of Fools Podcast

By Company Of Fools
"Foolish Voices" is produced by Company of Fools, a professional theatre based in Sun Valley, Idaho, and a proud part of the Sun Valley Museum of Art. "Foolish Voices" is an opportunity for theatre fans and supporters all across the world to hear about how theatre artists, thinkers, and makers are responding to the current global health crisis. Each episode features a theatre artist (actor, director, critic, academic, designer, etc) telling us more about their lives, about how they are responding to COVID-19, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. svmoa.org
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Foolish Voices: Anna Johnson
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Anna Johnson. Anna is founding Artistic and Managing Director of Cadence Theatre Company in Richmond Virginia, and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds a B.A. in theatre and dance. She was an original co-founder of Richmond’s award-winning Firehouse Theatre Project, serves as a Company Artist for Company of Fools here in Idaho, and is the founding Artistic Director of St. Thomas Playhouse in Sun Valley. Recent directing credits include 13 by Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish and Robert Horn, Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Appropriate by Branden Jacobs- and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Acting credits include roles in Steel Magnolias, Rabbit Hole, Sight Unseen, and Bus Stop with Company Of Fools. Anna also serves on the board of the Campfire Foundation in Boise, Idaho. Learn more about Cadence Theatre here!
39:59
June 11, 2020
Foolish Voices: Rich Rush
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Company of Fools favorite, Richard Rush! Rich was born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in the southwest suburbs. After attending Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin - moved to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.While in New York pursuing acting, became interested in painting and visual arts. After 15 years in New York, he and his wife, Jenn - who grew up in Ketchum - moved to Hailey, Idaho. During the past 20 years in Idaho, has had the opportunity to work with Company of Fools in many productions - as a set painter, prop maker and actor.
33:42
June 11, 2020
Foolish Voices: Yesenia Lopez
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Portland, Oregon based actor, Yesenia Lopez! Yesenia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from California State University of Sacramento. Yesenia’s last time on stage before the COVID-19 crisis was in February 2020 at the Milagro stage in Portland, Oregon as Minerva in, “In the Time of the Butterflies.” Yesenia has also worked with Bag&Baggage Productions, where she performed “The Island in the Winter Or Isla en el Invierno,” for which she received a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Yesenia’s favorite past roles include: Zoot Suit (as Lupe); Water by the Spoonful (as Odessa); Women of Juarez (as Maritza); and Electricidad (as Electricidad). When Yesenia is not on stage, she works as a Marketing Coordinator for a sports accessories store and also dabbles with graphic design and web development.
41:11
June 9, 2020
Foolish Voices: Michelle Carter
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with one of our favorite members of the Foolish Family, Michelle Carter! Based out of Los Angeles for the last 20 years, Michelle is a Richmond, VA native and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Theater VCU. When not sitting in traffic on the 405 to get to auditions or to set for work, Michelle is trying to keep up with her busy 4 year old daughter Hailey. And in non-pandemic times you can find her watching college basketball and all things baseball. Some of her television and film credits include Speechless, Marvel’s Runaways, Grimm, Jane The Virgin, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy and most recently the independent film MASS which was shot on location in her favorite little town of Hailey, Idaho. Michelle was first connected with Company of Fools 12 years ago when she got a call out of the blue asking her to come to a little town in Idaho to perform in Doubt. She’s very thankful that she answered the call. Other shows that she’s performed in with her Foolish family include Violet, 110 In The Shade, Noises Off, Welcome Home Jenny Sutter and Cry It Out.
52:01
May 29, 2020
Foolish Voices: Lawrence Siulagi
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Lawrence Siulagi. Lawrence is a performer, director, playwright, sound designer, projection designer, videographer and music composer from San Diego where he pursued a Bachelors degree in the Dramatic Arts (directing emphasis) at San Diego State University; and film editing and marketing at the University of Southern California. After college he founded Actors for Actors Theatre Co. where he directed and produced six plays—including the world premiere of Conversations With The Adversary by Mack Owen—in various San Diego playhouses. As an actor, Lawrence has appeared in productions of Deathtrap (as Sidney Bruhl) and Romeo & Juliet/Layla & Majnun (as The Sayyid) and is proud to be an Resident Artist with Bag&Baggage Productions. When he's not acting Lawrence is the resident sound designer for the Milagro Theatre where he designed recent shows Wolf At The Door and Judge Torres. As a projection designer, his recent shows include Bell, Book and Candle Óyé Oyá, Not My Revolution, As You Like It or, Love In a Forest, and The Island in Winter or, La Isla en Invierno. As a playwright, he debuted and directed his play Sea/Sick at SoloFest at The Vault Theatre. Lawrence encourages listeners to support the Actors Fund. Learn more here!
48:48
May 28, 2020
Foolish Voices: Alexis Ulrich
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Idaho-based actor Alexis Ulrich! Lexi is a Las Vegas native who came to Idaho when she was just five year old and has been performing onstage ever since. Alexis’s main passion is acting but in her spare time she loves singing, playing piano, and spending quality time with her family. She’s worked with a variety of theatre companies in Idaho for fifteen years. She is a graduate from Twin Falls High School, has her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from the College of Southern Idaho, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree in Theatre performance from Idaho State University. This past year Alexis had the privilege of performing in two shows in Company of Fools 24th season, Lydia Wickham in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and Zoe in The Niceties. Some of her other favorite roles include; Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, Deloris in Sister Act, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid. She is also a new and proud member of Actors Equity. Despite not currently having work due to Covid, she is excited and hopeful for the future!
43:37
May 22, 2020
Foolish Voices: Jennifer Lanier
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Portland-based actor, director and advocate Jennifer Lanier! Jennifer grew up in Greensboro NC and received her classical acting training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While in North Carolina, Jennifer founded the Lesbian Thesbians theatre company and also produced a number of independent projects. She became a founding fellow of the A+ Schools Program, instructing school faculties in Arts integration and curriculum enrichment. She also began working with Robert Moyer at the United Stage and the two even had a run at the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theatre of Lanier’s original young audiences piece, BRER RABBIT MEETS COYOTE, exploring the challenges with growing up as an ethnically mixed person. Lanier expanded the piece into a solo comedy called NONE OF THE ABOVE which she has toured to colleges, theatre festivals, and Pride events throughout the country. She is currently Co-Artistic Director of Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (OPS Fest). And has worked in regional theatre across the country. To learn more about OPS Fest, click here!
49:25
May 22, 2020
Foolish Voices: Rusty Tennant
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Portland-based actor, director and designer, Rusty Tennant! Rusty is the Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre Ensemble, and they have an MFA in directing and performance from the University of New Orleans. Rusty’s recent directing credits include Cabaret, Sordid Lives, Under the Influence, King Lear, Rope, The Last Days, and A View from the Bridge, among many others. Rusty also serves as the technical director at Reed College and is a regular adjunct faculty and guest artist at a range of Northwest Colleges and Universities. Rusty is also the Producing Artistic Director of the OUTWright Theatre Festival, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ contributions to theatre held annually in Portland. To learn more about Fuse, click here! To learn more about the OUTWright Theatre Festival, click here!
54:50
May 22, 2020
Foolish Voices: Jane Vogel Mantiri
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with artist, advocate, and philanthropist Jane Vogel Mantiri. Jane is the founder and president of Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE), a Portland based nonprofit social justice organization that advances the power and visibility of women and nonbinary artists. AGE advances equity through an intersectional lens, leading with age and race. AGE provides equity grants, community engagement, and workshops to achieve its mission. Jane is an actor, activist and retired psychologist and her passion for equity is strongly influenced by her childhood refugee and immigrant experience which led her to devote decades of her life to trauma healing. Her lifelong dream to be an actor was realized late in life and her vision is that future generations will have full representation and access to the powerful storytelling of theatre. Learn more about AGE online here!
34:38
May 22, 2020
Foolish Voices: Kristy Lin Billuni
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking San Francisco-based author and playwright Kristy Lin Billuni! With roots in sex work, queer activism, and sex ed, Kristy has published fiction and essays in several anthologies and journals, most recently, Sinister Wisdom. Her plays have appeared at an HIV clinic in the Castro, a leather bar in Chelsea, and at The Brava and Piano Fight, two of San Francisco’s finest cabaret stages. She has earned her living for almost twenty years as the Sexy Grammarian, teacher of bold, free, turned-on writers. She lives with her heroic wife in San Francisco. Check out Kristy's website here!
59:11
May 21, 2020
Foolish Voices: Craig Willis
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Oregon Contemporary Theatre Artistic Director Craig Willis. CRAIG has been at the helm of Oregon Contemporary Theatre since 2003 and has an MFA in Directing and a PhD in Dramatic Literature/Theory from the University of Oregon. Craig’s OCT directing credits include: Jen Silverman's The Roommate, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's Fun Home, David Ives' Venus in Fur, among many, many more. His scenic designs for OCT include: The Flick, Becky’s New Car, Ordinary Days, The Seagull and I Am My Own Wife. Learn more about OCT online here!
35:32
May 20, 2020
Foolish Voices: Marty Thomas
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.  Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with New York based Broadway star Marty Thomas! Marty Thomas is a recording artist and an actor who made his Broadway debut at age 11 as Colin in THE SECRET GARDEN. He also appeared on Broadway in WICKED and XANADU, was named Mr. Broadway in 2008 and was a 1992 Ed McMahons Junior Vocalist Star Search Champion beating a then unknown Britney Spears. He has appeared off Broadway in MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING, PAGEANT and A LOSS OF ROSES,  featured in the film BIG GAY MUSICAL, plays Damon’ on TWO BROKE GIRLS (CBS) and Charlie on GRACE & FRANKIE (Netflix). He toured internationally with many theatrical productions as well as the famed QUEEN ESTHER MARROW & THE HARLEN GOSPEL SINGERS as their first Caucasian member. He is a vocal arranger, producer and backup vocalist who has sung with the likes of Billy Porter, Grace Jones, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Holliday, and many more. Marty is a renowned performer, director and producer in the New York cabaret and concert scene. His show MARTY THOMAS PRESENTS DIVA has toured nationally and performed weekly in New York residence for 8 years. His latest album, Slow Dancing with a Boy was released to Broadway Records on December 6, 2019. Learn more about Marty online here!
50:00
May 20, 2020
Foolish Voices: Jesse Dreikosen
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with internationally renowned scenic designer, Jesse Dreikosen! Jesse is the Associate Chair and Head of Design and Production at The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts in Moscow, Idaho. Before moving to Idaho, Jesse was an Associate Professor and Head of Design and Production at Florida International University. He received his MFA in scene design from Purdue University and a BFA in theatre design from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Jesse has designed sets  around the country at such theatres as Company of Fools, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, The Texas Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and many more Jesse’s work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic, and he  currently hold the position of Vice-Commissioner of Education in the Scene Design & Technologies Commission for The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). I also serve as the National Chair of Design, Technology and Management for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF Visit Jesse online at his website here!
40:19
May 19, 2020
Foolish Voices: Yasmin Ruvalcaba
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with my friend, Yasmin Ruvalcaba! Yasmin Ruvalcaba, graduated from Williams College in 2017. While there she earned her B.A. in Political Science and Latinx Studies, and was also considered an “adopted” theatre major. While at Williams she was active in the theatre community, directing and acting in plays for the student run Cap&Bells. During her time there she realized the lack of diversity and representation within the theatre department and community. As a result, she made the conscious decision of directing plays such as El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson. Now in Portland she has had the opportunity to direct a couple of readings for Milagro Theatre’s, Ingenio Series. Yasmin has also been honored to be the assistant director for La Ruta (Artists Repertory Theatre) and La Isla En Inviero/The Island in Winter (Bag&Baggage Productions) in the past year. She is also an active writer in the community. Two of her monologues are currently featured in Theatre Diaspora’s Here on This Bridge: The -ism Project. Yasmin is currently working for Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE), located in Portland; where she focuses on advocating for intersectional women’s equity and representation in the theatre community. Learn more about AGE here. 
37:50
May 18, 2020
Foolish Voices: Steve Koehler
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with lighting designer and theatre administrator, Steve Koehler! For the past two years Steve has served as the Managing Director of Swift Creek Mill Theatre in Chesterfield Virginia, a professional theatre south of Richmond Virginia. Steven has also been Managing Director of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in Lafayette, Indiana and Actors Guild of Lexington in Lexington Kentucky. He has served on the Boards of The Kentucky Theatre Association, The Indiana Community Theatre Association, and the Richmond Virginia Theatre Alliance. Steve has served as a panelist for The Indiana Arts Commission and the Virginia Arts Commission. As a lighting designer, Steve has worked extensively in Richmond Virginia, and through the midwest. For The Company of Fools, Steven has designed The Syringa Tree, It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, The Woman in Black, Good People, Grey Gardens, and most recently, Crimes of the Heart. Steve is married to musician, Shellie Johnson, and proud father of three.
43:53
May 18, 2020
Foolish Voices: Norman Wilson
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Norman Wilson! Norman is a Portland transplant from Los Angeles. Growing up in Orange County, CA, he cut his teeth on community theatre, church choirs and background work in film before graduating to professional stage, film and TV work. He now lives in Portland with his partner of fifteen years and their dog of ten, and they co-work in their one BR apartment for their employers. Norman is an underwriting account manager for All Classical Portland, the premier classical music station of Oregon and southwest Washington and the entity that produces the nationally syndicated program The Score with Edmund Stone. When not touting the virtues of public radio or performing on stage or screen, Norman can usually be found running along the Willamette River, on the Oregon coast or in his kitchen cooking. He is also a rabid watcher of Turner Classic Movies and solver of NY Times crossword puzzles.
42:23
May 15, 2020
Foolish Voices: Misty Tompoles
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with arts and culture publisher Misty Tompoles! Misty is the publisher and founder of Artslandia Magazine, and is a rampant entrepreneur who started her company when she was 24. Since then she has helped create and navigate the currents that course through ever-changing cultural waters. This is true now more than ever. Her influence and dogged work ethic within the media landscape has helped shape Portland’s national reputation as an independent, innovative incubator for creative entrepreneurship. As a fearless entrepreneur, she is a tenacious advocate for the art and artists that form the heart and soul of communities everywhere. Check out Artslandia online here. 
44:19
May 15, 2020
Foolish Voices: Molly Lyons
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with internationally acclaimed actor and director Molly Lyons! A recent transplant to Tuscon from Chicago, Molly has directed such shows as: On the Verge, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Barber of Seville, Magic Flute, Carmen, The Foreigner, Diary of Anne Frank, The Clearing, an award-winning Glass Menagerie, among many more. As an actor, some of her favorite roles include: Ellie – Sweet Texas Reckoning, the Nurse – Romeo & Juliet, Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing, Titania – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cecilia – At Water’s Edge and, as the last queen of Ireland in her solo show, A Most Notorious Woman. Molly has worked across the US and internationally in Canada and Europe. Her education includes: Santa Clara University, California Institute of the Arts, Royal Shakespeare Company. Molly has been Artistic Director of Green Wood Studios, actor training, and Actors' International Retreat Experience (AIRE) since 1994.
51:53
May 15, 2020
Foolish Voices: John Iacovelli
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Emmy Award winning Production Designer JOHN IACOVELLI. John has designed over 300 hours of Prime-Time Television, garnering a Prime-Time Emmy Award for the A&E Broadcast of the Broadway production of Peter Pan. John was also art director on the Disney smash hit film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! His TV work includes The Old Settler, The Gin Game, Babylon 5; Ed; Resurrection Blvd.; and Lincoln Heights. His Broadway work includes The Twilight of the Golds, and the National Tour of Camelot starring Michael York. His regional theater credits include over 300 productions at major Theatres: Steppenwolf, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, and many many more. John has an MFA degree from NYU Tisch, and an LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from The U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology in 2019. Learn more about John's career and work online here. 
44:51
May 14, 2020
Foolish Voices: Eric Leviton
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with musical theatre and Broadway star Eric Leviton! Eric has appeared in a gazillion Broadway shows, but is known for being in the original Broadway cast of Kinky boots. Eric has toured in such shows as Chicago, The Full Monty, Seussical, the Musical starring Cathy Rigby, and Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis. Television credits include roles on “Sneaky Pete,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” “Desperate Housewives,” "Scrubs," "Diagnosis Murder," "Beverly Hills 90210," and Disney’s "Annie," as well as a recurring role as The Heckler on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien." Eric is also the co-creator of the award-winning two-man show, “A Little Traveling Music” as well as the host/creator of the podcast HOW WE TALK ABOUT SEX, which is on iTunes. Learn more about Eric's podcast here.
48:35
May 14, 2020
Foolish Voices: Mandana Khoshnevisan
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the lovely and hilarious Mandy Khoshnevisan! Mandy is an actor, educator, and multifaceted theater artist currently based in Portland, OR, where she is an Associate Artist at Bag&Baggage Productions and a member of the performing ensemble at Funhouse Lounge. She studied literature, theater, and history at Stanford University, and has been performing and teaching improv since 1996. On the improv side, she worked for years with BATS Improv and The Un-Scripted Theater Company, specializing in directing and performing in improvised full-length plays and musicals. She’s improvised around the country, including at the New York Musical Improv Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival with shows she created. In the scripted-acting realm, recent favorite roles include Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet/Layla & Majnun, Paulina in Death and the Maiden, Margaret/Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Mae Coleman in Reefer Madness, and Biff Tannen in Back to the Future: the Musical Parody among others. She also teaches theater, directs, choreographs, builds puppets, designs costumes and lighting, does some voice acting, and in general is usually pretty busy (although less so, at this exact time in history). She recently published her first book, Managed Mischief, about improvisation and creativity. You can buy Mandy's book on improvisation and creativity online here!
49:10
May 12, 2020
Foolish Voices: Ian Armstrong
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with my LA-based actor, activist, and essential worker, Ian Armstrong. Ian is an actor, an improv comedy performer, and, brilliantly, an essential health care worker and union activist living in Los Angeles. He got his BA in theatre arts from the University of Oregon and has trained at the Lesley Kahn Institute and the Upright Citizens Brigade Sketch Comedy group in LA in Sketch Comedy writing. He has appeared in dozens of shows with Bag&Baggage Productions as a resident actor, including Of Mice and Men, Twelfth Night, The Glass Menagerie, The Great Gatsby, and many more. He has also worked with Lord Leebrick Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre, and the Enclave Theatre Company, where he is a founding member. His film and television work includes a number of lead roles with Enclave Entertainment Group and on BuzzFeed and Jay Spears Productions.
47:53
May 12, 2020
Foolish Voices: David Saffert
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the delightful and inhumanely talented David Saffert! David has played piano for the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Resonance Ensemble, Anonymous Theatre, and has been featured on All Classical Portland radio’s “Thursdays at Three.” Past piano credits also involve work in Minnesota with the Guthrie Theater and in Michigan at the Interlochen Arts Camp. David is also Liberace tribute artist who performs with Jillian Snow Harris (as Liza Minnelli), and Bo Ayars (Liberace’s actual Music Director from 1973-1985). Together they have performed at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco, Broadway Rose Theatre, CoHo Theatre, and Tony Starlight’s Showroom in Portland, and special television appearances in Liberace’s own Las Vegas mansion! Check out info on David at his website here. 
51:46
May 12, 2020
Foolish Voices: Andrew Beck
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking the living hairdo, Andrew Beck. Andrew holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon. Andrew is a five-year member of Bag&Baggage’s Resident Acting Company having appeared in As You Like It, Blithe Spirit, Spinning into Butter, Our Country’s Good, Dial “M” for Murder, Deathtrap, and A Clockwork Orange, among others. Andrew has also performed with Oregon Contemporary Theatre in The Great Gatsby and in Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly and the The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville, Willamette Stage Company, Nebraska Repertory Theatre and The Ludlow Festival. Andrew is a current member of No Filter Improv and teaches acting at Oregon State University. Andrew encourages listeners to support Bag&Baggage Productions by making a donation online here. 
50:13
May 8, 2020
Foolish Voices: Aneesh Sheth
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Aneesh Sheth.  Aneesh Sheth is a singer, actress, producer, director, writer, and transgender activist. Born in India and relocating to the United States at an early age, she quickly found a passion for music studying piano, flute and voice training. She attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for Musical Theatre and after receiving her BFA, she performed in various musicals including the Broadway National Tour of A.R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams. In 2008 Aneesh returned to New York University to pursue a Master's Degree in Social Work and dedicated her time working with queer and questioning youth as a counselor with The Trevor Project and a patient advocate at Beth Israel Medical Center. She has appeared as Kami Sutra on NBC's Outsourced, in Hulu's Difficult People, HBO's High Maintenance and NBC's New Amsterdam. She is most notably known as Carly in the critically acclaimed Public Theater production of Southern Comfort, and as Gillian on Marvel's Jessica Jones on NETFLIX. In March 2013, Advocate Magazine honored Aneesh on their 40 Under 40 List and in January 2020 she became the recipient of the HRC Visibility Award in Cincinnati, delivering a speech that can only be described as epic and brilliant. To watch her HRC Visibility Award speech, click here.  You can support Aneesh on her Venmo account by clicking here. Learn more about Aneesh's work by visiting her website here.  
58:30
May 7, 2020
Foolish Voices: Kirsten Schultz
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with our favorite shutterbug, the official photographer of Company of Fools, Kirsten Schultz! Kirsten is an award-winning, internationally published photographer whose work is driven by her love of people, travel, food, and the arts. Her work has been featured in publications including Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine’s Best of the Best & The New York Times. She is the photographer of many cookbooks, art books, several CD and iTunes covers as well as the 2O year retrospective for Company of Fools. When not photographing on location and enjoying her family, she works from her studio outside of Bellevue, Idaho. For more information or to book Kirsten for a shoot, visit her online here. 
41:22
May 7, 2020
Foolish Voices: Rick Noble
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Rick Noble! Rick is the Director of Production at the American Repertory Theater, where he’s proudest of getting a 4,800 gallon pool onstage for the world premiere of Endlings by Celine Song. Prior to that, he was the Director of Production at Baltimore Center Stage, leading the production department through the renovation of the historic theatre building. Favorite productions at BCS include One Night in Miami by Kemp Powers, Twisted Melodies by Kelvin Roston Jr., and the world premiere of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical by Kwame Kwei-Armah. He also worked as the Associate Production Manager at the Denver Center Theatre Company, where he was part of the team that created Off-Center, a sub-brand of unconventional programming aimed at bringing new audiences to the theatre, and was the lead production manager on multiple world premieres, including The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez and The Whale by Sam Hunter. Rick is a graduate of Oregon State University, where he helped start Bard in the Quad, an annual outdoor Shakespeare program. Pre-theatre he was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, with deployments to Iraq as a combat engineer leading land mine clearing teams.
45:05
May 5, 2020
Foolish Voices: Christine Leslie
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Company of Fools company member, Christine Leslie! She currently teaches Drama and directs and produces theater performances at Wood River Middle School with 6-8th graders. She also co-directs many high school plays with Karl Nordstrom and the high school theater department. Her first play with Company of Fools was The Laramie Project in 2003. Since then she has performed in several productions and readings as well as working behind the scenes with the stage crew, and teaching Stages of Wonder at the local elementary schools. Christine appreciates all aspects of theater and has written scenes and plays that her students have performed.
35:31
May 5, 2020
Foolish Voices: David Kepner
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the actor David Kepner! David is a very foolish actor who feels incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Foolish community (wow that was a lot of fricatives!). David is from Nampa, Idaho. He received his B.A. in Theater and Secondary Education from Boise State University where he too performed in numerous productions. He's also appeared on the Liberty Theater stage as Prentiss in Company of Fool’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. David is currently living in West Hollywood with his fiancée Hailey, completing his M.F.A in Theater at UCLA’s Theater, Film, and Television program.
40:19
May 1, 2020
Foolish Voices: Nate Vilandre
Welcome to Foolish Voices! I’m Scott Palmer, Producing Artistic Director of Company of Fools, and on this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Nate Vilandre! Nate is a Production Manager, Company Manager, and Producer based primarily in the Northeast. He is entering his second year at Vermont’s oldest theatre, The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company as their Production and Operations Manager. Prior to his work at Weston, he was the Production Coordinator for TROIKA Entertainment, managing fourteen tours including Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and On Your Feet!. Nathaniel began his career working at theatres such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, Geva Theater Center, and the Glimmerglass Festival.
39:29
May 1, 2020
Foolish Voices: RL Rowsey
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the utterly delightful RL Rowsey. R.L. Rowsey has spent his like immersed in the arts.  From his start in Richmond, Virginia filled with piano lessons, church choirs and high school plays, R.L. has continued his love for the arts in a diverse and exciting career.  After studying voice and piano at Virginia Commonwealth University and musical directing dozens of musicals at local theatres, R.L. moved to the Washington, D.C. suburbs where he spent time serving as musical director for a new American opera, singing the title role in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, teaching and directing at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Studio Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.  After a quick return to Richmond as the associate producing artistic director for TheatreVirginia, R.L. was back on the road first as conductor, then company manager and finally general manager for one of the nation’s leading producers of national tours. Almost twenty years ago, R.L. and his partner John Glenn moved to Hailey, Idaho to work with Company of Fools.  In addition to his work as the Education Artistic Director for the Sun Valley Music Festival, he also serves as the music director for Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living and conductor of Caritas Chorale.  
40:59
April 30, 2020
Foolish Voices: Lon Gowan
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the dangerously delightful Lon Gowan! Lon is a professional stuntman, actor, and writer. He has appeared in over 30 national commercials and numerous TV shows & films, including: Big Little Lies, 9-1-1, Seal Team, Jordan Peele's Us, Grace and Frankie, Single Parents, American Horror Stories, How to Get Away with Murder, Private Practice, CSI, Arrested Development, The Mentalist, CONAN, General Hospital, Hulu's Into The Dark and The Orville. In Early 2020, he can be seen in the new series Little Fires Everywhere and the feature film Call of the Wild. All of which would not be possible without the support and hard work of his amazingly talented wife, Julie Dolan.
39:09
April 28, 2020
Foolish Voices: Christopher Stowell
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre & performing artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.  Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with international ballet superstar, Christopher Stowell! Christopher is the son of ballet legends Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, and received his training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In 1985, he joined San Francisco Ballet where he danced for 16 years, appearing in theatres throughout the world including the Paris Opéra Ballet, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. As a Principal Dancer, Mr. Stowell performed leading roles in dozens of full-length ballet classics and appeared in almost every Balanchine ballet performed by San Francisco Ballet. In 2003, Mr. Stowell was named the Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT), a position he held until 2012.  In addition to serving as Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director at San Francisco Ballet for the 2014/15 season, he recently worked in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Beijing and Copenhagen, and created his first work for Los Angeles Ballet and his first film for the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. In 2017, Mr. Stowell joined The National Ballet of Canada as Associate Artistic Director. Learn more about the National Ballet of Canada online here!
48:43
April 28, 2020
Foolish Voices: Anne Mueller
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Anne Mueller, Artistic Associate for Ballet Idaho! Anne received her training from Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski, The Washington School of Ballet, and The Kirov Academy. She began her professional career with Alabama Ballet, later joining Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) where she enjoyed a fifteen-year career. She became a principal dancer for OBT and danced leading roles in works by George Balanchine, James Kudelka, Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Trey McIntyre, Nicolo Fonte, and had numerous original roles created for her by Christopher Stowell and others. After retiring from the stage, Anne held several positions on the artistic staff of OBT, including Artistic Coordinator, Director of Artistic Operations and Interim Artistic Director. As a choreographer, her work has been performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Victoria, Body Vox, and The Portland Ballet, where she held a position as Co-Artistic Director. Anne was a co-founder of Trey McIntyre Project, performing as a company artist from 2005 to 2007, also serving as the organization’s founding Managing Director from 2004 to 2006. Information on Ballet Idaho, including how to donate to the organization, can be found here.
42:23
April 24, 2020
Foolish Voices: Scott MacDonald
Welcome to Foolish Voices! I’m Scott Palmer, Producing Artistic Director of Company of Fools, and on this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with TV and Film star Scott MacDonald! Scott MacDonald is a veteran professional actor who has enjoyed an eclectic 35 year career with extensive credits in film, television, as well as on the legit stage. His film credits include big studio films and indies, most recently “Call of the Wild”, with other film work including leading roles in “Jarhead”, “Water for Elephants”, “Fire in the Sky” and the campy cult favorite horror film “Jack Frost” among others. Mac’s television guest star credits include “Dexter”, “The West Wing”, “Boston Legal”, “ER” and recurring roles on HBO’s “Carnivale” and Showtime’s “United States of Tara”. MacDonald has appeared in a lot of sci/fi, guest starring and recurring on 4 separate Star Trek series as various aliens, “Enterprise”, “The Next Generation”, “Deep Space Nine”, “Voyager” as well as in the universes of “Stargate”, “The X-Files”, “Babylon 5”, and "Threshold" among many others. He holds and MFA from California Institute of the Arts, as well as 2 BA’s from Washington State University, one in Speech/Theatre and the other in Broadcast/Communication.
44:49
April 21, 2020
Foolish Voices: Jana Arnold
Welcome to Foolish Voices! I’m Scott Palmer, Producing Artistic Director of Company of Fools, and on this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the one, the only, the living legend, Jana Arnold! Jana Arnold graduated with a degree in theater from Baylor University and went from there to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. It is in small Equity Waiver theaters that she “cut her teeth” on stage and where she earned two Los Angeles DramaLogue Awards for excellence in theater. Jana has over 40 guest starring roles in film and TV, but the roller coaster life of an actor in L.A. was hard. She had an opportunity to go to the Sun Valley area of Idaho to do a play. 15 years and over 40 productions later, she is still there and has worked non-stop ever since with several regional production companies including nexStage Theater, Laughing Stock, Off Center Stage, St. Thomas Playhouse, The Spot, Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Company of Fools, where she is a resident actor. Jana has had the opportunity to perform in roles most actors only dream about, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Vera in 5000 Miles, and Edith Bouvier Beale in Grey Gardens to mention only a few.
40:50
April 21, 2020
Foolish Voices: Michelle Milne
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Michelle Milne! Michelle Milne has worked as a director, performer, writer, and educator across the US. She recently directed highly physical and immersive productions of The Light Princess, Every Brilliant Thing, Brontë (Drammy Award for Best Production, Portland), Eurydice, Macbeth (at a prison in Oregon), Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet (SB Tribune Regional Best Production), and several ensemble-devised productions. She tours her original writing with musician Heather Kropf in We Know There Are Oceans: A Travelogue; has performed her poetry as “Carmelina du Jour” in Chicago’s Poetry Bordello; and was part of the ensemble for Palissimo’s The Painted Bird at La Mama in NYC. Her original piece about borders and walls, For Those Who Cannot Fly, premiered in Chicago and San Francisco; she is expanding that piece for touring under the title Edge Effects. Michelle is a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, and for the past 6 ½ years she has been navigating three geographic homes and life on the road as part of her ongoing writing project, Traveling Home. You can read some of her writing at https://mappingtheterrain.wordpress.com/ and can contact her or contribute to her work via PayPal at mmilne@gmail.com
44:48
April 20, 2020
Foolish Voices: Joe Lavigne
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we chat with COF resident scenic designer, Joe Lavigne! Joe has been a resident of the valley since 1995. He started his life in theatre with COF 25 years ago by taking an acting class led by COF co-founder Rusty Wilson. This led to performing in a couple of plays which led to the desire to continue learning theatre which led to Joe going back to college at 40. He achieved a degree in Theatre Design from Boise State University in 2006. While at BSU, Joe’s first realized set design, Dante, earned a regional KCACTF scenic design award. About to apply to Grad schools, Joe was offered a job to work with COF by the late John Glen, that was to last a year but instead turned into 14. Since 2006, Joe has designed numerous plays for each season at COF. Highlights include: K2, Doubt, God of Carnage, Other Desert Cities, Enchanted April, Peter and the Starcatcher, Proof and 4000 Miles.
35:08
April 20, 2020
Foolish Voices: Daniel Pollack-Pelzner
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the academically delightful Daniel Pollack-Pelzner! Daniel is the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Linfield College in Oregon. His articles about Shakespeare and contemporary culture have appeared recently in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project, and he lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He met his wife in a fifth-grade production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and is currently working with his son on a Hamilton/Harry Potter mashup called “Halexander Potterton.”
55:42
April 17, 2020
Foolish Voices: Robert Throckmorton
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with a founding member of the Fools family, Robert Throckmorton! Robert is an actor and director living in Richmond, Virginia. His twenty-five plus years of theatrical experience include a diverse range of credits including Tom Wingfield (“The Glass Menagerie”), Prior Walter (“Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”), John/James (“Love! Valour! Compassion”), Cornelius Hackl (“Hello, Dolly!), and Helena (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), and the tour-de-force one-man shows “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris and Fred Barton’s “Miss Gulch Returns.” Robert is an alumnus of Wesleyan University, the National Theatre Institute and the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts and a founding member of Company of Fools. He flexes his creative muscles daily in his role as Principal with Prophet Brand Strategy which is dedicated to creatively-inspired, digitally powered business transformations
43:31
April 16, 2020
Foolish Voices: Ariel Puls
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with a recent addition to the Fools family, Ariel Puhs! Ariel was named after the Shakespeare character and not the Disney mermaid. She is an actress and artist based in the Pacific Northwest, earning her BA in theatre at the University of Portland and her MFA in acting from Columbia University in New York City. This last fall was her first time coming to Hailey Idaho and working for Company of Fools, performing as struggling new mom Jessie in Molly Smith Metzler's play "Cry It Out" directed by Denise Simone. Back home in Portland, Ariel works with Marquam Auction Agency to help local non-profits raise money for their community programs. She is also a very proud and active Core Company Member and actor for the Portland based Original Practice Shakespeare Festival which provides free Shakespeare in the park and schools. Currently, she is sheltering in place with her parents, brother, two dogs, and a cat named Bother. Ariel would love for you to consider supporting Original Practice Shakespeare Festival online at www.opsfest.org, and make a donation at   https://www.opsfest.org/donate.html
38:51
April 15, 2020
Foolish Voices: Rusty Wilson
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we talk with the first fool of them all, Rusty Wilson! Rusty is a free-lance theatre artist based in Richmond, VA. Since moving to Richmond in 2005 he has directed a number of critically acclaimed productions including Cadence Theatre’s John, (RTCC Best Director, 2017), Sight Unseen, and In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Other Richmond directing credits include Firehouse Theatre’s Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (RTCC Best Director, 2011), Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (RTCC Best Director, 2009), and Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade. Rusty also directed Virginia Rep’s To Kill A Mockingbird, and Richmond Triangle Players’ Cloud 9. Prior to moving to Richmond, Rusty spent ten years serving as the Founding Artistic Director for Company of Fools, an award winning theatre company located in Sun Valley, Idaho. Favorite directing credits there include Uncle Vanya, James Joyce’s The Dead, Waiting for Godot, How I Learned to Drive, The Tempest, Death and the Maiden, Buried Child, and Other Desert Cities. The company received the Idaho Governor’s Award in 2004, and continues to be one of Idaho’s leading arts institutions. Rusty has been a guest director and teacher at various colleges and universities around the country, received a fellowship in directing in 2003, and was featured in the March 2002 issue of American Theatre Magazine. He currently serves as the Director of Theatre and Arts Chair at St. Christopher’s School and is an Associate Artist and Teacher for Cadence Theatre.
41:56
April 14, 2020
Foolish Voices: James Still
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we talk with internationally acclaimed playwright James Still! James' plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China and Japan. His new plays include DINOSAUR(s); (A) NEW WORLD; and BLACK BEAUTY (premiering recently at Seattle Children’s Theatre). Recent work includes a trilogy of linked-plays: THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (Indiana Repertory Theatre), APPOGGIATURA (Denver Center Theatre), and MIRANDA (Illusion Theater, Minneapolis). Also: APRIL 4, 1968: BEFORE WE FORGOT HOW TO DREAM (Indiana Repertory Theatre); two plays about the Lincolns: THE WIDOW LINCOLN and THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK ( both premiering at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.); a play for one actor about culinary icon James Beard called I LOVE TO EAT (Portland Center Stage); a play for 57 actors called A LONG BRIDGE OVER DEEP WATERS (Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles); LOOKING OVER THE PRESIDENT’S SHOULDER at theaters across the country; and AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME at theaters around the world (most recently at Alabama Shakespeare Festival). His short play WHEN MISS LYDIA HINKLEY GIVES A BIRD THE BIRD was a winner of Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival in New York and performed at many festivals. Still is an elected member of both the National Theatre Conference in New York and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. He received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Festival and the Todd McNerney New Play Prize from Spoleto. His plays have been developed at the New Harmony Project, the O’Neill Conference, Sundance, Seven Devils, the Colorado New Play Summit, Launch Pad, and many others. He is a four-time Pulitzer nominee for his work in the theater, and a five-time nominee for his work in television. He is the Playwright in Residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Artistic Affiliate at American Blues in Chicago, and lives in Los Angeles.
54:34
April 14, 2020
Foolish Voices: Orion Bradshaw
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we chat with Orion Bradshaw! Orion is an Actor, Licensed Teacher, and Social Justice Advocate; he is a proud member of both the Actors’ Equity and National Education Associations. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Southern Oregon University in the summer of 2019, while also training with Southern Oregon's Racial Equity Coalition. Orion was an actor for 3 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, before going on to co-found Post5 Theatre in Portland, Oregon - as well as perform with numerous Portland and Seattle area theaters. He’s been a Theatre/ Drama educator for 13+ years, and has collaborated in this capacity with such companies as the aforementioned OSF, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and PlayWrite Inc. - among many others. He is also the resident Shakespeare script adapter for The Drama Notebook. Orion wholeheartedly believes that the Performing Arts, Education, and Social Justice make a powerful trio; they are vital to building and fostering empathy and awareness in our citizens. He hopes that we emerge from this time of great uncertainty with a renewed sense of unity, equity, awareness, giving, and citizenship.
41:20
April 10, 2020
Foolish Voices: Cassandra Bissell
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Cassandra Bissell! Cassie is a freelance actor based in Wisconsin. She was first introduced to the wonder that is Company of Fools and the incredible Wood River Valley community through her partner, Neil Brookshire. She has appeared alongside him at Company of Fools in Proof, Constellations, and Mary Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. She pieces together a living as a freelance actor by appearing anywhere that will hire her which thus far includes stages from Vermont to Utah. Cassandra holds a degree in Gender Studies from the University of Chicago, is very fond of cats, tea, solitaire and writing the occasional haiku. (Yes, she is in fact, an 80-year-old soul in a 42-year-old skin.)
54:24
April 9, 2020
Foolish Voices: Russell Simone Wilson
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the loveliest of the fools, Russell Simone Wilson! Russell is an actor, sound designer, and all around multifaceted artist. She has appeared in Circle Mirror Transformation, Eleemosynary, Distracted, and Almost, Maine with Company of Fools, in Bernhardt/Hamlet with Alley Rep, and in a number of roles for Hollins University. According to Russell, she is a 29 year old mess.  Her recent accomplishments include writing letters to the moon, calling her mother, and taking every piece of advice she’s ever received from a Yogi teabag.  She’s grateful every day to be an artist and for having a heart that wants to create. Learn more about Russell's work in slam poetry here.
35:45
April 8, 2020
Foolish Voices: Neil Brookshire
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with a perennial Company of Fools favorite, Neil Brookshire! Neil is an actor, visual artist, and filmmaker who has appeared on The Liberty Stage in productions of Constellations, Proof, Peter and the Starcatcher, Enchanted April, The Woman in Black, and most recently, as Mr. Darcy in MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLY. He is also the founder of Dirt Hills Productions, which produces short films and audio. He has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boise State and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Wisconsin.
49:13
April 8, 2020
Foolish Voices: Peter Schuyler
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with Pete Schuyler! Peter is currently a Resident Artist at Bag&Baggage Productions, having performed, produced or directed more than 15 shows for the company in the past eight years. He is a founding member of No Filter Improv and has performed for numerous Portland area companies including triangle productions!, Lakewood Theatre, Northwest Classical, and Northwest Children’s Theater. A transplant to Oregon from NYC, he has worked with La Mama E.T.C., Immediate Theater, DMTheatrics, was a producing board member of NativeAliens, and producing member emeritus of Dysfunctional Theatre Company. He is the former Operations and Customer Service Manager for Dramatists Play Service and was a writer for nytheatre.com/IndieTheatreNow. Peter encourages support for the Portland Area Theatre Alliances's Valentine Fund, to support Portland-area actors impacted by the economic crisis, and sending direct relief to your favorite artists via Venmo, Paypal or CashApp.
38:52
April 7, 2020
Foolish Voices: Melory Mirashrafi
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Melory Mirashrafi. Melory is a dramaturg, actor, and director from Hillsboro, Oregon. This year, after an internship with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Melory moved to Boston to work as the Huntington Theatre Company's 2019-2020 Literary Apprentice, where she is also a dramaturg for Speakeasy Stage's "The Boston Project" on J. Sebastián Alberdi's new play VIEJITX. In Oregon, Melory has worked recently as a dramaturg and cultural consultant for Octavio Solis on Mary Zimmerman's THE ARABIAN NIGHTS at Southern Oregon University, directed THE LITTLE PRINCE with Opera Theater Oregon in downtown Portland, and performed as Veronica in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL at the Funhouse Lounge and in Heather Raffo's one-woman show, NINE PARTS OF DESIRE at Linfield College. Melory’s writing has been featured in Oregon Artswatch, Public Books, and at the ATHE 2019 National Conference. 
47:33
April 7, 2020
Foolish Voices: David Janeski
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with the one, the only, the living legend: David Janeski! Welcome to Foolish Voices! David is a Theatre Artist and Database Administrator for Sun Valley Museum of Art. His most recent stage endeavor was a reading of a play in progress with American playwright Samuel Hunter.  David has lived in the Wood River Valley for 5 years and been visiting since 2007. Company of Fools brought him out west from his home state of Virginia. When not working on stage or in the database David enjoys woodworking. He has so far created functional items for the home including a dining table, coffee table, benches, built-in storage cabinets, oh yes, and a spice rack. 
34:24
April 6, 2020
Foolish Voices: James Dixon
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with James Dixon, an actor, director, and equity champion from Portland, Oregon. He is also an arts administrator, an equity facilitator, a proud Theatre Vertigo alumni, and currently serves as the EDI Chair for the Portland Area Theatre Alliance Board of Directors.  Recent directing credits include Bootycandy with Fuse Theatre, The Mysterious Affair At Styles with Linestorm Playwrights, and as a cultural advisor for Hair with Staged. He is currently directing a 360 degree VR documentary, Genderfication, centered around transgender, femme, and non-binary humans of color in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.  James encourages listeners to support PATA's Valentine Fund, https://portlandtheatre.com/Valentine-Fund, to support actors impacted by the economic crisis.  You can also visit him online to learn more about his work: www.jamesrdixon.com
44:09
April 3, 2020
Foolish Voices: Denise Simone
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, we are talking with the most Foolish of all the Fools, Denise Simone. Denise came to Hailey, Idaho in 1996 and, until 2016, she served as COF’s Co-Producing Artistic Director. She was awarded the Governor’s Award in 2014 for Excellence In The Arts. Denise has performed in gazillions of shows for the Fools, including August: Osage County, God of Carnage, Good People, Other Desert Cities, Shirley Valentine, and with Bruce Willis in Fool For Love, among many many more. She has also directed numerous shows for the Fools, including Cry It Out, Proof, Constellations, among many more. Denise also created COF’s innovative theatre in schools program, Stages of Wonder, and served as a commissioner for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a proud member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild.
42:20
April 2, 2020
Foolish Voices: Aly Wepplo
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Aly Wepplo! Aly is a Company Artist with Company of Fools. She first came to Idaho for the Fools’ 2007 production of The Spitfire Grill and finally made Idaho her home in 2015. Aly is so grateful to live in a community with such a vibrant theatre scene, and she’s happy to work with The Spot, Sawtooth Productions, St. Thomas Playhouse, and the musical duo The Beverly Lovers. A proud member of “The Loud Family,” in the words of her father, Aly grew up on inside jokes about potatoes and trapping ideas in tupperware.  
42:30
April 2, 2020
Foolish Voices: Jennifer Dick
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Jennifer Dick. Jen is a director, playwright, actor, and teacher living in Glasgow, Scotland. She is currently the Associate Director of Bard in the Botanics, Scotland's premiere Shakespeare Company. Her directing credits include Richard III, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, and many, many more. She has also directed for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and co-wrote Miranda & Caliban: The Making Of A Monster with Birds of Paradise, which premiered simultaneously in Glasgow and Hong Kong. Jen is asking listeners to support WAN MAIR TUNE FUND Scottish Creatives VS COVID-19.
45:03
April 2, 2020
Foolish Voices: Hanna Cheek
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with a Hanna Cheek, a Company of Fools performer and rising New York star! Hanna was described by Time Out New York as "a future legend of New York theatre," and is a member of the Drama Desk nominated theatre company Waterwell. Hanna has performed, for Company of Fools, in Grounded, Heisenberg, Other Desert Cities, and Proof. 
39:38
March 31, 2020
Foolish Voices: Sharon Barto-Gouran and Tim Gouran
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with a dynamically foolish duo, Sharon Barto-Gouran and Tim Gouran. Sharon began working with Company of Fools nearly 20 years ago and has performed with the Fools in Almost Main, Bus Stop, Crimes of the Heart, and many more. Tim has performed with a number of Seattle-area theatres, including Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, and (with Sharon) here at Company of Fools in Crimes of the Heart. 
33:31
March 31, 2020
Foolish Voices: Page Klune
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Page Klune! Page worked in commerical acting in Los Angeles before moving to the Wood River Valley 25 years ago - just about the same time as Company of Fools. She has performed with a wide range of theatre companies here in the Valley, including performances in Our Town, You Can't Take It With You, This Day and Age, Seagull, All's Well That End's Well, and many, many more. 
35:09
March 31, 2020
Foolish Voices: Dr. Elizabeth Tavares
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Dr. Elizabeth Tavares! Elizabeth is an assistant professor in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research specialties include early English drama, Renaissance-era playing companies, theatre history, and Shakespeare In Performance. She is also currently completing work on her book The Elizabethan Repertory System Before Shakespeare: Playing The Stock Market. Her scholarship has appeared in Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, and she is a three-time Mellon Foundation Fellow. Elizabeth has also received grants from the National Endowment For The Humanities, Society for Theatre Research, and the Newberry, Folger, and Huntington libraries.  
52:59
March 30, 2020
Foolish Voices: Carlos-zenen Trujillo
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Carlos-zenen Trujillo. Carlos has his BFA in performance from Southern Oregon University and is currently an Acting Apprentice with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As an actor, Carlos has appeared, for Oregon Center For The Arts, in A Man Of No Importance, The Arabian Nights, Angels In America, and Small Mouth Sounds. Carlos was also commissioned to adapted Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale as the inaugural playwright in the nationally acclaimed "Problem Play Project," resulting in a new work entitled The Island In Winter, or La Isla En Invierno. Carlos is also a KCACTF Aspire Leadership Fellow. 
39:40
March 30, 2020
Foolish Voices: Matt Musgrove
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with the dashing and delightful Matt Musgrove. Matt is a television, film, stage, and voice actor living in Hollywood, but he was born in Eugene, Oregon. Matt's work ranges from roles on the Oxygen Network, in the fantasy film The Zodiac Fighters, and on Parks and Recreation, Grimm, and dozens of national commercials and ads. For the Fools, Matt played the title role in Woody Guthrie's American Song. 
34:01
March 27, 2020
Foolish Voices: Teri Bibb
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Broadway legend Teri Bibb! Teri is perhaps best known for her more than 1000+ performances as Christine in the Broadway smash Phantom Of The Opera; her performance got her an invitation for a command performance at the White House, and earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination and a Carbonell Award. She has also been seen on Broadway in the first revival of SHe Loves Me, and playing the title role in Fanny opposite Jose Ferrer. Teri has graced The Liberty stage multiple times in fundraising performances for Company of Fools. Learn more about Teri at her website, http://www.teribibb.com/
31:09
March 27, 2020
Foolish Voices: Tess Makena
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with one of the most foolish of all the Fools, Tess Makena! Tess has performed with Company of Fools in Crimes of the Heart, Wood Guthrie's American Song, and Grey Gardens. She has also performed with our friends at Boise Contemporary Theatre and Alley Repertory Theatre. 
31:38
March 26, 2020
Foolish Voices: Danielle Kennedy
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with star of stage and screen, Danielle Kennedy! Dani was first connected to Company of Fools when she moved to Sun Valley from LA in 1995. She has starred in a wide range of shows for CoF, including Elemosynary, Our Town, Side Man, You Can't Take It With You, and August: Osage County. Dani's television credits include Narcos, among many, many more.
44:48
March 26, 2020
Foolish Voices: DeAnne Stewart
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Broadway star and Company of Fools performer (in Striking Twelve), DeAnne Stewart! DeAnne has most recently been seen on Broadway in the new musical, Jagged Little Pill. She is originally from Rochester, NY and is a proud alumnae of Ithaca College. Last summer DeAnne closed out the 2nd National Tour of BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical, as one of the Shirelles and the 'Uptown’ Singer. Other performance credits have allowed DeAnne to perform on stages ranging from Off-Broadway to outdoors in Sonoma, CA, across the high seas from the Mediterranean to Japan, and to Sun Valley’s own Liberty Theatre! You can learn more at DeAnne-Stewart.com and follow her adventures on instagram @deannestewart.
40:40
March 25, 2020
Foolish Voices: Freddie Harris
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with Professor Freddie Harris of Bloomfield College in New Jersey! Freddie is a longtime resident of the Wood River Valley, with a long history of connection to the arts here. Scott and Freddie get academic in this discussion, touching on Shakespeare, the ancient Greeks, dystopian philosophy and literature, and, of course, reisling.
46:38
March 25, 2020
Foolish Voices: Andrew Alburger
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer talks with the Toad himself, Andrew Alburger! Andrew has performed in nearly 50 productions with Company of Fools, including an iconic 4 turns as Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad: a favorite among our patrons! In addition, Andrew has performed in August: Osage County, Peter and the Starcatcher, Enchanted April, Noises Off and many, many more.
26:54
March 24, 2020
Foolish Voices: Audra Honaker
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director talks with the quirkiest, coolest, geekiest Fool of them all: Audra Honaker! Audra is an actor, reader, writer, teacher, and (as she says), "a lover of Chicken and Broccoli Combination Dinner #17." She has appeared in shows throughout the country, including with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Richmond Triangle Players, and right here at The Liberty Theatre for Company of Fools. Fools productions include Crimes of the Heart, and A Day In Hollywood/A Night In Ukraine.  If you enjoy this episode, please consider donating to Audra's VENMO account during these challenging economic times for artists: @Audra-Honaker
31:04
March 24, 2020
Foolish Voices: Patsy Wygle
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form.   Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org.   In this episode, Producing Artistic Director talks with Sun Valley artistic legend Patsy Wygle! Patsy has been creating memorable characters, on stage and on screen, for years - including in Company of Fools' productions like Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, and God Of Carnage. Patsy has also had a remarkable career on screen, including featuring on such popular television shows as Law and Order: SVU, One Life To Live, and All My Children. Feature film work includes Cotton Club, Moscow on the Hudson, and The Amaranth. NOTE: There are a few recording issues with this episode, but please be patient! It is worth the listen!
31:56
March 24, 2020
Foolish Voices: Melodie Taylor-Mauldin
Welcome to Foolish Voices! On this show we talk to a wide range of theatre artists, both here in Sun Valley and all across the world, about how the current global health crisis is impacting their work, about their creative lives, and about their hopes for the future of our art form. Please consider supporting Company of Fools by making a donation, in any amount, via our podcast platform or online at svmoa.org. In this episode, Producing Artistic Director talks with Melodie Taylor-Mauldin: Melody is a graduate in Music/Theatre/Dance from Weber State University, and is an actor, singer, choreographer, director, and costume designer. Melody is beloved of parents and kids throughout the Wood River Valley for her energy, thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, and kindness!
38:39
March 24, 2020