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From Another Zero

From Another Zero

By Alejandra Enciso Dardashti
A bilingual podcast dedicated to the arts and artistic expression. Interviews, reviews and topics related to the industry. Here, we start from another zero, not just from zero.
Hosted by Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti from the San Diego-Tijuana border.
From Another Zero has an alter ego in Spanish: Desde Otro 0!
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La Jolla Playhouse with Eric Keen-Louie
Leave a voice message and say hi! don't be shy! My guest today: Eric Keen-Louie joined the La Jolla Playhouse in 2018 as Producing Director, overseeing the day-to-day management of the artistic and producing operations of the theater. He spent seven years at The Old Globe, where he started as Associate Producer and later became Associate Artistic Director. At the Globe, he helped guide nearly fifty productions, eleven of which moved to Broadway or off-Broadway, including Bright Star, Allegiance, and the Tony Award-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  Links about what was discussed during the episode: La Jolla Playhouse: Eric's Mom and pop shop recs:  SPICY CITY in Kearny Mesa:  SHWARMA GUYS in South Park: Eric's causes:  Fourth District Seniors Resource Center Let America Vote:  More info on Eric: He co-created the theater’s new play development initiative The Powers New Voices Festival and helped launch the arts engagement programs Community Voices and Globe for All. Keen-Louie spent three years at The Public Theater as the Assistant to the Associate Producer and then Director of Special Projects, working on world premieres by Stephen Sondheim, Richard Nelson and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as the Broadway revival of Hair and the creation of The Mobile Unit. Independently, he produced Kingdom and the GLAAD Media Award-winning when last we flew. He also assisted Broadway producer Margo Lion on Hairspray and Caroline, or Change. He is a recipient of The Edward & Sally Van Lier Arts Fellowship for Producing and an alumnus of American Express’ Leadership Academy. He graduated with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from New York University and an M.F.A. in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University, where he received a Dean’s fellowship. He is on the Board of Directors for The National Alliance for Musical Theatre and is currently a member of LEAD San Diego’s 2021 Impact San Diego class. Thank you for listening! Love always, Alejandra
October 12, 2020
Our first POD-VIEW! Talking about The Niceties and Portaleza
What is a Pod-View you ask? Well, it is a review but, as we learn and democratize content this is -my point of view- when watching an artistic piece. You can listen more on this matter in our previous episode with Arts Critic Jose Solís. You can read other (formerly known as reviews) I have done here: In this episode, we will talk about works happening in San Diego: The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, a streaming presentation from Moxie Theatre.  You can find all the info here:  We will also talk about Portaleza by David Israel Reynoso/Optika Moderna, a streaming presentation as well, from The La Jolla Playhouse. And all the info for this one you can find here: PORTALEZA was created in collaboration with the performers, and by the contribution of artists such as: SONYA CALDERON (Illustrator/contributor | and the DIGITAL WOW development team at La Jolla Playhouse. I felt pretty rusty trying to get my ideas into place to be honest for this episode, I did try my best. If you see these shows, get in contact with us! send us a DM on Instagram: @FromAnother0 or Facebook:  And, do not be shy, leave us a voice message so we can hear and share your lovely voice. I am very excited to share this new chapter with you. Love always Alejandra  
September 29, 2020
BIPOC Arts Critics
What is an Arts Critic? and why do we need more BIPOC Arts Critics? In this wonderful conversation with New York-based Arts Critic Jose Solís, we dive into the performing arts world and discuss how theatre, theater, and marketing look versus how it should look. If a review should just be written and how we should get with the times.  Jose Solís began his career as a culture critic when he was 16 and launched a film review website while living in Honduras, where he was born and raised. He began writing about theatre while attending college in Costa Rica, and upon moving to NYC in 2012 focused entirely on the stage. His work appears in The New York Times, American Theatre, TDF Stages, Backstage, 3 Views, and America Magazine. He is also the co-creator and co-host of the Token Theatre Friends podcast/web series. Follow Jose on Twitter: The Token Theatre Friends podcast:  Mom and pop shop he recommends: La Sirena Mexican Folk Art:  La Sirena also has a GoFundMe:  The Cause we should learn about: Raíces  Follow us on Instagram:  Like us on Facebook: Check out our YouTube Channel: Listen to our main ego in Español Desde Otro Cero!: Thank you for listening! Leave a voice message below! Love always, Alejandra
September 14, 2020
Wine, Marketing and being Bicultural
WE HIT 100,000 VIEWS ON OUR BLOG! thank you! Please follow us if you don't already :) In this episode, we talk to marketing expert extraordinaire Tony Uribe from the Rosarito-San Diego region. We talk about his different business ventures and living in a region that overlooks two countries: the good, the bad, and the ugly lol. Here is a brief bio for Tony in his own words: The fastest way to stalk me is on my page which links to all my public social accounts.  Born and raised in the Southbay, National City kid at heart. Proud POCHO Socialite (de aquí y de allá) currently living allá, hustling hard-ish. Quit corporate America to live the American dream from a beach town in Mexico. I consider myself a branding/marketing consultant or coach who always advocates for our Raza, minority-owned small businesses, and organizations that do good for our neighborhood. I’m an artist and creator, dancer, and educator #HumbleBrag; I don’t really identify as Chicano even though I'm all for el movimiento and though I'm a part of the LGBT+ community don't really call myself gay but I am pretty self-aware (both who I am and what I stand for). Tony's Social Media and links: Twitter: Instagram: Baja Wine Tour: Linktree: Cause discussed in the episode: Thank you for joining and listening! Do not be shy and leave a voice message below! Much love, Alejandra ______
September 1, 2020
The Roustabouts Theatre Co.
A lovely conversation with Artistic Director Phil Johnson, a proud founding partner in The Roustabouts Theatre Co. As an actor/writer, his solo show, A Jewish Joke (co-written with Marni Freedman, directed by David Ellenstein) had an Off-Broadway run at Theatre Row in NYC in March 2019, after a successful San Diego run for The Roustabouts, as well as touring regionally: Chicago's Victory Gardens, New Haven, and St. Louis. ( Other original shows: Withering Heights, written and performed with Omri Schein and directed by Ellenstein, for TRTC; She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, co-written with Ruff Yeager, for Diversionary Theatre and the NY Fringe Festival; and The Hound of the Baskervilles, as a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Grantee, at North Coast Rep in 2012. Phil played in Les Misérables on Broadway and on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; and the 1st National Co. of Miss Saigon. He is a two-time winner of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for acting, for Midsummer Night's Dream at Intrepid Theatre Company, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. So. California theatres include North Coast Rep (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Spelling Bee), Old Globe (How the Grinch...), and Cygnet Theatre (Mistakes Were Made, Pageant). Local directing credits include SD Playwrights Project and Scripps Ranch Theatre. He teaches and produces a Solo Show Workshop for writer/performers that is part of The Roustabouts season. The company encourages new local writers from Southern California. Phil's newest one-man show, Roosevelt: Charge the Bear, co-written with Marni Freedman, is currently being workshopped and will be produced in San Diego in 2020. Links to what we talked about: Margin of error, available for streaming until August 23. Get all the scoop in our review here: Local business and cause to support: Restaurant Aladdin in San Diego: Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO). Give us the love, Like us on Facebook:    Follow us on Insta: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: The Thought of the Week is up on the blog! Let us do the work together Leave a voicemail below! Love always, Alejandra ------------
August 17, 2020
Arts Engagement and Accountability in this New Normal
What is the difference between arts engagement and community outreach? How should accountability look like in this new normal for theatres? We talk about this and many more interesting topics with Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, Arts Engagement Director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and newly appointed Associate Artistic Director. Freedome has been in San Diego for four years, but his impact on the community has been unforgettable. His work forges significant bonds, building positive social connections with economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities throughout San Diego. He has developed a host of new programs and re-imagined legacy programming facilitating the Globe’s commitment of making theater matter to more people. Links of what we talked about during the episode: For more information on the Old Globe's Arts Engagement Department: The Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio Final Performance: Local business and non-profit organization: Bahn Thai Restaurant: Common Ground Theatre: Announcements at the Zero: The Thought of the Week is up, bilingual and fabulous: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram: Subscribe to our Youtube Channel: Thank you for joining us! With love,  Alejandra -------
August 3, 2020
Miki Vale: HUEman, Musician, Playwright, Artivist, & Educator
Opening song: Grains of Sand. Closing song: Worth It. Both written and performed by Miki Vale.  Miki Vale has performed at landmark venues and festivals in the US and internationally, from Hollywood and D.C. to Mumbai and Cairo.  Dedicated to her cause as she is to her craft. Using art as education, Miki explores the impact of hip-hop culture on race, class, and gender.  Her experiences range from teaching in classroom settings, performing at social justice events, and, in 2017 she served as a cultural diplomat for Next Level Egypt (funded by the U.S. State Department).   Where to follow Miki: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Links to the coffee shop, lounge, and cause discussed during the episode:  Café X. Which is currently closed but you can follow them here: Kava Lounge: Mutual Aid San Diego: A cause derived from and Please follow us on Instagram: Facebook: Blog: We would love to hear from you! leave a voicemail!  With love, Alejandra ---------------------------
July 20, 2020
Mindfulness in the Arts with Ben Cook and Dan DeLuca
The FIRST episode of the alter ego in English!!!! with my very special guests and "padrinos" of the podcast, artists, Broadway performers, and now Mindfulness in the arts coaches: Ben Cook and Dan DeLuca.  Ben Cook: Most recently played Riff in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. He has been a part of 5 Broadway shows, 2 Broadway national tours and has made many appearances in the film/television world. Still a working actor, he is now studying at the School of Positive Transformation to become a certified Positive Psychologist Practitioner and also devotes a large portion of his time to teaching the important work of mindfulness and its specific connection to the performing arts alongside his incredible team.  Follow him on Instagram: Dan DeLuca: Is a theater and television actor, best known for originating the role of Jack Kelly on the First National Tour of Disney’s Newsies. He has starred in dozens of shows across North America, and has helped develop new musicals alongside the greatest theater composers of our time including Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken and Martin Charnin. Dan is currently enrolled at Quantum University specializing in emotional intelligence/mindfulness and is writing, directing and starring in his own web series based on the science of self-development entitled “The Invisible Things”.  Follow him on Instagram: Links related to what we talked about:  Their course Mindfulness in the Arts. Find out more here: The upcoming dance masterclass with Ahmad Simmons on July 10! Dan's YouTube Series The Invisible Things: Local Mop and Pop shop to support  in NYC: Cafe Amrita: Charities and Causes to learn about:   Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: The Loveland Foundation: Broadway for Racial Justice: #WeAreNotaTrend: Thank you for listening! Please follow us at: and follow our blog: With love, Alejandra ------------------------
July 6, 2020
Episode 0: why? who? what?
This is not the first episode. It is the episode zero to put a little bit of context. I did not know if I should "debut" at this time. I did not want to seem insensitive to all that is happening. After giving it a lot of thought, I think it is the best time to go out and add another voice and express my solidarity. I see you, I hear you, I stand by you. Here are some suggested links on how we can know more and support:  The bail project Official  George Floyd Memorial Fund Justice For Tony McDade  I run with Maud  Justice for Breonna Taylor  Anti-racism resources I look forward to hosting the first episode of this podcast and listening to each other soon.  Stay safe, Alejandra
June 1, 2020