For our concluding installment, we speak to the NEW CITY PLAYERS, a professional theatre company, based in Fort Lauderdale. Our topics including their origins, how they are providing content during the COVID-19 Era and how they are working towards inclusion and equality in their future presentations, Representing the company was TIMOTHY MARK DAVIS (Artistic Director), RYAN MALONEY (Associate Artistic Director), KRYSTAL MILLIE VALDES (Company Manager), and ERNESTO GONZALEZ (NCP Lab Co-Director).
FB, Tw & IG: newcityplayers
JAMEL BOOTH is a director and performer in the local theatre market. He also teaches theatre at his high school Alma mater, DR. MICHAEL M. KROP SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Miami. We talk about how he was able to get the position at the High school plus making his professional director debut with a production of THE COLORED MUSEUM with the AFRICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER in 2018. We also talk about how he is encouraging his students to go for their dreams now more than ever.
IG: JamelRashaad, mkhstheatre
RACHEL CHIN (Pronounced RAY-SHALL) is a native of the Island of Trinidad in the West Indies. She is an actor of stage and screen, plus a photographer and graphic designer, currently in Miami. We speak on our shared Caribbean heritage, plus her transition from film to theatre. She also gives her take on promoting smaller theatre troupes.
Websites: RachinDesigns.com, RachelChin.com
CASEY SACCO is an actor in the South Florida theatre market. Born in Bangkok and raised in St. Augustine, Casey moved to Miami attending New World School of the Arts for the Musical Theatre program. We speak about working professionally in the local market as well as creating projects during the pandemic.
CONSTANCE MOREAU and I have a candid conversation about politics in the South Florida theatre market and beyond. While performing, she also has a full-time job for the Town of Davie. We also talk about how she got her start in Local theatre plus we talk about her takes on current events in these unprecedented times.
SHELLEY KEELOR is an actor, singer and teacher in the South Florida theatre market. We talk about her creating her solo musical shows as well as starting an all-woman vocal ensemble called THE VICTORY DOLLS.
Websites: ShelleyKeelor.com, VictoryDolls.com
IG: shelleykee3, thevictorydolls
DARIUS J, MANUEL is an actor, singer and teacher in the Local theatre market. We speak on his beginnings in theatre and how current events led him to start his new conservatory, RENEGADE THEATRE COMPANY.
Websites: DariusJManuel.com, RenegadeTheatreCompany.org
CONNIE FERNANDEZ is a Stand-up comedian and a Voiceover actor. After graduating in 2014 with her BFA in Theatre, then working in several local productions. Connie decided to try her hand at Stand-up comedy. We speak about that transition plus what other ways, she has been working through the pandemic.
ADRIAN N. CARTER is not only a poet and writer, he specializes in Leadership development, conflict resolution, and solution strategy. We speak about hia beginnings in poetry and also what drives him to resolve conflict. We also talk about this current racial unrest and how it is affecting his industry in conflict resolution.
CHRISTINE BARCLAY (pronounced as it sounds) is a Boston native, multi-generational performing artist who moved to Florida in 2012 after college. She is currently the founder/owner of her own performing arts conservatory, BARCLAY PERFORMING ARTS based in Boca Raton. We talk about her beginnings, sharing space with another venue owner before finding her own property, also how her school is managing through current times.
FB & IG: BarclayPerformingArts
LUIS ROBERTO HERRERA is a Miami-based playwright who is currently working between print and viral projects. We speak about his move from Acting to Writing. Plus his recent launch of a new podcast, UNHEARD VOICES, where we hear messages left on voicemail. We also discuss his love for gaming and his Twitch channel.
IG, YT: FullsizedLuis
KAAREN TERPACK is also known as KAAREN STYLES. She is a performing artist as well as a recent fashion designer. We speak about her musical origins as well as her transition to fashion. We also speak about personal situations that has shaped her into the woman she is today.
IG: Kaarenstyles, niafiaoffical
JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ is a Colombian-American, Miami-bred, New York transplant filmmaker. We talk about how he got into making films, plus speak about his latest project, IN HUMAN KIND, which takes a look at the dark world of Sex Trafficking,
IG: juanchorodgz, inhumankindfilm
CLARENCE BROOKS is an Associate Professor of Dance at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He started his dance career in 1980 at the age of 20. In his 4 decades of dance, he continues to perform while teaching at FAU since 2004. We learn about his choice to dance when in college, also how he has expanded the dance curriculum at the University. We also speak on how he is advocating for more diversity and inclusion to other Dance programs in other collegiate and instructional outlets. Plus we speak on plans to bring back students to performing in safer environments.
TEDDY HARRELL, JR is the Assistant Director at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Miami. We speak on his upbringing as an actor, also being recruited to join a world-renowned vocal group touring overseas. He shares a couple of stories of his time in the group. We also talk about his time as an independent theatre producer before joining African Heritage full-time. Teddy also talks about how the Academy-award winning film, Moonlight, has put the AHCAC on the map and what are their upcoming plans in this current era.
GENIE CROFT has been directing South Florida theatre for 4 decades. She started a theatre program with the City of Plantation, then started working with the City of Fort Lauderdale to cultivate their theatre program. Most would know her for her freelancing with companies such as Stage Door Theatre, Curtain Call Playhouse, and the West Boca Theatre Company. She was also the Artistic Director of the WOMENS THEATRE PROJECT. We talk about her career as well as how she with the WOMENS THEATRE PROJECT did their best to diversify their plays and their talents. We also speak on her directing with PRIMAL FORCES PRODUCTIONS and how they are coping with the COVID-19 era.
RICKY J. MARTINEZ has been working in the local theatre market for almost 2 decades in various disciplines. He was also former Artistic Director for the critically acclaimed regional institution, NEW THEATRE in Miami. We talk about his start in Theatre, why NEW THEATRE faltered, and how his multiple disciplines has given him a luxury to travel and freelance to work in other countries. Plus he has written songs for major musicians. We also speak about his current imprint, SILVER TONGUED STAGES, and how he was planning for virtual projects before this pandemic.
FB and YouTube: Silver Tongued Stages
TRITTNEY HUZZIE is a actor in the South Florida theatre market. We speak on her upbringing, plus her teaching at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Miami. Also with more of a concentration in Musical Theatre, we also speak on what musical she wants to do next. I also ask her take on current events and what the Local theatre scene can do to diversify. Also being a Minister, I ask Trittney for words of inspiration in these present times.
The FRONT YARD THEATRE COLLECTIVE has been working in the local Improv scene for a decade. From their humble beginning in a Front yard (literally) of a residence to holding residency at the Olympia Theater in Miami for the past 5 years, I speak to GABRIELA FERNANDEZ, who is the founder of the company along with her husband, DANNY SANCHEZ, who is an active member about their past projects, what sets them apart from other improv troupes and plans when they return to live performances due to COVID-19. Currently, they have a webseries on YouTube called Quarantine Around the World.
FB, IG and Youtube: FrontYardTheatreCollective
VANESSA GARCIA is a playwright, Cuban born, Miami raised. VICTORIA COLLADO is a director, Cuban born, Miami raised. Both work in the South .Florida theatre market. Together, they form ABRE CAMINO COLLECTIVE, We talk about how they came together and their most successful collaboration in AMPARO. We also discuss plans for the future during the COVID era.
CLIFFORD SPULOCK is a lighting designer in the South Florida theatre market. We talk about him transplanting from New Jersey, where he was working for his parents' Bed and Breakfast to working with high schools as well as the local theatre factions.
LAURA TITUS is an actor in the local theatre market, who moved from her home state of Texas to study the craft in West Palm Beach (where she currently resides with her husband...and cat). We talk about her time here since graduating from college and how she balances her art with domesticity and Christian faith.
MARGARET LEDFORD is a case study in rising in the ranks of the South Florida theatre market. Started as an actor, then stage management, became resident director of a theatre company while freelancing for other theatre factions. Currently, she is Artistic Director of City Theatre, based in Miami. We talk about her progression in the market, and what programs she initiated in City Theatre under her leadership.
PAUL LEWIS is the founder of THE OLD SKOOL GANG, a band that covers music from the last five decades of the 20th Century. He is also a promoter that books national music acts for community events. We speak about how he graduated high school and performed with a legendary musical faction in the late 1970's. He also started his own entertainment company that was a conduit for top musicians, how he formed THE OLD SKOOL GANG and how they has opened for acts including The Temptations, The Whispers and other music legends. We also get tips on how to break into the promoter business, and how he currently handling things during this pandemic.
Facebook: Old Skool Gang
This was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic,
DASH MAVERICK is an improvising performer and professional wrestler. He is also a co-founder of the improvisational theatre troupe, the SOCIETY CiRCUS PLAYERS (featured in Episode 29 of this podcast). We speak about how he got started in pro-wrestling plus the differences between independent wrestling promotions and major outfits like WWE and AEW. We also speak on how he got into improv and how the Society Circus Players are adjusting during this current time moving from physical to virtual performances.
Websites: DashMaverick,com, SCPImprov.com
Instagram: dashmaverick, societycircus
CARMEN PELAEZ (pronounced Pe-LICE) works both on stage and screen as actor and writer. We speak on why she prefers working on film than theatre plus how she was able to star in her own play, FAKE, presented by MIAMI NEW DRAMA. As a local arts advocate, I ask her take on the current situation with the Coconut Grove Playhouse, where she premiered her one person play, RUM AND COKE.
This was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic,
CARYL FANTEL is one of the most sought-after Musical directors in the South Florida theatre market currently. We speak on her upbringing from Upstate New York; how she worked for her father, who was a popular syndicated television culinary personality (pre-YouTube). We also speak on how she broke into the Local theatre scene by assisting another Musical director. Plus the banes of contention between tracks and live music, also how she is working on how to put the South Florida theatre market on the map.
This was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic,
LAURA DI LORENZO is one-half of the viral sketch comedy duo, THE CHONGA GIRLS. We talk about her upbringing in Miami, and how the "chongas" bullied her and her best friend. This inspired them to write a song parody called CHONGALICIOUS, which was a Local Radio hit in the early 2000's. We also speak on how her theatre background helped her migrate into comedy for a living.
This was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, Currently, she resides in Los Angeles, but she is at home in Miami for now until the pandemic stabilizes.
YouTube: The Chonga Girls
Instagram: TheChongaGirls, Laura Di.Lorenzo
RIO CHAVARRO is a Miami native and a multidisciplinary artist. We talk about his start in local theatre, also how he became a top impersonator of one of the most prolific actors of the Silent Movie era (early 20th Century, think "little bowler derby & small mustache"). Also going under his stage persona, RIO DIOS MIOS, he hosts one of the longest running open mic nights locally in WORDS AND WINE, plus co-founding a Burlesque troupe, MOON RIVER CABARET,
This was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic,
Facebook, Instagram: MoonRiverCabaretMiami
CHRISTINA MENDENHALL and CARINA MASK have a visual partnership (ie, Photography, Videography) who have been working together for almost a decade. We talk about how their contrasting backgrounds, how they met and how they creating ways to rebrand.
Edit: This was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected domestically. We talk about the challenges that artists are facing during the dire situation
Website: ThroughTheShutter.com, CarinaAmi.com
IG: throughtheshutter, carina.mask
SUSIE K. TAYLOR is an actor in that is in the South Florida theatre market. We talk about her start in local theatre, plus creating solo projects including her most semi-autobiographical show, JEWBANA. Also creating a performance method called S.U.R.F. , where actors can leave their alter egos behind quicker. Plus check out THE SUSIE K. TAYLOR PODCAST where she gives a behind the scenes look at her latest production she was booked on.
DMITRY ZHITOV is a Siberian-born, Miami-based photographer that has been working on individual portraits assisting those who need headshots (including hair and makeup). We speak about his upbringing, how his work has set him across continents plus his filmmaking passion for documentaries. His work/portfolio can be found on DmitryZhitov.com. His IG is @portraitdaymiami
ROBERTO BADILLO is a Deerfield Beach-based photographer, who is currently working on intimate portraits of the bands that he covers at various local venues. We talk about his migration from Chicago to warmer weather, how he got his start in photography plus we discuss the approach of working as a labor of love and when to be compensated for services rendered. To find his works, can visit ROBERTO online: RobertoBadillo.com.
BRIAN CORONADO is a local stand-up comedian. We talk about how he got his start, how to respect the mic and how the South Florida comedy scene has shaped him as an artist.
ANNA SCHULMAN (from The State of a Different Culture, Part 2) returns to THE KEVIN JOHNSON PROGRAM to talk about her time in Los Angeles during pilot season.
Edit: We rerecorded this episode where ANNA has since returned from Los Angeles to give us what she learned when she was out there. We also speak about comparisons between the arts scene there and here in South Florida.
DAN CHRISTOPHER is a ventriloquist and magician that has been performing here in South Florida for quite a while. We talk about how he got into ventriloquism, share stories about shady promoters and where he got his inspiration from to create his character, the Italian magician, Pasquale.
Website(s): DanChristopher.com, ItalianMagician.com
TONY THOMPSON gave me my first-ever paid role in South Florida theatre. TONY has also been an actor, director and playwright in South Florida since 1978. TONY has worked alongside the esteemed theatre legend, VINNETTE CARROLL until her death in 2002. Then, TONY carried on her legacy by creating the Metropolitan Diversity Theatre. Recently, TONY returned to his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina to seek new opportunities.
GABY TORTOLEDO is currently making her presence known in the local Theatre market. GABY also works on film plus teaches voice. I speak to her about growing up in Venezuela, how TV shows influenced her, plus her encounter with the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel herself. For more info on GABY, visit her website, gabytortoledo.com
BOB CARTER is the founding Artistic Director for the Actor's Workshop and Repertory Company (and Youth Actors Guild), based in West Palm Beach. I speak about how his family came to Florida in the early 20th century, his teachings of Stanislavsky and Strasberg, plus How his company got started as a group of people needing coaching to their long-term home on Dixie Highway. For more info on the Actor's Workshop and Repertory Company, visit actorsrep.org. Can also follow on Facebook.
Special thanks to BILL HELLER for editing this episode.
JESSICA SANFORD returns to South Florida after a brief stint in New York to refocus and with new strategies. We talk about her start in theatre, what made her move to the Big Apple, being a Cabaret producer and what she plans to bring to the table of South Florida Theatre. Can find her on Instagram under @ladysanford. Website being updated: jessicabsanford,com,
While on vacation in New York, I reconnect with KATIE SCHWARTZ, who I met as a teenager. Now as an adult, Katie has relocated to New York so she can reconnect herself with the entertainment market, especially now that there seems to be more film/TV work. We speak about her beginnings in acting from when she was a toddler to doing her first Professional theatre gig at 16. We also speak on her first stint in NY, as well as working in Los Angeles. We finish off with her advice to aspiring talents on when or if they are ready to progress to a larger market. Visit her website, Katie-Schwartz.com
I reconnect with LEA ROY, who has participated in my programs as an actor and a musician. She is currently an instructor in the Conservatory for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, now in her 10th year. We talk about her being raised in Miami Beach after being born in Argentina. Also we talk about how connections in St. Petersburg landed her the Maltz job. I also ask if domesticity will keep her in South Florida long term.
I speak with AURORA NATRIX, who is a Burlesque performer and producer. This English native started her career first as a Go-go dancer and has been making a name for herself on the Burlesque scene for the past 15 years. We talk about how she created a brand for herself as well as the "village" that is the South Florida Burlesque community. We also talk about the "do's" and "don't" in the community and her plans for the future. Visit her website, AuroraNatrix.com
I speak to ANTHONY FRANCIS, founder of the Improvisational instructional program called IMPROV U, based in Delray Beach. We talk about his migration from New York to South Florida at a young age. Also how he came across improv, how he began IMPROV U with only 5 students. He also explains the trials and tribulations of having a performance venue and owning a theatre company. IMPROV U does performance shows on Weekends. For more info on IMPROV U, visit theimprovu.com
I speak to ELIZABETH PRICE, who is currently involved in the South Florida theatre market as an actor and director. We speak on her beginnings from Texas, earning three degrees (in English, Theatre and Acting) plus we speak about an accident that almost sidelined her career.
I reconnect with KIRSTEN UPCHURCH, who returned to her hometown of Newark, Ohio to become the acting Artistic Director for WEATHERVANE PLAYHOUSE, a professional theatre. We talk about what made her return home after working the South Florida theatre scene and how she is making it as a theatre artist in the Midwest. I also ask her if she would consider moving back to South Florida. Find out her answer here. Can also visit the Weathervane Playhouse website, WeathervanePlayhouse.org.
I visit Coral Gables where I speak to MARIA BANDA-RODAZ, Executive Director of AREA STAGE COMPANY, which is celebrating 30 years of performance in South Florida. I talk with Maria about the company's beginnings in Miami Beach and then their move to Coral Gables, where they operate out of the Riviera Theatre. We also speak on how her and her husband, JOHN RODAZ, (Founder) keep low profiles which probably why the Company is not in the spotlight it deserves. We also speak on how their Conservatory works for promotions within to their Mainstage programming plus what steps the company is taking to find another venue after their time at the Riviera Theatre is over. For more info on Area Stage, visit their website, AreaStageCompany.com
I speak to DIANA GARLE, who started in commercials when she was 6. She then performed with the Miami Children's Museum as well as the Miami Theater Center, where she got her Actors Equity union card at age 17. She has also performed with other regional theatre companies including City Theatre and GableStage. We also speak about how she got her start in the Spanish television world; how mistreated she was when doing telenovelas as a Teen, and how she wanted to branch out into the American market. We also talk about how she began her WE'RE SO YOUNG PODCAST, which can be found on various digital platforms. That website is weresoyoungpodcast.com. To learn about Diana herself, visit DianaGarle.com.
I speak to WAYNE LEGETTE, an accomplished actor in the South Florida theatre market. We speak about his humble beginnings at the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre and how he received his Actors Equity union card at age 17, performing at the now defunct Caldwell Theatre. Now 33 years later, we wax nostalgic on how the theatre scene has changed and how social media has become a blessing and a curse when it comes to the politics of the market. We also take to task how the local theatre press and theatre professional lines have blurred. To find out about Wayne, visit his website, waynelegette.com
I speak to NICOLE PERRY, who came to South Florida 7 years ago with a degree of music and dance, however she is now installing a method called Intimacy Choreography to assist theatres and other arts groups. She speaks on this as well as creating her own company, MOMENTUM STAGE. To learn more about Nicole, visit her website, NicolePerry.org as well as Momentum Stage's website, MomentumStage.org.
I speak to CARLA ZACKSON HELLER about her beginnings in South Florida theatre as well as her time as a producer of Infomercials, which she still continues to do to this day. We also talk about her directing productions as well as her singing with a vocal group that donates time performing for various charities. To find out more about Carla, visit about.me/carly_z.
I speak to Marina Anderson, also known as, MEDUSIRENA, THE FIRE-EATING MERMAID. I talk about my connection with seeing her perform at a place she has been entertaining at for more than a decade. We also speak about her beginnings as an aquatic performer and how she is training others in that form of entertainment. To learn more about MEDUSIRENA, google Fire-Eating Mermaid as well as visit her page, MeduSirena.com for bookings.
I speak to ADALBERTO ACEVEDO, who I worked with almost 15 years ago when he started his theatre company, THE ALLIANCE THEATRE LAB. We start talking about his beginnings in South Florida theatre and how working with a ensemble inspired him to start The Alliance. We also talk about the ups and downs of being a small theatre company as well as the high profile The Alliance received when they took a specific production to the Arsht Center in Miami. On a personal note, I also ask about what happened to have him close the Alliance. Due to technical difficulties, we had to make a Part 2 of this interview....
Part 2 picks up in where we take the opportunity to clarify a few things from the 1st part (for more of that, please listen to Part 1). We also continue on the path on how The Alliance Theatre Lab stopped production. Albert and I also discuss a certain incident in South Florida theatre and how we are still speaking on it to this day. We also speak about his new venture into cooking and making recipes. For more about that, visit YouTube and find Albert's Easy Gourmet Kitchen or go to albertseasygourmetkitchen.com.
I speak to ELIJAH WORD, who is a Carbonell-award winner, for the Stage Door Theatre production of DREAMGIRLS. We speak about his beginnings, also between gigs, how he works for his family's business. I also ask him about his take on the movement of Actors of Color here in South Florida and where he plans to ship off next. His IG is @elijahword10
I speak to ALEXANDRA KATHRYN DOW, who balances her performing life between two markets, New York and South Florida. We talk about her beginnings, her time in New York, and why she decided to keep South Florida as her base while she has the luxury to travel for performing. Her Instagram is @alexandrakathryndow
Our newest Anchor Exclusive series profiles artists and their performances. This time we meet poet STEVEN VALENTINE, who recently returned to the Spoken Word market after a hiatus to teach. This Staten Island, New York transplant speaks on how a slam contest brought him back to doing poetry on a recurring basis, which has led him to host a monthly open mic. We also talk about what the future holds for him and what would it take for his to perform as a living wage. His work can be found on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook under Steven Valentine Poetry.
I reconnect with MELISSA ALMAGUER, who we go back 15 years with her first professional theatre acting credit, then her time with The Playground Theatre (which is now known as Miami Theater Center). We also talk about her starting a theatre collective, taking a hiatus to regroup, currently she is performing in an immersive production, THE AMPARO EXPERIENCE. For more info on the show, visit theamproexperience.com
I speak with WENDY WHITE, who has contributed to my live programs as a visual artist and playwright. She is currently residing on the SouthWest Coast of Florida, but we talk about her beginnings as a painter, which she got from her father. We also talk about how she adapted her play, Roses are Blind into a film. She also started a Foundation with her husband, Roland Ruocco, where they provide opportunities for emerging artists. We also discuss her process as a visual artist plus why she decided to move to the other side of the world. Wendy's work can be found on her website, newlightgallery.org.
I reconnect with BENJAMIN NEIL, whose ties with South Florida, began as a musician. He has recently migrated to Central Florida where he works at Walt Disney World as a performer. We talk about his beginnings as a singer-songwriter, his move into musical theatre while attending college, as well as performing with his band, ROCKET TO ANYWHERE. We also speak about his future plans. To learn about Ben, visit his websites, BenjaminNeil.com and his band site, RocketToAnywhere.com.
I speak to the Miami Lakes-based theatre company, MAIN STREET PLAYERS about their transition from community to professional theatre. Representing them are recently appointed Executive Director, ISAAC POLANCO and Artistic Director DANNY NIEVES, respectively. They talk about how they both came to the Players and what their plans are to make MAIN STREET a viable force in the South Florida theatre market. For more info on the MAIN STREET PLAYERS, visit mainstreetplayers.com
We start a new Anchor Exclusive called SOUNDS ON SATURDAY where we spotlight artists and their performances. First up is the Music of James Carrey, who I've known for 15 years. He has also contributed to a bevy of my live programs. We present new music, talk about his inspirations in songwriting as well as his other arts including improv and playwriting. To listen to James' music, it can be found on soundcloud.com/jamescarreymusic
Opening Song: Photograph
2nd: Absolution (tentative title)
3rd: Give Me Some Time
Closing: New Orleans
I speak to the husband-wife duo FONT SQUARED, who consists of IGNACIO "IGGY" FONT and JEAN BLACKWELL FONT at their studio, WAREHOUSE 4726 in South Miami. We talk about how each of them came to be visual artists and how they are using their platforms for other artists. We also talk about how they balance their outside occupations while still pursuing their passions in art. WAREHOUSE 4726 also holds sessions and workshops in their studio. For more info on FONT SQUARED and WAREHOUSE 4726, visit warehouse4726.com.
I speak to ANNA LISE JENSEN "The Leading Lady", who is making her mark in the So. Florida theatre scene in a short span of a year. We speak about her beginnings in Minneapolis and her decade of work in the New York market before making her way to the Bottom. I also ask her about since being here, what she thinks is missing in the local theatre market plus introducing her 30-second commercial. For more info on Anna Lise, visit her website, Annalisejensen.com
I speak to one of my longtime contributing talents, DANA DELLACAMERA, where we speak about her background in music and her move into film. She recently founded the Arts Accelerator, a non-profit organization providing assistance to local filmmakers. To learn more about Dana and her music, her website is danadellacamera.com. To know more about the ARTS ACCELERATOR, website is artsaccelerator.org
I speak to MIKE VALDES, who I met 8 years ago as a musician, and has now moved into stand-up comedy and podcasting. We talk about his upbringing in a Christian home, his move to comedy while sleeping in his car while in Los Angeles, and his inspirations starting his podcast, CHILDLIKE AT BEST WITH MIKE VALDES, which can be found on various digital outlets. For more info on Mike, visit his website, whoismikevaldes.com. IG is @mikevaldes
I speak to PAM BRUNO about her start in stand up comedy and her background in Transcendental meditation, plus her plans to expand her one-woman show, which gets a second run this fall. For more info on Pam, visit her at Pambruno.com
I speak to MICHAEL STOCK, a veteran on local radio. He hosts a program called Folk & Acoustic Music with Michael Stock, which runs every Sunday from 2 to 5pm on WLRN 91.3 FM. We speak about him as a Florida native, then focus on him presenting and promoting live, national Folk acts at venues including the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach as well as if there are any plans on retiring.
I reconnect with J.R. COLEY, who I've known since college. We speak about his start in the arts since High School, following his time in Orlando, then his return to South Florida to start a family plus a performing arts school and improvisational troupe. Visit Standingoh.com to learn about Standing Ovation Performing Arts.
I reconnect with OUIDA (pronounced Wee-da) D.W. , who I met through theatre. She has written a children's book called SUNBEAM AND THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN KEY. It is available at outlets including Walmart and Amazon. Also visit her website, ouidadw.com. Her IG is ouidadw.
I speak to CHIS JAHN, who is currently a production manager at a major performing arts facility. We talk about his beginnings as an actor, working for Burt Reynolds, what drew him to technical theatre and his influence in the South Florida theatre scene.
We continue our series on open dialogue in the local theatre scene, joined by the organizers of the South Florida Actors Support Facebook group, ANNA SCHULMAN and returning guest, NICOLE STAV (Ep. 12). We talk about backgrounds in acting, the different situations in theatre and film, plus why SFAS was created. This coincided with a Live stream on the SFAS Facebook page.
I speak to ALVIN ENTIN, Chairman of the Board for the Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts (PPTOPA). We start with his background as a criminal defense attorney by day, theatrical tastemaker by night. We also talk about PPTOPA transitioning from a community theatre to a professional theatre and how they will be able to reach out to the quality talent they are looking for, For more info on PPTOPA, visit www.pptopa.com.
We catch up with BYRON LUTZ, who was the producer of BalconyTV Miami, an online viral network that spotlights local independent musicians. He has now created STUDIO ROAD TV, that still spotlights indie talents, however there are now plans to expand beyond YouTube. For more info, visit studioroadtv.com
I speak to the artist known as JEFFERSON. We talk about his upbringing as well as his start in theatre. We also talk about his poetry, musings and plays also known as rituals. Also find out what inspires him to create. JEFFERSON's work can be found on Youtube under Jefferson Jefferson.
I speak to Ali, Dash, Shar and Carlos, part of the SOCIETY CIRCUS PLAYERS, an improvisational troupe from Miami. We talk about the origins of the troupe, how each of them got into improv, and what ways they are using to create awareness of improv. For more info, visit societycircusplayers.com
I speak to Sheila Scanlan, the artistic director of Body & Soul Dance Theatre. We talk about her background in dance, how she took over the company, we also have something in common. For more info, visit bodyandsoultheatre.org
Edit: I announce this as Episode 27, when it IS Episode 28 in reality.
We speak to Matthew Glass, who is a actor and performance artist, that has relocated to Texas due to personal reasons. We talk about his time in South Florida theatre, and his opinions about its past, present and future. Plus we discuss a book he is writing about the history of Florida theatrical venues.
I speak to Anne Humphrey, who I performed with in college. Since then, she is now a life coach, motivational speaker. We speak about her start in coaching and her relationship with the NAACP, plus her campaign to run for local branch president. For more on Anne, visit nowyourlifetransforms.com
I speak to my former college theatre professor, Deborah Kondelik, about how she got started in theatre, what led her to teach, her time at Broward College, and whether she loves acting or directing more.
I speak to actor KALLY KHOURSHID, who used to live and perform in South Florida, but has been in Los Angeles for 5 years. We speak about the culture change as well as pigeon holing oneself in the industry. Her website is kallykhourshid.com
I speak to BRIE GOLDSOBEL, who was an avid Conundrum Stages contributing performer, who now goes under the moniker, HOLMES. She has since relocated to Los Angeles pursuing a career as a musician. Can find her music at girlholmes.com
After a hiatus, I speak to comedian Kirkland Meadows. Kirkland has worked with my company, Conundrum Stages and has now relocated to Los Angeles, after a long tenure in South Florida, to expand his career.
I speak to Erinn Dearth, who worked the South Florida theatre market for a few years before currently returning to North Carolina, where she was raised. Erinn started a live performance series called Letters from Home, dedicated to the stories of veterans of World War II and Vietnam. We talk about her shows and the work that she is doing to strenghthen the North Carolina theatre scene.
I speak to actor Chat Atkins, where we talk about how he got his name, and how he started his career in South Florida theatre as well as his time as an account executive at a music publication company. Chat will be in the next edition of Miami Motel Stories, presented by Juggerknot Theatre Company.
I speak to Erynn Dalton, founder of Infinite Abyss Productions based in Wilton Manors. We talk about her origins from Phoenix to Los Angeles, her start in film to theatre, the creation of Infinite Abyss the first time, then creating Infinite Abyss 2.0 as well as rebranding of the performance venue, Wilton Theater Factory. Visit infinite-abyss.org or
I speak to Keith about his start in theatre from the age of 13 with the M Ensemble Company, his venture into producing his own stage projects, and also adapting his novel into film featuring a certain '80's Teen Pop Idol :) Check it out!
I speak to Beau, who was an avid contributor to my performance events as a Hip-Hop artist. We talk about his beginnings as a rapper, leading into production, his move into spirituality, personal struggles, and plans to make a comeback to music. To hear Beau's past works, visit beauraps.bandcamp.com
I speak with Carbonell-award winning actor Lela Elam, talking about her beginnings in local theatre, her rise in the market, and her move into film and television. We also talk about her struggle with Lupus and how she maintains herself in this climate.
I speak to avid contributor Nicole Stav, who has assisted me on technical and backstage support for my shows since 2013. We talk about how she got started in theatre and now has her own theatre company, Q2Q Entertainment, which can be found on Facebook.
In this Anchor Exclusive, I speak with my avid Conundrum Stages contributing performer John Lariviere and his theatre compatriot, Lissen Ellington, who are both immersed in the South Florida theatre market in multiple capacities. We talk about current events, discuss stories and also share tidbits about the local theatre scene.
I speak to Deborah Sherman. We talk about her beginnings as a Texas transplant by way of Brooklyn, making her mark on the South Florida theatre scene, time as a theater producer and honing her one-woman show portraying artist Frida Kahlo. I also rate my best Deborah Sherman show and least favorite.
I speak to Byron Lutz, producer of Balcony TV Miami, an online viral network that spotlights independent musical acts through live performance videos. We speak about his connection with Balcony TV, and what he looks for in recruiting acts. For more info, visit www.balconytv.com/miami.
I speak to longtime contributing performer Merry Jo Cortada. We talk about her beginnings as first-generation Cuban-American, to her time as a dancer, working in the South Florida theatre market, now entering her third act, working in film.
I speak to Lily Mazurek, who managed a municipal theatre for almost 2 decades. We talk about her time at the theatre, now she is teaching a method called Mandala. For more info on her Mandala workshop, visit www.themandalamessage.com
I speak to DANIEL GIL and his wife, DARCY HERNANDEZ-GIL, founders of a new theatre company called True Mirage. We talk about how True Mirage got started, current events, and how they will create their footprint on the South Florida Theatre market.
I speak to Skye Whitcomb, artistic director for the Outre Theatre Company, We talk about his arrival as an actor on the scene, how he started Outre (pronouced Ooh-Tray), and how does South Florida stack up alongside other theatre markets.