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Prints Unedited

Prints Unedited

By Thumbprint Studios
Unscripted, Uncensored, Unedited.
Prints Unedited is Thumbprint Studios’ straight-up, no-nonsense theatre podcast where multi-hyphenate artists/expert teachers Jaina Alexander and April Sigman-Marx talk industry, community, and the future of theatre with an impressive list of guests. Born from a need to keep it real with fellow artists during the global pandemic, each weekly episode’s raw conversations further community discourse in subjects ranging from BIPOC and LGBTQIA representation, industry beauty standards, and radical teaching practices. Come for the connection, stay for the tea.
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Special Release, 2 Year Anniversary: Founders of BLKLST, Part 1
Joining our host, Jaina Alexander, and her special co-host Vic Melkonyan, are the Founders of BLKLST, the BIPOC created and led mechanism of accountability through transparency and community oversight in the Los Angeles Theatre Community. The three founders, Celia Mandela Rivera, A'raelle Flynn-Bolden, and Tiana Randall-Quant, are all long-time and active members of the LA theatre community. BLKLST's mission is to provide Safety and Equity for all BIPOC creatives and of the intersections we inhabit, in the Los Angeles theatre community by providing agency for L.A. based BIPOC theatremakers so that they can make informed decisions on what predominantly White American Theatres (WAT) they work with. This episode is part one of our conversation around pushing for Equity and Accountability in LA Theatre through the Lens of Anti-Racism. This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Sephra Kolker, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
33:36
May 21, 2022
Season 2, Episode 10: Thumbprint Reflects of 2021
It is almost the end of 2021, and the Thumbprint Team decided to have a roundtable reflection on the past year: what we loved, what we missed, and what we're looking forward to! This week, April and Jaina sat down with Victoria Melkonyan (Director of Outreach and Education), Emery Lade (Administrative and Education Programming Mentee), Sephra Kolker (Social Media Mentee), and Lauren Heyboer (ProductionAssistant Mentee). Join our conversation and hear about all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the past year, and what we're excited for in the new one! Victoria Melkonyan is a West Asian artist based in California. Through the lens of actor, director, and writer, Victoria actively pursues, uplifts, and creates stories for and by People of the Global Majority. They are an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Theatre Performance and have studied with the SITI Company. Through both their art and activism, they hope to increase visibility for SWANA (MENA) and all who are absent from the mainstream in various performance/storytelling mediums. From the very beginning of their artistic career and education, Victoria has made it a point to face systemic issues head on and embraced the art of calling in and calling to action in everything that they do. They are very excited by the awakenings happening currently between the masses and hope to aid in bringing a sense of revolution and radicalization to the spaces they occupy. Emery Lade (they/them) is a theatre artist and writer based in the midwest. They've done everything from acting to lighting design to producing, and they are a proud multi-hyphenate creator. Their most recent play, Henry and Mae Kill a Cat, was produced in April by their alma mater, Western Illinois University. You can also read their poetry in Touchstone Literary Magazine. Sephra Kolker (she/her/hers) Currently located in the Southern Plains, Sephra is a multi-hyphenate human being, whose most recent credit includes the role of Laura in Amelia, Once More. Her theatrical interests lie in exploring South-Asian American theatre. Outside of theatre, she enjoys cooking, watching classic television shows, writing in her planner, and podcasting. She recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Public/Nonprofit Administration and Environmental Design. Sephra is excited to be working with Thumbprint Studios, and is eager to learn more about digital content creation, while utilizing her skills to create content that is meaningful and impactful. Lauren Heyboer is a theatre maker currently based in Michigan. With degrees in theatre, English literature, and writing, she has worked at several theatres in her area as an actor, dramaturg, and ASM. Passionate about vitality and theatre for social change, she is currently working on The Water Project, an original collaborative piece about local water crises and community engagement. Lauren works as a proofreader of scripts and audiobooks and plans to pursue a graduate degree in dramaturgy. This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Ann, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
35:12
December 10, 2021
Season 2, Episode 9: Lee Nishri-Howitt
This week, we sat down with Lee Nishri-Howitt to talk about the return to in-person classes in higher education, and what it means for students and faculty alike. Lee is an Assistant Professor of voice, speech, and accents at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as a public speaking instructor at Harvard University. He also teaches voice and accents at Emerson College and Boston University. Lee has served as a voice, accent, and text coach all over Boston, in theaters such as The American Repertory Theater, Huntington Stage Company, New Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and others. Originally from Israel, Lee is a graduate of the masters program in vocal pedagogy at the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard, and is also a certified teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork. This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Ann, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
40:19
December 03, 2021
Season 2, Episode 8: Myra Su
Myra Su is a storyteller, puppeteer, and puppet maker based in Chicago. Her primary medium is shadow puppetry but her work also includes experimentations with crankies, video, and a brief stint with taxidermy. Most recently, she was a recipient of a Handmade Puppet Dreams 2020 Quarantine Film Micro-Commission grant. Her short puppet film, Goodnight Shadow, debuted in February 2021 and was made under lockdown conditions. She is currently teaching puppetry workshops online as well as designing puppets for an upcoming music video. In addition to her independent work, she is a touring performer with Manual Cinema, with performances worldwide. She is also a co-curator for a quarterly puppet slam, "Nasty, Brutish & Short." This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Ann, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
29:21
November 19, 2021
Season 2, Episode 7: Alec Lichtenberg
Alec Lichtenberg is an embodied storyteller, educator, and youth advocate based in New York City (Lenapehoking). He comes from German Jewish and Irish Catholic ancestry and aims to forward racial equity and social justice through his work. Growing in a loving home, Alec was medicated against his will for ADHD as a child. Later, he found tools of self-connection and repair by studying dance/storytelling, particularly forms of the African Diaspora, with master teachers Chris Walker, Dohee Lee, Anna Halprin, and Reverend Nafisa Sharriff. As an artist/researcher, Alec is interested in exploring perspectives on the intelligence of bodies, including how we grieve, connect, remember, imagine and act. He believes in the emergent questions that young people possess and is a committed advocate for making creative, safer spaces for their self-development, expression, and choice-making. Alec has taught extensively in jails, juvenile detention, psychiatric, and hospital settings in New York City and internationally. He holds a master’s degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Ann, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
39:01
November 12, 2021
Season 2, Episode 6: Emma Goldman Sherman
We are so excited to bring you our conversation with Emma Goldman-Sherman today! Emma Goldman-Sherman is a neurodivergent, genderqueer writer who believes in the power of theatre to confer healing and agency on audiences. Her plays have been produced on four continents and include Counting in Sha’ab, produced by Golden Thread and as a podcast at Playing On Air, and Abraham’s Daughters. Her plays have finalized at BAPF, Bridge Initiative, Campfire, Cutting Ball, Henley Rose, and Unicorn. Emma earned an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she received three Norman Felton awards and the Richard Maibaum award for plays addressing social justice. Perfect Women, published and licensed by Next Stage Press, received the Jane Chambers Award. Emma has been a resident of the Millay Colony, Ragdale, and twice at WordBridge, where she also worked as a dramaturg. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Honor Roll, LPTW, and LMDA. Emma runs the Brave New Workshop for new play development through Brave Space. More resources: Emma's Work on New Play Exchange Emma's Twitter Brave Space Counting in Sha'ab at Playing on Air This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Lade, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
30:53
November 05, 2021
Season 2, Episode 5: Sean Cook
We are delighted to have Sean Cook on the show with us today! Sean joins us from L.A. where he has worked and studied for over 13 years. He trained at The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, Lesly Kahn and Company, Sam Christensen Studios, John Rosenfeld Studios, and was an associate instructor at L.A. On-Camera Training Center. Sean has worked with numerous celebrity actors and directors including; Antonio Banderas, Jimmi Simpson, Steve Zahn, Seth MacFarlane, and Jon Favreau. He is represented by Unified Management, The Wayne Agency, and Brick-House Talent. Mr. Cook earned an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently teaching out of Sean Cook Studio. In addition to producing, directing, and acting, Sean also works as an Intimacy Coach for set and stage. He is a member of the Michael Chekhov Association, the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and has trained extensively with Theatrical Intimacy Education. He has recently opened the world premiere of Unsung and Julian the Humble by Rosalind Reynolds, as well as the world premiere of Priestess of the Witch Goddess at the Sylvia Center for the Arts in Bellingham, Washington as a Co-Director. The performances were live-streamed for audiences using a seven-camera setup and live edit. Sean is teaching now at AMDA in the Acting for Camera department within the BFA Acting program. This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Lade, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
31:51
October 29, 2021
Season 2, Episode 4: Curtis Bannister
This week, we are absolutely delighted to be speaking with Curtis Bannister! The 2021 recipient of the Actors Equity Foundation Roger Sturtevant Award as well as a 2021 Drama League Award nominee, Curtis Bannister is praised by TimeOut Magazine as “radiating with slowly simmering energy” and a “quiet revelation” by the L.A. Times as he continues to establish himself as one of the most dynamic and multi-genre performing artists of his generation in theatre, opera & film. Bannister begins his 2021/22 season with a return to the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime with Music Theatre Works, makes his U.S. solo recital debut with The Festival of new American Music and debuts with Hearing In Color and WFMT (Classical Chicago Radio) as Carlos in the new chamber opera, Undying Love, inspired by the iconic song of the same name by legendary rapper, Nas. Curtis will also make his anticipated debut with Drury Lane Theatre in the lead role of Jim Hardy in Irving Berlin’s Holiay Inn, and his New York City operatic debut as Florestaan in Fidelio with Heartbeat Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Live Arts; this production of Fidelio will also tour the west coast with performances at The Broad Stage (L.A.) and the Mondavi Center (Davis, C.A.). Bannister ends the season starring as Juba Freeman in the world premiere opera production of Quamino's Map with Chicago Opera Theater. Bannister made his debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in the world premiere feature film “The Conductor” and can be seen as Marquee in season 2 of the Apple TV+ series, Dickinson, as well as as Reimers in NBC’s hit series Chicago Fire. More resources: Lucia Lucas This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Lade, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
40:49
October 22, 2021
Season 2, Episode 3: Sammi Grant
Sammi Grant (she/her/hers) Sammi is a blind voice/speech teacher and dialect coach. She is an adjunct professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University as well as at Illinois Wesleyan University. In the past, Sammi has taught at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also teaches for Access Acting Academy, a training program designed specifically for blind and low vision actors. For dialect coaching, she has worked with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Fox as well as over 60 theatrical productions in the Chicago area. Sammi holds an MFA with Distinction in Voice studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a Junior Board member for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) for which she also serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. You ca learn more about Sammi at her website here. More Resources: Caitlin Reilly This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Lade, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
35:10
October 15, 2021
Season 2, Episode 2: Dr. Joyce Lu
This week, we sat down with Dr. Joyce Lu! Dr. Joyce Lu is a Feldenkrais Method, Taijiquan and Qigong Practitioner who has been performing and teaching for over 25 years. She is the Director of LAPlayback Theatre Company and considers her performance practice now to be an engagement with an ongoing process of empowerment and health. You can learn more about Joyce at her website here. More resources: Building Block 360 Body Weather Diego Pinon This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Lade, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
20:29
October 08, 2021
Season 2, Episode 1: Gabrielle Jackson
This week, we're sitting down with Gabby Jackson of the Joy-Jackson Initiative to talk about building systemic equity in the arts! Gabrielle is a Los Angeles-based actress, singer, poet, and activist. She is the founder and director of The Joy-Jackson Initiative, a non-profit organization creating actionable tools to build systemic equity in the arts. Her performing credits include: Nala in Disney’s Tale of the Lion King, Celie in The Color Purple, Angela in Parade, Nehebka in Aida, and Ti Moune u/s in Once on This Island. Gabrielle also writes and produces her own children’s show, Hey, Miss Gabby!, which fosters anti-racism in young kids through fun, accessible characters. Gabrielle is dedicated to work that centers and redefines Black narratives, and creates equitable artistic expression for all. She is a graduate of Saddleback College Applied Vocal Program with a Classical emphasis. Learn more about the Joy-Jackson Initiative at www.joyjackson.org. More resources: We See You White American Theatre Black Theatre Girl Magic Your Black Friend Are Busy This episode was produced on the unceded ancestral territory of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen, and Miami. This episode was edited by Emery Lade, with original intro and outro music by Marc Young.
50:22
October 01, 2021
Season 1, Episode 17: Jessica Hanna
This week we sit down with Los Angeles based Director & Producer Jessica Hanna to discuss her process of saying “F*ck it! Let’s try.” Jessica Hanna is a Los Angeles based Director & Producer with a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is a member of The Kilroys, an activist artists group working for gender parity in the American Theatre. She was an Artist in Residence at Thymele Arts in 2019. She has trained with The SITI Co. and performed with them in 2010 & 2013 at The Getty Villa. She is currently the Chair of The SITI Co.’s Board. She Co-Founded Bootleg Theater and was it's Producing & Managing Director for 12 years. She worked with Roger Guenveur Smith on RODNEY KING. She helped create the Hope On Stage playwriting prize in collaboration with Cornell and Notre Dame Universities. She created the Solo Queens Festival that has featured 15 women solo performers in 2 years. Directing credits include: Lisa Dring's DEATH PLAY at Circle X Theatre, Brandon Baruch’s NO HOMO, at Hollywood Fringe Festival which was awarded Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best New Play.  At Bootleg Theater jessica directed the World premieres of FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN by John Ross BowIe, I CARRY YOUR HEART by Georgette Kelly, THE WILLOWS by Kerri-Ann McCalla and BLUE GOLD & BUTTERFLIES by Stephanie Batiste. She also directed, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Celebration Theatre (Winner 2019 Ovation Award Best Production of a Musical). Also In 2019, she directed A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Make Trouble in Wilmington, NC. And Directed Michelle Kholos Brooks’ HOSTAGE at Adobe Rose Theatre in Santa Fe, NM. Jessica produced two plays by Kirsten Vangsness at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She Co-directed Justin Sayre’s RAVENSWOOD MANOR at Celebration Theater and directed a workshop of Sarah Tufts’ ABIGAIL for Inkwell Theatre In 2020 she directed POLAROID STORIES at CalPoly Pomona. THE WOLVES at CSU Long Beach. During the pandemic she directed Iris Bahr’s solo piece DAI and produced Philicia Saunder’s BREATHE for Outpost_13 & Outside In and A WALK IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD by Katie Lindsey. Upcoming: FEFU & HER FRIENDS (online) at CalPoly Pomona and AS ONE at Orlando Opera. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
36:35
September 17, 2021
Season 1, Episode 16: Matthew Ellenwood
This week, Jaina Alexander and April Sigman-Marx, chat with Matthew Ellenwood about the values of training performers to embrace. Listen to them talk about the importance of learning self-awareness in actor training. Matthew is the owner of Complete Vocal Services: Ellenwood studios, an independent studio focusing on the artistic development of performing artists through classes in voice training, acting, and emotion regulation integrated into performance skills. He is also the artistic director for Terra Mysterium theatre troupe and a proud dog dad. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
35:16
September 10, 2021
Season 1, Episode 15: Victoria Melkonyan
Join Jaina Alexander and April Sigman-Marx as they enjoy a cup of Tea With… Victoria Melkonyan. There are new announcements, positions, and goals set out for this new year. Welcome 2021 with your friends Jaina, April, and Vic! Victoria Melkonyan is a West Asian (Middle Eastern) artist based in both Sacramento and Long Beach. Through the lens of actor, director, and writer, Victoria actively pursues, uplifts, and creates stories for and by those in othered groups. They are an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Theatre Performance and have also studied with the SITI Company. Through both their art and activism, they hope to increase visibility for SWANA and all who are absent from the mainstream in various performance/storytelling mediums. They are very excited by the awakenings happening currently between the masses and hope to aid in bringing a sense of revolution and radicalization to the spaces they occupy. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
38:12
September 03, 2021
Season 1, Episode 14: Gary Grundei
Today’s guest, Gary Grundei, talks to us about how his artistic paths in theatre and music merged. More importantly, he challenges artists to rethink the “boxes” they have placed themselves in and to expand beyond those limitations through play and vulnerability, particularly… in song writing. Gary Grundei has composed music for NPR, MTV, the Discovery Channel, New York Stage and Film, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Magic Theatre, GALA Choruses, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has worked with Meredith Monk, Bill Pullman, Leigh Fondakowski, Caitlyn FitzGerald, and Barbara Dilley. Gary has taught at Naropa University, Occidental College, University of Denver, Whitman College, MICHA and online through his own website goldenlotusstudio.com. He lives in NY and plays with the band High Fiction. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
31:01
August 27, 2021
Season 1, Episode 13: Sara Kay Godot
Grab your favorite cup (put some tea in it), a notebook and a writing implement (for note taking), and a warm blanket (to wrap yourself in). This week we have a room full of strong women: Jaina Alexander and April Sigmnan-Marx are asking Sara Kay Godot (a multi hyphenated bad a*s) steamy questions about how she has managed to trail-blaze a new road for herself, while finding community, in the virtual world of comedy. Sara Kay Godot is a Standup Comic, Actor, Writer, & Director based out of Long Beach, CA. She currently produces and hosts a monthly live-streamed comedy show called THINK TANK. She is also featured on the "Bad Reading" and "Heat and Constant Knowledge" podcast as an improv comic. She is currently still a working actress during Covid times. Book recommendations championing female comedians: Yes Please by Amy Poehler Bossypants by Tina Fey Dead People Suck: a Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed by Laurie Kilmartin Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
24:53
August 20, 2021
Season 1, Episode 12: D-Nick the Microphone Misfit
Thumbprint Studios sat down with D-Nick, a storyteller, musician, and self-produced entertainer. Hear D-Nick’s story about how he has paved his own path in the music industry, by using the skill set he acquired during his higher education. D-Nick The Microphone Misfit is the lead MC, lyricist & artistic director of the group The Microphone Misfitz. The group has toured worldwide from grassroots gatherings to South By Southwest; from Algeria to China. Sharing stages with luminaries such as Crucial Conflict, Dead Prez, KRS-ONE, Jeru tha Damaja, Saul Williams, Mega Ran and more. Focused on the themes of living for a healthier state of mind; and uplifting those who are trying to find their path in this world, The Fitz embodies the acronym Healthy Independent People Helping Other People (H.I.P. H.O.P.). In 2018 the group made history by being the first Hip-Hop group from the USA to officially perform in China since the country banned Hip-Hop. Each of the group's albums come inside of a full-length comic book. Along with performing and recording music each member of the group does arts programs in Chicago and abroad training and educating youth in dance, music production, art, vocal training, and restorative justice. The group has held residencies with organizations and universities such as Columbia College Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Changing Worlds & Civic Leadership Foundation. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
42:36
August 13, 2021
Season 1, Episode 11: The Educated Actor
Make some tea and grab a comfortable seat as Thumbprint Studios interviews The Educated Actor (TEA). Get to know the each member of TEA and what their group brings to the table.  Hosted and produced by Natalie Cruz, Mat Belnas, and Caroline Xique, The Educated Actor podcast is an ongoing conversation with emerging Los Angeles actors who are trying to figure out "the business," just like YOU! Edited by: Rachel Post  Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young  Transcript: TBA
34:44
August 06, 2021
Season 1, Episode 10: Ruxy Cantir
Having lived in multiple countries, we discuss how artistic funding works in different places with the hilarious and talented Ruxy Cantir. “[One] of Scotland’s leading visual theatre makers,” Ruxandra Cantir is a Moldova-born, US-trained, Glasgow-based physical theatre artist. Ruxy holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake, California). Since her graduation in 2013, Ruxy has devised and performed original work in a variety of styles all around the world, both in self-started projects, and as an invited artist in established companies. Recent notable productions include Storify and Unicorn Dance Party - two online series for young audiences for National Theatre of Scotland's Lockdown Family Programme, an outdoor theatre piece commission from the Hans Christian Andersen Festival in Denmark, and Draculala by LARDS - the much-anticipated first performance by a brand new ensemble made up of 5 of Scotland's finest physical comedians and visual theatre creators at Edinburgh's Manipulate Festival 2020. With a knack for the absurd and the grotesque, Ruxy most often works in the styles of Clown, Vaudeville, Physical Comedy, Storytelling, and Movement theatre. Inspired by transformation and embarrassing stories, she likes to celebrate the unusual by embodying outrageous characters in intensity-filled situations. Ruxy is also a dedicated educator, multiple language-speaker, and has an ongoing research interest in the Alexander Technique. www.ruxandracantir.com Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
34:58
July 30, 2021
Season 1, Episode 9: What was it again? Names: The Butchered, The Misarticulated, and The Anglicized
Join our host, Jaina, with guests Chuk Obasi, Victoria Melkonyan, and Moraud Lebaschi as we discuss the importance of our given names and how the world around us has reacted to their existence. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
38:30
July 23, 2021
Season 1, Episode 8: Emma Wade
In this week’s episode, we talk with actor and puppeteer Emma Wade about her work with objects and space. Listen as we get into some silly and fun object work spontaneously during our chat! Emma Wade is an actor, puppeteer, teacher and director based in the north-east. She has trained closely under the mentor-ship of Lenard Petit in NYC, developing in-depth explorations of Michael Chekhov Technique for actors. Her work with Chekhov continues to grow and to cultivate her own offerings as a teacher and performer. Before this mentorship in NYC, Emma was primarily working with puppetry. She has had professional experiences with puppetry legends such as Bread and Puppet Theatre, Ralph Lee and Basil Twist. She will share at Thumbprint Studio’s Tea her thoughts on how actors might benefit from exploring puppetry for developing work in isolation and in virtual spaces. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
39:32
July 16, 2021
Season 1, Episode 7: Chuk Obasi
Get to know Thumbprint Studios’ very own Chuk Obasi! Chuk Obasi is an actor, writer, director and choreographer. He is currently the Co-Director at TÉA Creative, a Company Member with The Private Theatre, and a Company Member with the People’s Theatre Project. He is also an educator, having served as a Movement Project Director at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, a Musical Theatre Adjunct Professor at Drew University, and a frequent guest teacher for LAByrinth Theatre among other engagements. He has recently worked with Intersections International (Artist in Residence), the National Dance Institute (Teaching Artist), and STAR Theatre at the Director’s Company (Choreographer). Chuk has performed, written, or directed across disciplines, including theatre, film, television, dance, and live poetry performance. Obasi is also a social justice activist and has taught workshops on using art for social justice at colleges, high schools, museums, and other institutions - most recently including Emerson College, University of Montana, The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, Fordham University, Drew University, Fieldston Ethical Culture, and Girl Be Heard. A New York native, born in Queens and raised in the Bronx, Obasi currently resides in Manhattan with his family. Chuk recommends Cast: The Origin of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
34:25
July 09, 2021
Season 1, Episode 6: Kholan Studi
This week  Kholan Studi (Cherokee) talks with hosts, Jaina & April, about why Representation matters, a second generation look at the entertainment industry.  Kholan had his first professional job, at 14, was in “Among The Shadows Haunting” with Gary Farmer and DeLanna Studi at the College of Santa Fe. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, he is a company member of Native Voices at the Autry, where he gave standout performances in “Bingo Hall” by Dillon Chitto and “They Don’t Talk Back” Frank Henry Kaash Katasee, which also ran at the La Jolla Playhouse and Perseverance Theater in Alaska. Kholan played Elias Boudinot in the Marin Theatre production of “Sovereignty” by Mary Katherine Nagle, reprising the role at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM. Native Voices at the Autry, IG: @nativevoices New Native Theatre, IG: @newnativetheatre Perseverance Theatre, IG: @perseverencetheatre Urban Native Era: Specializes in clothing design and content to increase the visibility of Indigenous Peoples. IG: @urbannativeera Native Apparitions edited by Steve Pavlik, M. Elise Marubbio & Tom Holm Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
47:08
July 02, 2021
Season 1, Episode 5: Katherine Tanner Silverman
This week on Prints Unedited... Jaina Alexander and April Sigman-Marx sit down for tea with Katherine Tanner Silverman, founder of Mentalhaus, a devised theatre company whose main focus is on humanizing mental health in both characters and individuals. On this episode, the three leading ladies discuss self care and the importance of choosing to be kind to yourself in your artistic and personal life. Katherine Tanner Silverman has embraced a renaissance theatre career holding various positions including director, education manager, instructor, actor and producer before moving to Chicago. She holds an M.F.A. in European Devised Performance Practice from Columbia College Chicago, a program which included 10-months of intensive study with Arthaus-Berlin in Germany. She most recently served as one of the 2020 Festival Directors for The International Voices Project during it's 11th season and first virtual season. Check out Mentalhaus Check out Mentalhaus & Thumbprint Studios co-production: Collab24, a virtual 24hr devised theatre festival happening July 2021 Edited by: Rachel Post and Emery Lade Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
33:19
June 25, 2021
Season 1, Episode 4: Laura Hunter Drago
In this week's episode host, April Sigman-Marx sits down for an exciting conversation with LA film producer Laura Hunter-Drago to talk about adapting theatre for film. Laura Hunter Drago is a producer living in Los Angeles, California. Originally from a small town in Virginia, Laura grew up performing in theatre both in school and professionally. She trained as an actress at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company School and the Lee Strasberg Institute. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Laura is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Ms. In the Biz, a website founded by Helenna Santos that provides resources for female entrepreneurs in entertainment. Laura co-founded New Girl Pictures with one of her best friends from her high school theatre days, Samantha Macher. Their production company focuses on getting women into positions both in front of and behind the camera early in their careers. New Girl Pictures’ first short film, an animated piece called The Echo, was made a finalist in the Coven Film Festival Quarantine Film Challenge which will screen as part of an online festival through Seed & Spark in July 2020. New Girl Pictures’ first feature film, To the New Girl, made by an all-female cast and creative team has made waves on the festival circuit as well. The film had its festival premiere at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters on Hollywood and Highland as part of the Golden State Film Festival and is also an Official Selection at the inaugural FEMINYSTA Film Fest in Brooklyn. The film most recently won four awards at the Queen Palm International Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, including Best Feature by a First Time Filmmaker. To the New Girl released on VOD worldwide August 11, 2020.” Watch Laura’s new movie for free on Tubi or rent/buy on Amazon Prime Video Visit the official website for To the New Girl. Laura recommends Create Your Own Career In Hollywood: Advice from a Struggling Actress Who Became a Successful Producer by Alexandra Boylan “[this book] is a crash course in indie film making based on real, practical experience from someone who has done it successfully.” Laura’s article in Medium about adapting theatre for film. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
34:58
June 18, 2021
Season 1, Episode 3: Yamile Lima
Welcome to Episode 3 of Prints Unedited with Yamile Lima!  We had a wonderful chat about teaching theatre with a social justice focus and some of the tools that Yami uses herself in her classroom. Yamile is a firm believer in the need to bridge the gap between education and the community, and the power of language to help uplift students and community members. Yami Lima is a Latinx Middle School Theatre Arts and Language Arts Educator for Miami Dade County Public Schools, one of the largest urban area schools in the United States. She holds her M.S. Ed. In Education and Social Change from the University of Miami and her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from New World School of the Arts Conservatory through the University of Florida. She has been a performing artist, designer, production assistant and director for over two decades in educational theatre, local theatres, private studios, films and voice over studios in Miami, FL. Her belief is that in education, as teachers, we need to integrate social justice, and SEL practices within the classroom to assist in affecting change in society. As a teacher-activist Yami believes that you must assist the community to help bridge the gap between what is done within the schools that works and implement it within the community. As Paulo Freire stated, “Teaching is a political act,  no pedagogy is neutral.” Book Recommendations that Yami recommends in our video: Radical Possibilities by Jean Anyon Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal Everyday SEL in Middle School by Carla Tantillo Philibert (Also available for Elementary, Early Childhood and High School) Reading, Writing and Rising up: Teaching about social justice and the power of the written word by Linda Christensen Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
36:60
June 11, 2021
Season 1, Episode 2: April Sigman-Marx
Continuing your introduction to our hosts, Jaina Alexander sits down with Thumbprint Co-Founder (and co-host) April Sigman-Marx to chat about establishing yourself as an artist in a new city. Listen to them talk about the challenges has April faced moving and reestablishing herself in multiple cities, as well as offer advice learned from years of experience. April Sigman-Marx is a multi-regional actor, director, writer, educator, entrepreneur, and cat mom currently living a nomadic lifestyle—most recently residing in LA, Chicago & Denver. April spends her days providing support to the Fornés Institute as a research assistant, exploring the intersection of performance & technology as a virtual theatre director and wearing all the hats required in her duties as a Founding Artistic Director of training program - theatre company – artistic community, Thumbprint Studios.  Specializing in new work development, April has created/ written, directed, produced and performed in several original solo shows, web series, films and plays--Many of which focus on social justice issues. Select projects include: Directing her original children’s play Rover the Bear as a new works workshop with Cal Rep. Affinity Series, assistant directed the world premiere of Sheepdog at South Coast Rep. with director to Leah C Gardiner, Directed virtual production of Antigone Now with South Florida fringe fine arts festival, Assistant directed virtual staged reading of Fefu and Her Friends as a fundraiser Seasons of Concern with Director to Stacy Stoltz, wrote directed and performed one-woman show Permed at the Tower Theatre in Miami and the Uptown Theatre in Virginia, originated the role of Julia in the world premiere of  Making Up History at the DC Fringe Festival, performed a lead role in improvised feature film Open Door and is currently developing a dreamy clown show Pathways. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: TBA
27:14
June 04, 2021
Season 1, Episode 1: Jaina Alexander
In our first episode, April Sigman-Marx sits down with Thumbprint Co-Founder (and co-host) Jaina Alexander to chat about Embracing the Multi Hyphenate. Listen to them talk about Jaina’s journey from opera to theatre and how her experience navigating these two worlds serves her as the multi-hyphenate artist she is today. Jaina is a singer, actor, educator, dog mom and a Founding Artistic Director of Thumbprint Studios. A multi-genre artist, Jaina has sung with theatres, opera companies, and choirs all around the Midwest, at award-winning cabaret and jazz clubs, and with The Rolling Stones. Her work as an educator focuses on vocal confidence and flexibility to allow for bold and brave artistic choices. Select projects include: Lily in The Secret Garden as a Guest Artist Residency with Cloud County Community College, Chicago Premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom with South Shore Opera Company, and The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Teretzin a multimedia benefit for Holocaust survivors with The Defiant Requiem Foundation. She is also a proud member of Estill Voice where she is an Estill Master Teacher candidate, MICHA, VASTA, and Lola Bard Productions. Edited by: Rachel Post Intro & Outro Music by: Marc Young Transcript: www.thumbprintstudios.org/transcripts-jaina
27:35
May 28, 2021