The Spotlight Series

The Spotlight Series

By Patrick Oliver Jones
Interviews with those making a difference in the arts and beyond.
Available on 9 platforms
3: NY YOUTH SYMPHONY with Michael Repper - Music Director, Orchestra Conductor, Educator
For the next few episodes will be talking to directors of the New York Youth Symphony. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, and jazz, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Michael Repper, who is in his second year as Music Director of the NYYS Orchestra, talks about his own path to conducting and the importance of music education. A graduate of Stanford University, he recently completed his doctoral residency at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Gustav Meier and his longtime mentor, Marin Alsop, a world-famous conductor and violinist who is also an alumna of the NY Youth Symphony. Michael is an emerging conductor of classical music, jazz, pops, and musical theater. Today he shares his passion for helping foster the next generation of artists. Learn more about: New York Youth Symphony Michael Repper For more info about the podcast, go to Spotlight Series ------------------------------- Intro music and interludes: "Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost 2010 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
49:28
February 5, 2019
2: ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Artistic Director Jackie Miller & Actors Dan Domingues and Jeanette Bonner
In Part Two of our look at Only Make Believe, Patrick talks to Jackie Miller, Artistic Director of the acting company, and two of the actors, Dan Domingues and Jeanette Bonner.  They share the process of bringing interactive theater to children in hospitals and care facilities. From choosing the right type of shows that best fits the kids and their medical conditions to rehearsing scripts and coordinating actor schedules, a lot of time and effort goes into these productions...and all at no cost to the hospitals or children. Each of them also discuss their lives before OMB and what they currently do in addition to their work with this organization. With over twelve years of experience as a director and curator of arts programming across New York City’s cultural sector, Jackie joined Only Make Believe in 2012. She holds a B.F.A. in Performance and M.A. in Arts-Politics, both from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Jeanette joined OMB in 2013. She received her BA in Theater from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and has performed with Magic Futurebox Productions, Ars Nova ANT Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source, as well as her solo show, "Love. Guts. High School." at the 2012 Midtown International Theatre Festival and won nominations for Best Actress and Best Solo Show. She performs weekly with the Improv troupe National Comedy Theater and is also a licensed NYC tour guide...welcome to New York! Dan has been with OMB since 2007. Off-Broadway credits include Atlantic Theater, Joe's Pub, LaMAMA, Baruch PAC, HERE and Soho Playhouse. He's worked regionally at Studio Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Long Wharf, Kansas City Rep, Florida Stage, Portland Stage, Pioneer Theatre, Rep of St. Louis, George Street Playhouse, ART. On TV his credits include Royal Pains, Law & Order, Hope and Faith, Third Watch, and As The World Turns. Dan has an MFA from ART/IATT at Harvard and is an associate artist with The Civilians. You too can make a difference in children's lives. Go to https://www.onlymakebelieve.org and see ways you can help and contribute. For more info on WINMI and the Spotlight podcast, go to www.whyillnevermakeit.com/spotlight-series. ------------------------------- "Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost 2010 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
58:42
January 7, 2019
1: ONLY MAKE BELIEVE with Dena Hammerstein - Actress, Playwright, Theater Producer, Founder of OMB
Geraldine Sherman was born in Middlesex, England and became a busy actress on BBC and in film when she met and later married James Hammerstein. She is now known as theater producer Dena Hammerstein, President/CEO of James Hammerstein Productions and Founder of the non-profit organization Only Make Believe. OMB brings interactive theater to children in hospitals and care facilities, those with illnesses and disabilities and special needs. They entertain the kids with specially created plays designed for their needs and to encourage their participation. Starting in one hospital in 1999, OMB has now grown (thanks to private and corporate support and donations) to more than 50 hospitals in New York City and Washington D.C. This episode is Part One of a two-part look at this wonderful organization and is also the first installment of the Spotlight Series. Dena shares part of her life story in entertainment and what/who brought her to America. We also discuss the founding of Only Make Believe and how it has shaped her work and her life ever since. Dena's early years in TV and film: IMDB To find out more and see how you can make a difference in children's lives: https://www.onlymakebelieve.org --------------------- "Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost 2010 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
50:39
January 7, 2019
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