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Treats for your ears this Saturday! Listen to The Triangle Bake-Off!

Imagine you have just 2 days to write a 10 minute play using the following ingredients: What would you write?  Might you find freedom and focus by having those restrictions? What would your bake-off ingredients look like?  [Hint: This would be a great writing exercise for you to take on with a group of friends …

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123: Inspiration, dedication, and production with playwright Mark Cornell

Mark Cornell is a playwright, director, and filmmaker.  He has had more than 85 of his plays produced in theatres around the world.  In this episode, Mark talks about his writing process for stage and film, where he finds his inspiration, and tips to keep writing. About halfway thru the interview, we dig into a …

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120: Mindfulness, intention, and process with poet and playwright, Debra Kaufman.

I’m very grateful for this conversation with Debra Kaufman about poetry, playwriting, process, mindfulness, ego, collaboration, and more.  Take some deep calming breaths, go on a walk with your notebook in your pocket, follow your own process inclinations, and enjoy this episode. Debra Kaufman is the author of four full-length poetry collections—God Shattered, Delicate Thefts, …

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110: Questions, structure, & digging deep. Diving into creative process with playwright, June Guralnick

For four decades, June Guralnick has created plays, performance projects, and multi-media installations, as well as directing new works, classic plays, and developing community cultural programs. June’s work has been beamed to the Space Station as well as performed at many earth venues across the country in NY, CA, DC, NC. Please read her very …

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105: Art and education in times of crisis with Ian Finley, playwright and educator

A wide ranging conversation touching on art and education in times of crisis. Ian Finley describes his shifting work as a theatre teacher in a public high school, the essential elements for a theatrical experience, and writing audio drama. [I’m delighted to say that Ian is a member of one of the Artist Soapbox Audio …

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077: Producing independent theatre. Artistic Director Brook North on the work, the traps, and joy of making “what we want to do.”

With candor and vulnerability, Artistic Director Brook North describes what it’s like to run a small local independent theatre company — not just logistically and administratively, but emotionally & psychologically too. Using South Stream’s THIS DOESN’T END WELL as an example (a theatre piece Brook wrote, directed and produced), we tease apart thoughts about money, …

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070: Art & politics, then and now. Historian and playwright Cristina Bejan chronicles the Criterion Association.

Cristina Bejan’s book about the Criterion Association in Romania is the foundation of our conversation for this episode. The Criterion Association was a modernist progressive cultural circle that operated in the early 1930s (the Romanian equivalent of the Bloomsbury Group). Criterion members discussed wide-ranging topics such as Gandhi, Greta Garbo, Lenin and Mussolini. They also …

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046: What are the benefits of a residency? Dasan Ahanu speaks on Black Poetry Theatre’s decade of connection.

“So much is possible.” Dasan Ahanu is a Poet, Emcee, Writer, Playwright, Performance Artist, Lecturer, and Educator in Durham, North Carolina. He is managing director and co-founder of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT), an African American theatre company started in 2008 that creates original productions featuring artists from the community. Dasan performs two of his original poems in …

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043: What good is a bad first draft? Playwright and arts educator Ian Finley extols the power of revision.

“The first draft really ought to be quite horrible.” A passionate masterclass in playwriting with Ian Finley, playwright and arts educator. Dramatic structure, writer’s block, revision, adapting historical events, the value of arts education, working with what you have, and the importance of “Just Finish it!”  Ian Finley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from …

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