Category Archives: Arts Industry

I Wish I Knew: Interview with Artistic Director Sam White

Welcome to the third installment of I Wish I Knew, a monthly blog dedicated to sharing wisdom from artists around the country to up and coming theater makers, film makers, producers, directors, actors…you name it! This month I had the honor of interviewing my friend and colleague, Sam White (she/her/hers), the founding artistic director of Shakespeare in Detroit and a freelance director. She is one of those amazing humans who either has a clone, a time-turner (shout out to Harry Potter fans) or just an extraordinary ability to do a lot of things a lot of the time. Check out Sam’s interview!

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Pinter on Pinter: A Celebration of the English playwright, Harold Pinter

If you have been thinking about catching a show in London’s West End over the last few months you have have noticed that there is one famous name that is dominating the playbills. It’s not a well-known actor or director but, instead, a playwright. Harold Pinter to be exact. The Harold Pinter Theatre has been taken over by the Jamie Lloyd Company from September 2018 to March 2019 with the aim of performing all of Pinter’s one-act plays in repertoire, twenty in total.

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I Wish I Knew: Interview with Casting Director Cathy Reinking

I Wish I Knew is back this week! A new blog dedicated to interviewing people in the theater and on camera business to get some answers about their journeys through the industry, I thought it would be awesome to interview my casting director friend Cathy Reinking (she/her/hers). As an actor, I’ve spent a lot of my career thinking casting directors were the untouchable, unreadable keepers of the gate to success. They seem scary and intimidating. But then I met Cathy who is one of the most open, nonthreatening casting directors I know. Like a lot of casting directors (seriously!) she is an advocate for artists. Whether you are an actor wanting to know more about what casting directors do, or you want to be a casting director yourself, I think you’ll find Cathy’s interview eye opening.

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Playwright Chronicles: From Page to Stage

In this final installment of our blog series, Playwright Chronicles, we discussed the ultimate big step for the emerging playwright: how do you transition your plays from the page to the stage? We were interested to find out how involved the playwrights were in this process, from finding and/or working with a theater company, to … Continue reading Playwright Chronicles: From Page to Stage

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I Wish I Knew: Interview with The Get Down Actress Stefanée Martin

Stefanée Martin

I spend a lot of time talking to other artists. I have noticed that I often hear
(as well as say) the phrase: “I wish I knew _______ before I started.” After
hearing this over and over for years I realized…why don’t we help those
coming after us know the things we wish we knew? In this new blog series
titled I Wish I Knew, I will be interviewing people in the theater and on
camera business to get some answers. Whether you are an aspiring or
established artist, you will find pearls of wisdom in the words of some
experts in the field. These words may be exactly what you’ve been looking
for.

For my first interview, I reached out to my friend and colleague Stefanée
Martin. She is a brilliant actress who has experience in both the theater and
TV/Film worlds. I hope her story inspires you as much as she inspires me!

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