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Dr. Drama in Conversation with Tatro

Dr. Drama in Conversation with Tatro

I spoke with Will Barrios of Tatro about the genesis of Dr. Drama, how psychology and theater are linked, and the power of play.  You can check out the interview here: https://www.tatrotoy.com/just-play-blog/the-doctor-s-in-a-conversation-with-dr-drama-on-the-intersection-of-theater-and-psychology Best, Dr. Drama  

Coloring Broadway – Musicals and Mindfulness

Coloring Broadway – Musicals and Mindfulness

Clinical psychology has been recently touting the therapeutic benefits of coloring. Research has shown that engaging in this activity can reduce both physical and emotional stress. Lucky for fans of musical theater, adult coloring has recently entered the Broadway world.  Andrea Koehler heads up Coloring […]

Ribbons Scavenger Hunt at BroadwayCon

Ribbons Scavenger Hunt at BroadwayCon

It’s time for BroadwayCon and we are beyond excited! Broadway Goes Pop, Coloring Broadway, Dr. Drama, The Hamilcast, Theater People Podcast/Broadway Backstory/True Crime Obsessed*, and Tatro: A Magnetic World of Play have joined together to celebrate this fantastic event that brings theater fans behind the […]

Elsie Cast and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Elsie Cast and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Conversation with Rachel Milligan Ferat of the Elsie Cast about the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We discuss the fantastic theater references held within, as well as exploring the mental health elements of the show, including addiction, suicide and borderline personality disorder. You can check out […]

Darnell Abraham – Divine Appointment

Darnell Abraham – Divine Appointment

There are moments when the full power of a musical is amplified and lifted beyond its prior potential by the events occurring outside of the theater walls. I witnessed such a moment this past summer during a stellar production of Ragtime when hatred and violence […]

Gillian Pensavalle Wrote the Other 51 – ADHD and The Hamilcast

Gillian Pensavalle Wrote the Other 51 – ADHD and The Hamilcast

What fan of the singular show Hamilton: An American Musical wouldn’t love to have its writer and star Lin Manuel Miranda over for drinks and four hours of talking about Hamilton? One enthusiast, Gillian Pensavalle, has done just that with her podcast, The Hamilcast. During […]

Dr. Drama in NAMI

Dr. Drama in NAMI

I often reference NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as a resource, so I am extra pleased to have been published on their website talking about mental health in musical theater.  You can check it out at https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2017/The-Top-Three-Musicals-About-Mental-Health Best, Dr. Drama

Karla Garcia – Finding Her Legacy

Karla Garcia – Finding Her Legacy

Karla Garcia’s dance career has led her to many achievements, including being on the brilliant television competition, So You Think You Can Dance, working with dance world icons such as Debbie Allen, and become a fantastic choreographer in her own right. She also has the […]

Molly Hager – What’s Inside

Molly Hager – What’s Inside

Molly Hager has been in the hit musical Waitress (ensemble and Becky understudy) since the show opened on Broadway, as well as having been a swing in the cult off-Broadway dark comedy hit, Heathers the Musical. The 31-year-old actress spoke openly about how, in spite […]

Josh Young – Make Them Hear You

Josh Young – Make Them Hear You

This past summer I walked into a theater where the face of the Statue of Liberty floated on a bare stage. The first pensive notes of the piano played and the Ogunquit Playhouse production of Ragtime began to unfold. I was moved by many of the […]