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Category: Interviews

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Samantha Massell – Shaping Perspectives

Samantha Massell – Shaping Perspectives

Samantha Massell has a pedigree that makes her ripe for leading a musical. She grew up in New York City a child of the arts, made her Broadway debut at the age of 12 in Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme, and co-starred in a critically acclaimed […]

Caitlin Houlahan – Broadway Debut

Caitlin Houlahan – Broadway Debut

Caitlin Houlahan made her Broadway debut earlier this year in the hit musical Waitress about Jenna, a woman stuck in an abusive relationship. The young actress has an effervescence in her performance and her personality. I recently spoke with Houlahan about audition anxiety, what her […]

Theater Maker – The Business of Play

Theater Maker – The Business of Play

Family movies of Tatro creator Will Barrios would show a young boy creating a stage out of the living room, using sheets as curtains, orchestrating a fully realized, one-man show with lighting, music, and a complete storyline. Barrios was able to parlay this passion into […]

Alex Wong – Athletic Grace

Alex Wong – Athletic Grace

Alex Wong is a tremendous dancer, singularly embodying beauty and power. The 30-year-old grew up in Canada, where his love of dance was evident from a young age. With the encouragement and support of his parents, he pursued his love for movement, taking classes from […]