Arena On Air
What do you get when you combine thousands of archived photos and video, script drafts and edits and countless hours in the rehearsal room? Arena On Air! The first official podcast of Arena Stage. We will explore all aspects of Arena Stage through interviews with artists and staff members, meaningful social discussions and TONS of fun!
We love to hear from YOU! Reach out to us via Twitter with the provided hashtag in each episode and #arenaonair for a chance to have your question featured on an upcoming podcast!
You can now listen to Arena on Air on iTunes.
Episode Fifteen: LIVE with the Arena Civil Dialogues: Must We Be Tribal
Join us for another Arena Civil Dialogue, where prominent dialogue starters and moderator discuss what it means to be in a community.
Episode Fourteen: Sew Divine with Costume Director Joseph P. Salasovich
What is a costume? In this episode of Arena on Air, we sit down with Costume Director Joseph P. Salasovich to talk about what goes into creating the amazing and oftentimes intricate costumes you see on stage.
Episode Twelve: Behind the Casting Table
We sit down with José Carrasquillo (Director of Artistic Programming, Ford's Theater), Kelley Crandall d'Amboise (Resident Casting Director & Artistic Coordinator, Signature Theater), Matt Torney (Associate Artistic Director, Studio Theatre) and Victor Vazquez (Casting Director and Line Producer, Arena Stage) to chat about equity, diversity and inclusion in casting and the larger obligations that casting directors have in creating inclusive environments throughout the production process.
Episode Eleven: The Art of Indecent
Join us as we chat with the people who are bringing Indecent to life at Arena Stage! Guests include director Eric Rosen and music direction/performer Alexander Sovronsky and actors Ben Cherry, Maryn Shaw and Susan Lynskey.
Episode Ten: Anything Goes - The Perfect Blendship
Join us as we get to know Corbin Bleu, Soara-Joye Ross and Parker Esse as they dive into the world of Anything Goes! In this episode, they share parts of their process' preparing for the show, the rehearsal room experience and what we can look forward to in this gold standard musical.
Episode Nine: LIVE with the Arena Civil Dialogues: Well-Being in a Digital World
Join us for a look into the Arena Civil Dialogue event, held on October 14, 2018 in the Molly Smith Study. Learn from prominent dialogue starters Ellen P. Goodman, Maggie Jackson, Maurice Turner and Neema Singh Guliani as they talk about the changing digital world around us can effect our well-being.
Episode Eight: LIVE In Conversation with Christian Gregory
Arena on Air is back with a brand new episode featuring a special LIVE podcast of a post-show discussion featuring Christian Gregory (Dick Gregory's son), and performers Edwin Lee Gibson (who plays Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose) and John Carlin. Led by Literary Manager Naysan Mojgani, Christian Gregory discussed the life and legacy of his father, Dick Gregory.
Episode Seven: Nuts About Dave
The world-premiere musical, Dave, opens this summer at Arena Stage. We sat down with six of the fabulous cast members to talk about bringing the show to D.C., other hobbies that keep them grounded and working on innovative theater. Featuring: Josh Breckenridge, Sherri L. Edelen, Rachel Flynn, Kevin R. Free, Mamie Parris and Jamison Scott.
Episode Six: Forever Young
We sit down and chat with Camp Arena Stage art enhancers, Building Bridges Across the River and Washington Performing Arts to get a better understanding of the lasting impact that the arts have on youth.
Our guests include:
Kerry McGee, (Camp Arena Stage Art Enhancer) We Happy Few | Jonathan Tuzman, (Camp Arena Stage Art Enhancer) Pianist | Jamila Madyun, (Camp Arena Stage Art Enhancer) Stitched with Style | Irfana Jetha Noorani (Deputy Director) and Kimberly E. Douglas (Director of Theater Operations & Programming), Building Bridges Across the River | Trisha Taylor (Assistant Director Of Education), Washington Performing Arts
Episode Five: A Special Helen Hayes Recap
What makes a great show? To celebrate the recent 2018 Helen Hayes Awards, Casting Fellow F. Binta Barry talks to us about the importance of diversity on stage and making sure every voice is heard.
Episode Four: Wedding Queen
When one thinks of a wedding at Arena Stage, they typically imagine it staged as a scene in a play with an actor playing the role of a bride or a groom...but did you know that these stages have been hosts to actual weddings? In this episode, we talk to Events and Rentals Manager, Betsy O'Keeffe about Arena Stage's role as an event space to weddings, proms, conferences...and even a Bengal tiger!
Episode Three: Heading West
Anita Maynard-Losh shares her behind-the-scene experiences working on Snow Child, the new musical premiering this month at Arena Stage and tells us why she'd rather have lunch with Lillian Hellman than Tennessee Williams.
Episode Two: Broadway Bound
What does it take to bring a show to Broadway? Find out from Arena Stage’s Executive Producer himself, Edgar Dobie! You will also learn about his unexplainable love for hippos, what it takes to run a non-profit and more.
Episode One: This Is Our Time
In our first episode, we sit down with Allen Lee Hughes Fellow alumna, Juliette Carrillo. The Two Trains Running director discusses her personal connection to August Wilson, her career as a director and playwright and the importance of following your bliss.