This conversation brings together two generations of playwrights: Grace McLeod is an emerging playwright (also one of the youngest winners ever at ANPF) and William Cameron is an established theatre maker, retired from teaching and focusing on his playwriting. Like their plays, they don’t shy away from important topics — white privilege, economic disparity, and…

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“You do angry/funny better than anyone.” So says past ANPF winner Callie Kimball to friend and current ANPF winner Kari Bentley-Quinn. Today on the podcast, they discuss Kari’s ANPF 2020 play HYANNIS and Callie’s play PERSEVERANCE, which ANPF workshopped in August. Their conversation then delves into the world at large, fan-girling over Lucy Thurber, and…

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Art, race, activism, smoothie diets, and the future of American theatre. There’s lots on the table in this conversation between friends and multi-hyphenate theatremakers Reginald Edmund and Kyle Haden. They get personal, from discussing their experiences as Black men and artists, to making each other laugh and appreciating how they balance one another. They also talk about the work they’re…

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  Nate Eppler and Stephanie Alison Walker join us on the podcast today for a conversation that brings connection and catharsis. They put our feelings into words and deftly share what they’re experiencing and thinking about during this pandemic. Listen as they talk about the power of championing other playwrights, finding inspiration in shorter projects,…

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Join guests Michael Gotch and Mark Lamos as they talk about Michael’s ANPF 2019 winning play STARTER PISTOL, which Mark is directing for its world premiere at Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware. Their conversation delves into topics of character development, Greek tragedies, overcoming anxieties as a writer and favorite theater moments, including…

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We’re excited to bring together playwrights Donna Hoke and Andrea Stolowitz, who are meeting for the first time on our podcast! They share about the successes and struggles they’ve encountered in their careers, with topics ranging from self-advocacy and maintaining confidence to taking ownership of one’s hometown as a regional playwright. They also share recommendations…

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What drives us as people, creators, storytellers? In this compelling conversation, playwright Tira Palmquist and actors/producers/storytellers Yvonne Huff Lee and Jason Delane Lee share their passions and what drives them: powerful stories that engage difficult realities and social issues in a way that creates understanding and conversation. That connect with audiences in ways that heal.…

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Rachel Crowl and Natalie Symons are unapologetically kicking ass and taking names. In this week’s ANPF Play4Keeps conversation, theatre creators Rachel and Natalie talk about the importance and thrill of new play development, the value of lived experience, creating better art by casting transgender actors for transgender roles, telling difficult stories with humor, and the…

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Jump into a conversation between friends Victor Lesniewski and Kareem Fahmy. They share what they’ve collaborated on as playwright and director over the last 10 years, delving into the details of their process developing new plays, their discovering and nurturing collaborative sparks with other theatre creators, their experiences with play development outside of New York,…

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What do you get when you bring together two playwrights to discuss their historical dramas? You learn so much more than you knew before! Jeannine Grizzard brings to life women’s suffrage leader Emmeline Pankhurst in her one-woman show PANKHURST: FREEDOM OR DEATH. In THE HARDER COURAGE, Leslie Slape shares the moving story of a friendship between…

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Join playwright Kari Bentley-Quinn and actor Marie-Claire Erdynast as they discuss Kari’s plays, including THE WORST MOTHER IN THE WORLD, which spark conversations from the serious–motherhood, postpartum depression, the importance of addressing mental health issues, how audiences react to complicated female characters, online misogyny and harassment–to lighter fare, like newly adopted kittens, the cities they love,…

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Join us for a dive into the story and process behind Sarah Mitchell’s ARTICHOKE HEARTS and the topics that branch off from there: thoughts on modern relationships, developing creative works, finding inspiration and solace in everyday moments and interactions with strangers. Sarah Mitchell is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor, and producer. Her play ARTICHOKE HEARTS is available…

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