December 27, 2021
Ann Harada is an actor and singer, probably best known for originating the role of Christmas Eve, in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Avenue Q. In a career spanning more than three decades, Harada has also appeared on Broadway in M. Butterfly, Seussical, Les Miserables, 9 To 5 and Cinderella, as well as in many Off-Broadway and regional productions including at City Center’s Encores!, Playwrights Horizons, The Papermill Playhouse and The Muny. She most recently starred Off-Broadway in Fairycakes by Douglas Carter Beane.
Television audiences might know her best as Florence Menlove, the wife of the Mayor (played by Alan Cumming) in the hit musical spoof Schmigadoon! on Apple TV+ starring Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key.
December 20, 2021
Suli Holum is a theatre artist whose work has been supported by the Orchard Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, the Playwright’s Center, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and HERE, and presented by FringeArts, The Public Theatre/UTR, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Z Space and The Gate in London.
As a member of Philadelphia’s Wilma Hothouse she has appeared in Romeo and Juliet and Dance Nation. Other acting projects include Sweat at Philadelphia Theatre Company, On the Exhale at Theatre Exile, The Few at Theatre Horizon, and Cabaret at the Arden, and an appearance on HBO’s Mare of Eastown.
As a writer and director, she is a longtime collaborator with choreographer Nichole Canuso and has developed commissions for the National Constitution Center and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. A founding member of Pig Iron Theatre Company, she went on to co-found Stein | Holum Projects with Deborah Stein where she co-created and performed the Drama Desk-nominated Chimera, and The Wholehearted.
She recently launched Suli Holum/The Work, a Philadelphia-based incubator for live performance. A recipient of a Drama Desk Award, a TCG/Fox Resident Actor Fellowship, and a Barrymore Award, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College where she was the recipient of the 2020 Engaged Artist Award.
December 13, 2021
Ryan Duncan has performed on Broadway in Shrek and Gettin' the Band Back Together (for which he wrote additional material) with Marilu Henner. He has also performed in many Off-Broadway productions including Liberty, The Yellow Brick Road, Nassim, Soul Doctor, and he originated the role of "Juan" in the now international hit, Altar Boyz, for which he earned a Drama League Nomination for Distinguished Performance. He has also appeared at various regional theatres, especially in the DC area, like Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre and Studio Theatre and he has toured nationally and performed in both film and television.
Ryan works for Only Make Believe, a non-profit that provides theatrical experiences to kids in hospitals (for which he's translated shows into Spanish), as well as Mursion, one of the
fastest growing American companies, which fosters social skills, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and empathy through online virtual reality.
He is in development with the Broadway-aimed shows Distant Thunder, a contemporary Native American musical by
Shaun Taylor-Corbett, and Passing Through. Ryan also wrote the twistedly funny holiday musical A Gander Family Christmas
December 6, 2021
Marcia Milgrom Dodge is a Tony Award nominated Director, Choreographer and Writer, whose work has been seen throughout the US, in Canada, England, Asia, Denmark and the Middle East, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at acclaimed regional theatres such as the New York City Opera, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Glimmerglass Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and many more.
She received the Tony Award nomination for Directing for the 2009 Revival of Ragtime on Broadway and is one of just a handful of women who have climbed the ranks as successful and commercially viable theatre director/choreographers. She is currently directing a new revival of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that as she puts it “really challenges each of us to look around the room with an equitable lens in which all races, ethnicities, body shapes and abilities can be identified and celebrated.”
November 29, 2021
Rashad V. Chambers is an award winning producer, talent manager and lawyer. His Broadway producing credits include American Son, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Betrayal, The Inheritance and Caroline, or Change.
A licensed attorney in New York and Connecticut, Rashad is the Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment. He recently produced Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical in association with Goodspeed Musicals as well as the world premiere of It Happened In Key West in London.
Rashad attended Morehouse College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He also earned his JD and MBA degrees from The Ohio State University. Rashad is a board member of On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program and Houses on the Moon Theater Company.
November 22, 2021
Kate Reinders is an actor and singer who has appeared in multiple stage and screen projects. On Broadway she originated the role of Portia in Something Rotten!, played Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and appeared in Meteor Shower, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Good Vibrations, the 2002 revival of Into The Woods, the 2003 revival of Gypsy and in Wicked, where she replaced Megan Hilty as Glinda.
Kate has also appeared Off Broadway, and at various regional theatres across the country. Young audiences may know her best for her TV appearances, especially her portrayal of Miss Jenn in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series now streaming on Disney+.
I interviewed this week’s guest live during the Keynote presentation of the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) conference online. VTA is one of the largest statewide theatre associations in the country and is the central resource for connecting, creating, cultivating and advocating for practitioners of theatre in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information about VTA or to donate, please go to virginiatheatre.org
November 15, 2021
James Seol is currently appearing in Come From Away on Broadway where he last appeared in A Naked Girl on the Appian Way at Roundabout Theatre Company. He has appeared Off-Broadway in KPOP receiving a Lucille Lortel nomination as Outstanding Lead Actor, and in Ten (Second Generation) and The Long Season at The Public Theater.
James has also appeared at some of the most prestigious regional theatres across the country including The Papermill Playhouse, The American Conservatory Theatre, Steppenwolf, Goodspeed, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Hartford Stage and The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.
You may have also seen James on television in The Flight Attendant on HBO Max, and in Living With Yourself on Netflix. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division and The University of Virginia.
November 8, 2021
Kathy Voytko made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the 2002 revival of Oklahoma! directed by Trevor Nunn and she was in the Tony Award-winning Nine starring Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera. She originated the role of Ariadne in Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs opposite Nathan Lane at Lincoln Center and her other Broadway credits include The Pirate Queen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next To Normal, the 2014 Tony Award-winner for best musical A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder and the original Broadway cast of Tuck Everlasting.
Kathy toured the United States as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and as Eva Peron in the 25th anniversary tour of Evita, working with legendary director/producer Hal Prince on both projects. She is often a soloist for symphonies and concerts around the world and she has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as in Mexico and Canada.
Kathy has also played leading roles at various regional theatres across the country including Clara in Passion, Fantine in Les Miserables, Fiona in Brigadoon, Polly in Crazy For You and Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County. She is a two-time recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She received a BFA in Music/Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. She will be appearing next in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Music Man, where she will be performing in the ensemble, and understudying Sutton Foster.
November 1, 2021
Eric Jordan Young is an accomplished Producer, Director, Choreographer, Entertainer, Playwright and Songwriter. He has appeared on Broadway in Ragtime (’98 and ’09 revival), Chicago, Seussical, and The Look of Love, as well as Off-Broadway, in national tours and for various regional theatres.
Eric has also performed with several Symphonies throughout the country and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. His solo album Once In A Lifetime, was produced by his company EnJoY! Productions and his one-man musical Sammy & Me is the winner of the ArtVoice and Salt Awards.
Eric served as the Resident Director of Baz (Venetian/Palazzo) and loves working as a Creative Director for original projects including Renegades at Caesars Palace and Drag Supper Club. Eric is currently the Associate Director for the Norwegian Cruise Line production of Footloose and the recent production of Rock of Ages in Hollywood, CA.
October 25, 2021
Geno Carr is a professional actor, singer, director and educator who starred in the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away on Broadway. He starred Off-Broadway in the musical satire Bush Wars and has been seen in the national tours of Grease, Phantom and The Buddy Holly Story.
He has appeared in leading roles in numerous plays and musicals regionally at The Old Globe, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Lyric Opera San Diego, Maine Shakespeare Festival, Heritage Theatre Festival and many others.
In addition to having served for two years as Assistant Professor of Theatre and Resident Artist at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, he has also taught at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA and currently serves on the Theatre Arts faculty at Grossmont College in San Diego, CA.
He is a summa cum laude graduate of Hartwick College with a dual BA in Music and Theatre Arts, holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.