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Text Work: Webster’s The White Devil with Ray Porter
Jan 15 • 16 min
Ray Porter from Ep. #16 talks text work in John Webster’s The White Devil, a Jacobean play (right after Shakespeare). You’ll hear Ray discuss: why this speech fascinates him, how language was the CGI of the day, why classical theatre and plays like this…
Ep #16: Ray Porter on Delivering the Mail, Being Your Advocate, and Good-Natured Arrogance
Jan 8 • 86 min
Ray Porter grew up in Indiana and studied at the California Institute of the Arts. He spent 18 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is an award-winning audiobook narrator with 300+ titles, including the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry.…
A Tribute to Philip Bosco, with Armin Shimerman and Peter Van Norden
Dec 18, 2018 • 19 min
Some considered Philip Bosco to be a god onstage. He was one of the best actors of his generation, particularly skilled with Shaw and Shakespeare. “No one spoke better than Phil Bosco.” Phil recently passed and now you’ll hear Armin Shimerman and Peter…
Ep #15: Dawn Didawick on Being a Sponge, No Credentials, and Daring to Fail
Dec 11, 2018 • 106 min
Dawn Didawick is an LA-based actor who has worked at numerous regional theatres, has lived and worked in both DC and New York, and also has a number of film and TV credits. In today’s episode, Dawn and I cover doing industrials, dealing with fear, having…
Text Work: Dickey’s The Rembrandt with Francis Guinan
Nov 20, 2018 • 14 min
Francis Guinan from Ep. #14 talks text work in Jessica Dickey’s The Rembrandt, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2017 with Francis in the cast, alongside John Mahoney. You’ll hear how Francis found his way through the text, and the…
Ep #14: Steppenwolf’s Francis Guinan on Being Blue Collar and Slightly Undisciplined
Nov 6, 2018 • 82 min
Francis Guinan has been a Steppenwolf Ensemble member for 30 years. We chat about discipline and focus; messing with other actors onstage; great directors; rehearsal questions; John Mahoney; Shakespeare; younger actors; current passions, and lots more!…
Ep #13: Tony-Winner Reed Birney on Actor Despair and Roles That Scare You
Oct 9, 2018 • 90 min
Reed Birney thought he was just going to be a schmuck actor after decades of struggle. Then he takes on a part that terrifies him and it leads to a number of great projects and successes, including a Tony Award. We discuss the unbelievable circumstances…
Updates: Premium Membership and Monthly Schedule
Oct 2, 2018 • 3 min
There is now a PREMIUM experience for listeners, and you can join for just $2/month. By signing up as a premium member, you’ll get exclusive access to additional episodes, bonus content, discounts, and items that are available NOWHERE else. The premium…
Season 2 Trailer
Sep 25, 2018 • 2 min
What’s ahead for this season? Hear excerpts from upcoming interviews from actors that have worked for 30-50+ years, hearing how they got started, what challenges they faced, how they deal with auditions, actually work on material, and more. Get your copy…
Text Work: Pinter’s The Hothouse with Peter Van Norden
Sep 11, 2018 • 13 min
Peter Van Norden from Ep. #7 talks text work on performing platitudes and pauses in Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse. As he was in rehearsals when we spoke, you’ll hear how Peter is still figuring things out with the character of Roote; he’s still asking…
Text Work: Bartlett’s King Charles III with Nike Doukas
Sep 4, 2018 • 17 min
Nike Doukas from Ep. #6 talks text work on performing contemporary iambic pentameter and verse from Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III. You’ll hear that Nike brings the same tools that she would to any verse text, classical or modern. There are some…
Text Work: Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Geoffrey Wade
Aug 21, 2018 • 15 min
Geoffrey Wade from Ep. #5 talks text work on performing The Player from Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Geoffrey played this part at Weston Playhouse in Vermont and he even shares some of his script notes from rehearsals.…
Text Work: Singing Coward and Shakespeare’s King Lear with Harry Groener
Aug 14, 2018 • 11 min
Harry Groener from Ep. #4 talks text work on singing a Noel Coward song (“Mrs. Worthington”) and performing King Lear’s “Reason not the need” speech from Shakespeare’s play. If you’re following along, this speech is at the end of Act 2, Scene 4. He also…
Text Work: Shakespeare’s Henry VI with Armin Shimerman
Aug 7, 2018 • 13 min
You wanted these text work sessions as separate episodes and I’m happy to accommodate! First up: @ShimermanArmin from Ep #2 takes us into Shakespeare Henry VI, part 3 with Richard of Gloucester, a soliloquy Armin used for auditions. He also talks about…
What’s next for The WAJ? You decide!
Jun 21, 2018 • 5 min
Happy Solstice! Where are we headed in season two? It’s time to add your voice to the conversation by letting me know what you thought of season one! The first 20 people to respond will receive a code for a free item on Audible, no trial required: redeem…
Text Work: Mini-Shakespeare Master Class with Dakin Matthews
Mar 27, 2018 • 19 min
Dakin Matthews is an actor, teacher, and scholar. In this bonus episode you’ll hear the mini-Shakespeare master class he gives in episode #12 on one of the speeches from Romeo and Juliet. You’ll learn the logic that Juliet uses and how it unravels, where…
Ep #12: Dakin Matthews on Acting the Classics and Your Artistic Family
Mar 13, 2018 • 104 min
Dakin Matthews is an actor, playwright, dramaturg, director, teacher, and scholar. He has 150+ credits on IMDb, has taught Shakespeare around the world, worked on Broadway and won awards, and was artistic director of several theatres—and he…
Ep #11: Ben Whitehair on Building Relationships and Intelligent Rule-Breaking
Mar 6, 2018 • 94 min
@benwhitehair is an unusual guest here, but you’ll soon discover why he’s a great addition! He already has 50+ credits on IMDb, is the co-founder of LA Actors Tweetup, is on the LA Local Board of SAG-AFTRA, and is the chair of its NextGen Performers…
Ep #10: Gigi Bermingham on Being a Misfit and Living Her Dream
Feb 27, 2018 • 89 min
Gigi Bermingham gets honest and vulnerable about the journey—it’s a special episode! She’s an actress and singer with 30+ credits on IMDb, two LA Ovation Awards, and an LADCC Award for her solo comedy show Non-Vital Organs. We talk about her rural…
Ep #9: Clyde Kusatsu [Part 2] on Recovery, Preparation, and Serving the Project
Feb 20, 2018 • 78 min
In Part 2 of our chat, veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu (@judgeito1948) shares how he approaches playing different Asian ethnicities, what he’s learned from casting directors, his challenge with alcohol and being sober for nearly 24 years, and why he got…
Ep #8: Clyde Kusatsu [Part 1] on Discipline and Being 10x Better
Feb 13, 2018 • 84 min
Clyde Kusatsu (@judgeito1948) grew up in Hawaii amidst a rapidly developing culture and economy, did summer stock with musical theatre star Howard Keel, became a “college working actor” at Northwestern, and worked twice with the legendary actor Toshiro…
Ep #7: Peter Van Norden on Finding Vulnerability and Work Making Work
Jan 30, 2018 • 99 min
Peter Van Norden has been acting for 45+ years on both stage and screen. We cover how musicals shaped his life, training at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner, working with two star-studded productions of Hamlet, learning from Meryl Streep,…
Ep #6: Nike Doukas on Determination and the Bigness of Emotion
Jan 23, 2018 • 76 min
Nike Doukas is an actor, director, teacher, and accent coach. She studied at University of Wisconsin, Madison and has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre. She works regularly in regional theatre and has nearly 40 credits on IMDb, including a…
Ep #5: Geoffrey Wade on People vs. Characters and Doing Your Job
Jan 16, 2018 • 83 min
@geoffreywade is an actor, director, teacher, photographer, and acting coach. He has performed on Broadway and off-, works extensively in regional theater, appears in episodic television, in radio and on tour with LA Theatre Works, and films include…
Ep #4: 3x Tony Nominee Harry Groener on Versatility and Learning Lines Quickly
Jan 9, 2018 • 80 min
Harry Groener has three Tony Award nominations (Oklahoma, Cats, Crazy For You), and has also been a series regular on Dear John, and played Mayor Wilkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Born in Germany and growing up in San Francisco, he got started with…
Happy New Year: 2018 Check-In
Jan 2, 2018 • 4 min
Hope you’re new year is off to a great start! How have things been going with the podcast? Nathan checks in to share stats, reviews, and more in this quick look behind-the-scenes. We’ll be back next week with continuing episodes in Season 1 of The Working…
Ep #3: Anne Gee Byrd on Being Tough and Enjoying Auditions
Dec 26, 2017 • 66 min
Anne Gee Byrd has performed leading roles in everything from Shakespeare to Shaw across the country, and is no stranger to contemporary works, too. She has received LA Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. and was…
Ep #2: Armin Shimerman on Gratitude and Trusting Fate
Dec 19, 2017 • 103 min
@ShimermanArmin is perhaps best known as Quark on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. He has been working 50 years in the business and has 200 credits on IMDb. He’s also done many voiceovers, video games, and commercials. Plus: a Shakespeare scholar,…
Ep #1: Robert Pine on Raw Enthusiasm and Knowing Yourself
Dec 19, 2017 • 84 min
Robert Pine is a great actor to help us kick things off! He’s been working for the past 50+ years and probably best known for starring on the show CHiPs. He has over 200 credits on IMDb, appearing on almost every iconic show from the ’60s to today. He’s…
Coming Soon - The Working Actor’s Journey
Dec 12, 2017 • 1 min
What’s ahead for this podcast? Hear excerpts from upcoming interviews! The Working Actor’s Journey features in-depth conversations with actors that have worked for 30-50+ years, hearing how they got started, what challenges they faced, how they deal with…