Beyond the Spotlight

Beyond the Spotlight
Informative and entertaining conversations with the unsung heroes working in the trenches of the music, theater, and television worlds.

015 - Chris Shrom - Lighting Designer
Jul 1 • 38 min
Nashville-based lighting designer Chris Shrom has worked with artists like Little Big Town, Natalie Grant, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban. These days, he helps touring professionals get the gear and expertise they need to create successful shows!
014: Cathy & Emily Stein - Wardrobe/Dressers
Jun 15 • 34 min
Emily and Cathy Stein have spent a decade working as dressers and wardrobe specialists in community theater and on national tours. They share their process for prepping a show, and creating quick costume changes for their actors.
013: Cherie B. Tay - Stage Manager
Jun 1 • 29 min
Cherie Tay is a New York City based stage manager with an impressive resume, including national tours and Broadway shows. Currently, she’s the Assistant Stage Manager at the Tony Award® winning show HADESTOWN on Broadway.
012: Dave Horowitz - A1 at Beetlejuice
May 15 • 29 min
Mixing sound for any Broadway musical is a challenge, but productions like Beetlejuice take it to the next level. The show’s sound mixer, Dave Horowitz, will join us to ‘turn on the juice and see what shakes loose’.
011: George Farmer - Freelance Bassist
May 1 • 77 min
Freelance bassist George Farmer transcends musical styles. He’s performed around the world with artists like Benny Golson, Natalie Cole and Audra McDonald, on numerous Broadway shows, and currently holds the bass chair for the Broadway smash “Ain’t Too…
010: Noddea Skidmore - Director of Creative & Audience Development, Circle Theatre
Apr 15 • 48 min
Noddea Skidmore is not only a talented performer, she’s also the Director of Creative & Audience Development at Circle Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We talk about what it takes to run a successful theater and keep the community engaged!
009: Lindsay Schmidt - Child Wrangler
Apr 1 • 19 min
Lindsay Schmidt has vocal directed high school musicals, and performed in community theater productions around West Michigan for almost 20 years. She also traveled as a child wrangler with the first national tour of “The King & I”.
008: John Thomasson - Musician & Bandleader, Little Big Town
Mar 15 • 70 min
We are thrilled to have Nashville-based musician John Thomasson joining us today! He’s played on numerous award-winning recordings and for the last 10 years, he’s been the bassist and bandleader for Little Big Town.
007: Scott Sandstrom - TV Sports Audio Engineer
Mar 1 • 44 min
This time, we step into the world of broadcast TV sports - specifically, the sound. From stringing miles of audio cables to placing dozens of microphones, find out what it takes to bring the sound from the playing field right into your living room!
006: Emily Diener - Community Theater Actor & Singer
Feb 15 • 41 min
Emily Diener has worked both on and off the stage in the West Michigan theater scene over the last 10 years and her numerous standout performances include Mother in Ragtime, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid.
005: Ross Kratter - Freelance Bassist and Composer/Arranger
Feb 1 • 44 min
This time around, I’m chatting with New York based freelance bassist, composer & arranger, Ross Kratter. We cover his career, of course, but we also get deep into the weeds on James Jamerson, Queen, and bass stuff in general.
004: Chris Goosman - Sound Designer and Mastering Engineer
Jan 15 • 34 min
We talk with Chris Goosman, mastering engineer, freelance sound designer for theatrical productions, and lecturer at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
003: Dan Kesterke - Music Educator & Freelance Percussionist
Jan 1 • 48 min
Interview with Dan Kesterke, a very busy music educator, freelance clinician, drummer, and percussionist, who plays in several cover bands of various genres, a jazz quartet, and he performs in numerous symphonic and pit orchestra settings throughout…
002: Chris Diener - Sound Engineer & Production Manager
Dec 19, 2019 • 46 min
We talk with Chris Diener, a Nashville-based sound engineer and production manager, who’s toured the last 12 years with artists like Joe Nichols, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, and Kelsea Ballerini.
Beyond the Spotlight - Ep. 1: Teaser/Intro
Dec 5, 2019 • 4 min
In this short intro episode, host Jon Diener outlines his motivation for starting this podcast, as well as the overall concept.