Episode 23 – Calamity West

“The great thing about theatre is that … we get to watch things go really, really badly for other people.” Playwright Calamity West says she is always trying to write parables, stories we can learn from.  We sat down to discuss her work, how amazing playwright Annie Baker is and how theatre can respond to…

Episode 22 – Ireon Roach

Ireon Roach is a prize-winning poet, a founding ensemble member of The Yard Theatre and the winner of the 2016 August Wilson Monologue contest–and all before leaving for college this Fall. Ireon sat down with me to discuss her experiences as a young actor working in Chicago’s educational and professional theatre settings, as well as…

Episode 21: Transgender Actor Panel

The burgeoning discussion about transgender inclusion in Chicago Theatre is encouraging.  It’s great to see large institutions like Steppenwolf and The Goodman Theatre beginning to have important conversations about trans representation on their stages.  But for the people living this struggle, those conversations can a little, well … basic.   In this episode, Avi Roque…

Season 2 Teaser: Ireon Roach on Youth Theatre

Ireon Roach is one of Chicago’s most promising young artists. She is a founding ensemble member of The Yard Theatre, an award winning slam poet and the 2016 winner of the August Wilson Monologue contest. I sat down with Ireon to discuss her work and what young artists have to contribute to the Chicago Theatre…

Season 2 Teaser: Transgender Actor Panel!

What is it like to audition as a non-binary person?  What does transitioning mean for your acting career?  What should theaters do to make sure transgender experiences are being represented authentically?  Season 2 explores all of these questions and more in an interview with Chicago actors Jojo Brown, Theo Germaine, Charlie Baker, guest hosted by…

Re-release Episode 12: Not In Our House!

2016 was a wild year for Chicago Theatre.  With The Reader’s expose of long term abuses occurring at Profiles Theatre, a major discussion began about conduct and safety for non-union artists.  Two Chicago actresses, fed up with the horrifying stories they’d heard over their careers, started Not In Our House, a movement to empower artists…

Episode 1: Meridith Friedman Re-Release

As we chug along with production on Season 2 of Spiel Chicago coming out in September, here’s a look back at our very first episode.  At the time, playwright Meridith Friedman was opening her show The Firestorm at Stage Left Theatre.  This season, Stage Left is producing another one of Meridith’s plays, The Luckiest People.…