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…

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…

Bonus Episode: Chicago Theatre Marathon!

After the Reader exposé and subsequent closing of Profiles Theatre here in Chicago, playwright Cassandra Rose wanted to fill the vacuum left behind with something communal and reparative, something that would eliminate barriers to people telling their stories.  In this Summer Bonus episode, you’ll hear not just about how the Chicago Theatre Marathon came to…

Episode 14 – Avi Roque Pride Weekend Re-Release!

Spiel Chicago is on Summer hiatus, but re-releasing a few episodes to get you excited for season 2!  First up: Avi Roque! I first saw Avi in An Alamac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico produced by The Jades.  Avi is gender neutral and uses the pronouns they/them/theirs.  We were able to talk a little about their…

Episode 17 – Delia Kropp

Actress Delia Kropp took a ten year hiatus from the Chicago theatre scene. When I asked her if that was hard she replied, “it was necessary.” Delia is a transgender woman and has only in the last few years returned to auditioning–now as her true gender. She spoke with me about her work as an actress, the challenges facing transgender actors in Chicago, and what she and others are doing to make our stages more inclusive.

You can catch Delia’s work when she directs the winner of the Pride Films and Play Trans Play Festival on June 11th and 12th. To learn more about her creative and activist work, you can visit her website.

Episode 14 – Avi Roque

When I saw The Jades’ production of An Alamanc for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico last year, I was totally captivated by the actor who played San Cristobal: Avi Roque.  I did a little research and learned that Avi is just as cool and interesting as they seemed. Avi is gender neutral and uses the pronouns they/them/theirs.  We…

Spiel Chicago Episode 2: Adia Alli

This week I spoke with actress and stage manager Adia Alli about working in Chicago, representation in the theater and the kinds of shows she loves to see. Adia recently stage managed The Hairy Ape at Oracle Theatre and is currently understudying for Kristiana Rae Colon’s Good Friday.