Spiel Chicago Episode 11 – Kara Tesch

Throughout her academic career Kara Tesch promoted herself as a costume designer.  When she got to the world of professional theatre she found that her training has prepared her for a job she’d love even more.  We discuss this along with her recent move from DC to Chicago and the the weirdest costume piece she’s ever had to…

Spiel Chicago Episode 10 – Iris Sowlat

The only question for which Iris Sowlat didn’t have a detailed answer was, “what do you do in your free time?”  Iris is the definition of hustle and in the short time she’s been in Chicago, she worked or interned with Steppenwolf Theatre, American Theatre Company, Stage Left Theatre, Pride Films and Plays and About…

Spiel Chicago Episode 8 – Melissa McNamara

This week Smyra talks with the incredibly multi-talented Melissa McNamara.  Melissa is an improviser, movement director, pilates instructor and solo performance artist.  We discuss how she found herself on such a diverse path and how she started Mind Art Core Pilates Performance, which has twice won The Chicago Reader’s “Best Of Chicago” award for best…

Spiel Chicago Episode Six: Burlesque Part 2!

This week we finish up our interview with three Chicago burlesque producers: Stella Cheeks, Red Rum and Ray Ray Sunshine.  In this episode we discuss feminist critiques of burlesque as well as the worst thing that’s every happened to each of them onstage.  Find out more about these artists and their work below the episode.…

Spiel Chicago Episode 4: Burlesque!

On this week’s Spiel Chicago, Smyra revisits an interview from 2015 with three burlesque producers.  Get to know Red Rum, Stella Cheeks, and Ray Ray Sunshine as they share the strange ways they found their way to burlesque, their tips for getting started and how people outside of theatre react when they tell them what…