Episode 26 – Jacqueline Stone

“The reason that I do theatre for young audiences is because I’m trying to save theatre.” Jacqueline Stone is the artistic director of Emerald City Theatre, which serves audiences from 0-13 all around the city of Chicago.  She has a passion for providing very young people with high quality, impactful and fun theatre to set…

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…

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.…

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…