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Amy Wratchford "Talks" Planning for Non-Profit Arts Organizations

Embracing Arlington Arts Talks

Release Date: 05/18/2021

Scenic Designer Julie K. Ross Scenic Designer Julie K. Ross "Talks" About the Art of Sets

Embracing Arlington Arts Talks

Scenic Designer and Visual Artist Julie K. Ross appeared on the podcast as part of our educational shows about the professionals not on stage that are critical to bringing a show to the stage. Hear what a Scenic Designer does, how she ended up in this career, how the profession has changed (and where projections fit in), and a prop that many times ends up on her sets as an inside joke. Also hear about her work as a visual artist and where in Dollywood one can see her very large and unique murals. Finally get the scoop on "Thurgood" opening soon at NC Stage Company and some teasers about that...

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Encore Stage and Studio's Sara Duke Encore Stage and Studio's Sara Duke "Talks" Exciting Projects

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The Executive Director of Encore Stage and Studio Sara Duke returned to the show to talk about the exciting developments with their "Flip the Script" series. Hear how the students prepare and draft the play, background on the two previous productions (one focused on Arlington's first middle school integration and Green Valley) and the current one that will be all about the diversity of Arlington and its food trucks. Also hear what surprised the students in their research about Green Valley and some iconic sights in the neighborhood that are recreated on stage. Finally get all the details about...

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Actor Jessica Phillips Actor Jessica Phillips "Talks" Playing Penelope in One-Person Show

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Actor Jessica Phillips took time off the stage to join us on the podcast to talk about her new show "Penelope" being presented at Signature Theatre. How did she prepare for a one-person show and portraying Penelope - Odysseus' wife in the Odyssey? Get all the details about the show and why she thinks all audience members will be able to relate so well to her character. Also learn about how she ended up in the theater industry, what are some of the big differences and adjustments actors need to make when moving from television to the stage, and what her unique answer was to roles on her bucket...

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Toni Andrews Toni Andrews "Talks" George Mason University Arts and Published Book

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Toni Andrews, Senior Program Director at George Mason University updated us on the new construction building at George Mason University and its inclusion of the arts including digital arts and a podcast studio, as well as other arts projects the university is working on. Also get all the details about her historical fiction book "The Road to Second Chance" that she just published, what the impetus was behind her writing of it, how writing helped her mentally and emotionally, and her words of wisdom and lessons learned about how to get a book published.

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Actor Philip Kershaw Actor Philip Kershaw "Talks" Acting in Asheville

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Actor Philip Kershaw was a guest on the podcast to talk about his travels to the artsy city of Asheville to perform in NC Stage Company's production of "Witch," Find out how he ended up in the theater industry and what led him to Asheville to appear in this production and direct their next play entitled "Thurgood." Also learn how he prepares for new roles, what is on his "bucket list," and his journey to becoming an equity actor. And what really surprising thing did he do his first week in Asheville?

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West Hyler and Shelley Butler West Hyler and Shelley Butler "Talk" Broadway and South Carolina New Play Festival

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Broadway Directors West Hyler and Shelley Butler appeared on the Embracing Arlington Arts Talks podcast to talk about the new works festival they founded in Greenville, SC - the South Carolina New Play Festival - after leaving New York City's Broadway during the COVID shutdown. Find out how they both ended up in the theater industry, why they both believe presenting new works is so important to both the theater personnel and audiences, their international work in both Bulgaria and Japan, among many other interesting topics. Also get all the details about the festival, how it is unique (one way...

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Actor Sebastian Newman Actor Sebastian Newman "Talks" Teen Acting Programs

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Actor Sebastian Newman offered us some insight into being a teen involved in theater, as well as told us how he became interested in theater and why he thinks it is important to have theater in our lives. He also embellishes on why theater training helps teenagers so much in terms of leadership, personality and during times of stress (like the COVID shutdown). Also hear details about two teen programs he is participating in - Synetic Theater's Teen Program which teaches students a very unique approach to acting on stage (i.e., movement theater) and Signature Theatre's Conservatory Program...

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Music Director Chris Zimmerman Music Director Chris Zimmerman "Talks" Fairfax Symphony

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Music Director and Conductor Chris Zimmerman was a guest on the show to talk about the Fairfax Symphony and give us all the details about their upcoming concerts. Also find out how to audition for the Symphony, how he chooses which pieces will be performed each season and the many diversity programs they have initiated. Plus hear about their exciting recent concert featuring the renowned soprano Renee Fleming and some interesting factoids about how China is voraciously embracing Western classical music.

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Visual Artist Brenda Goerzen Visual Artist Brenda Goerzen "Talks" VERY Unique Style of Painting

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Visual Artist Brenda Goerzen joined us to talk about the health benefits of painting for her during the COVID shutdown which impacted her mentally. Also learn about the unique materials she uses for her pieces, her #1 inspiration for creating art, and how she describes her particular type of art work. And then hear what very interesting fact she dropped on us halfway through the interview about how she exactly paints and how this technique would be such an entertaining show and explains why she does not teach!

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Architect Paola Amodeo Architect Paola Amodeo "Talks" New Jewelry Design

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The award-winning architect Paola Amodeo returned to the show to talk about her latest and very exciting side business - jewelry design. Find out how she got into this line of work from an incident that happened 40 years ago, how her jewelry is so unique, how "adjacencies" and shapes appear to her when designing jewelry and her other services of repair and repurposing pieces and heirloom gems for customers. Also learn why she thinks architecture design so closely mirrors jewelry-making with one major difference which made it a perfect fit for her keen eye for design. Finally, hear first-hand...

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Amy Wratchford, President and Founder of the Strategic Planning (and more) consultancy The Wratchford Group discussed all the many diversified services her company provides non-profit arts and theater organizations. From fundraising to organizational analysis to storytelling to EDI to financial management, her consultants cover it all. Also get specific insight into a grant program - Employee Retention Tax Credit - which still has money on the table available to non-profits to cover salaries. Much valuable information in this interview!