Actor Hack Podcast

The Business of Being an Artist


May 2016

21: Aggressive Friend-Making with (Chelsea)

Chelsea is a playwright who started her journey in Chicago, and made her way to NY by way of Virginia. She discusses the Lilly Awards, her Julliard fellowship, and California dreaming. 

Chelsea is a playwright who just completed the playwrighting program at Juilliard. We discuss play submissions, gender parity in the theater, and making friends in new places.

21: Aggressive Friend-Making with (Chelsea)
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Here are some resources referenced in the episode:
Playwrights’ Center
Dramatists Guild
Six Perfections
Barter Theatre
University of Kentucky
Marsha Norman
Christopher Durang
Yale Drama Series from David Charles Horn Foundation
Signature Theater
Drama Desk Awards
The Lilly Awards
Theresa Rebeck

And many thanks for the tunes to Sweet Soubrette.


20: (Jacob) and His Invisible Cup

We dive into the land of acting methods with Jacob from Birmingham, Alabama. We chat the grad school bubble, his take on agents and managers, the injustice of the acting world, facebook marketing, and sense memory. We also go in depth about his upcoming solo show where he sheds light on his experience with PTSD.

Jacob leads us through the grad school hangover, making a web series, and parts modeling.
Here are some resources mentioned in the episode:
Jacksonville State University
Lee Strasberg Institute
The New School
Yale University
Williams Morris Endeavor
United Solo Theater Festival
Risk Podcast
Fiona Shaw
Cherry Jones
Mark Rylance
Sour Patch Kids
Safe Circle Productions
Dan Harris’ Ten Percent Happier
Tilda Swinton
Meryl Streep

And thanks to Sweet Soubrette.

19: Travelin Thru with (Andrea)

We chat with Andrea who currently stars on WGN’s Underground! She guides us through her path as an actress from Alabama to Louisiana to LA to Montreal and next: Atlanta. She describes the audition process for Underground, the importance of perfecting the self tape, having confidence from experience, and sometimes having to choose your family over career.

18: Delve into Dramaturgy & Review Round Up with (Molly)

We sit down with creator of, Molly, and chat about how the theatre review site got its start and what its attitude is towards both commercial and indie theatre. We also delve into Dramaturgy, how to get a directing network, and what it is to have a non theatre-y partner.


Molly is making waves. She started the review site, Theasy, and is creating a dramaturg studio, Beehive. We also explore her dream of artistic directing.

Here are some resources mentioned in the episode:
Fringe NYC
Fractured Atlas
Atlantic Theater Company
Dixon Place
The Lark
The Flea Theater
Dan Dinero
Playwrights Horizons
Stephen Mitchell Brown
Claire Kiechel
John Patrick Shanley
Humana Festival
Valerie Work
The Brick
New Georges
Emerging Artists Theatre
Siti Company
A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart

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