Today’s podcast marks our 8th Anniversary! Today, we caught up with Matthew Decker, Co-Founder and resident Director of Theatre Horizon and Associate Artistic Director of Arden Theatre Company. Matt is a 3-time Barrymore Award winner and the productions he helms always receive multiple nominations and positive buzz. I’ve been meaning to catch up with Matt for years now and I am glad to have had the opportunity to dive into his world! Stay Tuned!
Matt is a Co-Founder and Resident Director of Theatre Horizon. He is also the Associate Artistic Director at Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He has directed over 15 productions with Theatre Horizon and favorites include Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig and Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he was awarded the Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Other credits include Incorruptible, Pinocchio and Robin Hood (Arden), Love, Rose (Philly Fringe), InterAct Theater WRITE LOCAL Festival, Walnut Street Theater, [email protected], Villanova University and HERE Arts Center. As a professional teaching artist, Matthew has developed Theatre Horizon’s Autism Drama Program and teaches with Arden’s outreach program, Arden for All. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Matthew resides in Philadelphia.
On today’s podcast, Brenna Geffers and I meet for a cup of coffee at Last Drop to talk about the EgoPo production of “ANNA”. The flexibility of the Latvian Society allows for the creation of a traveling show where we have all gathered around to hear a tale. Stay Tuned!
Literature’s greatest heroine comes to new life in this world premiere stage adaptation. In Anna, this sweeping Russian epic is transformed into a make-shift travelling show by a wandering theater troupe armed with a collection of rickety antiques and instruments. They perform this story, set in the shifting landscape of Imperial Russia, to seek refuge from their own unsettling world. You are invited on their journey, and Anna’s, as they travel together toward the story’s unavoidable end.
On today’s podcast, we caught up with Bi Jean Ngo to talk about the Interact Theatre Company production of “You For Me For You”. The elements of this play crafted by Mia Chung are heart-warming, humorous and eye-opening. Bi talks about how her background does not necessarily inform her performance. The work is put in as any professional actor would. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border as they attempt to flee the “Best Nation in the World.” Each must race across time and space to be together again—navigating the perilous “Land of the Free” and the treacherous terrain of personal belief. Chung’s fantastical, humor-filled play is a kaleidoscope of imagery and beauty, casting light on the darkness of a secretive regime while simultaneously illuminating American values from a unique perspective.
On today’s podcast, we are joined by Daniel Fredrick and Jake Blouch who make their main stage debut in Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” We have had conversations with them before so, this is a catching up that revolves around the elements of the play. We had fun! Stay Tuned!
ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
You can never be too (two) Earnest. The results would be a world filled with chaos, mistaken identity and uncontrollable laughter! But when you’re Wilde, you have to take that chance. The Importance Of Being Earnest tells the story of two bachelor friends, dandy Algernon Moncrieff and reliable John (Jack) Worthing, as they take on double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse… and with the formidable Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde’s much-loved and exhilarating masterpiece, with its high comedy and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance Of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.
On today’s podcast, we met with Stephanie Feldman, Philadelphia Writer and Coordinator of the Philadelphia Chapter of Writers Resist, a movement designed to engage a community of authors, poets, filmmakers and the like to use their talents to shine a like on the fundamentals of democracy. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT WRITERS RESIST
The movement rapidly coalesced after poet, Erin Belieu, posted on Facebook, “We will not give in to despair. We will come together and actively help make the world we want to live in. We are bowed, but we are not broken.”
Belieu’s call for writers to organize local events on Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2017, has already resulted in more than fifty events throughout the US and around the world including a flagship New York City event co-sponsored by PEN America and additional events in Boston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Austin, Portland, Omaha, Seattle, London, Zürich, Hong Kong.