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Austin Art Talk

106 EpisodesProduced by Scott David GordonWebsite

The goal of the podcast is to facilitate connections with and to learn from the successes, struggles, life experience, and wisdom of the people featured, most of whom live and create in Austin, Texas. The honest conversational flow of these weekly long form interviews lends itself to some really gre… read more


Episode 30: Jason Phelps - The Creative Self

"Who are the people in your life that inspire you, that support you, that you can connect with on a regular basis, to keep that creative spirit going, to inspire you to explore things that you maybe never have?"

"If you have something that lights your fire, that really inspires you, find a way to do it and surround yourself with people who are doing it also."

For the last thirty five years Jason Phelps has been studying and practicing a diversity of performing arts including acting, dance, music, and voice-over. Additionally he has been dedicated to and invested in education, tutoring, mentorship, voice training, and directing. He gets inspiration from his peers and other Austin artists as well as people working all over the world as he seeks to collaborate and continue the conversations that drive him. What can you create that is relevant to the place where you live and address issues in that community? How can we think more creatively to solve problems? Jason is also passionate about exploring the different facets of the father and son relationship, social justice, being a mentor, what it means to engage in acts of compassion, and how can we be our best creative selves.

I have known Jason and his wife Margery for many years and have seen him perform on a lot of different stages and even once in the front yard of his house. His confidence and creativity have always impressed me as well as his sincerity and the honesty in his acting. He is really a joy to be around and the conversation was thoughtful and inspiring. Please make a point to follow his work and get out to see him perform. You won't regret it.

Some of the subjects we discuss:

Theater in H.S.
College in Boston
Living in Chicago
Move to Austin
Meeting Margery
Deborah Hay
Busy 90’s
Having a Child
Northeast/Grad School
Waldorf school
Move back to Austin
Feast of my heart
Teaching Willie
Father/Son Project
Being a father
Fear of performing
Active voice
More play
A creative life/self
Resources for artists
Future work

Capital T presents

Small Mouth Sounds

by Bess Wohl

Directed by Mark Pickell

May 17th - June 16th, 2018

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre
511 W 43rd St
Austin, TX 78751


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