The Cultured Podcast

48 EpisodesProduced by Michelle Khouri

🌟 New episodes coming soon 🌟 Discover artists and art forms you never knew existed in this biweekly podcast hosted by arts and culture-obsessed Michelle Khouri. Every other week, Michelle sits down with wildly imaginative creators, performers, and makers from around the world to have relaxed conve… read more

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Handmade Event Installations, With Allie Bashuk

November 11th, 2018


We visit Allie Bashuk at her vibrant home in East Atlanta, Georgia. While sitting at her kitchen table, Allie and Michelle explore what it means to be a community builder (as the co-founder of Dream Warriors), creative …

Beading And Lakhota Artistry, With Collins Provost

October 28th, 2018


Lakhota artist Collins Provost finds healing and self expression through her intricate and vibrant beadwork. Listen to this episode of The Cultured …

On Being A Character Actor, With Matty Cardarople

October 14th, 2018


What does it mean to be a character actor? Learn from one of the best in the biz - Matty Cardarople, who's carved out a niche for himself as …

Wedding Dresses As Sculpture, With Elyse Defoor

September 16th, 2018


Elyse Defoor is a talented Atlanta-based artist who wears her heart on her canvases. She has painted with oil enamel, drawn with charcoal, sculpted …

Modern Interior & Product Design, With Leonidas Trampoukis

September 2nd, 2018


Leonidas Trampoukis turns spaces into living sculptures. Michelle Khouri visits this architect and interior designer at the new Brooklyn studios for …

Landing High-Profile Film & TV Roles, With Alyshia Ochse

August 26th, 2018


The Cultured Podcast is back from summer break, and there's no one better to immerse us back into our world of arts and culture than actor, …

Performance Art, With Danielle Deadwyler

May 27th, 2018


Danielle Deadwyler is a multimedia artist who uses her body as her primary medium, including through on-screen and on-stage acting, dance and …

Wild Photo Mashups, With Paul Fuentes

May 20th, 2018


Mexico City-based Paul Fuentes takes graphic design in a unique direction with his pastel-drenched photo mashups. Paul’s delightfully surreal pop art …

Toy Art & 3D Sculpture, With Travers Cooke

May 13th, 2018


Toy sculptor and connoisseur Travers Cooke gives The Cultured Crew an inside look at the world of toy art and its many subcultures. During his …

Massive Cardboard Sculpture, With Laurence Vallières

May 6th, 2018


Montréal-based artist Laurence Vallières is right at home in the three-dimensional world. Armed with cardboard, wood, hot glue and a little varnish, Laurence reanimates discarded materials into massive gorillas, …

Freestyle Rap, With Vincent Van Pro

April 29th, 2018


While he may have “stuttered” his initial freestyles years ago, lifelong word aficionado Vincent Van Pro now spits rhymes with the best of them. Michelle and Vincent discuss the importance momentum plays in freestyling, …

Blackout Poetry, With John Carroll

April 22nd, 2018


Blackout poet John Carroll joins us on The Cultured Podcast to chat about the art of redaction. What John describes as “part word search, part art …

TV Writing & Producing, With Felicia Henderson

April 15th, 2018


A prolific TV creator, writer and producer, Felicia Henderson is responsible for some of the most iconic small-screen characters of the last few …

Paper Quilling, With Alia Bright

April 8th, 2018


Michelle is joined by paper artist and typographer Alia Bright to dig into a longstanding art form that remains unfamiliar to many people today. Alia is a proficient graphic designer, but it wasn’t until she discovered …

When Art & Hip-Hop Collide, With FRKO

April 1st, 2018


FRKO's sense of humor and knack for capturing the essence of life on the streets has landed him on the radars of some of the biggest names in …

Directing Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” With Hiro Murai

March 25th, 2018


Sweeping award shows and racking up critical acclaim, FX’s "Atlanta" is a masterpiece in tone. One of the masterminds behind its success is the show’s director and co-executive producer, Hiro Murai. Hiro joins Michelle …

The Cultured Breakdown: Defining “Contemporary” Arts

March 18th, 2018


On this bite-sized Breakdown, Michelle delves into what the word “contemporary” means in the worlds of visual arts and dance. She uncovers the origins of the contemporary spirit and how its unrestrained form breaks from …

Turning Canvas Into Cosmos, With Hannah Pearman

March 11th, 2018


Artists like Hannah Pearman prove that a canvas can hold much more than just paint. By using fluid (or watered-down) acrylic paints, Hannah brings to …

Over-The-Top Puppetry, With Raymond Carr

March 4th, 2018


It’s hard to imagine anything more surreal than the stories Jim Henson Company-trained puppeteer Raymond Carr brings to this episode of The Cultured …

Managing On-Stage Actors & Productions, With Emma McVey

February 25th, 2018


The magic of the theatre is in its power to suspend an audience’s disbelief ad whisk them away to foreign places in an imaginary world. That …

TCP 028 - Independent Music, With The Spacesuit Junkies

February 18th, 2018


Michelle chats with Plex Boogie and Stevie Zenith of The Spacesuit Junkies about their journey as independent recording artists. From the origins of their duo to their entrepreneurial vision, these two performers break …

TCP 027 - Lighting Design, With Connor McVey

February 11th, 2018


A symphony of moving parts must cooperate to bring a theatrical production to life. One critical element has the tricky job of uniting those varied aspects into one cohesive experience: lighting. Lighting designer …

TCP 026 - Public Art, With Monica Campana

February 4th, 2018


While most people look past city walls as everyday structures, Monica Campana recognizes them as canvases bursting with potential. As the executive director of nonprofit arts organization Living Walls, Monica spend much …

TCP 025 - Stand-up Comedy, With Joel Byars

January 28th, 2018


A seasoned stand-up performer, comedy teacher, podcast host, and writer, Joel Byars chats with Michelle about his passion for comedy and the path …

TCP 024 - Healing Homeless Youth With the Arts, With Malika Whitley

January 21st, 2018


Once a homeless youth, Malika Whitley now applies that painful experience to generating artistic opportunities for homeless teens across the globe. …

TCP 023 - One-Person Shows, With Taylor M. Dooley

January 14th, 2018


Episode 23's guest is actress Taylor M. Dooley, who recently starred in the one-woman show "Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up," a …

TCP 022 - Photo Manipulation, With Bhargava Chiluveru

January 7th, 2018


Michelle welcomes photographer, digital media maven and man with many hats Bhargava Chiluveru. Bhargava and his wife Anu own Chil Media and, which are bastions of stylish branding and artistic expression. …

TCP 021 - Animation, With Peter Gulsvig

December 31st, 2017


Meet illustrator and animator Peter Gulsvig. Pete has worked on FX’s Archer, Adult Swim, PBS Kids, and more. In fact, his own animated series, …

TCP 020 - Poetry, With Jenny Sadre-Orafai

December 24th, 2017


On Episode 20 of The Cultured Podcast, Michelle welcomes Jenny Sadre-Orafai to the show. Jenny is an acclaimed poet and a professor at Kennesaw State …

TCP 019 - Improv & Voice Acting, With Amber Nash

December 17th, 2017


Michelle welcomes the gregarious and talented Amber Nash to The Cultured Podcast. While you may not recognize Amber’s face, you will surely recognize …

TCP 018 - Wearable Tech & Performance Art - ATLTVHEAD

December 10th, 2017


Atlantans may know about Nate Damen—he’s the guy walking around the city with a glowing 1969 RCA TV on his head. Nate, better known as ATLTVHEAD, …

TCP 017 - Musical Theatre, With Adrianna Hicks

December 3rd, 2017


Join Michelle as she heads to Broadway for a chat with actress and singer Adrianna Hicks, who is playing Celie in Broadway’s North American tour of …

TCP 016 - Storytelling in the American South, With Doc Lawrence

November 26th, 2017


Master storyteller Doc Lawrence joins Michelle on The Cultured Podcast for a discussion on the Southern tradition of storytelling in the U.S. And …

TCP 015 - Double Exposure Photography, With Matthew Terrell

November 19th, 2017


Venture inside the mind of Matthew Terrell, who uses a 1979 Pentax K1000 to capture ethereal images of intimacy, nature and self-expression through 35 mm double exposure.

TCP 014 - What is an Art Biennial? With Tami Katz-Freiman

November 12th, 2017


On Episode 14 of The Cultured Podcast, Tami Katz-Freiman is Michelle’s Sherpa into the world of contemporary art curation. Tami recently curated Gal …

TCP 013 - Modern Choreography, With Juel D. Lane

November 5th, 2017


Michelle chats with modern choreographer, dancer, teacher and filmmaker Juel D. Lane. Together, they dig at the roots of what it takes to create choreography that sparks dialogue while making hearts flutter. Whether …

TCP 012 - Documentary Filmmaking, With Billy Corben

October 29th, 2017


Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Billy Corben joins Michelle for a high-energy masterclass in nonfiction storytelling for the silver screen. The acclaimed director of “Cocaine Cowboys” shares his …

TCP 011 - Global Herbalism, With Tash Nikol

October 22nd, 2017


In Episode 11, Tasha Nikol joins Michelle for an exploration of the ancient practice of herbalism. It’s estimated that 75% of the world’s population …

TCP 010 - Figure Painting - Christian Fagerlund

October 15th, 2017


Michelle welcomes figure painter Christian Fagerlund to Episode 10 of The Cultured Podcast for a mesmerizing conversation about painting the human …

TCP 009 - Clothing Design - Bianca Cooper / Biyunka

October 8th, 2017


Dig at the roots of disruptive fashion design. Michelle interviews designer and hypercreative Bianca Cooper, who unearths the secrets to eliminating expectation and achieving artistic liberation. The creative …

TCP 008 - Business of Art - sQuishiepuss

October 1st, 2017


Episode 8 of The Cultured Podcast dives into the side of art often left unexplored: business. Michelle sits down with one of Atlanta’s favorite …

TCP 007 - Bogota, Colombia - Masha Murakhovsky

September 24th, 2017


Pack your bags and get ready to visit Colombia's capital city, Bogota. Michelle and her best friend, Masha Murakhovsky, share their hilarious …

TCP 006 - Acting Methods

September 17th, 2017


Join Michelle as she explores arguably the three most influential acting methods (out of more than eight in circulation) and the legendary acting …

TCP 005 - Tropical Knitwear, With Karelle Levy

September 10th, 2017


Michelle travels to Miami, Florida, to chat with her gifted guest Karelle Levy. Together, they weave an eye-opening look at the creative …

TCP 004 - Cultural Art, With Rising Red Lotus

September 3rd, 2017


Dig at the roots of identity as Michelle Khouri and Brandon Sadler share their experiences as multicultural people. Brandon is a biracial artist …

TCP 003 - Global Food Customs, With Kate Kordsmeier

August 27th, 2017


Michelle Khouri has a lively discussion with international food writer Kate Kordsmeier about food customs throughout the world. But first, Michelle opens up about her addiction to butter coffee, which has her feeling …

TCP 002 - Site-Specifc Theatre, With Brian Clowdus

August 20th, 2017


Michelle visits Georgia’s lush countryside to chat with award winning site-specific director Brian Clowdus, whose nationally acclaimed Serenbe Playhouse productions have set Robin Hood in a forest, Miss Saigon among …

TCP 001 - Icelandic Culture

August 10th, 2017


What's with this new Cultured Podcast? What can you expect in weeks to come? Why is host Michelle Khouri inspired by "chutzpah" - and what does that …

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