The Working Actor's Journey

36 EpisodesProduced by Nathan Agin

In The Working Actor's Journey, hear from amazing teachers, role models, and mentors about their lifelong careers. Learn from those who have been acting professionally for decades—to see exactly how they approach the work, what decisions and resources have made the biggest impacts on their artistic … read more

36 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Ep #19: Alan Mandell on Beckett, Theatre Artists, and Always Working

April 9th, 2019



Alan Mandell (in his 90s and still working!) is an actor and director, and he's also been a general manager of multiple theatres. He’s considered …

Text Work: Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 with Tony Amendola

March 26th, 2019


In this excerpt, Tony Amendola (@tmamendola) from Ep #18 discusses Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare.

As Tony shares, it’s almost like an "anti-love" …

Ep #18: Tony Amendola on Stamping Your Own Passport and Following the Work

March 12th, 2019


Tony Amendola (@tmamendola) was an associate artist, actor and director at the Berkeley Rep Theater for ten years. Regional theatre work includes the …

Cashflow for Creatives with Kristine Oller, Actor and Strategic Planner

February 26th, 2019


Kristine Oller guides successful creative professionals through the process of designing and aligning the next chapter of their lives and careers – …

Ep #17: Director Robert Goldsby on the Aliveness of Molière, Clear Transitions, and Being Blissfully Happy

February 12th, 2019


Robert Goldsby started out acting during World War II, in a touring production for the troops in the Philippines. He earned a B.A. in French and …

Behind the Podcast: Paden Fallis of In and [Out of] the Arena

January 29th, 2019


Paden Fallis hosts the podcast In and [Out of] the Arena (available on Apple, Stitcher, etc), and it’s an atypical interview show: he creates a very …

Text Work: Webster's The White Devil with Ray Porter

January 15th, 2019


Ray Porter from Ep. #16 talks text work in John Webster's The White Devil.

This is a Jacobean play and comes in the period right after Shakespeare. As Ray shared, plays in this period were much darker and a definite …

Ep #16: Ray Porter on Delivering the Mail, Being Your Advocate, and Good-Natured Arrogance

January 8th, 2019


Ray Porter (Tw: @Ray__Porter; IG: @rayporter_narr8s) spent 18 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival playing all sorts of roles, including many …

A Tribute to Philip Bosco, with Armin Shimerman and Peter Van Norden

December 18th, 2018


We have a special episode today. It’s a tribute to the actor Philip Bosco. In this, you’ll hear the voices of Armin Shimerman, Peter Van Norden, and …

Ep #15: Dawn Didawick on Being a Sponge, No Credentials, and Daring to Fail

December 11th, 2018


Dawn Didawick is an LA-based actor who has worked at numerous regional theatres, has lived and worked in both DC and New York, and also has a number of film and TV credits.

She appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's

Text Work: Dickey's The Rembrandt with Francis Guinan

November 20th, 2018


Francis Guinan from Ep. #14 talks text work in Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2017 with Francis …

Ep #14: Steppenwolf's Francis Guinan on Being Blue Collar and Slightly Undisciplined

November 6th, 2018


Francis Guinan grew up in Iowa and went to college pre-med, but then changed directions and ended up meeting the actors who would go on to create the …

Ep #13: Tony-Winner Reed Birney on Actor Despair and Roles That Scare You

October 9th, 2018


Reed Birney thought he was just going to be a schmuck actor after decades of struggle. Then he takes on a part that terrifies him and it leads to a number of great projects and successes, including a Tony Award.

Just a …

Updates: Premium Membership and Monthly Schedule

October 2nd, 2018

There is now a PREMIUM experience for listeners, and you can join for just $2/month. By signing up as a premium member, you'll get exclusive access to additional episodes, bonus content, discounts, and items that are …

Season 2 Trailer

September 25th, 2018


We're back for another season with great chats ahead! Hear excerpts from upcoming interviews with actors that have worked for 30-50+ years, hearing how they got started, what challenges they faced, how they deal with …

Text Work: Pinter's The Hothouse with Peter Van Norden

September 11th, 2018


Peter Van Norden from Ep. #7 talks text work on performing platitudes and pauses in Harold Pinter's The Hothouse. As he was in rehearsals when we …

Text Work: Bartlett's King Charles III with Nike Doukas

September 5th, 2018


Nike Doukas from Ep. #6 talks text work on performing contemporary iambic pentameter and verse from Mike Bartlett's King Charles III. You'll hear …

Text Work: Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Geoffrey Wade

August 21st, 2018


Geoffrey Wade from Ep. #5 talks text work on performing The Player from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Geoffrey played this part at Weston Playhouse in Vermont and he even shares some of his …

Text Work: Singing Coward and Shakespeare's King Lear with Harry Groener

August 14th, 2018


Harry Groener from Ep. #4 talks text work on singing a Noel Coward song ("Mrs. Worthington") and performing King Lear's "Reason not the need" speech …

Text Work: Shakespeare's Henry VI with Armin Shimerman

August 7th, 2018


You wanted these text work sessions as separate episodes and I'm happy to accommodate! First up: @ShimermanArmin from Ep #2 takes us into …

What's next for The WAJ? You decide!

June 21st, 2018


Happy Solstice! Where are we headed in season two? It's time to add your voice to the conversation by letting me know what you thought of season one! …

Text Work: Mini-Shakespeare Master Class with Dakin Matthews

March 27th, 2018


Dakin Matthews is an actor, teacher, and scholar. In this bonus episode you'll hear the mini-Shakespeare master class he gives in episode #12 on one …

Ep #12: Dakin Matthews on Acting the Classics and Your Artistic Family

March 13th, 2018


Dakin Matthews is an actor, playwright, dramaturg, director, teacher, and scholar. He has 150+ credits on IMDb, has taught Shakespeare around the …

Ep #11: Ben Whitehair on Building Relationships and Intelligent Rule-Breaking

March 6th, 2018


@benwhitehair is an unusual guest here, but you'll soon discover why he's a great addition! He already has 50+ credits on IMDb, is the co-founder of LA Actors Tweetup, is on the LA Local Board of SAG-AFTRA, and is the …

Ep #10: Gigi Bermingham on Being a Misfit and Living Her Dream

February 27th, 2018


Gigi Bermingham gets honest and vulnerable about the journey—it's a special episode! She's an actress and singer with 30+ credits on IMDb, two LA …

Ep #9: Clyde Kusatsu [Part 2] on Recovery, Preparation, and Serving the Project

February 20th, 2018


In Part 2 of our chat, veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu (@judgeito1948) shares how he approaches playing different Asian ethnicities, what he's learned …

Ep #8: Clyde Kusatsu [Part 1] on Discipline and Being 10x Better

February 13th, 2018


Clyde Kusatsu (@judgeito1948) grew up in Hawaii amidst a rapidly developing culture and economy, did summer stock with musical theatre star Howard …

Ep #7: Peter Van Norden on Finding Vulnerability and Work Making Work

January 30th, 2018


Peter Van Norden has been acting for 45+ years on both stage and screen. We cover how musicals shaped his life, training at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner, working with two star-studded productions of …

Ep #6: Nike Doukas on Determination and the Bigness of Emotion

January 23rd, 2018


Nike Doukas is an actor, director, teacher, and accent coach. She studied at University of Wisconsin, Madison and has an MFA from the American …

Ep #5: Geoffrey Wade on People vs. Characters and Doing Your Job

January 16th, 2018


@geoffreywade is an actor, director, teacher, photographer, and acting coach. He has performed on Broadway and off-, works extensively in regional theater, appears in episodic television, in radio and on tour with LA …

Ep #4: 3x Tony Nominee Harry Groener on Versatility and Learning Lines Quickly

January 9th, 2018


Harry Groener has three Tony Award nominations (Oklahoma, Cats, Crazy For You), and has also been a series regular on Dear John, and played Mayor …

Happy New Year: 2018 Check-In

January 2nd, 2018


Hope you're new year is off to a great start! How have things been going with the podcast? Nathan checks in to share stats, reviews, and more in this quick look behind-the-scenes. We'll be back next week with continuing …

Ep #3: Anne Gee Byrd on Being Tough and Enjoying Auditions

December 26th, 2017


Anne Gee Byrd has performed leading roles in everything from Shakespeare to Shaw across the country, and is no stranger to contemporary works, too. …

Ep #2: Armin Shimerman on Gratitude and Trusting Fate

December 19th, 2017


@ShimermanArmin is perhaps best known as Quark on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. He has been working 50 years in the business and has 200 credits on IMDb. He's also done many voiceovers, video games, and …

Ep #1: Robert Pine on Raw Enthusiasm and Knowing Yourself

December 19th, 2017


Robert Pine is a great actor to help us kick things off! He's been working for the past 50+ years and probably best known for starring on the show CHiPs. He has over 200 credits on IMDb, appearing on almost every iconic …

Coming Soon - The Working Actor's Journey

December 12th, 2017


What's ahead for this podcast? Hear excerpts from upcoming interviews! The Working Actor's Journey features in-depth conversations with actors that have worked for 30-50+ years, hearing how they got started, what …

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