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Ep #4: Harry Groener on Versatility and Learning Lines Quickly

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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 Wilkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Born in Germany and growing up in San Francisco, he got started with ballet, and then worked with PCPA and studied at the University of Washington. He has acted around the country in regional theatre and has over 80 credits on IMDb. This episode is brought to you by the - start your journey today!

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Text Work: Coward and Shakespeare 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 from Shakespeare's play. If you're following along, this speech is a…

Text Work: Shakespeare 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 Shakespeare's Henry VI, part 3 with Richard of Gloucester, a soliloquy Armin us…

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! The first 20 people to respond will receive a code for a free item …

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 of the speeches from Romeo and Juliet. You'll learn the logic that J…

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 world, worked on Broadway and won awards, and was artistic director of …

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 Ovation Awards, and an LADCC Award for her solo comedy show Non-Vital O…

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 from casting directors, his challenge with alcohol and being sober for…

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 Keel, became a “college working actor” at Northwestern, and worked twi…

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…

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 chal…

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