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Werking Artist

16 EpisodesProduced by Melissa CrespoWebsite

Created and hosted by Melissa Crespo, Werking Artist is a podcast dedicated to working and thriving as a theater artist. Each episode features interviews with different artists facing everything from critics, climate change, parenting and more.

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Ep 16: Immigrants Get the Job Done

August 10th, 2020


Founders of the See Lighting Foundation, Cha See and Rodrigo Munoz, explain the unfortunate circumstances immigrant artists face during the pandemic.

Ep 15: Hey Zoomers! It's Black Feminist Video Game

August 4th, 2020


Darrel Alejandro Holnes and Victoria Collado tell Melissa how they turned a workshop lost to the pandemic into a fulfilling virtual experience

Ep 14: Never Alone Onstage

July 23rd, 2020


Nora El Samahy talks with Melissa about her show 9 PARTS OF DESIRE that was forced to close due to covid-19 after four nights of previews at Portland Center Stage.

Ep 13: The 2020 Kilroys List

July 20th, 2020


Kilroys members Jaclyn Backhaus & Obehi Janice discuss The 2020 List with Melissa in partnership with 3Views on Theater.

Ep 12: 3Views & Intimate Apparel's Kearstin Piper Brown

May 17th, 2020


In partnership with 3Views on Theater, Melissa talks with singer Kearstin Piper Brown from Lincoln Center's suspended production of Intimate Apparel

Ep 11: Mo Money Mo Werk

October 21st, 2019


Elaine Grogan Luttrall, a CPA and accredited financial counselor who runs Minerva Financial Arts, a company that helps creative individuals with the business and money side of their creativity, breaks down the ins and …

Ep 10: Grants Better Have My Money

October 14th, 2019


Ryan Fogarty, a playwright who also works in development, helps de-mystify the grant seeking process along with tips for getting money that is meant for artists.

Ep 9: The Business of Opera & Theater

October 7th, 2019


Vid Guerrerio, Writer, breaks down the intersection of commerce and art, especially in the opera world.

Ep 8: To MFA or not to MFA? A Director's Perspective.

September 30th, 2019


Zi Alikhan, Director, talks with Melissa about the pros and cons of MFA Programs in the Theater.

Ep 7: Medical Appropriation Onstage

September 23rd, 2019


David Harrell, Actor, Writer and Disability Advocate breaks down how performers with disabilities are viewed onstage and off.

Ep 5: Werking Out Criticism in the Arts

September 9th, 2019


Sarah Ruhl, Playwright and Cassie da Costa, Critic, break down the state of criticism in the arts.

Ep 4: Werking Artist vs Parent Artist, Part 2

September 3rd, 2019


Lear deBessonet, Founder of Public Works, and Tommy McGinn, Actor, continue our discussion about raising children--and caring for others in general-- while making theater.

Ep 1: What is a Werking Artist?

August 12th, 2019


Melissa Crespo asks why do theater today, and what to expect Season 1

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