Twins Talk Theatre

Twins Cynthia Hennon Marino and Stacy Hennon Stone host a weekly podcast talking to the people behind the curtains. Take a trip back stage to learn what it takes to put on a production: design process, music study and execution, paperwork, meetings, management, unions, and all the excitement backstage that the audience doesn’t get to see. Enjoy the show!

084 - Sean Gray

August 16th, 2019

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Sean Gray started theatre like so many people, as an actor!  At Orange Coast College he took classes in everything from directing to designing to producing.  It was here he learned he liked to be more in control.  After a few years he transferred to CSU Fullerton but found it to not be a good fit, then back to OCC, then finally to CSU Long Beach.  Here is where he found what he wanted in education.  After graduation he called up an old friend from OCC, Andrew Vonderschmitt, and said "I'm bored, got anything for me to do?"  As it happened, Andrew was at the Long Beach Playhouse and they needed a prop master.  Jump ahead 11 years, Sean is now the Producing Artistic Director!
 
For more information about the Long Beach Playhouse, visit www.lbplayhouse.org 

 

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083 - Harold Hodge Jr.

August 9th, 2019

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Harold Hodge Jr. is a New York-based Director and Playwright of politically charged theater. As an African American that was raised in Japan, he found himself drawn to connect to his African American heritage and how it related to American history. He fell in love with acting at the old age of 3 years old, where he would perform shows in his living room. He recent graduated from Pace School of Performing Arts where he and fellow students started their own theatre company, The Rose Grew Here Productions were the main objective is to produce original work, the organization also takes special interest in stories dealing with people of color, women, LGBTQAA and people of poverty. You can catch Harold's current piece "Fancy Maids" opening tonight at Rave Theater Festival.

For more information on Harold, visit https://www.haroldhodgejr.com/ 

For more information about The Rose Grew Here, visit https://www.therosegrewhere.com/

This weeks episode is brought to you by a partnership with the Rave Theater Festival , opening August 9th. To learn more and get tickets, visit http://ravetheaterfestival.com/

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082 - Ken Davenport

August 2nd, 2019

Ken Davenport is a Tony Awards-winning producer of Broadway and Off Broadway shows, including Once on This Island (2018 Tony Award Best Musical Revival), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Chinglish, Allegiance, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, and The Play That Goes Wrong. He also has revolutionized marketing through new and diverse approach in the new age, such as tweet seats during shows!. Written a few books. Made a board game. Host a weekly podcast called "The Producers Perspective" and writes a weekly blog. How does he do it all? He just says "yes!" Like when he notices there were no new work festivals, he created Rave Theatre Festival in just a few months.

This weeks episode is brought to you by a partnership with the Rave Theater Festival, opening August 9th. To learn more check out http://ravetheaterfestival.com/

To learn more about his podcast and blog, check out https://www.theproducersperspective.com/

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081 - Rebecca Bonebrake

July 12th, 2019

Rebecca Bonebrake started acting in elementary school in San Fernando Valley, CA. She attended an arts high school before moving down to UC San Diego to get her undergrad in theatre. It was not until 1/2 way through undergrad, did she even find lighting design! But we are all happy she did, and fell in love with it. After college she took a few years off to work in the field, and got a job at Caltech in their theatre department. How many people can say that they have lit Stephen Hawking? After returning to UC San Diego to receive her master she found herself working as a lighting designer in an architectural firm. She has been a part of multiple amusement parks around the world! When not busy doing that, she is part of Chalk Repertory Theatre and 2 different Roller Derby teams.

For more information about Rebecca, visit her web site at http://www.rebeccabonebrake.com

 

 

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080 - Boston Lyric Opera Handmaid’s Tale

June 28th, 2019
Being a Stage Manager or Assistant Director takes a lot of patience, organization and cooperation. No team proves this more than The Handmaids Tale at Boston Lyric Opera. This week we talk to the Assistant Director, Mikhaela Mahony , Stage Manager Cindy Hennon Marino, Assistant Stage Managers Melanie Bacaling and Julie Marie Langevin and Production Assistant Bruno Baker. Hear how this well oiled team put together Boston Lyric Operas largest ever production directed by theatre icon Anne Bogart , Conductor, David Angus and Movement Director, Shura Baryshnikov.

 

 

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079 - John Rozzoni

June 21st, 2019

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Cindy Hennon Marino met John Rozzoni at Tri-Cities Opera in 2013 when they did #Carmen. At the time, John was transitioning out of a singing career and working part-time as program editor and social media manager. He did such an amazing job that the next season he became full-time as Director of Community Engagement. After Cindy left TCO, John became the Director of House Operations at Anderson Center for the Performing Arts. But starting on July 1, he comes full circle and will become the new Executive Director at TCO! Amazing where some vision and a music degree from IthacaCollege can take you!
 
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078 - Anna Robinson

June 14th, 2019

Anna Robinson is a scenic and projection designer who grew up in New Zealand. After receiving her undergraduate at the Victoria University of Wellington she took two years to work in theatre and film. But she knew she needed more training to advance in her career. That's how she found herself at UC San Diego Theatre and Dance earning her MFA in Scenic Design. With her background in design and cinematography, she did her thesis in projection design. Within a few short years after graduation she has found herself working in LA at East West Players and Geffen Playhouse, to name a few, as well as across the country such as Mixed Blood Theatre Company in Minneapolis. There is no telling where her amazing talent will bring her next!

To learn more about Anna, please visit her site at www.annarobinson.design

 

 

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077 - Josh Shaw

April 12th, 2019
If you are a contemporary opera fan, or a fan of Star Trek or Super Mario Bros., you probably have heard of Josh Shaw's opera company, Pacific Opera Project.  Josh started the company 9 years ago to produce adorable and high quality opera for the masses.  Slowly it has grown to be well know for its modern mash ups that excite both opera lovers and newbies.  Such as his recent "The Magic Flute" set in the Super Mario Bros and Zelda world, sung in English.  Or the ever popular "Abduction From The Seraglio" set in the original Star Trek episodes.

You can learn more about Josh at www.joshshaw.org  

076 - Ashphord Jakoway

April 5th, 2019

Ashphord Jacoway was born in California, moved to Virginia at the age of 12, then moved back to California after graduation because she was tired of being cold (and CA is in he blood). Ashphord received her BFA in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. Though her degree is in Acting, she is a multi talented and amazing person who acts, designs costumes, runs the East West Players Costume shop and is their Wardrobe Supervisor and does #cosplayer. And if you have ever met Ashphord, you know she loves her layers of cute and soft clothing!

You can visit her website at https://ashphord.wordpress.com/

 

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075 - Jennifer Ambler

March 29th, 2019

Jennifer Ambler is a pay preparer, and an actress, who is full of useful information! Did you know that you should keep receipts (at least the ones you claim as a write off) or 3 years. But tax preparers do not need to see all of them. Instead they would prefer a spreadsheet with all your expenses already organized and calculated. Not sure what categories you should have? Look up the 1040 schedule C form. They are all listed there. Simple! Or at least a starting a point.

Check out Jennifer's web site at https://www.jentaxprep.com/

 

 

 

 

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