Episode Four: Catstravaganza

Dance Studio West is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and produced Cats in celebration of that fantastic milestone. I sat down with Amy Andrews, owner and Artistic Director of DSW, along with Allison Crowe and Daniel Tucker to talk about the Studio and what it’s like to produce a mega-musical here in Corner Brook. I’ve know Amy for a long time and this was perhaps the first time we’ve talked about her career in dance and what that all means, so I really appreciate that. And I’m grateful to Allison and Daniel, who shared their thoughts on why dance (and music) is important to them.

If you’ve been listening you’ll know that this podcast isn’t really meant to be promotional (it just takes me too long to get shows up for that to be effective), nevertheless we do talk about the upcoming show which, of course, has closed. Hope you saw it, it was fabulous, but Dance Studio West is still in the midst of its anniversary year, and have more events planned – and you can find out all about that right here.

Allison Crowe joined me to talk about Cats, but her career is incredibly varied and prolific and you can find out more about what she’s up to at her website.

The show is now on iTunes, and you can subscribe right here!

Episode Two: The Best Laid Plans

I hesitated very briefly before posting this episode; the project that Ruth and Allison talk about with the Faculty of Medicine has been put on hold (temporarily, we all hope). But in listening back to the conversation, we cover a lot of other ground, including verabatim theatre and ‘collective creation’ and really think it’s still an interesting enough chat on its own terms (and hope you do too).

Ruth and Allison are also doing tremendous things in the theatre/film scene here in the province, and I was really very happy to spend the time talking to them, and sharing that with all of you.


The First Show!

I’m calling this the first episode, even though Adam and Sarah joined me a few months back for a test recording that didn’t work out so well… I’m calling that one the lost episode! But here we are for real, and myself and Adam and Sarah talk theatre stuff, mostly having to do with the big announcement for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and their plans to increase infrastructure in Cow Head. Michael Waller joins the fun part way!

You can find out more about TNL, including their Youth Theatre and plans for the Gros Morne Theatre Festival right here.

And a big thanks to Max Simms and HM Audio for all the support getting up and going. They’re a great local company and really glad to support them!

Finally! A podcast

Been thinking about this for a long time and I’m finally doing it! Welcome to the home of SoFine: The School of Fine Arts Podcast (see what I did there?) The goal is simple: talk to as many artists as I can about the cool things they are doing here on the west coast of Newfoundland. We all know how much is going on and it’s been a blast so far talking to folks. Hopefully, you’ll hear from theatre artists, visual artists, dancers, poets, musicians, you name it. I’m just putting the finishing touches on the first show and it should be up soon! So, as they say, stay tuned.