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Feb. 1, 2023

5.20 A Conversation with Sarah Esparza

This week jimmy talks with Chicago elementary theatre teacher Sarah Esparza. She talks about the community and belonging that theatre provides students, her work in Chicago Public Schools, and the need for boundaries and self-care.

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Jan. 25, 2023

5.19 A Conversation with Cody Rogers

This week Jimmy talks with Illinois theatre teacher Cody Rogers. He talks about the struggles of a first-year teacher coming out of COVID, working in a charter school, and the challenges and joys of being an out-gay theatre teacher.

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Dec. 14, 2022

5.17 A Conversation with Madeleine Smith

This week Jimmy talks with international teacher Madeleine Smith. She talks about her work in international schools, burnout, and using theatre in rural areas to promote literacy.

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Dec. 7, 2022

5.16 A Conversation with Murali Basa

This week Jimmy talks with Dr. Murali Basa in India. He talks about lighting design and digital media design from an Indian perspective, directing, and his upcoming books!

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Nov. 30, 2022

5.15 A Conversation with Rachel Davis

This week Jimmy talks with Florida theatre teacher Rachel Davis. She talks about technical theatre, diversity, and running a theatre competition.

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Nov. 23, 2022

5.14 A Conversation with Brendan Kelso

This week Jimmy talks with California theatre educator and entrepreneur Brenden Kelso. He talks about his work with children and Shakespeare, running an elementary Shakespeare festival, and his company that produces adaptations of Shakespeare and other literary classics, Playing with …

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Nov. 16, 2022

5.13 A Conversation with Rory Lance Schwartz

This week Jimmy talks with retired New York theatre teacher Rory Lance Schwartz. He talks about his long career in theatre education, his work as an author, and his work with the NYC Department of Education.

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Nov. 9, 2022

5.12 A Conversation with Rob Taylor

This week Jimmy talks with Texas theatre teacher Rob Taylor. He talks about booster clubs, burnout, and rebuilding programs!

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Nov. 2, 2022

5.11 A Conversation with Anna Beck

This week Jimmy talks with drama therapist Anna Beck! She talks about working with students with trauma, theatre in institutionalized settings, and the difference in theatre as therapy and theatre that can be therapeutic. htt...

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Oct. 26, 2022

5.10 A Conversation with Dr. Kate Busselle

This week Jimmy talks with Dr. Kate Busselle. She talks about consent based practices, intimacy choreography, and her company Heartland Intimacy Design and Training. https://www.heartlandintimacydesign.com/

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Oct. 19, 2022

5.9 A Conversation with Richard Blank

This week Jimmy talks with teaching and linguist artist and CEO of Costa Rica’s Call Center, Richard Blank! He talks about producing speech artists, script writing and role-playing, and calculated risk-taking!

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Oct. 12, 2022

5.8 A Conversation with Emily Krull Wendover

This week Jimmy talks with South Carolina theatre teacher Emily Krull Wendover! She speaks about her training at AMDA, devised theatre with middle schoolers, and work life balance.

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Oct. 5, 2022

5.7 A Conversation with Donald Robert Fox

This week Jimmy talks with Donald Robert Fox. He talks about progressive lighting design, curriculum development for stage technology, and USITT!

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Sept. 28, 2022

5.6 A Conversation with Kelsey Wilk

This week Jimmy talks with California theatre teacher Kelsey Wilk. She talks about devised theatre, her MFA program, and creating curriculum for diverse communities!

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Sept. 21, 2022

5.5 A Conversation with Darrin Person

This week Jimmy talks with Florida educator and teaching artist Darrin Person. He talks about preparing your students for the theatre business, running his own 501(C)3 Shakespeare company for young people, and product vs. process

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Sept. 14, 2022

5.4 A Conversation with Dr. Desiree Cameron

This week Jimmy talks with California theatre teacher Dr. Desiree Cameron. She talks about her surprise jump into a career in teaching, the value of play and creative problem solving, and devised work with little ones!

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Sept. 7, 2022

5.3 A Conversation with Mark A. Zimmerman

This week Jimmy talks with Ohio theatre teacher Mark A. Zimmerman. He talks about his unique program, longevity in educational theatre, and the importance of the representation of diverse voices on our stages and in our classrooms.

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Aug. 31, 2022

5.2 A Conversation with Jolaine Orlin

This week Jimmy talks with Illinois theatre teacher Jolaine Orlin. She talks about her Emmy-winning career in broadcasting, her love for the resistant student, and teaching theatre in a post-pandemic world.

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Aug. 24, 2022

5.1 A Conversation with Dana Taylor

This week Jimmy kicks off Season 5 with Dana Taylor! Dana is a returning guest from season 2 and brings some great new information about the Backstage Exam, a partnership between USITT and EdTA. He also talks about life after …

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