Juilliard. I got into Juillia...

Jun 5, 2014 by

I am beyond proud to announce that I, Chelsea Marcantel, have just been granted a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School, under the direction of Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman. I'm soon to be a fellow at my dream school. Studying with two of my heroes. Living in New York City. And that is enough to be in awe of for one day.

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Ep. 7 :: Trish Harnetiaux is M...

Apr 20, 2014 by

In this episode, I interview Brooklyn-based writer/producer Trish Harnetiaux. We talk about the early internet, self-producing work, her hilarious short comedy films, and leaving playwrighting to become firefighters, among other aspirations. Tune in!

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Ep. 6 :: Levi Petree is Making...

Apr 7, 2014 by

We're back! In this episode, I chat with my good pal Levi Petree about his band The Radio Publica, who have just released their debut EP. We discuss our families in Louisiana, our time in Chicago, and his recent transition from actor to songwriter/musician. We also lament that life is long and real, and discus our growing appreciation for savings accounts. Listen in!

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My Husband is Internet-Famous

Mar 19, 2014 by

Miles has been working on a new project for over a year, and it's kind of strange to see it in the William King Museum instead of a corner of his office. It's called the MASHine and it's outstanding. It's nice thing to be married to someone you love, whose talents you're also occasionally in awe of.

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Ep. 5 :: Evan Linder is Making...

Feb 20, 2014 by

On this episode of Making Conversation, I chat with Chicago playwright/actor/director Evan Linder. We talk about the vibrant way his theatre company develops new work, his current project (part of Steppenwolf's Garage Rep), what teaching playwrighting to students has taught US about writing, and a whole lot more.

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Ep. 4 :: Sheena LaShay is Maki...

Feb 13, 2014 by

In this episode, I chat with Sheena LaShay--photographer, videographer, dancer, stage manager, businesswoman, etc, extraordinaire. We talk about knowing and standing up for the value of your art, the artist as advocate and activist, the beauty of abundance, and much much more. And we get a little gooey at the end.

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Rocking/Coveting: Feb9.14

Feb 9, 2014 by

I am a life-long black-above-the-belt avoider, because I am pale and I've always felt that black washes me out. But lately, black has just felt so sartorially right, and in keeping with the atmosphere of Dead of Winter. What does one rock in the dark night of the soul? And what does one wish for?

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Ep.3 :: Margot Bordelon is Mak...

Feb 6, 2014 by

In this episode, I talk with director Margot Bordelon, who currently lives and works in New York City. We chat about why she calls herself a "new play director," what we love about Chicago, how quickly we'd sell out (within reason), making theatre that is aggressive yet accessible, and how what we do is becoming as important to us as how we do it. Plus, of course, much more.

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Rocking/Coveting: Feb1.14

Feb 1, 2014 by

The new devised theatre piece Mountains: Great and Small that I've been devising/directing/scripting since October with students from Virginia Intermont College opened (and closed, thus is college theatre) this week. So what have I been rocking during this week of theatrical triumph? And what do I wish I had in my arsenal to take the glam a step further?

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Ep. 2 :: Erin Parker is Making...

Jan 26, 2014 by

In this episode, I chat with actress and singer Erin Parker. We discuss the theatre scene in Nashville, where she has lived and worked for a decade, as well as the "rules" that artists live by, and the importance of making your own work and opportunities. And Jon Hamm, etc.

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Rocking/Coveting: Jan25.14

Jan 25, 2014 by

It is still cold (it is still winter) and we are coping with the Polar Vortex Redux. Windchills are again in the negative digits, and I'm out and about in this bone-chilling wintriness waaay more than I'd like. The experience has made me both extremely grateful for what I'm rocking, and made me pine (in that way you can only pine in deepest winter) for what I'm coveting.

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Ep.1 :: Danielle O’Farre...

Jan 18, 2014 by

In this first episode of "Making Conversation," I speak with my good friend, actress Danielle O'Farrell. We discuss making storefront theatre in Chicago in our 20s, the pros and cons of joining a union, the importance of beauty and aesthetics in personal presentation, why she moved to New York from California, and much, much more.

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