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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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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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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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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Rocking/Coveting: Jan9.14

Jan 9, 2014 by

That’s cold, I don’t care who you are. As a result, I’ve been hiding indoors since I got back from Louisville, which leads me to the beauty product I am rocking this week. And also, the sad tale of the perfect LBD that slipped through my fingers.

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Making Conversation: The Creat...

Jan 1, 2014 by

I remember yesterday, loves, and it was glorious. Long nights, low budgets, grand ideas, and big loves. I wouldn’t trade those years for anything, because they made me who I am and they gave me everything I have. But how are we making art TODAY? What has changed, what have we lost, and how far have we come? These are the questions I am asking myself, and for the next year, these are the questions I will be asking my 30-something artist friends.

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Songs That Were My 20s: 28-30

Jul 7, 2013 by

Recap: I’ll be 30 years old in a mere 11 days, and to commemorate this milestone, I have compiled a list of 30 songs that were my 20s. Here, I give you songs 29-30, as well as the full list.

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Songs That Were My 20s: 18-27

Jul 2, 2013 by

Recap: I’ll be 30 years old in a mere 11 days, and to commemorate this milestone, I have compiled a list of 30 songs that were my 20s. Here, I give you songs 18-27.

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Songs That Were My 20s: 6-17

Jun 27, 2013 by

Recap: I’ll be 30 years old in a mere 11 days, and to commemorate this milestone, I have compiled a list of 30 songs that were my 20s. Here, I give you songs 6-17.

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Songs That Were My 20s: 1-5

Jun 18, 2013 by

One month before my 30th birthday, I started making a list of songs that were my 20s, one for every day of the last month of that decade of my life. Together, they are quilt of experience that I can cover up in and be transported, safely, to some unsafe and unpredictable and joyous and ridiculous times. Here are the first 5 of those 30 tunes.

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The Next Big Thing

Mar 3, 2013 by

I was recently tagged by the all-around amazing Megan Stielstra in the Next Big Thing blog chain, in which writers answer ten questions about a project-in-progress. This seemed like a pretty good idea with which to hop on board — process is fascinating. Also, as we know, Chelsea loves an interview.

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2012: A Recap

Jan 2, 2013 by

Well, here we are. The year that the Mayans thought would never happen. The year that’s essentially a bonus round for the human race. I love change, and 2012 was such a slam-bang year that I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store. But first, before we wipe the dust of 2012 completely from our feet (and shoulders), let me reminisce for a moment about what the big 2-doz brought me and taught me.

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10 Things You Must Eat in Chic...

Oct 24, 2012 by

So, in a gustatory landscape so vast and varied, how is a person to ferret out the best, the most transcendent of the dishes on offer? My suggestion is to start with this list, compiled by me, a professional fan of food AND lists, and make your way from there.

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