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. 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. 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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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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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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A Low Stress Move: One Week at...

Apr 25, 2013 by

Summer is coming up, when the streets of major cities like Chicago will turn into Tetris grids and half the people I know will play Apartment Musical Chairs. I hope this list will ease your pain.

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BLOGATHON: Prize #3 Announced

May 19, 2012 by

Announcement, Dear Readers: Prizes 1, 2, and 3 of the BLOGATHON Gift Collection are herewith revealed!

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BLOGATHON : Prize #2 Announced

May 12, 2012 by

Announcement, Dear Readers: Prizes 1 and 2 of the Blogathon Gift Collection are herewith revealed!

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11 Things I Know About True Lo...

Nov 10, 2011 by

I hesitate to give advice when it comes to relationships, and I think that comparing your relationship to someone else’s is the quickest way to confusion and disappointment. But I have learned things. And in lieu of telling anyone how to go about doing anything, I think I would rather just share what it has taken me 28 years and A LOT of heartache to finally know.

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Helping Japan, Chicly

Mar 18, 2011 by

The easiest way to give, as we learned after the Haiti earthquake, is to donate via text. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, which will appear as a charge on your next credit card statement. This method of donation is completely legit, and 100% of the $10 goes to the Red Cross. There’s also online donating at http://www.redcross.org/, but I prefer the cell phone method because I don’t even have to dig out my credit card. Seriously, it’s procrastination-proof. What is $10? A lunch?

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Completed #99 — Write a ...

Jan 20, 2011 by

I’m on a mission to save the whales. Even though I don’t believe in them. I been talkin’ shit about whales for years. It just might be time to redeem myself, in case the aliens come sooner than we predicted.
I sent the below letter to the RedEye, Tribune, Times, Chicago Defender, and Post-Tribune in a matter of minutes.
I resisted including a link to “Ocean Girl.”

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Completed #72 — Send My ...

Dec 25, 2010 by

I’m one of those cool people who sends Christmas cards! My parents have sent out a family Christmas card every year since I can remember. My dad’s family did it before them, the whole time he was growing up.While I still appear on my parents’ card, this year I began pondering sending out some of my own, to my own peeps who don’t know the rest of the crew.

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Banned Books–Censorship ...

Oct 11, 2010 by

I checked out the Banned Books Week Kickoff in Washington Square Park at the end of last month.  Now I have my work cut out for me in...

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