I love conducting primary research and the interview format in particular. THOUGHTS ON THEATRE, CULTURE & LIFE is a podcast that I curate for Thinking Cap Theatre. Topics vary by season.
THE FUTURE IS FORNES
“The Future is Fornes” is an ongoing deep-dive conversation with Fornes mentees, practitioners and scholars about the life and legacy of Playwright Maria Irene Fornes. In 2022, episodes included interviews with Gwendolyn Alker, Associate Arts Professor and Director of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama, Tisch/NYU; Brian Herrera, Associate Professor of Theatre at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University; Anne Garcia-Romero, Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame; Migdalia Cruz, master playwright and mentee of Maria Irene Fornes; Miami-based playwright Vanessa Garcia; Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies at the University of Miami and Founding Director of the Cuban Theater Digital Archives; and Caridad Svich, playwright, songwriter, editor, translator and mentee of Maria Irene Fornes. Upcoming interviewees in 2023 include Stevie Walker-Webb and Michelle Memran.
FROM CHRISTMAS TREE FARM TO STAND
“From Christmas Tree Farm to Stand” is a podcast series inspired by interviews and site visits with Christmas Tree Farmers around the state of Florida. feature Farmer Tom, from Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm. These interviews were used as primary research to create Thinking Cap Theatre’s original holiday play with music, O CHRISTMAS TREE. The play centers on a South Florida family that starts a new tradition and visits a North Florida ’cut-and-choose’ tree farm after the lights on their artificial tree dim.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
“Wilde’s Legacy” is a podcast series dedicated to the life and legacy of Oscar Wilde. Episodes to date include interviews with Matthew Sturgis, author of biography Oscar Wilde: A Life; Neil Mckenna, author of The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde; and Helena Gurfinkel, Wilde Scholar and Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.