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Yes But Why Podcast

143 episodes - English - Latest episode: 7 days ago - ★★★★★ - 7 ratings

For everyone who is interested in the lives of comedians, writers, musicians and other creative people, Yes But Why Podcast is for you! Led by Amy Jordan, Yes But Why interviews people dedicated to keeping creativity in their lives. How do they do it? What is the passion that drives them? How do they keep creating if they are blocked? All this and more on Yes But Why Podcast!

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YBY ep 233: Nik Whitcomb is a nimble theatrical Renaissance man

October 19, 2020 04:26 - 1 hour - 68.9 MB

This week on Yes But Why, we talk to Chicago-based actor, arts educator and casting director, Nik Whitcomb. Nik Whitcomb is a nimble theatrical Renaissance man. Nik has had a varied and successful career in entertainment, working as an actor, a director, an arts educator, a podcast host, an arts administrator, an online content creator and a casting director. Recently Nik was recognized for his hard work in the world of entertainment when he was named a "Theatre Worker You Should Know" by Ame...

YBY ep 232: Steven M. Saltsman explores improv, identity and good life choices.

October 12, 2020 04:47 - 1 hour - 51.3 MB

This week on Yes But Why, we talk to Houston improv community leader, Steven M. Saltsman. Steven M. Saltsman is the co-founder of Pronoia Theater in Houston, Texas. Steven and his business partner, Aaron Garrett, founded Pronoia in the summer of 2018 as a theater for everyone and so they seek out unconventional theater spaces to present their shows. As a performer, Steven has completed the conservatory program at Second City theater in Chicago and he has performed improv all over the world...

YBY ep 231: Michelle Simone Miller and the confidence it takes to follow your own path!

October 05, 2020 05:32 - 1 hour - 43.4 MB

This week on Yes But Why, our featured interview is with actress and podcaster, Michelle Simone Miller.Michelle Simone Miller is a television/film actress, a model and the host of the podcast, Mentors on the Mic. She was born and raised in New York City. She has been acting since she was a kid but really sunk her teeth into it after college. Michelle has performed in lots of movies and starred in a few televisions shows. She has also been featured in various commercials, industrials, and trai...

YBY ep 230: Playing games and telling stories with Laxmi Priya!

September 28, 2020 01:49 - 1 hour - 54.7 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I interview Indian improviser and storyteller, Laxmi Priya. Laxmi Priya is a theatrical performer who participates in the Bangalore Improv Comedy Community. She is a playbacker at CityLamps Playback Theater and an improviser with Improv Comedy Bangalore. She performs in Bangalore’s only all woman improv troupe, The Adamant Eves, as well as various other duo improv troupes in her community. In our chat, we talk about dance, playback theater, and literary criticism. W...

YBY ep 229: Ride the wave of comedy with Tom Booker!

September 21, 2020 04:06 - 1 hour - 51.7 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I interview actor and comedian, Tom Booker. Tom Booker is an actor, improv comedian, writer, voice actor, and director. Tom is the owner of The Institution Theater, an improv comedy theater located in Austin, Texas. Along with voice acting, Tom has appeared in several television shows, a few movies and nearly a hundred commercials.In our chat, Tom and I talk about his journey. Tom tells me about growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He talks about playing Top Dog, the masco...

YBY ep 228: Autumn Simmons doesn’t let anything hold her back from her Quirky dreams!

September 14, 2020 02:53 - 1 hour - 57.7 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to Autumn Simmons, creator, writer, producer and star of the sitcom web series, The Quirk Chronicles. Autumn Simmons is a writer, director, and performer from Philadelphia. She is the creator and star of the sitcom web series, The Quirk Chronicles. She hosts the weekly podcast, The Quirk of the Day. She writes The Quirk Blog. Autumn has a book coming out called, “I Quirky Girl.” Oh and also, she is debuting a forthcoming fragrance called Quirky Girl. Autumn i...

YBY ep 227: Meredith Binder’s dreams come to life!

September 07, 2020 03:59 - 1 hour - 58.3 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to producer/screenwriter/actor/director, Meredith Binder. Meredith Binder is a bicoastal filmmaker and actor, spending some of her time in Seattle and the rest of her time in New York City. She is known for her acting roles in Beloved Beast (2018), Still (2013) and Mommy Heist (2016).In our conversation, we chat about acting and Meredith mentions that she didn’t start acting until later in life. She talks about how she got started at the Freehold Theatre Lab/S...

YBY ep 226: Katerina Chingoli empowers women with her poetry and music.

August 31, 2020 04:56 - 46 minutes - 31.8 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to Katerina Chingoli, a writer and singer from Malawi in Africa. I connected with Katerina after I saw a sponsored ad for the Facebook page she has promoting her blog, Kacey’s Corner. I was really impressed that she had marketed herself so well so I contacted her to see if she wanted to be on the show! And thankfully, she was delighted to do so!During our chat, I learned so much more about Katerina! She has been writing songs since she was 12 years old and pla...

Marc Majcher shares creative lessons for making comedy!

August 24, 2020 03:44 - 1 hour - 50.9 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to Austin improviser, Marc MajcherMarc Majcher is an improvised theater artist. He performs and directs improvised theater productions at theaters all over Austin, Texas. Marc also designs, produces, and sells his own tabletop games!In this conversation, we talk about narrative genre shows, commedia dell’arte and immersive theater pieces. Marc explains to me how improvised singing is actually very easy ( I enjoy it but easy?)! We talk about empowering people t...

YBY ep 225: Marc Majcher shares creative lessons for making comedy!

August 24, 2020 03:44 - 1 hour - 50.9 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to Austin improviser, Marc MajcherMarc Majcher is an improvised theater artist. He performs and directs improvised theater productions at theaters all over Austin, Texas. Marc also designs, produces, and sells his own tabletop games!In this conversation, we talk about narrative genre shows, commedia dell’arte and immersive theater pieces. Marc explains to me how improvised singing is actually very easy ( I enjoy it but easy?)! We talk about empowering people t...

YBY ep 224: Melissa G. McKnight is a funny and poignant storyteller!

August 17, 2020 03:59 - 1 hour - 46.9 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to performer Melissa G. McKnight. Melissa is a standup comedian and playwright out of Nashville, Tennessee. Melissa and I had a delightful conversation! In our chat, we talk about singing and motherhood and working hard to get our voice out there. Melissa talks about taking a class in standup and what it was like to get involved in the standup comedy scenes of Tulsa and later, Nashville. Melissa enjoys making people laugh with her comedy and making them learn...

Melissa G. McKnight is a funny and poignant storyteller!

August 17, 2020 03:59 - 1 hour - 46.9 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to performer Melissa G. McKnight. Melissa is a standup comedian and playwright out of Nashville, Tennessee. Melissa and I had a delightful conversation! In our chat, we talk about singing and motherhood and working hard to get our voice out there. Melissa talks about taking a class in standup and what it was like to get involved in the standup comedy scenes of Tulsa and later, Nashville. Melissa enjoys making people laugh with her comedy and making them learn...

YBY ep 223: From zombie flicks to Zoom improv, Erin Souza devises worlds for you to enjoy!

August 10, 2020 06:36 - 1 hour - 43.6 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to performer Erin Souza. Erin Souza is an improv performer in San Francisco. She currently plays in the team, “The Professionals,” directed by Diana Brown. "The Professionals" is an improv comedy troupe who perform a "docu-reality" parody that is currently available to watch through the Leela SF Improv’s Youtube channel!In our conversation, we chat about Erin’s journey from making zombie films in malls to performing standup at Pride Pageants to being featured ...

From zombie flicks to Zoom improv, Erin Souza devises worlds for you to enjoy!

August 10, 2020 06:36 - 1 hour - 43.6 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to performer Erin Souza. Erin Souza is an improv performer in San Francisco. She currently plays in the team, “The Professionals,” directed by Diana Brown. "The Professionals" is an improv comedy troupe who perform a "docu-reality" parody that is currently available to watch through the Leela SF Improv’s Youtube channel!In our conversation, we chat about Erin’s journey from making zombie films in malls to performing standup at Pride Pageants to being featured ...

YBY ep 222: Jessica Arjet is a theatrical craftsman and community builder!

August 03, 2020 04:55 - 1 hour - 43.4 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to improviser and theater producer, Jessica Arjet. Jessica Arjet is an award-winning improv teacher as well as the Youth Director and co-owner of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas.In our conversation, Jessica and I talk about how the theater just keeps pulling us back! You think you can maybe try something else but then BOOM, it’s calling your name and then you’re just helping …and then, all of a sudden, you’re teaching classes and producing shows. Jessica ...

Jessica Arjet is a theatrical craftsman and community builder!

August 03, 2020 04:55 - 1 hour - 43.4 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to improviser and theater producer, Jessica Arjet. Jessica Arjet is an award-winning improv teacher as well as the Youth Director and co-owner of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas.In our conversation, Jessica and I talk about how the theater just keeps pulling us back! You think you can maybe try something else but then BOOM, it’s calling your name and then you’re just helping …and then, all of a sudden, you’re teaching classes and producing shows. Jessica ...

YBY ep 221: Robin Gelfenbien is the Ambassador of Fun!

July 26, 2020 19:48 - 1 hour - 52.1 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to NYC comedian Robin Gelfenbien!Robin Gelfenbien is an NYC-based storyteller, writer and comedian. She’s a three-time Moth Story SLAM winner who has performed on PBS, RISK!, Mortified and countless other shows. Robin is the Creator and Host of the storytelling series and podcast, “Yum’s the Word,” that features amazing stories alongside her homemade ice cream cakes. The show was named a New York Times and Time Out New York Critic’s Pick. In our conversation, ...

Robin Gelfenbien is the Ambassador of Fun!

July 26, 2020 19:48 - 1 hour - 52.1 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to NYC comedian Robin Gelfenbien!Robin Gelfenbien is an NYC-based storyteller, writer and comedian. She’s a three-time Moth Story SLAM winner who has performed on PBS, RISK!, Mortified and countless other shows. Robin is the Creator and Host of the storytelling series and podcast, “Yum’s the Word,” that features amazing stories alongside her homemade ice cream cakes. The show was named a New York Times and Time Out New York Critic’s Pick. In our conversation, ...

Yes But Why ep 220 You ain’t seen nothing yet from actor VJ Delos-Reyes!

July 20, 2020 03:41 - 1 hour - 45.3 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to Canadian improviser and film actor, VJ Delos-Reyes. VJ Delos-Reyes is an improviser and comedy teacher from Vancouver. Up until recently, VJ was performing at Vancouver Theater Sports, coaching improv troupes, and acting in films and television. In our conversation, VJ talks about all the different jobs in improv comedy that he has had throughout his life. From performing improv all over Vancouver to coaching a high school improv troupe to win the Canadian...

Yes But Why ep 219 Terence MacSweeny is an artist to the core and his creativity will weather the storm.

July 12, 2020 21:46 - 1 hour - 51.6 MB

This week on Yes But Why, I talk to fellow University of Dallas Drama alum, Terence MacSweeny. Terence MacSweeny is an actor and a stay-at-home-dad in New Jersey. Terence LOVES Shakespeare; he can turn literally any subject into a discussion on the Bard and I am tickled by his dedication. (Seriously. If you’re interested in Shakespeare and want to talk to Terence, he says you can email him at [email protected] . )Listen in as we talk about using auditioning opportunities as tiny acti...

Yes But Why ep 218 Eric James Morris on having the grit and dedication to maintain a career in entertainment!

July 05, 2020 21:54 - 1 hour - 49.9 MB

In this week’s Yes But Why episode, we talk to Atlanta actor, Eric James Morris.Eric James Morris is an entertainment professional who was born and raised in Atlanta GA. Being a native, Eric has a unique perspective on the growing Atlanta entertainment industry. The episode opens with the “Wild Thing” story! Eric has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old and this is the story of his first performance. We talk about when Eric was a rowdy skateboarding teen. Eric shares stories of perfo...

Yes But Why ep 217 Chaotic comedy with Alex Marion and Nick Hildred of Release The Clowns Podcast.

June 29, 2020 03:27 - 1 hour - 60.1 MB

This week on Yes But Why, we talk to Alex Marion and Nick Hildred of Release The Clowns Podcast.From writing sketch comedy for “Week Ending” on BBC Radio 4 to orchestrating silly gags on “The Big Breakfast”, Nick Hildred has built a career as a TV and Radio writer and producer. Get ready for the crazy chicken story!During this time, Alex Marion was performing comedy and running comedy venues. Later, he went to study improv with the Free Association and that is where he met Nick. Together, Nic...

Yes But Why ep 216 Carob Mars wants to make kids feel like stars!

June 22, 2020 03:29 - 58 minutes - 40.1 MB

This week on Yes But Why, we talk to podcaster, activist and arts educator, Carob Mars. Carob Mars is the creator of “Age Out. Rise Up!”, a podcast by and for survivors of childhood trauma, especially former foster children, who refuse to let their past define them. In our conversation, Carob shares with me some of the darker moments of her life and the ways in which she has used art to process them. She says, “there’s never been a time that [she hasn’t] been a storyteller and a performer.” S...

Yes But Why ep 215 Balasree Viswanathan is a great creative community leader.

June 15, 2020 03:44 - 1 hour - 41.6 MB

This week on Yes But Why, listen in as I talk to India-based improviser, Balasree Viswanathan.Balasree Viswanathan is the co-artistic director of Improv Comedy Bangalore as well as the leader of the only all-female improv troupe in India, The Adamant Eves. Bala found improv on a whim while she was in grad school for mechanical engineering. She really loved it. She joined the university’s improv team and soaked up all the different improv styles they could teach her. Then, when she graduated a...

Yes But Why ep 214 Nicole Odell brings a quiet confidence and boundless imagination to the San Francisco comedy scene!

June 08, 2020 04:23 - 1 hour - 45.7 MB

This week on Yes But Why, listen in as I talk to actress and comedian, Nicole Odell. Nicole Odell has been performing comedy and theatre for over a decade. After graduating San Francisco State with a theater degree, Nicole went to Los Angeles to receive her comedy education from the Second City Hollywood. There, she received the bulk of her training in sketch writing and improv. While in LA, she also performed stand-up and participated in several small theatrical productions. Many comedy show...

Yes But Why ep 213 Meghan R. Ross is the comedy version of a mullet!

June 01, 2020 04:49 - 1 hour - 46.6 MB

This week on Yes But Why, we chat with comedy writer and producer, Meghan R. Ross. Meghan R. Ross is a writer, producer, director, and comedian from New York, now living in Austin, Texas. Since 2015, she has been hosting, writing, and producing That Time of the Month, an award-winning late night show featuring an all-women and non-binary comedy lineup. Meghan’s comedy writing has also appeared in Broadly, Reductress, Medium’s Slackjaw, and one time she wrote tweets for Mel Brooks.In our conve...

Yes But Why ep 212 Phillip Wheeler knows you have to take risks if you want to live your life as an artist!

May 25, 2020 03:33 - 1 hour - 46.3 MB

This week on Yes But Why, we chat with Seattle based actor Phillip Wheeler. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, Phillip has been working in TV, Film and Theater for over a decade. In our conversation, we talk about developing your craft as an actor and about how to deal with the boring parts. Phillip mentions that he is taking a Zoom workshop with the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival right now! (SO FUN!)Phillip is a character actor who plays a lot of bad guys. He...

Yes But Why ep 211 Tracey B. Wilson does lots of fun and creative stuff!

May 18, 2020 04:45 - 1 hour - 48.6 MB

In this episode of Yes But Why, I had a really great conversation with actor/writer/director, Tracey B. Wilson. Tracey B. Wilson started her professional career as a theatre actor. Onstage, Tracey performed improv and sketch comedy in NYC in the late 1990s. In our conversation, we talk about her experience with the NYC sketch group, Living Room Live. Tracey also works in film and television, both in front of, and behind the camera. As well as starring in a few national commercials and several...

Yes But Why ep 210 Ken LaSalle is a prolific and impressive writer!

May 11, 2020 03:04 - 1 hour - 43.9 MB

In this episode of Yes But Why, we talk to prolific and impressive writer, Ken LaSalle. Ken LaSalle writes and writes and writes. Ken is the author of over 60 books and plays. He produces a YouTube show called To Be Honest and he hosts the Monday Morning Show Podcast.Novelist Ken LaSalle was writing long before he ever considered himself a writer. And from paying the bills to dealing with a divorce, the road blocks to writing went up in front of Ken. As we talk, Ken says that putting pen to p...

Yes But Why ep 209 Steven Morgan is bursting with comedy goodness!

May 03, 2020 22:55 - 1 hour - 59.4 MB

In this episode of Yes But Why, we talk to British comedian Steven Morgan about his experiences doing comedy across the world. Steven Morgan is a comedian, improviser, storyteller, actor, writer, and musician that has been featured on Australia’s ABC and the UK’s BBC. Currently living in Nijmegen, Netherlands, where he moved from Brisbane, Australia, Steven has toured and performed in famous comedy clubs and festivals around the world. Since moving to The Netherlands, he has become a performe...

Yes But Why ep 208 Mardi-Ellen Hill on decoding music and technology in her MEND™ universe

April 27, 2020 03:39 - 1 hour - 43.8 MB

In this episode of Yes But Why, we talk to Mardi-Ellen Hill, New York City-based composer, writer and thought leader. By trade, Mardi-Ellen Hill is a musical composer, college professor, and business analyst. During her career, she won many grants and awards but for most of her life, Mardi-Ellen has been working on the story and the technology of the MEND™ universe. MEND™ is rooted in a fictional narrative written by Mardi-Ellen and it extends to the business she built around the idea of her ...

Yes But Why ep 207 Mithra Vankipuram on creating safe spaces for each other

April 20, 2020 02:57 - 53 minutes - 43 MB

In this episode of Yes But Why, we talk to performer and scientist, Mithra Vankipuram. Mithra Vankipuram is a performer and improv instructor from the Bay Area. She is the Producer-in-Chief at The San Francisco Improv Festival as well as a Senior Research Scientist at HP Labs. She is a community builder in the San Francisco improv scene. She is also the Chair of HP's Palo Alto Women's Impact Network. Mithra believes in evolving the cultural growth of her science/technology workplace by leadin...

Yes But Why ep 206 Radhika Rao on trusting yourself and committing to your own path.

April 13, 2020 01:19 - 51 minutes - 41.7 MB

In this episode of Yes But Why, we talk to San Francisco-based performer, director and educator, Radhika Rao. Radhika Rao is an actor, improviser, storyteller, director, writer, and arts educator/consultant. She has performed theater in the United States and abroad. Radhika has an Ed.D from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and specializes in creating curriculum that integrates theater into diverse learning situations for various populations and organizations. She works as a communication...

Yes But Why ep 205 Stephen Thornton on using improv as a guide for personal exploration!

April 06, 2020 02:14 - 1 hour - 68.4 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast interviews Lisbon, Portugal based improviser, Stephen Thornton!Stephen Thornton has been studying, performing and teaching improvisation since 2001 when he was first introduced to the theater games of Viola Spolin. From 2006 to 2018, he continued his improv education in New York City, taking classes at The Peoples Improv Theater (PIT) and studying with some great improv teachers from around the country. Since 2010, he has been coaching improv teams and teaching...

Yes But Why ep 204 Sarah Rhea Werner and flinging yourself down your own creative staircase!

March 30, 2020 05:16 - 1 hour - 61 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast presents a conversation with Sarah Rhea Werner, host and star of the popular audio drama podcast, Girl In Space! Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional podcaster, a writer, a speaker, a contributor to Forbes, and the creator and executive producer of both the Write Now podcast and the award-winning audio drama Girl In Space. Sarah was an absolutely delightful guest from the very beginning of this interview. I can’t believe I confessed so much to her about my own c...

Yes But Why ep 203 Melissa Sledge urges you to push past fear and be your best self!

March 23, 2020 02:03 - 1 hour - 61.8 MB

This week on Yes But Why, we talk to actor and personal trainer, Melissa Sledge. Melissa Sledge is an Austin based fitness professional, who after losing 50 pounds herself, dedicated her life to teaching others how to look beyond the scale and focus on making daily healthy living practices. In between helping her clients live their best life, Melissa is also active as an actor and model. Melissa and I met on a photo shoot. In between shots, Melissa and I bonded over the hard work it takes to...

Yes But Why ep 202 Alicia Dattner will bring you laughter and a transformative experience!

March 16, 2020 04:58 - 1 hour - 63.5 MB

This week, Yes But Why interviews stand-up comedian and life coach, Alicia Dattner. For the past few years, comedian Alicia Dattner has been touring the world and selling out her one-woman shows, Eat, Pray, Laugh!, and The Oy of Sex! Alicia is unafraid to dig deep into her own stories to help you find your own. She is a natural born teacher of storytelling with an extensive history of adventures in comedy, yoga and holistic medicine. Alicia makes great connections onstage and off, performing ...

Yes But Why ep 201 Feature from our visit to Podfest Multimedia Expo 2020!

March 09, 2020 04:59 - 1 hour - 31.5 MB

This week on Yes But Why Podcast, we feature 5 conversations with creatives who attended the Podfest Multimedia Expo 2020: Trenton Bennett, Ann Kimbrough, Merlyne Jean-Louis, Kris Keppeler, and Harry Duran. Listen in as they share stories from their experiences!Podfest 2020 was an amazing experience for me. I learned so much and I was excited to be a part of it. I met festival founder, Chris Krimitsos at the Outlier Podcast Festival in Austin. Chris saw me teach an improv workshop to podcaste...

Yes But Why ep 200 Jessica Raney and the value of community to a writer.

March 02, 2020 03:06 - 1 hour - 56 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast interviews Houston-based horror writer, Jessica Raney.Jessica Raney is the author of six books. Her latest, The Hard Truth is the follow-up to her Appalachian-supernatural-noir novel, Tooth and Nail. Her other works include a zombie Apocalypse adventure, These Violent Delights, and two collections of short stories, Oddballs and Dreadful Pennies.Jessica loves all things quirky and spooky, and her style is best described as the “lasagna” of dark comedy, horror, an...

Yes But Why ep 199 Dana Cory and the musical journey of life!

February 24, 2020 03:27 - 55 minutes - 44.6 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast interviews lifelong actor and musician, Dana Cory.Dana Cory currently performs, produces, and teaches music and improv in the Bay Area and beyond. Dana has studied improvisational theater at BATS Improv and ImprovWorks in the San Francisco area.She was a jazz musician professionally as a horn player and a vocalist before she discovered theater improv. She loves them both and has been joyfully combining both for twenty years. In this conversation, Dana tells me a...

Yes But Why ep 198 Thomas Mook is having fun being an entertainer!

February 16, 2020 04:54 - 54 minutes - 44.1 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast interviews Thomas Mook, performer and improv community leader from Groningen, Netherlands. Thomas Mook is a writer, an actor, and a musician. Thomas runs the improv conservatory at USVA in Groningen and he has taught hundreds of students in improv courses and in workshops throughout Europe. Thomas performs regularly with Stranger Things Have Happened. In this conversation, Thomas and I talk about the benefit of family support when you’re trying to be an artist. ...

Yes But Why ep 197 Kat Dudley and listening to your heart.

February 10, 2020 04:28 - 47 minutes - 38 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to Oakland, CA – based improv performer and instructor, Kat Dudley. Kat Dudley teaches improv at various Bay Area improv institutions and also facilitates employee engagement and team building workshops.In this conversation, Kat talks about being a performer from a very young age. She took an improv class at San Diego Junior Theatre at the tender age of 12 and that was it; she completely fell in love with the theater. Kat shares stories of her magical time...

Yes But Why ep 196 Diana Brown’s improv tenderness can cure what ails you!

February 03, 2020 13:59 - 45 minutes - 36.4 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to San Francisco-based performer and producer, Diana Brown. Diana Brown is a performer who appears in scripted as well as improvisational theatre. She is a teaching artist as well as the Director of Community at Leela Improv Theater Company. Diana is also a producer with Southern Railroad Theatre Company. In her spare time, Diana is also a voice actor, a playwright, a communications consultant, and an acting coach. In this conversation, Diana tells me abou...

Yes But Why ep 195 Filmmaker Andrew Krakower made a beautiful film inspired by his experiences living in Nepal.

January 27, 2020 03:37 - 45 minutes - 31.2 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to filmmaker, Andrew Krakower. Andrew is a writer and a director who graduated from UT’s RTF program. Since graduation, he has been exploring the world for inspiration and then bringing back to us the stories he finds. You may know Andrew because his first feature film, The Children’s War is a widely distributed documentary about the atrocities of a decades-long civil war in Northern Uganda. After making that film, Krakower moved to Kathmandu, Nepal. He sp...

Yes But Why ep 194 Chicago filmmaker Sarah Krause creates new worlds with Rem Alternis!

January 20, 2020 05:54 - 49 minutes - 40.1 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to actor and film producer, Sarah Krause. Sarah Krause is the founder of Rem Alternis Productions, a film company based out of Chicago. Sarah created Rem Alternis in the fall of 2018. As a fan of Renaissance fairs, Dungeons and Dragons, and video games, Sarah loves building worlds and playing with characters. Her upcoming fantasy cyberpunk web series, “Chicago Shadows” is the premiere production for Rem Alternis. After successful raising money on Kickstart...

Yes But Why ep 193 Amanda Rountree is spreading joy with a life in improv!

January 13, 2020 04:48 - 53 minutes - 43.3 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to Amanda Rountree, an improv performer and instructor based out of Atlanta. Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002. She is also a storyteller, writer, puppeteer, and solo performer. Amanda is a faculty member of Forsyth Academy of the Performing Arts in Atlanta. She can currently be seen regularly performing, teaching, and directing throughout the Atlanta area. P...

Yes But Why ep 192 Feña Ortalli and the infinite inspiration of improvisation.

January 06, 2020 02:54 - 49 minutes - 39.8 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to Feña Ortalli, an improv teacher and performer based out of Madrid, Spain. Feña Ortalli has been obsessed with improvisational acting since the early 2000s. After the first impro show he saw in Buenos Aires, he studied Keith Johnstone books and youtube videos from the LIQ. Since 2001, Feña has taught and performed around the world in such countries as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Canada, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and South Africa. In 2006, Feña ...

Yes But Why ep 191 Stand-up Carie Karavas shares comedy wisdom from the trenches!

December 30, 2019 03:51 - 29 minutes - 23.9 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to New York City stand-up comic, Carie Karavas. Carie Karavas is a tough, wisecracking New York City comic who has been performing standup comedy for 30 years. She is a regular in the New York City comedy club scene and she tours across the country as well. Carie is so busy with gigs that we had to do this interview in the moments before she went onstage! You can hear the action of the green room behind her during our whole chat.In this conversation, Carie...

Yes But Why ep 190 Psychologist Ronald Harvey on breaking through cultural boundaries with improv!

December 22, 2019 03:34 - 1 hour - 50.6 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to improviser and community psychologist, Ronald Harvey. Ronald Harvey is a professor of Psychology at the American University in Bulgaria. He is also the faculty co-sponsor for the student improv troupe, the 1st English language improv club in the Balkans. This is the 3rd conversation that Ronald and I have had about improv. Unfortunately, technology has twice lost the recordings. Thankfully, Ronald is a kind and understanding man who rescheduled with me...

Yes But Why ep 189 Singer-songwriter Daisy O’Connor is a brave advocate for you living your best life!

December 15, 2019 22:35 - 1 hour - 73.8 MB

This week, Yes But Why Podcast talks to singer-songwriter Daisy O’Connor. Daisy O’Connor is an Austin indie rock musician who tours the country regularly. Daisy’s music style mixes folk, Americana and country influences with psychedelic rock and pop. She is sweet and caring and I’m glad we are friends. We met in the improv community of Austin and so we have warm fuzzies for each other because of our Yes And beginnings. This conversation takes place in a library and so we talked in hushed tone...

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