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The Compass Hosted by Leah Walsh

The Compass


The Compass podcast documents the lives of artists navigating the waters between art and commerce. What do they do when they feel themselves going to the dark side? How do they find balance when they are creating beautiful things, but not necessarily making their entire living from their art (acting, dance, etc). A space for those conversations with peers about living a creative life.

Hosted by actress Leah Walsh.


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Episode 173: Sarah Kenny

Episode 173: Sarah Kenny

Sarah Kenny is a long time theater educator with a focus towards accessibility/disability inclusion, and is currently working on her Masters in Disability Studies at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She shares her experiences with the dark side, how her own disability has clarified her view on where ...
Episode 172: Erin Cronican

Episode 172: Erin Cronican

Actor, director and Executive Artistic Director of The Seeing Place Theater shares her experiences with the dark side, continuing to run a theater company and produce work virtually during the pandemic, day jobs, the importance of sharing knowledge and skills with other artists, and finding healing and comfort ...
The Compass with Leah Walsh - Episode 171: Lily Houghton

Episode 171: Lily Houghton

Playwright Lily Houghton shares her experiences with the dark side, building a creative life, establishing herself as a professional playwright on her own terms after growing up in the NYC Off-Broadway community, writing and pitching for television, believing in your voice, and grieving the death of her father ...
The Compass with Leah Walsh - Episode 170: Jeffrey Omura

Episode 170: Jeffrey Omura

Actor, activist and labor organizer Jeffrey Omura shares his experiences building a creative life, his current campaign for New York City Council (District 6, Upper West Side), the importance of art advocacy such as Be an #ArtsHero, auditioning, and building community ...
The Compass Hosted by Leah Walsh

Episode 169: Vivienne Benesch

Director, actor, and teacher Vivienne Benesch is the Producing Artistic Director of Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC. She shares her experiences with the dark side, collaboration, the countless contingency plans of running a theater through a time of crises, embracing being a multi-hyphenate, and her upcoming ...
The Compass with Leah Walsh - Episode 168: Chris Myers

Episode 168: Chris Myers

Actor Chris Myers shares his experiences with the dark side, growing up as an artist in NYC, collaboration, developing the study group series "Anti-Capitalism for Artists" (current title) which gives artists a place to engage with a radical class education, and moving to Los Angeles. Chris also works ...

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