#181 – Writing for Ensembles (Hamilton, In The Heights – feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda)

#181 – Writing for Ensembles (Hamilton, In The Heights – feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Way back in 2014, co-creator Nikka Graff Lanzarone and I sat down with Lin-Manuel Miranda. This was before Hamilton, before Moana, before Mary Poppins Returns, before DuckTales when he was merely a Tony Award winning composer with three Broadway shows under his belt. When we talked with him he shared why he chooses to deploy an ensemble, the process of writing In The Heights (now in production as a motion picture) and his first steps in writing the opening for Hamilton.

21 – Kevin Ray Johnson, Playwright/Actor/Blogger

21 – Kevin Ray Johnson, Playwright/Actor/Blogger

Kevin Ray Johnson is a Singer, Playwright, Actor and Director. He was most recently a Standby in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center which ran until February 15th, 2020. He is also the playwright of A (Funny) Imagination! – An unauthorized parody based on characters from the cartoon ‘Doug’. which will be performing a three-show run with New York Theater Festival 2020 Winterfest at The Hudson Guild Theatre. Kevin is most known for his coming-of-age drama that he began working on when he was 19 titled The Unpredictable Times. It has has has been presented in readings and workshops at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre, The Kennedy Center in their annual page-to-stage festival, The Dixon Place (which featured Tony Award-Nominee Alex Brightman), and more! Kevin also writes for OnStage Blog, providing content for their profiles page. In his “5 Questions” series, Kevin has had the privilege interviewing over 60 performers from Broadway, The West End, Off-Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, International and National Tours, and regionally! 

15 – Rob Rokicki, Composer/Lyricist

15 – Rob Rokicki, Composer/Lyricist

Rob Rokicki is composer/lyricist whose shows have been nominated for Drama Desk, Lortel, and Off-Broadway Alliance awards. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actor’s Equity, and an alum of the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing workshop.

#193 – Let’s Talk About Auditions (feat. Ken Davenport)

#193 – Let’s Talk About Auditions (feat. Ken Davenport)

Ken Davenport is a self-described art-repenour, meaning that works in multiple ways to combine the artistry of theatre with the business of Broadway He made a name for himself as a producer on shows like Godspell and Spring Awakening, winning a Tony Award for his revival of Once On This Island. He was also the creator of The Awesome 80s Prom off Broadway, the co-creator of Altar Boyz and the book writer of last season’s Getting The Band Back Together.

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