The Alliance Theatre this week launched an online video Q&A series called The Artist’s Approach that will feature stage and screen actors, writers, directors, composers and casting agents. The free weekly series features prerecorded conversations in which each discusses how he or she approaches the craft and offers tips of the trade.
Its format is not unlike James Lipton’s long-running Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio, except the moderator and the guests are not in the same room.
Each episode of The Artist’s Approach includes a conversation between that week’s guest and a small participatory audience of Atlanta-based professional artists, moderated by one of three people — Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth, associate producer Amanda Watkins or Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, the Alliance’s BOLD artistic director fellow. Episodes run from about 48 minutes to more than an hour.
The first six episodes feature Tony Award-winning director David Cromer (The Band’s Visit), singer–actor Darius de Haas, composer–lyricist Andrew Lippa, Tony-winning singer–actor Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), Broadway performer Karen Pittman and Tony Award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub (The Band’s Visit). Upcoming episodes include:
MAY 26: Sierra Boggess of Broadway’s The Little Mermaid and School of Rock.
JUNE 2: Theater and film director Daniel Sullivan.
JUNE 9: Jason Robert Brown, the Tony-winning composer–lyricist of Parade and The Bridges of Madison County.
JUNE 16: John Clarence Stewart, the Stone Mountain-born singer–actor who plays Simon on the NBC series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. He was a regular on Atlanta stages (including the Alliance’s The Whipping Man in 2013) before moving to New York and later Los Angeles.
JUNE 23: Playwright Rick Cleveland.
JUNE 30: Director Kenny Leon, once the Alliance’s artistic director and also co-founder of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre Company.
JULY 7: Casting agent Rachel Hoffman.
JULY 14: Atlanta-based stage and film actor Bethany Anne Lind (the Alliance’s Edward Foote in 2015, among others; the film Blood on Her Name).
JULY 21: Tom Kitt, the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal.
Future episodes will feature director Michael Arden (Broadway’s Once on This Island revival); costume and scenic designer Lex Liang (a frequent Alliance collaborator); director–choreographer Casey Nicholaw (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone and The Prom); writer Itamar Moses (The Band’s Visit); and actor Josh Radnor.
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