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Sitting Ovation: An interview series about the interesting people who make theatre possible.
THEATRE XYZ: A deep dive conversation across three generations concerning issues in the theatre industry.

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THEATRE XYZ Episode 5: A podcast where people of different backgrounds discuss social justice issues through the lense of theatre. 

This episode covers the desperate need to make our planet, and the theatres that exist on it, more eco-conscious. We’ll give you the WHYs you may not have considered - including climate injustice, environmental racism, and climate refugees, and let you know the HOWs of how we can turn it all around for ourselves, for each other, and for the Earth. 

This final episode of the 2020-2021 season brings us back to where we all began - with your three hosts Bailey Sheehan (she/her/hers), R. Elizabeth Miller (she/her/hers), and Matt Faragasso (he/him/his)!

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Join us as we sit down with Trevor Flocco the Production Manager and Technical Director of Lehigh University. A pretty cool dude who does some pretty cool stuff!

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Sitting Ovation Episode 5: A podcast about the interesting people who make theatre possible

Meet Juliana Kilgore (she/her/hers)!

Put yourself in the shoes of a first-year student at Lehigh University with a passion for theatre in the time of COVID-19! Juliana gives us the inside scoop about her resiliency, the importance of finding community, and how she came to be an invaluable member of the podcast team! We’re so lucky to have her!

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Sitting Ovation Episode 5, Part 2

A podcast about the interesting people who make theatre possible

Meet Lehigh University Visiting Professor, Mark McKenna

Stalwart of the Lehigh Valley theatre scene for several decades, Mark McKenna, joins us for this 2-part episode. Part 2 highlights include: Life as a referee, dreams of working with the Harlem Globetrotters, induction into our ever-growing commune and the great Southside "theatricade"!

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Sitting Ovation Episode 5, Part 1

A podcast about the interesting people who make theatre possible

Meet Lehigh University Visiting Professor, Mark McKenna

Stalwart of the Lehigh Valley theatre scene for several decades, Mark McKenna, joins us for this 2-part episode. Part 1 highlights include: the history of Touchstone Theatre's origins, clowning around with Lehigh's Dept. of Theatre, life as a zombie, and a passion project involving several Bethlehem steelworkers.

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THEATRE XYZ Episode 4: A podcast where people of different backgrounds discuss social justice issues through the lens of theatre. 

Part TWO of a two-part episode!

Both episodes cover the question of whether or not theatres, and theatre makers, have the obligation to address social justice issues in their production season. 

Part 2 will cover children’s theatre, the obstacles theatre’s face when changing their culture, and some possible solutions.  

Joining our hosts, Bailey Sheehan (she/her/hers) and Matt Faragasso (he/him/his) is Generation Z and current Lehigh University student Dom Ocampo (she/her/hers), 

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THEATRE XYZ Episode 3: A podcast where people of different backgrounds discuss social justice issues through the lens of theatre. 

Part ONE of a two-part episode!

Both episodes cover the question of whether or not theatres, and theatre makers, have the obligation to address social justice issues in their production season. 

Part 1 will cover cultural appropriation, cancel culture, and activism in the time of COVID19. 

Joining our hosts, Bailey Sheehan (she/her/hers) and Matt Faragasso (he/him/his) is Generation Z and current Lehigh University student Dom Ocampo (she/her/hers), 

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Meet Eliza Howard (she/her/hers)!

She’s an Industrial and Systems Engineering major through the IBE program. She’s GOING to make the world a better place through her ambitions to work in health care. But she’s also a thespian to the highest degree! Find out how her love of theatre and love of STEM combined to make her an interesting person who makes theatre possible!

Content Warning: non-graphic themes of sexuality mentioned

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Sitting Ovation Episode 4: A podcast about the interesting people who make theatre possible

Meet Becky Eshelman (she/her/hers)!

If you’ve ever worked for the Zoellner Arts Center, or have seen a production at the Zoellner Arts Center, you’re familiar with Becky’s work in one way or another! Our fearless ZAC Stage Coordinator tells all - from her thievery of props, to shaming tourists in Costa Rica! You won’t want to miss this one!

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THEATRE XYZ Episode 2: A podcast where three generations discuss social justice issues through the lens of theatre. 

Content Warning: non-graphic themes of sex and sexuality discussed

This episode's topic covers the problem of ableism in theatre, addresses accessibility and inclusion needs for people with disabilities, and shines a light on how theatres can do better for people with disabilities for their audiences, and in their casting and hiring practices. 

Joining our hosts, Bailey Sheehan (she/her/hers), R. Elizabeth Miller (she/her/hers), and Matt Faragasso (he/him/his) is Madison Parrotta (she/her/hers); a freelance dramaturg, sensitivity reader, and editor interested in making the worlds of theatre and publishing a place where disability is welcomed and accessibility is only the beginning of the conversation.

Follow Madison on Twitter: @midbop

Theatre Breaking Through Barriers for more resources: tbtb.org

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