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Kate Lumpkin: Casting director



We discuss the importance of making a good self-tape for auditions, the growing demand for actors who can handle experiential theatre, why knowing who you are as a human is the most important thing that informs you as an artist, and lots more!

Kate has collectively worked on over 40 film/TV productions, and 80 theatrical productions in New York City and across the USA including shows at The Kennedy Center and many others. Kate also works with Celebrity Cruises Productions, casting from live auditions in various cities across North America including Toronto.

She’s also the Head of Education for the Broadway Collective – a training academy for young performers looking to break into the industry.

Kate is running an audition workshop at Broadway Con:
10:00 AM Friday, January 11


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Alexis Gordon: Actor, singer


Alexis Gordon is one of the young stars of Canadian theatre. Her work at the Stratford Festival (“Carousel,” “The Sound of Music,” “Guys and Dolls,”
“Coriolanus,” “The Tempest, and more) has been getting great reviews.

After graduating from the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art, at the age of 24 Gordon was discovered by Stratford Festival Musical Director Franklin Brasz, and director Donna Feore. In our interview, she admits that she had been singing in the shower and participating in choirs, but it was Brasz and Feore that spotted the potential of her “legit vibrato” at an audition that changed her life.

Since then she’s been a company member at the Stratford Festival, however in the upcoming summer theatre season she’ll be at the Shaw Festival – one of several Stratford Festival company members making the move to Shaw in 2019. In our interview Gordon explains the appeal of working at Shaw under the artistic director Tim Carroll, whom she first worked with at Stratford in “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

We also discuss her experience working with the internationally renoun director Robert Lepage at Stratford, just as criticism of cultural appropriation led to the cancellation of his show “SLAV” at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Although Gordon had nothing to do with that show she is a jazz fan and recently released a CD of Jazz and Musical Theatre tunes, making sure to include the work of several Canadians. The CD is available at the Stratford Festival gift shop and Revel, located on Market Place in Stratford.

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Ray Cronise and Julieanna Hever: Plant Based Nutrition for Performers

As a performer, your lifestyle is not the same as the average person’s daily 9-to-5 routine. You’re up late, you have busy rehearsal schedules, you eat when you can because, despite whatever is happening in your life, the show must go on!

So when I had the chance to speak with Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise I thanked my lucky stars. Their approach to nutrition is saving lives – just ask Penn Jillette or Kevin Smith.

Julieanna and Ray wrote “The Idiot’s Guide to Plant Based Nutrition.” The book goes deep into the science of nutrition but also has super-handy summaries at the end of each chapter with a list of “The least you need to know.”

The book has everything from tips on how to equip your kitchen, ( I loved the bit about handy utensils) to a chapter on the plant-based pregnancy.
Julieanna Hever completed her bachelors of arts degree in Theatre from UCLA and then went on to do a masters of science degree in Nutrition from Cal State Northridge, thus bridging her three biggest passions for life food, performing, and helping people.

 
Ray Cronise is a former NASA scientist currently focused on disrupting diet and nutrition advice. He helped Penn Jillette, and Kevin Smith recover from near-death experiences and has helped thousands of others regain the youthful vitality that comes with proper nutrition.

Show Notes
Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
by Julieanna Hever and Raymond J. Cronise.


A a versatile multi-cooker that can do the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and more. Every kitchen should have an Instapot!

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