Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose Once On This Island is nominated for eight Tony Awards.
Davenport says his parents, a doctor and a landscape designer, bestowed him with the discipline and creativity he’s leveraged to succeed on Broadway. In our conversation we go back to his early work and you hear how he financed his first few shows and the marketing strategy he used to promote them with limited resources.
In his youth Davenport spent time at Radio Shack playing on computers; his passion and understanding of the digital sphere led to his unprecedented use of the internet, not just for marketing his shows, but also for the online community he’s built to inspire, and provide professional development, to emerging producers.
Ken Davenport’s blog and podcast – The Producer’s Perspective
Podcast with Elizabeth Furze – advertising and marketing trends in the theater
Ken’s online training program – The Producer’s Perspective PRO
Ken on Twitter
Ken on Facebook
Once on this Island
Podcast with Steffi DiDomenicantonio.
Steffi performed in the first national tours of Spring Awakening and currently appears in Come from Away in Toronto.
She shares the secret to her successful auditions for both shows.
Podcasts with other Producers
Bat Out of Hell with Randy Lennox
Nora McLellan is one of Canada’s most celebrated and respected actors.
In this episode we begin by discussing her early days in Vancouver and move forward to the Shaw Festival and her recent performance in the Annie Baker play “John.”
McClellan is candid about the ups and downs of life in the theatre as well as some of the lessons she’s learned to improve her acting skills working under the direction of some of North America’s finest directors.
Currently, you can see McClellan in “Shirley Valentine,” at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.Nora McLellan in Shirley Valentine.
photo: Diane O’Dell
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Victoria Playhouse Petrolia – Shirley Valentine
Foster Festival – Renovations for Six (World premiere)
Steffi DiDomenicantonio is currently performing in the Toronto production of “Come From Away.”
At the age of 29 she’s achieved great things and I know her career is just beginning.
Although Steffi rose to national prominence as a finalist in the 2006 season of “Canadian Idol,” she’s been a musical theatre performer for most of her life.
In our conversation, Steffi explains the secret to her success and how a vision board helped her focus on a dream gig performing in the first Broadway national tour of “Spring Awakening.”
She has a great story about her “Come From Away” audition.
We also talk about her television work on “Crawford” with Mike Clattenburg, best known as a creator, writer and director of the comedy series “Trailer Park Boys.”
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Watch Crawford season 1: http://www.cbc.ca/crawford/
Come From Away
Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West, Toronto
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