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Tyler Check

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The podcast for anyone interested in theatre in Canada and the people who make it happen. This podcast is hosted by Tyler Check with new episodes every week.

Latest Episodes

#184 - Lauren Ritchie

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Lauren Ritchie. Lauren Ritchie is a dance educator, choreographer, and host of the Dance Podcast. In our conversation today we discuss the differences between the ways she was taught to dance and how dance educators are teaching their students now, the importance of having a holistic approach to your training no matter what you are training for, as well as her relationship with goals and the benefits that come from distilling down what the actual intention or want is behind our goals. We also discuss the work she is currently doing with regards to mental skills training and her focus on bringing the not only the physical but also emotional and mental intricacies of dance into alignment, her experiences hosting the Dance Podcast and what she has learned through the process, as well as where she hopes to see certain conversations around arts-based training and education headed in the future.

91 MIN1 d ago
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#184 - Lauren Ritchie

#183 - Douglas Walker

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Douglas Walker. Douglas Walker is an actor, singer, and dancer originally from Scotland. In our conversation today we discuss how he was introduced to theatre and the path that lead him to pursue it professionally, what he learned from his time in school both as a dancer as well as at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, and what the main similarities and differences are between theatre in the UK and theatre in Canada. We also discuss his experience moving to Canada and how he has gone about developing connections and meeting a wide range of artists in the Canada theatre community, what he has learned from his experience understudying both here in Canada and in the UK, as well as the types of conversations he hopes continue to be had in the industry and where he hopes to see theatre in Canada headed in the future.

70 MIN3 w ago
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#183 - Douglas Walker

#182 - Kalie Hunter

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Kalie Hunter. Kalie Hunter is a performer, teacher, adjudicator, and is also one of the owners of Metro Movement in Toronto. In our conversation today we discuss her experiences growing up in B.C. and how she was introduced to the world of dance at a young age, how the dance industry and theatre industry in Canada differ and what each industry can learn from the other, as well as her transition into musical theatre and the advice she would give other dancers looking to diversify their skill sets and identify as musical theatre performers. We also discuss some of her most positive performing experiences and how she has developed her dance captain/understudy techniques, the process of taking over ownership of Metro Movement and what she has learned through the process, as well as how her experience working to find a balance between having a family and a career in the theatre industry in Canada.

84 MINAPR 29
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#182 - Kalie Hunter

#181 - Kira Campbell

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Kira Campbell. Kira Campbell is the Artistic Associate and Production Manager of Stage West Calgary. In our conversation today we discuss how the mindset of “How hard can it be?” has helped shape her career, how she got involved in the theatre world and what she learned from her time in school, as well as what brought her to Calgary and the importance of exploring as many aspects of the theatre industry as you can. We also discuss what goes into planning a season at Stage West and how it differs from other theatres, how the team she has cultivated at Stage West works with the community to seek out mutually beneficial collaborations, as well as the advice she would give artists currently working in the theatre industry and where she sees the industry in Canada headed in the future.

81 MINAPR 24
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#181 - Kira Campbell

#180 - Craig Hall

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Craig Hall. Craig Hall is the Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre in Calgary. In our conversation today we discuss how he was not introduced to theatre until university and how this has shaped his career path, what initial aspects of theatre drew him to the theatre industry and the importance of diversifying your skill sets, as well as maintaining an objective view of the types of work you want to pursue in the industry. We also discuss the various companies he has started/worked for and the advice he would give others looking to follow a similar path, his work as the Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre and the importance of communication when it comes to developing trust with your audiences, as well as where he hopes to see the theatre community in Calgary and Canada as a whole headed in the future.

74 MINAPR 16
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#180 - Craig Hall

#179 - Daryl Cloran

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Daryl Cloran. Daryl Cloran is the Artistic Director for the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. In our conversation today we discuss some of the shows that happened this past season including Ring of Fire and The Color Purple, how the Citadel is working to engage new audiences in Edmonton and what they have learned through the process, as well as the importance of not only inviting non-traditional theatre audiences to be a part of the conversation but also doing everything you can to make sure they feel welcome. We also discuss some of the upcoming shows in the season and what goes into how he structures a season, the work that he is doing to bring shows such as Hadestown and Six to the Citadel and the benefits that come with it not only for the audiences but for artists in the Canadian theatre industry, as well as some of his goals for the coming year and how he hopes to see both the Citadel and the Canadian theatre industry as a whole continue to evolve.

62 MINAPR 9
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#179 - Daryl Cloran

#178 - Year In Review (2019)

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down and do something a little different. Inspired by the incredible creativity I am seeing online from the theatre community during the COVID-19 pandemic, I discuss what I have seen and the things I have learned from the countless talented artists I have had the pleasure of watching perform over the past year. I also discuss trends, patterns, and themes I am seeing in the Canadian theatre industry, the artists that I have crossed paths with and the huge amount of talent and innovation we have in our industry, as well as where I see theatre in Canada headed in the future.

62 MINAPR 3
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#178 - Year In Review (2019)

#177 - Zoë Glassman

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Zoë Glassman. Zoë Glassman is an Edmonton based actor, dancer, theatre creator, and producer. In our conversation today we discuss the Edmonton theatre community and how it engages emerging theatre artists through festivals such as the Edmonton Fringe, the type of theatre work that speaks to her and how it has shifted her priorities in the industry, as well as both the differences and similarities between the Edmonton and Calgary arts communities. We also discuss how the benefits that come from running small grassroots showcase/workshop style nights and how they help strengthen both the work and the community, some of the upcoming theatre work she is doing and how she hopes to continue to create work that engages non-traditional theatre audiences, as well as the things she has learned from stepping away from the theatre industry and the conversations she hopes continue to happen in the industry with regards to visibility and diversity in Canadian theatre.

100 MIN2019 DEC 7
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#177 - Zoë Glassman

#176 - Leon Willey

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Leon Willey. Leon Willey is an actor based out of Saskatoon who most recently starred as Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. In our conversation today we discuss his experiences growing up in British Columbia and what is unique about the west coast when it comes to the arts, how he got involved in theatre and the path that lead him into pursuing a career in the arts, as well as the things he has tried to continue foster in himself to help him sustain a career in this industry. We also discuss the things that as artists we can hold onto to ground us in the work we do on stage, his move to Saskatoon and what he has learned from being based in Saskatchewan, as well as how he tries to navigate the industry and where he hopes to see theatre in Canada headed in the future.

83 MIN2019 NOV 9
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#176 - Leon Willey

#175 - Andrew Kushnir

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Andrew Kushnir. Andrew Kushnir is an actor, director, and playwright with a keen interest in verbatim theatre. He is also playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre, the creative director of Project: Humanity, and his most recent verbatim play Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope premiered at Crow’s Theatre this past February. In our conversation today we discuss the importance of relationships and trust in the both work he does with verbatim theatre as well as in our industry as a whole, how as a director he tries to navigate the relationship with the audience and the space a piece of theatre is being performed in, as well as the idea of “the circle” and it’s importance in how we interact with each other. We also discuss his latest play Towards Youth, that challenges of having adults portray children onstage and the important discussions around not assuming we automatically understand a young person’s experiences because we were once young, as well as how we continue to develop a meaningful relationship with audiences and where he sees this growth taking the theatre industry in the future.

71 MIN2019 NOV 1
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#175 - Andrew Kushnir

Latest Episodes

#184 - Lauren Ritchie

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Lauren Ritchie. Lauren Ritchie is a dance educator, choreographer, and host of the Dance Podcast. In our conversation today we discuss the differences between the ways she was taught to dance and how dance educators are teaching their students now, the importance of having a holistic approach to your training no matter what you are training for, as well as her relationship with goals and the benefits that come from distilling down what the actual intention or want is behind our goals. We also discuss the work she is currently doing with regards to mental skills training and her focus on bringing the not only the physical but also emotional and mental intricacies of dance into alignment, her experiences hosting the Dance Podcast and what she has learned through the process, as well as where she hopes to see certain conversations around arts-based training and education headed in the future.

91 MIN1 d ago
Comments
#184 - Lauren Ritchie

#183 - Douglas Walker

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Douglas Walker. Douglas Walker is an actor, singer, and dancer originally from Scotland. In our conversation today we discuss how he was introduced to theatre and the path that lead him to pursue it professionally, what he learned from his time in school both as a dancer as well as at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, and what the main similarities and differences are between theatre in the UK and theatre in Canada. We also discuss his experience moving to Canada and how he has gone about developing connections and meeting a wide range of artists in the Canada theatre community, what he has learned from his experience understudying both here in Canada and in the UK, as well as the types of conversations he hopes continue to be had in the industry and where he hopes to see theatre in Canada headed in the future.

70 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#183 - Douglas Walker

#182 - Kalie Hunter

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Kalie Hunter. Kalie Hunter is a performer, teacher, adjudicator, and is also one of the owners of Metro Movement in Toronto. In our conversation today we discuss her experiences growing up in B.C. and how she was introduced to the world of dance at a young age, how the dance industry and theatre industry in Canada differ and what each industry can learn from the other, as well as her transition into musical theatre and the advice she would give other dancers looking to diversify their skill sets and identify as musical theatre performers. We also discuss some of her most positive performing experiences and how she has developed her dance captain/understudy techniques, the process of taking over ownership of Metro Movement and what she has learned through the process, as well as how her experience working to find a balance between having a family and a career in the theatre industry in Canada.

84 MINAPR 29
Comments
#182 - Kalie Hunter

#181 - Kira Campbell

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Kira Campbell. Kira Campbell is the Artistic Associate and Production Manager of Stage West Calgary. In our conversation today we discuss how the mindset of “How hard can it be?” has helped shape her career, how she got involved in the theatre world and what she learned from her time in school, as well as what brought her to Calgary and the importance of exploring as many aspects of the theatre industry as you can. We also discuss what goes into planning a season at Stage West and how it differs from other theatres, how the team she has cultivated at Stage West works with the community to seek out mutually beneficial collaborations, as well as the advice she would give artists currently working in the theatre industry and where she sees the industry in Canada headed in the future.

81 MINAPR 24
Comments
#181 - Kira Campbell

#180 - Craig Hall

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Craig Hall. Craig Hall is the Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre in Calgary. In our conversation today we discuss how he was not introduced to theatre until university and how this has shaped his career path, what initial aspects of theatre drew him to the theatre industry and the importance of diversifying your skill sets, as well as maintaining an objective view of the types of work you want to pursue in the industry. We also discuss the various companies he has started/worked for and the advice he would give others looking to follow a similar path, his work as the Artistic Director of Vertigo Theatre and the importance of communication when it comes to developing trust with your audiences, as well as where he hopes to see the theatre community in Calgary and Canada as a whole headed in the future.

74 MINAPR 16
Comments
#180 - Craig Hall

#179 - Daryl Cloran

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Daryl Cloran. Daryl Cloran is the Artistic Director for the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. In our conversation today we discuss some of the shows that happened this past season including Ring of Fire and The Color Purple, how the Citadel is working to engage new audiences in Edmonton and what they have learned through the process, as well as the importance of not only inviting non-traditional theatre audiences to be a part of the conversation but also doing everything you can to make sure they feel welcome. We also discuss some of the upcoming shows in the season and what goes into how he structures a season, the work that he is doing to bring shows such as Hadestown and Six to the Citadel and the benefits that come with it not only for the audiences but for artists in the Canadian theatre industry, as well as some of his goals for the coming year and how he hopes to see both the Citadel and the Canadian theatre industry as a whole continue to evolve.

62 MINAPR 9
Comments
#179 - Daryl Cloran

#178 - Year In Review (2019)

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down and do something a little different. Inspired by the incredible creativity I am seeing online from the theatre community during the COVID-19 pandemic, I discuss what I have seen and the things I have learned from the countless talented artists I have had the pleasure of watching perform over the past year. I also discuss trends, patterns, and themes I am seeing in the Canadian theatre industry, the artists that I have crossed paths with and the huge amount of talent and innovation we have in our industry, as well as where I see theatre in Canada headed in the future.

62 MINAPR 3
Comments
#178 - Year In Review (2019)

#177 - Zoë Glassman

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Zoë Glassman. Zoë Glassman is an Edmonton based actor, dancer, theatre creator, and producer. In our conversation today we discuss the Edmonton theatre community and how it engages emerging theatre artists through festivals such as the Edmonton Fringe, the type of theatre work that speaks to her and how it has shifted her priorities in the industry, as well as both the differences and similarities between the Edmonton and Calgary arts communities. We also discuss how the benefits that come from running small grassroots showcase/workshop style nights and how they help strengthen both the work and the community, some of the upcoming theatre work she is doing and how she hopes to continue to create work that engages non-traditional theatre audiences, as well as the things she has learned from stepping away from the theatre industry and the conversations she hopes continue to happen in the industry with regards to visibility and diversity in Canadian theatre.

100 MIN2019 DEC 7
Comments
#177 - Zoë Glassman

#176 - Leon Willey

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Leon Willey. Leon Willey is an actor based out of Saskatoon who most recently starred as Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. In our conversation today we discuss his experiences growing up in British Columbia and what is unique about the west coast when it comes to the arts, how he got involved in theatre and the path that lead him into pursuing a career in the arts, as well as the things he has tried to continue foster in himself to help him sustain a career in this industry. We also discuss the things that as artists we can hold onto to ground us in the work we do on stage, his move to Saskatoon and what he has learned from being based in Saskatchewan, as well as how he tries to navigate the industry and where he hopes to see theatre in Canada headed in the future.

83 MIN2019 NOV 9
Comments
#176 - Leon Willey

#175 - Andrew Kushnir

EIn this week’s episode, I sit down with Andrew Kushnir. Andrew Kushnir is an actor, director, and playwright with a keen interest in verbatim theatre. He is also playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre, the creative director of Project: Humanity, and his most recent verbatim play Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope premiered at Crow’s Theatre this past February. In our conversation today we discuss the importance of relationships and trust in the both work he does with verbatim theatre as well as in our industry as a whole, how as a director he tries to navigate the relationship with the audience and the space a piece of theatre is being performed in, as well as the idea of “the circle” and it’s importance in how we interact with each other. We also discuss his latest play Towards Youth, that challenges of having adults portray children onstage and the important discussions around not assuming we automatically understand a young person’s experiences because we were once young, as well as how we continue to develop a meaningful relationship with audiences and where he sees this growth taking the theatre industry in the future.

71 MIN2019 NOV 1
Comments
#175 - Andrew Kushnir
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