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Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Rep in Summit, New Jersey, explores what it means to make art and culture in New Jersey. Join her for smart, thoughtful conversations with local actors, playwrights, directors, and arts professionals.

Latest Episodes

Nicole Callender: Mind, Heart, and Body

Laura sits down with Nicole Callender—stunt coordinator, stuntwoman, intimacy coordinator, and actor—for a fascinating and inspiring conversation. Hear how the past 25 years have led Nicole to this unique moment in her career and family life, how she shows up for all aspects of her life—and how acting feels like coming home. Learn more about Nicole at http://www.ncallender.com -- Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

33 MIN2 w ago
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Nicole Callender: Mind, Heart, and Body

Jeff Ertz - The Art of Throwing Pickles

Jeff Ertz is a NJ-based singer-songwriter, who has been featured on ABC’s ‘A Million Little Things,’ NPR’s ‘Reveal,’ as well as right here, because he composed the theme song for Local. In this episode of Local, Jeff tells the story of his music, and how he found his way into a creative and technology-driven career in post-production. He wears many hats and has gained experience and expertise in a variety of production and post-production roles, including editing documentaries, post-supervising feature films, sound design, sound mixing, and more.Hear how storytelling is the thing that drives everything he does, and how making music keeps him sane. Learn more about Jeff: http://www.jeffertz.com -- Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

27 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Jeff Ertz - The Art of Throwing Pickles

Emaline Williams: Tilling the Garden

Emaline Williams is a charming, smart presence you can find in theaters all over New York and New Jersey, including at Dreamcatcher Rep and Centenary Stage Company, as well as in film and commercials. Hers is a face you see around Dreamcatcher Rep a lot — helping us run smoothly behind the scenes and lighting up our stage in some of this season’s upcoming programming. Learn more about her story as a young actor in New Jersey, the pros and cons of joining the union early, and all of the sleep she doesn’t get while pursuing a life in the theatre. Learn more about Emaline: http://www.emalinewilliams.com -- Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

26 MIN2019 OCT 21
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Emaline Williams: Tilling the Garden

Betsy True: Art Informs Art Informs Art

On the season 2 premiere of Local, Laura sits down with powerhouse of the New Jersey theatre scene Betsy True. Betsy talks her love of working on new plays, the importance of respect and trust in artistic collaboration, and all of the many ways her artistic expression comes to life, now and throughout her career -- directing, teaching, singing, writing, and more. Don't miss this thoughtful, intimate conversation! Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

29 MIN2019 SEP 23
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Betsy True: Art Informs Art Informs Art

Lia Romeo & Erin Mallon: I am Playwright Hear Me Roar

For the Local Season 1 finale Laura is joined by two guests, Lia Romeo andErin Mallon, both of whom are NJ playwrights. This three-woman conversation is a fun exploration of the play creation process, being a mom and an artist, and what led them both to the artform. For more on Lia Romeo:www.liaromeo.com For more on Erin Mallon:www.erinmallon.net Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

33 MIN2019 MAY 14
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Lia Romeo & Erin Mallon: I am Playwright Hear Me Roar

Clark Carmichael: How To Be a Consummate Actor

This month on Local - Laura sits down with her good friend, Clark Carmichael. They talk about his acting and directing methods, casting adventures, and raising a family. It’s a fasinating peek into the world, art and industry of working actors. For more onClark Carmichael: https://clarkcarmichael.wixsite.com/clarkscottcarmichael Music by Jeff Ertz &John Todd

29 MIN2019 APR 23
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Clark Carmichael: How To Be a Consummate Actor

Dave Maulbeck: Art, Improv, and How to Play a Pony

Laura welcomes Dreamcatcher company member Dave Maulbeck for a chat about his many talents: acting, improv, comic books, and getting paid to eat a hot dog. Dave explains the impetus for co-creating The Kinetix, a comic book centering around teen superheroes with disabilities, and he talks how visual art influences all that he does. For more on Dave Maulbeck: https://www.davemaulbeck.com For more on the Kinetix: https://www.facebook.com/TheKinetixTeamPage/ Music by Jeff Ertz &John Todd

25 MIN2019 MAR 20
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Dave Maulbeck: Art, Improv, and How to Play a Pony

Jessica Joyce on Art through the Lens of Synaesthesia

Visual artist Jessica Joyce joins Laura Ekstrand for a conversation about making art through the lens ofSynaesthesia, a neurological condition that for Jessica means she can hear sound and also see the line and shape of its tambour. Hear how this sensory experience of the world affects Jessica's art, including the story of her amazing collaboration with dancers at UNRULY Collective. See Jessica's work at https://www.behance.net/JessicaJoyce -- Music by Jeff Ertz

22 MIN2019 FEB 4
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Jessica Joyce on Art through the Lens of Synaesthesia

Michael Aquino: Building a Creative Life

Listen to Laura’s conversation with the multi-talented Michael Aquino, a musician, actor, and creative audio producer from Northern New Jersey -- and don’t miss Aquino perform an original song at the end of the episode. Find Aquino at michaelaquino.com -- Music by Johnny Ripper

30 MIN2018 NOV 26
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Michael Aquino: Building a Creative Life

Lulu French on Teaching and Performing Improv Comedy

Hear Laura's conversation with New Jersey actor, improviser, and small business owner Lulu French. Lulu shares what it takes to teach and perform improv comedy -- to children, to adults, and to businesses -- and she brings out some of her go-to comedic characters. Find Lulu at lulufrench.com and her business at rocketimprovcomedy.com -- Music by Johnny Ripper

24 MIN2018 OCT 20
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Lulu French on Teaching and Performing Improv Comedy

Latest Episodes

Nicole Callender: Mind, Heart, and Body

Laura sits down with Nicole Callender—stunt coordinator, stuntwoman, intimacy coordinator, and actor—for a fascinating and inspiring conversation. Hear how the past 25 years have led Nicole to this unique moment in her career and family life, how she shows up for all aspects of her life—and how acting feels like coming home. Learn more about Nicole at http://www.ncallender.com -- Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

33 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Nicole Callender: Mind, Heart, and Body

Jeff Ertz - The Art of Throwing Pickles

Jeff Ertz is a NJ-based singer-songwriter, who has been featured on ABC’s ‘A Million Little Things,’ NPR’s ‘Reveal,’ as well as right here, because he composed the theme song for Local. In this episode of Local, Jeff tells the story of his music, and how he found his way into a creative and technology-driven career in post-production. He wears many hats and has gained experience and expertise in a variety of production and post-production roles, including editing documentaries, post-supervising feature films, sound design, sound mixing, and more.Hear how storytelling is the thing that drives everything he does, and how making music keeps him sane. Learn more about Jeff: http://www.jeffertz.com -- Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

27 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Jeff Ertz - The Art of Throwing Pickles

Emaline Williams: Tilling the Garden

Emaline Williams is a charming, smart presence you can find in theaters all over New York and New Jersey, including at Dreamcatcher Rep and Centenary Stage Company, as well as in film and commercials. Hers is a face you see around Dreamcatcher Rep a lot — helping us run smoothly behind the scenes and lighting up our stage in some of this season’s upcoming programming. Learn more about her story as a young actor in New Jersey, the pros and cons of joining the union early, and all of the sleep she doesn’t get while pursuing a life in the theatre. Learn more about Emaline: http://www.emalinewilliams.com -- Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

26 MIN2019 OCT 21
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Emaline Williams: Tilling the Garden

Betsy True: Art Informs Art Informs Art

On the season 2 premiere of Local, Laura sits down with powerhouse of the New Jersey theatre scene Betsy True. Betsy talks her love of working on new plays, the importance of respect and trust in artistic collaboration, and all of the many ways her artistic expression comes to life, now and throughout her career -- directing, teaching, singing, writing, and more. Don't miss this thoughtful, intimate conversation! Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

29 MIN2019 SEP 23
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Betsy True: Art Informs Art Informs Art

Lia Romeo & Erin Mallon: I am Playwright Hear Me Roar

For the Local Season 1 finale Laura is joined by two guests, Lia Romeo andErin Mallon, both of whom are NJ playwrights. This three-woman conversation is a fun exploration of the play creation process, being a mom and an artist, and what led them both to the artform. For more on Lia Romeo:www.liaromeo.com For more on Erin Mallon:www.erinmallon.net Music by Jeff Ertz & John Todd

33 MIN2019 MAY 14
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Lia Romeo & Erin Mallon: I am Playwright Hear Me Roar

Clark Carmichael: How To Be a Consummate Actor

This month on Local - Laura sits down with her good friend, Clark Carmichael. They talk about his acting and directing methods, casting adventures, and raising a family. It’s a fasinating peek into the world, art and industry of working actors. For more onClark Carmichael: https://clarkcarmichael.wixsite.com/clarkscottcarmichael Music by Jeff Ertz &John Todd

29 MIN2019 APR 23
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Clark Carmichael: How To Be a Consummate Actor

Dave Maulbeck: Art, Improv, and How to Play a Pony

Laura welcomes Dreamcatcher company member Dave Maulbeck for a chat about his many talents: acting, improv, comic books, and getting paid to eat a hot dog. Dave explains the impetus for co-creating The Kinetix, a comic book centering around teen superheroes with disabilities, and he talks how visual art influences all that he does. For more on Dave Maulbeck: https://www.davemaulbeck.com For more on the Kinetix: https://www.facebook.com/TheKinetixTeamPage/ Music by Jeff Ertz &John Todd

25 MIN2019 MAR 20
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Dave Maulbeck: Art, Improv, and How to Play a Pony

Jessica Joyce on Art through the Lens of Synaesthesia

Visual artist Jessica Joyce joins Laura Ekstrand for a conversation about making art through the lens ofSynaesthesia, a neurological condition that for Jessica means she can hear sound and also see the line and shape of its tambour. Hear how this sensory experience of the world affects Jessica's art, including the story of her amazing collaboration with dancers at UNRULY Collective. See Jessica's work at https://www.behance.net/JessicaJoyce -- Music by Jeff Ertz

22 MIN2019 FEB 4
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Jessica Joyce on Art through the Lens of Synaesthesia

Michael Aquino: Building a Creative Life

Listen to Laura’s conversation with the multi-talented Michael Aquino, a musician, actor, and creative audio producer from Northern New Jersey -- and don’t miss Aquino perform an original song at the end of the episode. Find Aquino at michaelaquino.com -- Music by Johnny Ripper

30 MIN2018 NOV 26
Comments
Michael Aquino: Building a Creative Life

Lulu French on Teaching and Performing Improv Comedy

Hear Laura's conversation with New Jersey actor, improviser, and small business owner Lulu French. Lulu shares what it takes to teach and perform improv comedy -- to children, to adults, and to businesses -- and she brings out some of her go-to comedic characters. Find Lulu at lulufrench.com and her business at rocketimprovcomedy.com -- Music by Johnny Ripper

24 MIN2018 OCT 20
Comments
Lulu French on Teaching and Performing Improv Comedy
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