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ARTS. WORK. LIFE.

Arts workers are essential, and more than ever, it's important that the world understand what it's like to work in the performing arts. Hear the bold, untold personal stories on workplace and work culture from arts workers themselves. Produced by APAP and made possible with support from the Wallace Foundation.

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The story submission deadline is approaching.
ARTS. WORK. LIFE. is looking for your bold, untold stories for Season 3! Whether you work on-stage or behind-the-scenes, we want to hear from you. The final deadline of April 9th is approaching! Submit your story at ArtsWorkLife.org.
01:26 3/22/24
Tell your story in Season 3!
Learn how you can share your personal story in Season 3. Visit ArtsWorkLife.orgPriority deadline is March 21st.ARTS. WORK. LIFE. is produced by APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) with support from The Wallace Foundation.
01:26 3/1/24
Breaking Out of the Box
Being prematurely judged or misunderstood can be frustrating, limiting and even harmful. In the final episode of Season 2, artists and arts administrators share stories of pushing boundaries, subverting categories and defying expectations.Act One: “Up-Rising” with Emily Isaacson, a conductor and the founding director of Classical Uprising in Portland, Maine.Act Two: “Such Creatures” with Luke Greeff, a dancer, choreographer, circus artist, and educator in Chicago, Illinois.Act Three: “More Than Madness” with Sam Simon, a playwright, author and actor in McLean, Virginia.You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/You can find the resource Luke mentions in their story, Gender Expansive Practices in Dance Spaces: An Introduction here.Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
34:00 8/8/23
With or Without A Net
Content warning: description of sexual harassment between 9:10 and 10:05 and brief mention of sexual abuse of minors between 24:09 and 24:49.The best workplaces provide safety and support for their teams: permission to innovate, protection from harassment, support during difficult times, and a safety net for workers.n Episode 5, artists and arts administrators share stories of how their workplaces either provided that safety and support—or didn't.Introduction: “Starting From Scratch” with Josh A. Campbell, a curator and engagement and education professional in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Act One: “Breaking The Silence” with Lexis Hamilton, a presenter and program coordinator for the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.Act Two: “Lifeboat” with DJ Doza The God, an international DJ currently based in Chicago, Illinois.Act Three: “Strength In Numbers” with Shenea Stiletto, a circus arts advocate in Las Vegas, Nevada.You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
34:17 8/1/23
Outside In
Feeling like an “outsider” can be isolating, and sometimes you don’t even realize the weight you’re carrying until you find yourself in a place of belonging. In Episode 4, a circus performer, Shakespearean actor, classical musician, and Native storyteller share their journeys from “outsider” to “insider,” exploring representation, safe spaces, embracing identity and confronting privilege.Introduction: “In The Spotlight” with Chris Rooney, a circus performer and founding member of the BIPOC Circus Alliance Midwest in Chicago, Illinois.Act One: “Barred from The Bard ” with Farah Merani, an actor, writer and arts educator in Los Angeles, California.Act Two: “Into the Fold” with Mari Lee, the CEO and artistic director of Salon Séance in New York, New York.Act Three: “Walking Between Worlds” with Leland Faulkner, a performing artist and arts educator. He lives in Maine on Mi'kmaq‎, Penobscot‎, Passamaquoddy‎ and Abenaki‎ tribal land.You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
36:13 7/25/23
For The Kids
Content warning: brief mentions of gun violence, suicide and child molestation between 18:16 and 19:32.Whether you are an arts worker and parent, share your art with kids, or see arts education as vital, the intersection of kids and the arts can be joyful and challenging. In Episode 3, hear from a circus artist, drag performer and a clogger.From the Intro: Watch the hilarious video of children reacting to the Opera on Max Grossman’s TikTok account: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.tiktok.com/@maxigrossman/video/7253994878726802734&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1689570168290561&usg=AOvVaw1pqWG05J4RM0YCpKgiuISTAct One: “High Stress on the High Wire” with Amancay Kugler, the executive director of Yes Ma’am Circus in Chicago, Illinois.Act Two: “A Magical Existence” with Beatrice Thomas, a creative producer, drag performer and educator, and former director of Drag Queen Story Hour in California.Act Three: “Clog A Mile In My Shoes” with Brian Bon, a clogger, arts educator and director of Powerhouse Percussive Dance in Anaheim, California.You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
30:47 7/18/23
Roots and Responsibilities
Our personal experiences, family history and cultural roots define who we are. But translating our roots into our work can be just as trying as it is fulfilling. In Episode 2, we explore what it means to find your unique voice, to feel the burden of representation and to follow the call of legacy.Act One: “The Roots Remix” with Malou Beauvoir, a singer, songwriter and actress who lives in Brussels and New York.Act Two: Seasons of Change” with Heena Patel, the CEO of MELA Arts Connect in Asheville, North Carolina.Act Three: “Movement Forward” with Dominic Moore-Dunson, a choreographer in Akron, Ohio.You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
28:12 7/11/23
Improv Everywhere
“The show must go on!” is a phrase associated with live entertainment for a reason. Arts workers have always had to think on their feet, respond to last-minute disasters and improvise their way through unexpected circumstances. But the past few years have presented the industry with some unique disruptions. For the first episode of Season 2, we bring you stories about improvisation from around the world including stories about how crises can help you grow, the strength in flexibility, and how too much uncertainty can grind you down.Introduction: “In Tune” with Aruna Kharod, an ethnomusicologist and South Asian performing artist based in Austin, Texas.Act One: “Flipping The Script” with Audrey Rose Dégez, a playwright and producer for CP4P International Productions who splits her time between Pittsburgh and Paris.Act Two: “ On The Road Again” with Gracie Meier, a multimedia artist and artistic director for The Exodus Ensemble in Santa Fe, New Mexico.Act Three: “Stooping to New Heights” with Kendra J. Ross, a dancer, choreographer, community organizer and founding director of STooPS in Brooklyn, New York.You can find a full transcript and more on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
27:56 7/4/23
Season 2 Arrives July 4!
ARTS. WORK. LIFE. is back. This summer, hear the bold, untold stories from behind the scenes of the performing arts industry. Artists, managers, advocates, and educators share pivotal moments in their personal and professional lives.
01:33 6/20/23
Submit Your Stories for Season Two!
Season 2 of ARTS. WORK. LIFE. arrives this summer! Performing arts workers: Share your story with the world, go to ArtsWorkLife.org by the final deadline of May 8th. In this post-pandemic world, we face new realities daily. What’s happening in your work life? Has it changed or evolved? Have you had an experience that transformed you? You don't need to submit a fully-written story. Bullet points will do. You can even send in an audio or video file. If your story is selected, we'll work with you on the best way to share your story, so you don't need fancy equipment or any previous podcasting experience. Plus, you will be paid! We want to hear from all arts workers, so if you know someone who has an important story to tell, encourage them to send it in! We welcome ALL performing arts workers and especially those who are under 35, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. Visit ArtsWorkLife.org to learn more. We look forward to hearing your stories!
02:07 4/20/23
BONUS EPISODE: Stop Talking, Start Listening, Part 2: Young Arts Worker Panelists Reflect
In this special bonus episode, the panel from the “Stop Talking, Start Listening: Finding Common Ground with Young Arts Workers” session featured in the last episode reconvene to debrief and unpack audience feedback.Javier Stell-Fresquez, Lexis Hamilton, and Tariq Darrell O'Meally respond to audience questions about authenticity, “paying your dues,” and connecting with colleagues from different generations and backgrounds.
33:03 3/7/23
BONUS EPISODE: Stop Talking, Start Listening, Part 1: Finding Common Ground with Young Arts Workers
This special bonus episode is a live recording from the APAP|NYC+ 2023 conference in New York City. Arts workers from across the country came together for a panel titled “Stop Talking. Start Listening: Finding Common Ground with Young Arts Workers and the Future of Our Field.”Young arts workers Javier Stell-Fresquez, Lexis Hamilton, Bobby Cento and Tariq Darrell O'Meally discuss pay equity, job-hopping, performative activism, social media, work/life balance, and how all generations can come together to build a more equitable future.
31:47 2/28/23
Bowing Out, Letting Go, and Saying Goodbye
Even a simple setback can derail a career, so knowing when it’s time to change direction – or step away entirely – is invaluable. The storytellers in Episode 6 share their experiences navigating health crises, job transitions, and personal loss and the unexpected and welcomed relief, joy, confidence, and grace that can follow.Content warning: This episode mentions eating disorders from 2:15 to 3:23 and from 5:05 to 8:24. You can find mental health resources on APAP’s website.Intro: “Pushing Buttons” and Act One: “A Coda and A Compromise” with Roselie Samter, the founder and violist in the Videri String Quartet. Act Two: “Encore” with Randall Prestwood, a theater consultant, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.Act Three: “Aha Moment” with Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, the chair and associate professor of dance at Brenau University.Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
28:38 8/2/22
The Human in Human Resources
An organization is the sum of its people, so decisions about who to recruit, who to hire, and who to fire radically shape an organization's work culture. This is especially true in the human-centered work of the arts, where culture matters. The storytellers in Episode 5 put the human back in human resources as they share personal experiences about barriers to hiring, tokenism, layoffs, and what we can learn from other industries before it’s too late.Intro: “You and Whose Army” with Yukio Kuniyuki, executive director of the San Angelo Performing Arts Center.Act One: “Turning The Page” with Emily Marks, arts programmer at the Cossitt Public Library.Act Two: “An Inside Job” with Monique Martin, a creative producer and presenter.Act Three: “Essentials” with Carolyn Van Brunt, VP of guest relations and ADA compliance for The Music Center in Los Angeles.Listen to Carolyn’s poem: https://soundcloud.com/arts-work-life/to-whom-it-may-concernAre you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
27:43 7/26/22
Space, Place and Community
“Community” is a popular buzzword in the performing arts, but how do we truly deliver on its promise? It takes intentional effort to build a supportive work community, secure community gathering spaces, find a place to belong, and truly serve our audiences. The storytellers in Episode 4 share their unique experiences with space, place and community.Intro: “Make Some Noise” with Rick Whitaker, the concerts and theater manager for The Italian Academy at Columbia University.Act One: “For The Record” with Taylor Abrahamse, a singer, songwriter, voice actor and entrepreneur.Act Two: “Stirring The Pot” with Ariel Davis, co-founder of the Arts Administrators of Color Network and director of communications for the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund.Act Three: “The Stuff of Legend” with Andee Joyce, a singer and songwriter.You can find a transcript, episode guide and resources related to all the themes discussed in Episode 4 on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/arts-work-life-season-1-episode-4/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
28:11 7/19/22
From Burnout to Balance: Defying Death and Embracing Life
Arts workers often walk a tightrope between healthy boundaries and total burnout. But can we achieve balance? Episode 3 tells the stories of professionals assessing risks to physical and mental health, promoting work/life balance in the workplace, and finding harmony in arts, work and life.Content warning: This episode mentions depression from 20:38 to 21:28 and suicide from 23:22 to 23:37.You can find mental health resources on APAP's website: https://apap365.org/podcast/arts-work-life-podcast-season-1-episode-3/Intro: “Off Balance” and Act One: “Body and Soul” with Tony Lopresti, a silent actor living in New York City and mime director for the Festival Musica sull'Acqua.Act Two: “Team Player” with Rachel Fine, CEO of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Pasadena, California.Act Three: “Harmony” with Paige Alyssa, a singer/songwriter in St. Louis, Missouri.You can find a transcript, episode guide and resources related to all the themes discussed in episode 3 on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/arts-work-life-podcast-season-1-episode-3/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
26:34 7/12/22
Money, Money, Money: Hustle or Bust
Let’s leave the “starving artist” trope firmly in the past -- The stories in Episode 2 are all about money: staying in the green while promoting pay equity, doing the hustle, healthcare scares, and making money by making change.Introduction: “In The Green” with Lynn Neuman, who lives in Benton Harbor, Michigan and is the artistic director of Artichoke Dance Company, which is based in Brooklyn, New York.Act One: “Running The Numbers” with Thamara Bejarano, the executive director of Open Scene, a Spanish-language theater company outside Orlando, Florida.Act Two: “Out of Pocket, Out of Luck.” with Taylor Gordon, a freelance dancer in New York City.Act Three: “Making Money by Making Change ” with Craig Knudsen, an artist representative and musician living in Berkeley, California.You can find a transcript, episode guide and resources related to the themes discussed in episode 2 on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/arts-work-life-podcast-season-1-episode-2/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
24:27 7/5/22
Inclusion: What Does It Mean to Be “In the Room”?
The word inclusion is heard a lot in the arts industry, but are we truly inclusive? Episode 1 explores who is and isn't in the room, disability and access, the toll of leading DEI efforts, and choosing which community to serve and why.Introduction: “Language Barriers” with Claudia Norman, an independent producer, artistic director and cultural worker based in Queens, New York.Act One: “The First Step” with Lynne Jordan, a Chicago-based singer, band leader, writer and emcee.Act Two: “Unfiltered” with Michael Sakamoto, the performing arts curator and director of the Asian and Asian-American Arts and culture program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center.Act Three: “Going In Circles” with Anthony Torres, former trauma therapist and executive director of Combat Hippies, a Miami-based theater group for Puerto Rican military veterans.You can find a transcript, episode guide and resources related to the themes discussed in episode 1 on APAP’s website: https://apap365.org/podcast/arts-work-life-podcast-season-1-episode-1/Are you a performing arts worker with a story to tell? Submit it here: https://bit.ly/AWLpodsubmit
26:54 6/28/22