Kieran ‘English Kieran’ Kaye

Kieran KayeOur beloved English Kieran is leaving us for the verdant pastures of his homeland and we are dedicating this entire final episode of our season to giving him a proper send off. Prodigal son Matty Blake returns to join Dan as host and manages to not make a single Benedict Arnold joke! Tune in for multiple special guests, highlights from Grinds past, heartfelt goodbyes, and other surprises.  We love you Kieran and miss you already.  Long live the queen!

Brian Avers

Brian Avers Headshot Pro 1 lo resYes we’ve been away for a while but we have a darn good reason: Prepping the amazing last two episodes of this season of the Actor’s Grind! The first of the two, which we are proud to present here, boasts the incredibly talented actor Brian Avers AND a huge announcement from English Kieran.

Brian’s directorial debut, celebrated indie comedy The Weekend is now available on iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Instant.  (Watch that sucker, it’s awesome!)
As an actor, Brian has regularly performed on & off Broadway, including The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Tom Stoppard’s Rock N Roll, King Lear at the Public opposite Kevin Kline, Becky Shaw at South Coast Rep, and originated roles in Completeness by Itamar Moses at Playwright’s Horizons and The Explorer’s Club by Nell Benjamin at Manhattan Theater Club. TV & film appearances include Julie/Julia, Gigantic, In Lieu of Flowers, “Castle”, “The Closer”, “Person of Interest”, “Blue Bloods”, “Golden Boy”, “Medium”, and recurring character Agent Renko on “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
Brian is also the producer and co-host of a profane and passionate Ohio State football podcast, The Buckeye Brothers, which can be found on iTunes or

As for the second episode, our grand season finale, stay tuned it will be out before the New Year!

Henry Strozier

Henry StrozierThis heart-warming interview discusses a lifetime of acting from our guest Henry Strozier. From being in the army to featuring in huge blockbuster movies, this man has done it all. A very genuine interview from a true southern gentleman. Dan also talks Puppy Bowl and English Kieran has some stories from Nashville! Enjoy.

Natalie Knepp

Natalie KneppFresh off shooting her latest feature – in which she stars opposite Anna Kendrick – the beautiful and talented Natalie Knepp is here to talk about her extraordinary career.  Natalie credits so much of her success to the support of her mom that it inspired our theme for the day: the role of family in an actor’s career.  Don’t miss this very special and emotional interview.
Plus! Find out why this podcast begins in Kieran’s bedroom with him and Dan sweating profusely. (Hint: it’s not because they had sex, you dirty bird) Plus a new Katherine Heller segment, Kieran earns another $20, and the most entertaining trip to pickup Chinese takeout ever recorded.

Julia Grob

Julia GrobJulia Grob is the co-creator and lead actor of “East WillyB,” an original web series named the “Latino Show for the New Generation” by the New York Times.  Named one of 25 emerging theater artists by Kevin Spacey, Julia has appeared on screen opposite Rosie Perez, Andre Royo (“The Wire”), and Jaime Tirelli (“Girl Fight”) and onstage opposite Kathy Najimy, Billy Crudup, and Jason Biggs. If that weren’t enough to keep her plate full, she’s also a Fellow of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Latino Producers Academy and Latino Artist Mentoring Program. In short, a kick-ass guest who has taken her career into her own hands and is here to share her story.  Listen in!

Stephanie J. Block

Stephanie J. BlockBroadway star Stephanie J. Block joins us on the Grind this week!

This indisputably charming and multi-talented stage powerhouse takes us on a riveting and inspiring journey through her career. Among countless highlights, Stephanie shares her experience originating the character of Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, starring opposite Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, and earning a Tony nomination for The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Plus a surprise guest pops up for the Danny’s Sack segment and Katharine Heller talks Broadway. All this and more on another sparkling new episode of Actor’s Grind!

Stacy Gallo

Stacy GalloListen up actors this week’s guest is speaking DIRECTLY to you. We’re thrilled to welcome our first-ever Casting Director guest: Stacy Gallo. This commercial casting powerhouse has seen it all, and shares her industry insight with us on this very special episode.

Our topic is – what else -THE AUDITION, also explored in an great new “What the Heller” segment. Plus the prodigal son returns! Stacy’s visit is so big that it brings Matty B temporarily out of retirement!  Not sure how to get rid of him now, suggestions welcome.

Michael Izquierdo

Michael IzquierdoMichael Izquierdo has produced an acclaimed feature film, been directed by Martin Scorcese, and starred on Broadway. So what’s the logical next step in his career? The requisite Actor’s Grind interview of course! Join us as Michael graces our studio with his story of success and perseverance, tying it all beautifully into our topic this week: CHOICES.  You’ll soon understand why by interview’s end we dub him “The Shark.” Plus! Katharine Heller stops by to reveal the winner of her jingle contest, we attempt the most awkward Kieran Challenge yet, and Dan defends his unflinching love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Tune in!

Carl Bishop

Carl BishopThe worlds of acting and music have been intertwined for as long as they’ve existed. High time we made this an episode theme!  With music as our through-line, join us and guest Carl Bishop as we as we hear his amazing journey from drummer to opera singer to radio DJ to voice artist back to drummer again.  Plus!  We present musical submissions from our three finalists for the Katherine Heller jingle contest!  (Spoiler alert: one’s from a former host of the podcast) Later, we explore a serious question: how does the industry’s lingering, unfortunate reputation as a boys club affect gay actors?  And, finally, Kieran turns the tables on Dan during our Fishing for Tips segment.

Please enjoy!

Jessica DiGiovanni

Jessica DiGiovanniJessica DiGiovani is a multi-talented actress who hails from Chicago but always knew she’d take New York by storm one day. And that day is here! Listen in as she shares everything from premiering a play with David Hyde Pierce, to shooting an award-winning music video to how she’s keeping herself atop every casting director’s short list.

Plus! More insight into typecasting by agent Robert Slavin. All this, Katherine Heller’s latest report, PLUS we discover what American word makes English Kieran blush like a shy schoolgirl.  An podcast for the ages!