Broadway 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!
Listen 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 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!
The boys welcome Mark Sarian. Mark is a comedy writer, actor, teacher and producer of content. Mark talks about being a UCB Alum, his thoughts on how to define yourself as an actor and tells a great Broadway audition story. Mark also plays perhaps his most difficult role to date: Matty and Kieran’s couple counselor. Mark is truly hilarious, thoughtful and talented. A great episode full of laughs!
A long awaited, very special episode. We’ve talked film, TV, Commercial and VO acting, and we’ve talked Broadway. Our guest Jamie Effros does it all, plus an area we haven’t really focused on: Jamie is fully committed to bringing live theater to you. ANYWHERE. He truly believes in the power of theater and his life and career are a testament to that belief. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your acting hands dirty, Jamie’s passion is contagious. Despite some technical problems, poor English Kieran has finally been able to post this episode, which was supposed to be our “Presidents Day Special”.
Oh, you might want to wish the poor chap a Happy Birthday this week!
We “give our regards to Broadway” as we welcome Sebastian Arcelus to the show. Sebastian is a Broadway star but ALSO a filmmaker and star of the new show ‘House Of Cards’ with Kevin Spacey. This friend of the Grind opens up about how he trained himself, spending hours listening to musicals in the library, working his way up to Broadway and beyond. A great interview from a great guy.
This is an epic Grind, for an epic guest. John Pankow has starred in some of the best plays, films and TV shows of all time such as; 12 Angry Men, To Live And Die In LA and Mad About You. He’s currently staring in ‘Episodes’ with Matt LeBlanc. We went long on this one ’cause this one is special!
The grind welcomes TONY ARKIN. Tony is a wildly talented actor, editor, and documentary filmmaker. Tony talks with great candor and honesty and he has a unique take on “the biz” being the son of a comedy and acting legend. A compelling and thoughtful guy and a mega talent, Tony has a lot to say that you don’t want to miss.