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Have you ever wondered why people are obsessed with RANDOM things? Join childhood BFFs, Cristina & Julie, as they examine the broad collection of eccentric likes & dislikes that people have & how they come to be.https://www.instagram.com/peoplelikepodcast/
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In a new media world where everyone is a critic with a platform and feels unheard if they are not pointing out what is wrong, The Baub Show focuses on what is right! The Baub Show prides itself on celebrating life, pop culture and positivity! Host Bob Merrick welcomes artists from varying genres from acting, singing, stand-up comedy, dancers, chefs and even reality stars! Paired with fresh co-hosts each week, the show likes to look back on career highs, accomplishments as well as career insp ...
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In any Democracy being an informed citizen is key. I hope to do my part by discussing the issues with different individuals on the Gibraltar Politics Podcast as we head towards the 2015 election. Join me, Krishaan Khubchand, and whomever my weekly guest is, as we discuss the multitudes of issues that matter to you on the Gibraltar Poltics Podcast.
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Sex: (almost) everybody does it and (almost) nobody talks about it—except at BedPost Confessions, a live storytelling show based in Austin, Texas. Whether the featured performers are funny, informative, political, or completely personal, the anonymous confessions from the audience are the stars of every show. Selected from our live shows, each podcast features one storyteller bookended with anonymous confessions from the audience that are read (and often commented upon) during the evening. A ...
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Bramble Theatre Company is thrilled to open the Bramble Arts Loft, a brand new peformance space in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Learn more at brambletheatre.org. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Facebook & Instagram Read Melissa's plays on N…
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National Playwriting Month is approaching, and that means it's time for End of Play.®, the Dramatists Guild's annual month-long writing challenge for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists! This is a segment of the End of Play.® interview Melissa had last year with Lily Dwoskin and Jordan Stovall from the Dramatists Guild. Resources Men…
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We're taking the week off to catch up on all the March Submission Binge tasks and also prepping for End of Play.®! What are you working on? Find Melissa on the socials and let her know what you're up to! Happy Marketing! Happy Writing! Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Fol…
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This week's episode is a replay of the hottest marketing tips from marketing expert Julie Nemitz from Ep. 41. Resources Mentioned Episode 41 Theatre Marketing Lab "In The Greenroom" podcast Julie's newsletter Theatre Marketing Lab Content Club Canva About Our Guest Julie Nemitz is a renowned theatre marketing leader & the force behind Theatre Marke…
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In honor of the March 2024 Playwright Marketing Binge, here is the replay of Patrick Gabridge's interview where he describes the ways playwrights can make their submissions stand out. In this episode, we discuss: Why he started the Playwright Submission Binge TONS of tips on how playwrights can market themselves better Resources Mentioned Playwrigh…
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It's Melissa's 10th Birthday! To help her celebrate her once-every-four-years birthday, please rate/review/subscribe/share your favorite episode with a friend. And if you're so inclined, pop in to one of the social channels listed below and send her a birthday wish. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newslett…
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Melissa details her 2024 Chicago Theatre Week Experience. She saw shows at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakes, TimeLine Theatre, Writers Theatre, and Court Theatre, and she recommends them all! Resources Mentioned Chicago Theatre Week League of Chicago Theatres Choose Chicago Goodman Theatre Chicago Shakespeare Theater Writers Theatre Court Theatr…
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Melissa is on another short winter break. Be sure to rate/review/subscribe/share your favorite episodes with a friend, a student, a fellow playwright. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Facebook & Instagram Read Melissa's plays on New Play Exchange Con…
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Amy Lehman from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (New York) stops by the show to talk about this organization and how artists can benefit from their programs and services. In this episode, we discuss: How Amy pivoted from a performance career to a career in law What VLA is and who can use their services Many of the programs VLA offers The types of pr…
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For the first time ever, Melissa is joined by three guests in one interview! Scenic Designers Regina García, Sibyl Wickersheimer, and Maureen Weiss stop by to discuss their book and museum exhibit and drop a ton of wisdom along the way. In this episode, we discuss: The orgins of Scene Shift How they each came into theatre and scenic design Being a …
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No official episode this week, but Melissa will be back soon with all new interviews. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Facebook & Instagram Read Melissa's plays on New Play Exchange Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn Ways to support the show: - Buy Me …
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For another installment of "When the Production is the Adaptation," Melissa is joined by Marcia Milgrom Dodge aka "MMD" to discuss her production and revival of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Olney Theatre Center. In this episode, we discuss: The origins of the "MMD" moniker "Smuggling in deeper meaning" Redesigning and imagining a Disney-bra…
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In this episode, Melissa guides listeners through a comprehensive goal-setting strategy for playwrights and theatre makers so they can plan for a successful 2024, however they chose to define it. ***Sign up for the Newsletter*** Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the…
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In this episode, Melissa guides listeners through an end-of-year self-inventory and reflection which will help set the stage for a 2024 goal-setting session. ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Face…
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Christmas came early this year! We are dropping this episode a few days ahead of schedule to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the release of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The multi-talented Lavina Jadhwani stops by to discuss her adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which was first produced when her script was discovered on New Play Exchang…
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This week Hollywood screenwriter Greg Taylor stops by the show! Greg wrote the scripts for the 90s kids' classics, Harriet the Spy and Jumanji, as well as one of Melissa's favorite holiday films, Prancer, which Greg later adapted for the stage. In this episode, we discuss: How the late great Cloris Leachman influenced Greg's script The reindeer in …
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We are on a festive quest this week, unraveling the mystery of why we can't get enough of Christmas music! 🎄🎶 From classic carols to today's pop hits, we discuss the joyous vibes that make our hearts sing. Join the holiday groove, grab your cocoa, and let's crack the code behind the irresistible charm of Christmas tunes. 🌟🔍 https://www.instagram.co…
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Mike Dailey & Jacob Combs join Melissa this week to talk about their long-running holiday musical, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. In this episode, we discuss: Why Strawdog Theatre decided to adapt this beloved children's book Adding framing devices and length to a short story Casting a show that needs musicians, actors, singers, and acrobatic ty…
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Kate Hamill stops by the show to talk about Dracula, one of her many stage adpatations. This conversation is a full meal on taking risks, making writing fun, advocacy, and feminism. In this episode, we discuss: How Kate became a playwright on a bet with her friend The dramatic question she crafted for Dracula and some of her other works Intentional…
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Happy Thanksgiving 2023! Melissa expresses her gratitude for the past year, reads a couple listener reviews, and invites you to join her upcoming newsletter. ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** Leave a review on Apple Podcasts here and maybe it will be featured in an upcoming episode! Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up …
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This week is the conclusion of the interview with Alayna Jacqueline & Hannah Joyce from the Playwrights' Center, who offer so much wisdom and practical advice for playwrights. In this episode, we discuss: Current trends in playwriting Diagnosing script issues in the rehearsal room Advice for playwrights just starting out Getting out of Development …
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This week is Part 1 of 2 where Melissa interviews fellow theatre artists/arts administrators/podcasters Alayna Jacqueline & Hannah Joyce from the Playwrights' Center. In this episode, we discuss: The Playwrights' Center and its many programs and offerings Who can become a member What the PWC has coming up in the near future The excitement of workin…
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*Subscribe to the 101 Stage Adaptations newsletter* Melissa was elated to chat with Lauren Gunderson about her brand new musical adaptation of The Time Traveller's Wife, which just premiered on London's West End. Lauren wrote the book, & the music & lyrics are by Dave Stewart & Joss Stone. In this episode, we discuss: How Lauren got the gig to adap…
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Melissa was thrilled to speak with fellow theatre podcaster Sean Hayden. If you are not familiar with his podcast, Stage Combat: A Mental Health Story, it is one of the most important theatre podcasts out there. And if you have listened his podcast, and you're not caught up, be warned that this conversation contains spoilers. In this episode, we di…
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The delightful Sandy Rustin drops by the podcast to discuss her adaptation of Clue, which is the most-produced play in high schools for many years running. On the way to discovering Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Wrench, Melissa discovers Sandy's place in soap opera history and their mutual love of cooking. In this episode, we discuss: How…
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Melissa Schmitz chats with the very talented Michael Susko this week about his world premiere production—which happens to be his first adaptation—and also a story that he's loved for most of his life, House on Haunted Hill. In this episode, we discuss: How Michael "got" the dramatic rights to the original film The changes and updates he made to thi…
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Acclaimed writer of stage and screen Jeffrey Hatcher stops by to discuss his adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Melissa recounts the spooky experience she had after seeing the show. In this episode, we discuss: How he was commissioned to adapt one of the most-adapted stories of all time Why he thinks adaptors should bring something new to t…
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This week Melissa welcomes fellow theatre marketer Julie Nemitz to the show to talk about how playwrights can initiate & improve their marketing strategy. In this episode, we discuss: Why having an online presence is essential for getting your plays produced What a content strategy is and looks like for playwrights Social media 101 for playwrights …
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Today we are celebrating one year of the 101 Stage Adaptations Podcast! Thank you to every single listener and guest who have helped make this first year possible! This episode includes a ton of gratitude and a few highlights from the first year and first 39 episodes, all of which were Melissa's favorite. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign u…
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Inspired by a post in a playwriting group on Facebook, Melissa replays part of her previous conversation with Nan Barnett when they cover New Play Exchange (NPX). In this episode, we discuss: What NPX is and how this program got started Who it's for and how to use it (Hint: anyone who writes plays and reads plays!) What playwrights can expect from …
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September is for marketing! Melissa reveals 5 hot tips playwrights can use in their personal marketing. In this episode, we discuss: What a headshot is and is not What to do when you can't afford new headshots or a website How to add value to your playwriting community And more! Resources Mentioned New Play Exchange aka NPX Dramatists Guild Connect…
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September is one day away, and that means it's time once again for the Playwright Submission Binge! Melissa chats with playwright and producer Patrick Gabridge about this twice annual event where playwrights gather in an online community to share submission opportunities with each other and support one another during the intense month of marketing.…
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Emmanuel Wilson continues his conversation with Melissa. (Listen to Part 1 here.) This is a gold mine of advice for theatre administrators and artists. Find your notebook and get ready to take notes! In this episode, we discuss: What the current writers strike can teach playwrights about their own work Emmanuel's ideas on how to save theatre - Yes,…
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Melissa Schmitz is joined by the one and only Emmanuel Wilson from the Dramatists Guild in a two-episode conversation. Emmanuel drops so much wisdom around theatre and advocacy for playwrights and theatremakers. Take notes, and enjoy the background sounds of Times Square. In this episode, we discuss: The play that transformed him and gave him clari…
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Melissa was thrilled to chat with Karen Zacarías about her world premiere adaptation of Shane, based on the novel by Jack Schaefer, which is now playing (in August 2023) at the Guthrie Theater. In this episode, we discuss: How this co-commission and co-production came to be The challenges of adapting a Western for the stage Creating a more complete…
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"The Lord of the Rings," penned by the literary genius J.R.R. Tolkien, has captivated the hearts of millions for generations. Its allure lies not only in its fantastical landscapes and intricate plotlines but also in the profound themes it explores—themes of bravery, friendship, sacrifice, and the enduring fight between good and evil. Julie and Cri…
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Special drop from Theatrical Shenanigans podcast hosted by Rachel Feeny-Williams. Theatrical Shenanigans brings you the second episode of "The Panel Presents." Four amazing panelists John Patrick Bray, Jacquelyn Priskorn, Tony Vale & Melissa Schmitz, led by Rachel Feeny-Williams discuss topical questions relating to the world of theatre! Tune in to…
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Melissa reveals 5 resources playwrights need to know to make their job easier and more fun. These resources include both paid products and free opportunities. In this episode, we discuss: The Dramatists Guild Regional Playwriting Hubs Melissa's preferred writing software How to find submission opportunities And more! Resources Mentioned Dramatists …
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Melissa breaks down one of the best perks about being a Dramatists Guild member: the free theatre tickets you can get through the Playwrights Welcome program. In this episode, we discuss: What the Playwrights Welcome program is and how it works What theatres are currently participating How to add your theatre to the list And more! Resources Mention…
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Dive into the depths of the ocean as we embark on a captivating journey to explore the intriguing question: Why do people have an enduring love affair with sharks? Through an insightful interview with amateur marine biologists and shark enthusiasts Eric, we aim to shed light on the multifaceted aspects of his affinity for these apex predators. http…
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Achievement unlocked! In this shorty episode, Melissa reveals the major milestone the pocast has passed and offers many thanks to all the listeners to helped make it possible. She even names a few. In this episode, we discuss: passing the 2,500 download mark! what countries people are tuning in from the top cities with the most listeners And more! …
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Whether you're a die-hard fan or new to the Vanderpump Rules universe, this episode explores the what makes the show so addicting, from the complicated cocktail of love triangles a to the ever-evolving dynamics among the cast. We also discuss the cultural significance of #Scandoval in our quest to understand the secret behind Vanderpump Rules' last…
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This week Melissa talks with fellow Wisconsinite Michael Cotey about World Premiere Wisconsin, a first-of-its-kind state-wide festival of new plays and musicals. *The festival currently runs through June 2023, but stay tuned for more on this great project. In this episode, we discuss: What World Premiere Wisconsin is and how it started Where Wiscon…
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Melissa is back with a brief solo episode about what's coming up and other shows she's guested on recently, plus your favorite episodes so far and a special request! Your Top 5 Podcast Episodes! Play Club with Amy Wheeler and Paul Kruse (Ep. 25) THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER by Mary Zimmerman (Ep. 13) Chicago Theatre Week 2023 (Ep. 19) Playwright Marke…
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National Playwriting Month is complete, and End of Play.® 2023 is in the books. Melissa breaks down how the experience was for her, and some key things she learned about herself and her own playwriting process. In this episode, we discuss: How Melissa began the project with a major facepalm moment Her biggest game-changer when it comes to research …
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Nan Barnett returns! We are thrilled to have her back because there was so much more to talk about after the last conversation. This time Nan reveals more about her personal story and some of the sacrifices she's made for her work. In this episode, we discuss: What NNPN is focused on in terms of equity and diversity Post-pandemic trends she's seein…
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