Five Minutes to Places | A Podcast on the Performing Arts

Thomas Karr, MFA Theatre Management Students

Five Minutes to Places is the official podcast of Theatre and Dance at Wayne at Wayne State University. In each episode, we take a deep dive into topics related current or upcoming productions, explore ways in which the creative team dream up each production, and consider how current issues are reflected on stage.

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"My Roommate Is A Wizard" is a new podcast and student work feature from WSU graduate Liam Lynch. In this episode, Blarney, a human, learns that his new roommate, Garth, has a surprising double life that takes "roommate problems" to a whole new level. To stay up-to-date on new episodes of "My Roommate Is A Wizard", follow the podcast on Instagram @Roommate_Wizard Writer: Liam Patrick Lynch Editor: Liam Patrick Lynch Producer: Mary Anderson, James Fortune, Emily Clark   Koala rant: Erik Dankert Garth: Brady Feltner Tony: Brady Feltner Blarney: Liam Patrick Lynch Narrator: Liam Patrick Lynch Music:

May 27

17 min 20 sec

In our final episode of the semester, we chat with Detroit theatre artist Emilio Rodriguez of Black and Brown Theatre Company asking questions about the history of the company, racism, education, and the need to diversify the Detroit theatre community. Learn more about Emilio himself and the aspirations of Black and Brown Theatre in this riveting final episode.  

Apr 29

42 min 34 sec

Faced with unprecedented circumstances that threatened their work and their craft, Asolo Repertory Theatre took their stage to the streets in order to keep bringing theatre to the people of Florida. Learn about the story of Asolo Rep’s outdoor theatre ventures, the processes behind mounting theatre during Covid-19, and more in this episode of Five Minutes to Places!  Episode Links: 

Apr 15

34 min 40 sec

As the arts sector thinks of what "reopening" looks like, arts audiences are at the center. How can people return safely? What needs to change? In this episode, Alan Brown of WolfBrown discusses the work WolfBrown has done to uncover audience feelings on COVID-19 and a return to in-person experiences. He then talks about the need for the arts to get involved in public health and social justice to get back to a new "normal". Access Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Apr 1

35 min 44 sec

Kathleen Normington out of San Jose State University took hundreds of hours of interviews of undocumented students' stories and turned them into "The Dreamer Project: An Undocuplay". This theatre piece recently turned into a film project in the fall of 2020. Listen in to hear how the students tackled the challenge of turning the piece to film while portraying the stories of themselves and their peers. Access Links Mentioned in this Episode:  

Mar 11

35 min 21 sec

Episode 12 of "Five Minutes to Places" features the team behind Michigan State University's "Soda Pop Shop", a theatre piece designed specifically to engage with a neurodiverse audience. Listen to hear more about how they created this piece and successfully transitioned it to the screen for virtual audiences.

Feb 18

38 min 43 sec

Devon Redmond’s story is one of arts of many disciplines, following inspiration, and shifting perspectives over time. From band and instruments to dueling pianos to producing music to telling stories at Theatre and Dance at Wayne, Devon has immersed himself in the world of the arts. His passion for storytelling emerged as he engaged with the arts, and now he’ll tell that story to you in this episode of Five Minutes to Places.  Access Links Mentioned in this Episode:      

Feb 4

27 min 8 sec

With social distancing and stay-at-home orders as a backdrop, the “hello how are we” dance project investigates what this question means today and expresses this theme through dance. Madison directed and choreographed, Sarah composed original music, Azeb performed in the production, and Angelica documented the process from start to finish. The result? An original piece that has great meaning beyond how we live now.  Access Links Mentioned in this Episode: 

Jan 21

47 min 51 sec

It started as the short, silly Tik Tok song "Ode to Remy". This inspired thousands of people to create TikToks with their ideas for a musical. This turned into a star-studded show and raised $1M+ to benefit The Actors Fund. This bonus episode features Emily Jacobsen (TikTok: @e_jaccs), the creator of "Ode to Remy", and Josh Abram (TikTok: @ratatouillemusical), a promoter of Ratatouille the Musical TikTok content, for a discussion on the unique journey of the Ratatousical on TikTok and beyond. 

Jan 4

32 min 29 sec

The Gift Of the Magi – A Christmas PodcastAdapted and Edited by Michael J Barnes from the short story by O. Henry Cast Bella ...................................... Jessica Annunziata Jim ......................................... Michael Underhill Madam Sofronie ................... Cheryl Turski Mr. Conner ............................ Tommy Favorite Shopkeeper Hawker ............. Ryan Bernier Narrator ................................ Michael J Barnes Join us for this special audio performance of O. Henry's beloved holiday story in which a young husband and wife surprise one another after buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. 

Dec 2020

12 min 52 sec

What does it take to help arts organizations reach their full potential? Tom O’Connor knows. From working in the industry to consulting to his start in social work, Tom has built his career on making the arts engaging and accessible through marketing. Investigate how a person behind the table helps arts organizations be their best in this episode of Five Minutes to Places.  Sign up for email updates from Theatre and Dance at Wayne   

Dec 2020

33 min 22 sec

Join Emily and our guests Yuval Sharon, Christine Goerke, Marsha Music, and Eliot Heaton from Michigan Opera Theatre to hear about their recent production of “Twilight: Gods”. Performed throughout a parking structure, audience members watched the production from their cars for a brand-new safe and immersive experience that brought opera to the Detroit community.

Dec 2020

45 min 13 sec

When it comes to digital marketing for the theatre, our episode 07 guest Jim Glaub has seen it all and put it onscreen. Working at the top of theatre marketing in NYC and London. Creating a digital marketing company of his own. Creating a personal brand out of unicorns and brooches that weaves it all together. Hear about these journeys and more in this episode of “Five Minutes to Places”.  Sign up for email updates from Theatre and Dance at Wayne 

Nov 2020

34 min 22 sec

This episode contains discussions of sex acts, sexual violence, and suicidal ideation. Episode 6 explores intimacy design with guest Dr. Kate Busselle of Heartland Intimacy Design & Training. Kate and Emily talk about the technical aspects of intimacy design as well as what we all can do to create a culture of consent.  

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

Grab yourself some apple cider, snuggle up in a sweater, and listen to the Halloween-themed minisode 3 of “Thank You, Five!” With scary theatre hauntings, terrifyingly funny pranks, and theatre legends passed down through the ages, our host Kymberli will get you into the spooky fall spirit faster than you can say, “Boo!”   Sign up for email updates from Theatre and Dance at Wayne

Oct 2020

14 min 25 sec

When in doubt, take to the forest! Hermia and Lysander did this for love in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and STL Shakespeare Festival did this for love of theatre in their outdoor adaptation, “A Midsummer Night’s Stroll.” In this episode, Tom Ridgely of @STLShakesFest and Javyn Solomon of @PaintedBlackSTL get in-depth on the inspiration and process behind this production. Sign up for email updates from Theatre and Dance at Wayne


Oct 2020

32 min 3 sec

This week's minisode is all about people's favorite audience reaction moments. Five folks share their heart-warming and hilarious stories of the audience’s having honest and big reactions to what they’re experiencing on stage. Kymberli hosts as we navigate through some hilarious and sad moments of audiences reacting.

Oct 2020

16 min 4 sec

In this episode, Emily goes on a virtual visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina to talk to Catalina Huberman, a theatre teacher who uses drama and performance as a vehicle to teach English as a second language to her students. From connecting over life as a theatre artist before and during our current times to adapting theatre games to a podcast setting, Catalina shows us that, no matter where we’re from, we all feel the same things and therefore have something in common.   Follow Catalina on YouTube or Instagram or through her website   Sign up to receive email updates about Theatre and Dance at Wayne    

Oct 2020

45 min 9 sec

Thank You, Five! Minisode 01 In this episode, Kymberli is joined by 8 guests who share how they have stayed creative in the past few months. From theatre to music to diving deeper into hobbies to find happiness, these artists have stayed strong in the face of hard times.

Sep 2020

23 min 13 sec

Join Hannah Zeiss, our host, as she introduces us to the founders of OnLive Theatre, Emily, Taylor, and Isabella. OnLive Theatre is an experiment in finding the magic of live theatre despite our current circumstances. Started in March of 2020 amidst Michigan's stay-at-home order, OnLive has been able to provide an outlet for creativity and fun. In this episode, we discuss utilizing Zoom for online learning and theatrical productions and hear stories about how imagination can still thrive through a screen.  Learn more about OnLive Theatre Learn more about By/For Publishing Sign up to receive email updates about theatre and dance programming at Wayne State

Sep 2020

33 min 36 sec

Episode 2 of "Five Minutes to Places" explores topics that radically affect the way theatre and the arts are presented today. In a world that is constantly changing, how can arts organizations change to accurately reflect their communities? How will the digital landscape of today's art be carried on in a post-pandemic world? Has Hamilton on Disney+ set an example for stage-to-screen productions to follow? Listen in to learn more!

Sep 2020

48 min 39 sec

In this episode, you'll meet the three Theatre Management MFA students who will be hosting episodes from here on out. What brought them to Wayne State in the first place? Which one of them played a pig in her first play? Do they have lives outside of theatre? Find out all of this and more in "Five Minutes to Places" Episode 1: Meet the Hosts.

Sep 2020

19 min 31 sec

Welcome to Five Minutes to Places, our new biweekly podcast in which we’ll explore current themes and trends in the American theatre, discuss show development with the creative teams, talk with community leaders about related subjects, and more. Five Minutes to Places is produced by members of the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management program at the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, under the producing entity, Theatre and Dance at Wayne. My name is Thomas Karr and I’m the program director of the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management and Master of Arts in Arts Administration as well as the Director of Marketing and Audience Development for Theatre and Dance at Wayne and it is my privilege to welcome you to this new series. We can’t wait to explore the ins and outs of the performing arts, how organizations have been impacted by and are adapting to the current pandemic, and what theatre and dance might look like moving into the future. Our first episode will be available on Thursday, September 17, so mark your calendars and subscribe or follow us by choosing the appropriate option from your podcast player. Until then, be sure to follow us on our social media channels, all available from our website, We’ll see you soon!

Aug 2020

1 min 20 sec