Live at the Lortel: An Off-Broadway Podcast

Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation

Live at the Lortel offers audiences an opportunity to hear from their favorite stage performers and artists in an intimate setting – the 299-seat Lucille Lortel Theatre. Guided by host, interviewer, and professional theatre- lover Eric Ostrow, these conversations dig deep into the artists’ work and career, including past, current, and future projects.

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Tovah Feldshuh, a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee, has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. For her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. She is a playwright, concert artist, and author. Her first memoir, LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, has been chosen as a “Must Read” by Good Morning America and was immediately ranked the Number One New Release in Parent and Adult Child Relationships on Amazon. Feldshuh is this year’s winner of THE AUDIE award for best narration of THE GIFT by Edith Eger. TV credits include: Holocaust, Law & Order, The Walking Dead, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend where Feldshuh can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: "Where's the Bathroom!". Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Hand in Hand

Nov 19

44 min 37 sec

Judith Light is known for her extensive body of work onstage, as well as in television and film. She most recently received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Light is currently in production for Julia, HBO Max’s drama series on Julia Childs. She also recently appeared in singer P!NK’s latest music video “All I Know So Far” and completed filming the Peter Hedges film, The Same Storm, and tick, tick...BOOM! for Lin Manuel-Miranda. Philanthropic/Activist Causes: LGBTQ+ rights activism

Nov 12

55 min 34 sec

Jessica Vosk is a celebrated singer and actress known for stirring roles on the musical theater and concert stage. Vosk will make her Carnegie Hall debut in November 2021 in a solo show titled “My Golden Age.” Other upcoming concert debuts include London’s Cadogan Hall in 2022. Before the infamous shutdown, she starred as the Narrator in the 50th anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center. She also created the role of Aunt Val in the world premiere of Becoming Nancy, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Before that, Vosk finished an acclaimed run as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, having played the role for two years. Vosk starred in New York City Ballet’s Jerome Robbins tribute Something to Dance About, directed by Warren Carlyle, and re-created the role of Fruma Sarah in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and The Bridges of Madison County. She starred as Anita in West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony; the recording of the concert was nominated for a Grammy. Her debut, Billboard-charting solo album Wild and Free was released in 2018 and was followed by 2020’s A Very Coco Christmas. Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Food Allergy Association and “A is For”

Nov 5

1 hr 3 min

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is currently starring in “Lackawanna Blues” which he wrote and directed on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club. He also directed the Broadway production, “Jitney” which garnered several awards for “Outstanding Revival” including a Tony® Award and six Tony® nominations. Santiago-Hudson recently adapted August Wilson’s play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for Netflix, which was produced by Denzel Washington, directed by George C. Wolfe, and starred Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Ruben’s directing credits include: “The Piano Lesson,” “Skeleton Crew,” “Othello,” “Gem of The Ocean,” “Paradise Blue,” “My Children! My Africa!,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Cabin in the Sky,” “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” “Two Trains Running,” “Things of Dry Hours” and more. Santiago-Hudson received a Tony® Award as featured actor for his performance in August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” and made his Broadway acting debut alongside Gregory Hines in “Jelly’s Last Jam.” Other Broadway credits include “Stick Fly” and “Gem of The Ocean.” Select theater credits include “The Winter’s Tale,” “Henry VIII” and “Measure for Measure” (The Delacorte) “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” and “A Soldier’s Play” (NEC), “Lackawanna Blues” and “East Texas Hot Links” (The Public Theater). He wrote, executive produced, and co-starred in the HBO film “Lackawanna Blues” based on his OBIE and Helen Hayes Award-winning play. The movie received many honors including Emmy, Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, The Christopher Award, and the Humanitas Prize. Philanthropic/Activist Causes: The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center

Oct 29

56 min 50 sec

Preston Burger is an actor, advocate, and educator hell bent on leveling the playing field for people with disabilities in all societal domains he can. A performer and creator since childhood, Preston has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus (1998-1999 season); served as Dance Captain for Rachel Klein in her delightfully ghoulish dance-theater work The Tragedy of Maria Macabre at Dixon Place; danced a lead role in indie music video Fire To The Ground (The Forms, feat. Matt Berninger of The National); and had his original work selected for the Roundabout’s Reverb Arts Festival (under the mentorship of Jerron Herman). Currently, Preston is on the Advisory Board of EPIC Players Neuroinclusive Theater Company (where he also participates as an actor and a mentor) and the Disability Advisory Council for BEAT Global. Outside of his artistic work, Preston is the Recruiter and Candidate Success Specialist for Integrate Autism Employment Advisors, a national nonprofit staffing and recruiting agency that helps Fortune 1000 companies build autism hiring programs. Before this, he served as the CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics, and Disability Services) Advisor at Bronx Community College for 5.5 years, a role in which he supported CUNY students with disabilities. While at BCC, Preston helped start the campus’s chapter of the CUNY student advocacy group, the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD). Preston has been featured on PunkinFutz’s Wednesdays Live! FB Live series; BronxNet’s OPEN program; Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Disabilities Redefined with Dr. Vaigneur; and Access Champions podcast. Preston earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Theater & Dance from Princeton University; his Master of Science in Education from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus; and his Advanced Certificate in Project Management from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Oct 22

53 min 53 sec

NaTasha Yvette Williams is an American actress, singer, and entertainer. Since she began singing at age three in the tiny tot choir at her church, she has performed from the subway to Broadway. She portrayed Aretha Franklin in “A Night with Janis Joplin,” and has been seen in The Gershwin’s’ “Porgy and Bess” and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple.” Ms. Williams has previously performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony orchestras. Her current recording project is “How Deep is the Ocean,” a collection of standards, and she has released a Gospel project, “Songs That Carry Me Through ... Some Old, Some New.” Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Black Theatre United

Oct 8

57 min 35 sec

Arturo Luís Soria is an actor and writer with roots in Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, Arturo can be seen Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in his critically acclaimed play, “Ni Mi Madre”, which he wrote and stars in. A first time playwright, “Ni Mi Madre” received rave reviews from New York Times and Vulture. The show is playing now through September 19th. Arturo made his Broadway debut in “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry. He played Tano in the World Premiere production of “Hit the Wall” by Ike Holter at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, reviving the role off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre. TV credits include “The Blacklist” and “Insatiable”. He is a graduate from Yale School of Drama and The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is currently a TV writing mentee in Lena’s Waithe’s mentorship program at Hillman Grad Productions. Philanthropic/Activist Causes: Youth Theater Education in Marginalized Communities

Oct 1

57 min 29 sec

Phylicia Rashad, an accomplished actress and stage director, became a household name when she portrayed Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” a character whose enduring appeal has earned numerous awards and honors for over two decades. Her film and television credits include: “A Fall from Grace,” “Creed” and “Creed II,” “For Colored Girls,” “Soul,” “Jingle Jangle,” “Black Box,” “This is Us” (three Emmy nominations), “David Makes Man,” and “Empire.” Philanthropic/Activist Causes: African American Cultural Heritage Fund

Sep 24

53 min 12 sec

Nominee for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Nini in Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jeannie Muldoon), Grease (Marty), Chicago (Roxie u/s), The Wedding Singer (Holly u/s) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Violet). She is the recipient of Helen Hayes and Emery Battis Awards, as well as a Gregory Award nomination.

May 28

50 min 28 sec

Extensive career in theatre education, stage direction and conflict resolution in corporate and artistic environments. Ann has had the opportunity to direct on several regional stages including, The Alley, Steppenwolf, Dallas Theatre Center and Hartford Stage and Cherry Lane. She is a published author on HowlRound and has been a featured Intimacy Specialist on many other theatre affiliated panels during Covid-19. Ann is devoted to making both stage and screen safer places for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to practice their craft.

May 21

52 min 20 sec

Works include the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the most produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards.

May 14

56 min 1 sec

Two-time Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee who works in movies, theater and television. Her new two-character play, The Garden, a commission of the LaJolla Playhouse, has productions scheduled in 2021 at both Baltimore Center Stage and The LaJolla Playhouse. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and performed at regional theatres around the country and audio versions are available at Audible.com.

May 7

53 min 10 sec

A sought-after New York vocalist and Grammy winner who has performed on some of the world’s finest concert stages including Radio City Music Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has appeared on and off-Broadway starring in productions like the cultural phenomenon Hamilton (original Broadway company), Disney’s The Lion King, Green Day’s American Idiot, and the U.S. Premier of Bob Dylan’s Girl From the North Country.

Apr 30

55 min 46 sec

AFECT was formed in June 2020 by Karen Olivo and Eden Espinosa on the heels of continued violence and injustice against Black, Indigenous People of Color. Conversations were started in response to the racism that is prevalent in the American theater and it came to light that prominent Broadway names had repeatedly contributed to political candidates and movements that directly contradict the ideals of many artists in the industry. Armed with this knowledge, Olivo and Espinosa vowed to withhold their artistic services from “any theatre, company, or persons who would knowingly fund organizations that perpetuate inequality”.

Apr 23

55 min 16 sec

Triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards for best featured actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes in Hadestown. In a career spanning fifty-one years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. He can next be seen as Gavin Plimsoll in Charles Busch’s new film, The Sixth Reel.

Apr 23

52 min 17 sec

Actor, writer, director, composer, and playwright. He has written for television’s Fraggle Rock, and for theater: Polkadots, Chicken and Biscuits, and Five Points. He has performed on Broadway in Beautiful and The Book of Mormon and is also the founder of The Next Wave Initiative, a scholarship program dedicated to supporting the future of Black Theater artists.

Apr 16

52 min 8 sec

Actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based in New York. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country.

Apr 9

50 min 24 sec

Best known for her portrayal of Eliza Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton – and the 2020 Disney+ film of the live stage recording – for which she was nominated for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Notably, she originated three leading roles on Broadway at the same time: Hamilton, Amélie and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.

Apr 2

52 min 42 sec

Actress, director, and Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Mar 26

48 min 40 sec

New York Times critic whose arts and entertainment journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Vulture, Mashable, American Theatre, and more.

Mar 12

44 min 24 sec

Playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her works include Floyd’s, Sweat, Mlima’s Tale, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Ruined, Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and POOF!. Musical librettos include The Secret Life of Bees and MJ (upcoming). Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, among other awards, and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Feb 26

48 min 26 sec

Accomplished actor of stage and screen who most recently starred alongside Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in the Netflix film adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He is also known for his portrayal of the heartwarming “Mr. Hawkins” in the Tony® nominated musical The Prom and is also known for his roles in The Iceman Cometh and The Book of Mormon. Potts received critical praise for his role in the Tony® nominated revival, The Iceman Cometh. Potts is widely recognized for his role as the well-mannered yet feared assassin, “Brother Mouzone” on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire” and as “Detective Maynard Gilbough” in the Emmy® Award winning HBO drama “True Detective.”

Feb 19

47 min 31 sec

NYC drag artist, television personality, and political figure. Throughout a near decade long drag career, Cummings has been a regular fixture in the nightlife world performing up to 6 regular shows a week. They have sold out concerts at 54 Below, Lincoln Centers Big Apple Circus, Dixon Place and regularly tour the world with Atlantis Cruises. Cummings’s album A Very Mary Holiday features some of Broadway’s brightest stars including Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and Tony Award Nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega. Cummings also appears on Fusion Television’s “Shade Queens of NYC,” on “The Marti Report” on LOGO, “Dragged” on Yahoo! and on The X Change Rate on “The Build Series.”

Feb 12

46 min 36 sec

Stage actress, singer and dancer, breast cancer survivor and creator of ChemoCouture. Notable Broadway roles include First Date, The Addams Family, In The Heights, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening and Good Vibrations. She also appeared on “Smash,” NBC’s televised ode to Broadway as Ana, the high flying, day drinking diva.

Feb 5

55 min 10 sec

Obie and Olivier award winning actor currently shooting a series regular role in PEACEMAKER, the upcoming HBO Max Suicide Squad spinoff series directed by James Gunn.

Jan 29

47 min 30 sec

Actress, playwright, author and University Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. From critically acclaimed one-woman theatrical performances to leading roles on television, Anna Deavere’s acting and playwriting credentials are matched by her deep commitment to social justice, arts education, and fostering cross-disciplinary exchanges.

Jan 15

53 min 9 sec

White & Kendall are the creators of the visual album Capsule, which will receive its world premiere at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival 2021, beginning Jan. 6

Jan 11

47 min 55 sec

Writers, actors, and directors who are the authors of Coal Country (NYT Critic’s Pick, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, two Drama Desk nominations); The Exonerated (Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First, and Herald Angel Awards) and its award-winning TV movie adaptation starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, and Delroy Lindo; as well as Aftermath (NYTW; NYT Critic’s Pick, two Drama League nominations). Author and director of the recent play The Line at Public Theater.

Jan 8

56 min 55 sec

New York based actor who will next star in the Showtime series The Good Lord Bird. He has also starred off-Broadway at the highly acclaimed Public Theatre in NYC (Much Ado About Nothing, Tiny Beautiful Things) before turning to television where he has been seen on TV shows such as Madam Secretary, Blindspot and The Path.

Dec 2020

46 min 51 sec

Grammy-nominated singer, writer, and performer whose self-hosted Holidelic: Home with Papadelic Christmas party premieres virtually on December 17 at 8PM EST.

Dec 2020

49 min 50 sec

Olivier Award-winning playwright whose most recent play DANA H. was at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. Lucas received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Play with A Doll’s House, Part 2.

Dec 2020

47 min 52 sec

Olivier Award-winning playwright and the showrunner of P-VALLEY, a new Starz drama based on her play Pussy Valley. Katori is also the bookwriter and co-producer of West End and Broadway hit, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

Dec 2020

38 min 57 sec

Drama Desk Award winner, having created the role of Daniela, the saucy hairdresser, in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, In The Heights. Last seen on Broadway playing the role of Peppina in The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams. Recently hailed by critics as “radiant” and “incandescent” for her portrayal of Judy Holliday in the Off-Broadway premiere of Smart Blonde by Willy Holtzman. Cast as Fausta in the upcoming Stephen Spielberg film adaptation of West Side Story.

Nov 2020

50 min 23 sec

Arab-American playwright with several off-Broadway premieres including The Black Eyed directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, Roar the first play about the Arab-American experience to be produced off-Broadway and The Strangest. Currently developing a new screenplay, As Soon As Impossible for the Arab-American actor Jamie Farr, based on the play commissioned by Second Stage and Time Warner. Current Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Nov 2020

54 min 1 sec

Television, film, and stage actor most recently playing “Satine” in Moulin Rouge, The Musical. Tony Award winning performance as “Anita” in Broadway revival of West Side Story. Off-Broadway credits include Murder Ballad at the Manhattan Theater Club, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at 2nd Stage, and The Miracle Brothers at the Vineyard Theatre.

Nov 2020

55 min 5 sec

Iranian American actor, writer, filmmaker, and Transgender activist. Star and writer of “Transit,” a short film about love between a trans woman and a cis man, coming out in 2021. Stage performances include She,He,Me for National Queer Theater, and the award winning show, One Woman.

Nov 2020

50 min 50 sec

Tony Award-winning actor on stage, television, and film with more than twenty years in daytime television, 9 Broadway shows, and numerous award-winning Off-Broadway credits. Currently writing, producing, directing, and acting in Red Pill, a socio-political horror film.

Oct 2020

54 min

Actor, recording artist, producer, and theater arts teacher. Most recently seen as Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, In Transit, and Allegiance. Television credits include Wes the Warbler on Glee, as well as guest star appearances on Instinct, Odd Mom Out, Deadbeat and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Oct 2020

54 min 43 sec

Transgender actor, writer, and human rights advocate recently seen in safeword., Red Emma and the Mad Monk. Core trainer with The Transgender Training Institute and the founder of The Trans Literacy Project.

Oct 2020

56 min 40 sec

NAACP and OBIE Award Winner and Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Received the Best Actor award and AUDELCO Nominations for his performances in Macbeth, Trojan Women, and Romeo and Juliet with The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Recently starred as Special Agent Jerry Donavan on POWER, the number one show on the Starz cable network.

Oct 2020

55 min 26 sec

Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theater World, and Clarence Derwent winner for his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. Recent television credits include “Whiterose” in Mr. Robot (Emmy and Critic’s Choice nominations), Gotham, American Horror Story, and Comedy Central’s Awkwafina is Nora From Queens.

Oct 2020

59 min 47 sec

Tony Award nominated actor and singer known for her roles in Ruined, Saint Joan, A Doll’s House Part 2, and SMASH. Newest single “What I Said” was released on June 18.

Jun 2020

39 min 31 sec

Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, Drama Desk and two-time Tony Award winning actress known for her role in The Real Thing and The Good Wife.

May 2020

46 min 45 sec

Emily Davis (Lead Actress in a Play, Is This a Room) Edmund Donovan (Lead Actor in a Play, Greater Clements) Francis Jue (Featured Actor in a Play, Cambodian Rock Band) Deirdre O'Connell (Solo Show, Dana H.) Michele Pawk (Featured Actress in a Play, Heroes of the Fourth Turning)

May 2020

1 hr 9 min

Christian Borle (Featured Actor in a Musical, Little Shop of Horrors) Grace McLean (Lead Actress in a Musical, In the Green) John-Andrew Morrison (Featured Actor in a Musical, A Strange Loop) Larry Owens (Lead Actor in a Musical, A Strange Loop) Kuhoo Verma (Featured Actress in a Musical, Octet)

May 2020

1 hr 5 min

Lucille Lortel award-winning author of Buyer & Cellar which has had over a hundred productions and was shown on the WNET series, Theater Close-Up.

May 2020

39 min 48 sec

Emmy award-winning actress & Grammy nominee for Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE NBC who is also the recipient of two Helen Hayes awards, Broadway World award, and Jeff Award; Recently seen Off-Broadway in Emojiland

May 2020

37 min 7 sec

American theatre director, filmmaker, and playwright who recently directed Little Shop of Horrors Off-Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2007 for Spring Awakening.

Apr 2020

50 min 26 sec

Four time Tony Award nominee who most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Trevor Nunn directed production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in London’s West End for which she received 2020 Olivier Award nomination.

Apr 2020

48 min 38 sec

Two-time Lortel award-winning actor who has also been the recipient of multiple Obie and Drama Desk awards. TV: Ugly Betty, The Good Wife; Broadway/Off-Broadway: Grand Horizons, Torch Song

Apr 2020

47 min 25 sec