Jen Vellenga

Longtime professor, Jen Vellenga has spent two decades advising anxious students who have been convinced to keep a backup plan. In her podcast, she interviews creatives from the other side who live with no backup plan.

38. Dr. Alisa Hurwitz – Give it Away to Keep It

Dr. Alisa Hurwitz is Dr. Drama! Have you ever wondered what exactly is going on with Evan Hansen? Why Sweeney Todd so doggedly seeks revenge? Or why Alexander Hamilton writes like he’s running out of time? As a  psychologist who has a lifelong passion for musical theater, Dr. Alisa Hurwitz offers her clinical insight into …

38. Dr. Alisa Hurwitz – Give it Away to Keep It Read More »

36. Vincent J. Cardinal – Your Journey is Perfect

Vincent J. Cardinal is the Arthur and Martha Hearron endowed professor of musical theatre, chair of the department of musical theatre, and professor of music at the school of music, theatre, and dance at the University of Michigan.  Previously, he was the Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Department of Dramatic …

36. Vincent J. Cardinal – Your Journey is Perfect Read More »

34. Laura Camien – Go Confidently in Pursuit of Your Dreams

Laura is inspired to encourage brave spaces where individuals can speak their truth with the goal of bridging the distance between us. A published playwright, author, screenwriter, producer + podcaster (thesparkfile.com) Laura has spent much of her career building the Blue Man Group brand around the world. She began by helping the original Off-Broadway show …

34. Laura Camien – Go Confidently in Pursuit of Your Dreams Read More »

33. Just Jen: Ditch Complacency & Show up

Jen talks about the dangers of complacency for an artistic life and some strategies for overcoming embarrassment and resistance. DONATE TO THE ACTORS FUND SHOW NOTES Season 1, Episode 1: Becca Kötte DYBP Facebook Community Group Dr. Drama, Alisa Hurwitz on Instagram Season Two, Episode 32: Jerry Jay Cranford Anne Bogart’s A Director Prepares: Seven …

33. Just Jen: Ditch Complacency & Show up Read More »

32. Jerry Jay Cranford – Be Kind and Do Good Work

Jay has made his career as an actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer and educator. He has performed on Broadway (Les Miserables), international and national tours (Les Miserables, Evita European Company as featured dancer, Singing in the Rain as Don, Anything Goes as Billy), regional stages, television and spent 3 years as the Genie in Disneyland’s …

32. Jerry Jay Cranford – Be Kind and Do Good Work Read More »

31. Just Jen: Ditch Doubt & Believe

Jen shares some research on Imposter Syndrome and advises listeners to ditch doubt and believe in themselves. Join the DYBP Facebook Community Group SHOW NOTES Psych Test: Imposter Syndrome Time Magazine Article: How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome Research Article: The Imposter Phenomenon Book: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women DYBP Ep. 9: Grace Douglas …

31. Just Jen: Ditch Doubt & Believe Read More »

30. Speak Your Truth – Kiki Rivera

Kiki Rivera (she, they, we, wrasse) is an internationally produced, award-winning theatre artist, educator, and arts activist with her BA in Theatre and MFA in Playwriting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). Original plays include Puzzy (featuring award-winning New Zealand Playwright Victor Rodger), and Faʻalavelave: The Interruption. Their work focuses on cultural and …

30. Speak Your Truth – Kiki Rivera Read More »

28. When Plan “A” Shifts- Bliss Griffin

Bliss’ career is driven by a deep belief that the societal benefit of art is immeasurable. She believes that too often we value the art above the artist, trading their safety and well-being for our own entertainment. She is committed to creating an arts & entertainment industry culture that uplifts artists in their employment relationships. …

28. When Plan “A” Shifts- Bliss Griffin Read More »