From the Ground Up

In search for artistic, financial, and social stability for modern ensemble-based practices, From the Ground Up interviews  theatre makers from collaboratively creative companies across the United States about how their art is made and paid for. 

It started with a question: “is ensemble-based work sustainable?” Through interviews with ensembles across the country, we get down to what models, strategies, and practices for each collaboratively creative company work for them. Each interview is distributed by HowlRound Theatre Commons. Transcripts and podcasts can be found at the episode links below. Full podcasts are available for download via Apple or Google Play stores.


Season One

Ep. 0:
with host Jeffrey Mosser
From the Ground Up
Podcast, Chicago, IL
Ep. 1:
Ensemble Dynamics and Rural Physical Theatre
with Michael Fields
Dell’Arte International,
Blue Lake, CA
Ep. 2:
Putting a Value on the Work and Putting the Work
in the Community
with Coya Paz
Free Street Theater,
Chicago, IL
Ep. 3:
The Challenges of Challenging Work
with Emily K Harrison
square product theatre,
Boulder, CO
Ep. 4:
with Ova Saopeng
TeAda Productions,
Los Angeles, CA
Ep. 5:
Invited to be Family
with Michaela Petro
Strawdog Theatre Company,
Chicago, IL
Ep. 6:
That Blue Sky
with Stephanie McKee
Junebug Productions,
New Orleans, LA
Ep. 7:
Talking Sustainability
with Leda Hoffmann
Strawdog Theatre Company,
Chicago, IL
Ep. 8:
After Careful Consideration…
with Lindsay Puckett, MD
Medical College of WI,
Milwaukee, WI
Ep. 9:
Creation is a Personal Thing (And So Is Your Grant)
with Quita Sullivan
New England Foundation
for the Arts, Boston, MA
Ep. 10:
The Audience Ensemble
with Rachel Grossman & Colin K Bills
dog & pony dc,
Washington, DC
Ep. 11:
The Living Ticket Model
with Heather Cohn & Corinna Schulenburg
Flux Theatre Ensemble,
New York City, NY
Ep. 12:
The Aesthetic Fingerprint
with Quinn Bauriedel
Pig Iron Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Ep. 13:
No Screens
with Ariel Fristoe
Out Of Hand Theater,
Atlanta, GA
Ep. 14:
Blurriness and Fragmentation
with Julia Rhoads
Lucky Plush
Chicago, IL
Ep. 15:
How You Make/What You Make
with Kirk Lynn
Rude Mechanicals,
Austin, TX