Episode 527. The Writers Theatre

”Recently dubbed “Company of the Year” by Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal, the Writers Theatre in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe began in the back of a bookstore and in its 25th anniversary season opened its brand new multi-million dollar performing arts venue — which is also an award-winner! Michael Halberstam, Read more…

Episode 480. Designing Board Games

”Set designer and board game designer Alan Ernstein talks about the practice and philosophy behind the designing of board games. Featuring the important of mechanics and theme, popular types and templates, figuring out puzzles, lots of research, games that move beyond roll/move/react, theme park rights, a special appearance by “Ray Charles” (actually, actor Read more…

Episode 479. Designing Stage Sets

”As Austin Tichenor begins to direct his adaptation of Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair at Valparaiso University, Assistant Professor of Design/Theatre Alan Ernstein talks about the job of the set designer and about the fun and challenges of creating a space for a play to happen. Featuring the joys of working in Read more…

Episode 427. Designers Getting ‘Craftsy’

”Things We Love this Valentine’s Week…or more precisely, Getting Paid for Doing Things We Love. Costume Designer and Fashion Educator Judy Jackson teaches online courses at Craftsy.com, and shares the experience of (ahem) reducing her full-length classroom lectures to shorter online videos. Featuring unique skill-sets, highly specialized courses, bad Tim Gunn impressions, the surprising Read more…