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Producing Artistic Director, Theater Alliance

Raymond O. Caldwell recently stepped into the role of Producing Artistic Director at Theater Alliance-the resident company of the Anacostia Playhouse. Theater Alliance is a small company that produces socially-conscious and thought-provoking work that aims to lead its audience toward positive constructive dialogue. It also happens to be terrific theater—nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards in this season alone. In today’s podcast, Raymond Caldwell talks about what it takes to create good, meaningful theater that speaks both to the neighborhood and the larger DC community. He also takes us on a journey through his own experiences as an actor and director who has worked in locations from India to Kiev to Berlin...and how those experiences inform his work at Theater Alliance.

Luke Stewart and Gio Russonello
Photo by Jason Crane

Capital Bop

Capital Bop expanding the DC’s jazz audience in unexpected places. [32:22]

Ron Capps
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Author, Veteran, Operation Homecoming Writing Instructor

Ron Capps helps returning service members write their way home. [27:06]

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Actor/ Company Member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From Pericles to Tupac Shakur, Wayne Carr embodies fully-realized characters on the stage.

Liz Carroll
Photo by Robert Hakalski

Irish Fiddler and National Heritage Fellow

Liz Carroll talks about and demonstrates the multiplicity of Irish music. [38:15]

Ron Carter
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NEA Jazz Master

NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter, bassist/cellist/educator extraordinaire, talks about his career playing jazz and classical music. [25:21]

Sarah Cash
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Curator of the American Art Wing at the Corcoran Gallery

Sarah Cash discusses the making of a great collection of American art.

Veronica Castillo
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Clay Artist, 2013 National Heritage Fellow

In Translation: Verónica Castillo expands a traditional Mexican art form, the Tree of Life, to express the need for social justice in the 21st century.

Daisy Castro
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Gypsy Jazz Violinist

16 year-old Daisy Castro gets to the heart of gypsy jazz. [28:00]

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Poet, Playwright, Broadcaster

Meet Maryland’s new poet laureate Grace Cavalieri. Grace is a language maven: she’s a poet (24 published books and chapbooks), a playwright (26 produced plays), and a broadcaster (creator and host of The Poet and the Poem, a public radio series now in its 42nd year). Her range of subject is matched by the depth of her observations. Her poems about old age can break your heart and make you laugh; she sometimes channels other women’s voices writing a series of poems as Anna Nicole Smith and another as Mary Wollstonecraft. She’s a poetic force to be reckoned to be reckoned with. Now, at the age of 86, Grace Cavalieri has been named Maryland’s new poet laureate. In this podcast, you’ll learn about where she’s been and where she’s going, how she made time for writing as a Navy wife with four kids, her long marriage to the boy she met when she was in junior high school, her loss at his passing, and her plans as poet laureate.

Nick Cave

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Artist

Nick Cave, chosen to participate in the U.S. State Department's Arts-in-Embassies program, talks about his Sound Suits, a unique blend of sculpture, fashion, and dance. [26:13]

Jim 'Texas Shorty' Chancellor
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NEA National Heritage Fellow

2010 National Heritage Fellow, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor talks about the great tradition of Texas fiddling. [25:43]

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Award-winning cartoonist and Big Read author draws the lines of absurdity

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Theater director, playwright, and video artist

Ping Chong, a visionary citizen-artist and six-time NEA grantee, connects racial history to our current unrest in his recent play, Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America.

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Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Division of the Arts

The Twin Poets Laureate of Delaware

Poets and social workers, the twins’ primary audience have been Wilmington’s underserved children.

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