I’m Marc Smith and I'm really glad you’re here. When I visit a website, one of my first and favorite places to visit is the “About” page.
I want to know where the person who owns the site is coming from and what it’s all about. I’m sometimes disappointed when the page is only a resume bio of the site owner.
With that in mind, I’m going to start with what this site is “about”, and what you should expect.
what is talking theater?
TalkingTheater.com celebrates theater! It’s really that simple.
It’s about theater people talking theater for those who love theater.
My goal is to introduce you weekly to artists who are making a life in theater. They'll tell you their stories about their career, their craft, and their community.
So, we’re not just talking – we’re talking theater!
I also want to build a community of energetic advocates who discuss what theater means and the role it can play today:
- What can we do to engage one another?
- How do we include everyone?
- What do we do to break down barriers and open up access ?
- And, how do we advocate for theater as an essential good and model of empathy in our communities?
So, if you love theater, telling stories, and hearing from others working in the theater every day, then talking theater is for you.
And, if you want to contribute your important voice to building a vibrant, inclusive theater community wherever you are, then talking theater is for you.
who is marc smith?
Since winning my elementary school talent show in the 4th grade with a sketch called, Marc and his Car Troubles (hey, we beat the 8th graders!), I’ve loved being on the stage telling stories.
After being inspired by an amazing theater teacher in high school, I studied theatre directing at Arizona State University. I was influenced again by more great theater teachers, including Victoria Holloway and Marshall W Mason.
I’ve had the pleasure of being an actor, director, and teacher. I’ve worked onstage, backstage, front of house, and in the booth creating amazing (and a few not-so-amazing) stories for audiences across the U.S.
Now, I’m excited to host a podcast for you doing one of my favorite things – talking theater!
I currently live in the beautiful city of Minneapolis, Minnesota where the theater scene is alive and well.
On the podcast, you’ll hear weekly from theater professionals from across the U.S. And on the blog, you’ll probably see more posts on Twin Cities theater.
talk to me
Always feel free to let me know what you’re feeling about Talking Theater.
Tell me what you like, where I’m missing the mark, what you’d like to learn or talk about, and any guests you’d love to hear from.
Or, if you'd like to request an interview with me for your podcast, or if you'd like to learn more about hiring me to speak at your event, please contact me.
You can also reach me at [email protected]. I love hearing from you!