The Next Canon Podcast
The Next Canon Podcast
Dani Rei
The Next Canon Podcast is working to Recreate and Reimagine the Theatre Canon. With my guest we talk about their opinions on a "Show that's gotta go!" and the "Shows you aught to know!" Next Canon is all about amplifying the voices of artists and creating change.
That's How We Create Empathy... By Listening
Today Danielle and I talk about the importance of empathy and cheering each other on. We believe that supporting each other and growing together is really a key to success in the entertainment industry! Danielle Beckmann is a bicoastal multi-hyphenate creative based in Los Angeles. In 2017 Danielle co-founded the production company Brooklyn Quarter where she most recently produced and starred in their 2021 Tribeca Film Festival official selection short film, Liza Anonymous. Danielle also loves leading actors and creatives into their full potential and power through her coaching company The Spirited Storyteller. Connect with Danielle @deebeck on IG or visit her site daniellebeckmann.com   If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ IG https://www.instagram.com/next_canon_pod/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jul 28, 2021
35 min
Let's All Get Better at Trying New Things!
Today Cessa and I talk about stepping out of our comfort zones to make sure we can see amazing new work. We discuss the risks involved in walking into a theatre no knowing what to expect! This is us encouraging you to take the risk!! Francesca Betancourt aka Cessa is an actor, intimacy director, facilitator, and producer originally from the Southwest but is now based on the East coast. She has worked as an artist & theatre/dance teacher in Ireland, India, the Philippines, New York, Washington, Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Florida. She holds two BAs from Western Washington University in Theatre Arts and Sociology, and has trained in Applied Theatre at City University of New York. Her work is based in trauma informed social/emotional arts practice, equity, compassion, access, autonomy, and physical storytelling. Folks can find her and her blog at francescabetancourt.com or on instagram at @betandalsocourt She has a storytelling show that's currently a budding podcast called she is FIERCE: stories from the female and genderqueer perspective   If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ IG https://www.instagram.com/next_canon_pod/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jul 20, 2021
44 min
Why So Much Shakespeare? Let's Mix It Up A Little!
Today Kylie and I talk about our burlesque experiences and how we come alive on stage! We also discuss ways to update our dear old Shakespeare and build the Next Canon! Catch Kylie as Moonlit Marie SOON on a burlesque stage near you! Kylie is a queer (pansexual, demisexual) visual artist and performer, typically performing burlesque and circus arts.  They write short stories and are in the process of starting an online watercolor landscape class through the Sol Acting School out of Albuquerque, New Mexico for their new media department. They were a ticketer and usher for the Seattle Theater Groups for about two years, getting high exposure to theater through work. Kylie graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2019 with a BFA in Graphic Design with a focus on illustration. During their senior year, Kylie took Cherry Manhattan’s Neo-burlesque class and began to explore burlesque that way. They have been a stagehand and worn various hats for several burlesque shows over the past three years.  https://www.instagram.com/kylinarench14/ Mysterious influences from Victorian, gothic, and the fantastic become Moonlit Marie on the stage. This mystical tease offers subtle slyness and organic flow that will take you to your knees. Fiercely fluid, and always flexible, you’ll always hope Moonlit Marie will reveal just one more layer - and wonder who might show up next. With acts reminiscent of vaudeville, saucy sweet stripteases, to high elf fan dances and aerial silk flows, Moonlit Marie is flexible, unpredictable and adventitious. https://www.instagram.com/moonlitmarie14/ If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ IG https://www.instagram.com/next_canon_pod/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jul 13, 2021
29 min
I Don't Like That Show. I DON'T LIKE YOU HAROLD HIGGINS!
Today Wilysha and I talk about how New Work totally changed our views as artists. We also talk A LOT about movies and TV in today's episode so if you like Rom-coms, Comedy or Eddie Murphy you will enjoy today's episode!   Wilysha Nicole Walton is a writer, actor, singer, and dancer living in Seattle, Washington. She has trained in various forms of performance such as musical theatre, improv, Shakespeare, clown, and urban dance and has written 2 full-length plays and a number of monologues, short stories, 10 minute and 1 act plays, poems, and group generative work. Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 2019, Wilysha has had the fortune of working with theatre companies such as Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Freehold Theatre and participating in local festivals like 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival, where she has been both an actor and writer.  Though she participates in many forms of theatre, playwriting holds a special place in Wilysha's heart. Since she was young she's always had a larger-than-life imagination and loved to dream of worlds that were vastly different from reality. Couple that with her love for her own culture and others, amplifying Black and non-Black POC voices, and comedy, you get plays that are a whole lot of fun!   Wilysha: https://www.instagram.com/thee_real_alien/ Legacy Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/welcomematradio/ If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ IG www.instagram.com/next_canon_pod/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jul 6, 2021
34 min
Wooooo B*tch It's a PLAY!
Today Nicolas and I talk about planning the most RADICAL production of ANNIE! and it’s barely radical at all! We talk about some of Nicholas’s favorite hella Black hella Queer Plays and Musicals that NEED to join the Canon. We have a grand old time convincing the masses to watch the Zoom Theatre if you’re not planning on showing up when those in-person doors finally OPEN! So if you want to know what Play got us so riled up in the title, make sure you listen in!   Nicholas Japaul Bernard is not a fan of writing bios but has begun the process of accepting they are a necessary part of his profession. A Seattle-based Theatre Artists and Writer, with a slick mouth, Nicholas dares to give the girls what needs to be given, one show at a time. Buy and Stream Jessie Ware's "What's Your Pleasure?" where ever you consume music.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/njapaulbernard/   If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jun 22, 2021
43 min
Do You Want To Perpetuate Harm... Or Humanity?
Today Annelih and I talk about some of our Absolute FAVORITE Philippino/a/x Theatre Makers who are doing amazing work and working their way into the NEXT CANON! There are so many amazing shout-outs in this episode so listen close! Also, stay till the end for a really dope conversation that neither of us saw coming! We Love It! Annelih GH Hamilton (she/her), a 1st generation Filipina/x-American, is perpetually a work in progress, the multi-hyphenate she is currently experimenting with is an actor - storyteller - educator - activist - and - lifelong learner. Currently residing on the lands of the Coast Salish Indigenous Peoples & Puyallup Tribe of Indians, past & present. Aries Sun, Taurus Moon, & Scorpio Rising! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annelihghh/   If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast, please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for the support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION, Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jun 15, 2021
59 min
That Was Nice Maybe One Time... We Don't Have to do it Every Year.
Today Shannon and I go on soooo many tangents! We discuss the hope that the theater community will stop telling the same stories. We talk about how we are sick of stories mocking people for being who they are. It was so fun to catch up with Shan and talk Next Canon and BEYOND! Go get your tickets for The Dirty Darlings Present: LUBE! June 18th!   Shannon Johnson (she/her) is a 2019 BFA recipient from Cornish College of The Arts in Theater with an emphasis in Musical Theater. Her most recent shows are The Diary of Anne Frank as Anne’s Understudy with SCT, and as a co-producer/performer for The Dirty Darling’s show Debutante: A Coming Out Cotillion. Within the last year, she has become a trained wedding planner, learned how to self-tape, and allowed time and space for her mental health. Her current project is co-producing/performing in The Dirty Darling’s upcoming show, LUBE. She is immensely grateful for the loved ones, and especially grateful for her corgi, Cora.   Headshot: Photo by Zachary Johnson Shannon: https://www.instagram.com/theshanjohnson/ Shannon’s Cosplay: https://www.instagram.com/shanaynay_cosplay/ The Dirty Darlings insta: https://www.instagram.com/thedirtydarlingspresent/ LUBE! Tickets: https://linktr.ee/TheDirtyDarlings If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jun 8, 2021
49 min
Screaming, Crying, Laughing My Heart Out!
Today William and I discuss how important it is for the Book and Music to be cohesive in musical theatre. So Many beautiful shows are tainted by a sketchy book. We also take time to remember that THEATRE IS NOT BROADWAY. It’s like the rectangle and the square thing. Broadway is theater, but theater is not JUST Broadway. Remember that the best performance you may ever see could be just around the corner. No matter where you are. So go out there and see some local theatre!!!   William Douglas Johnson (He/They) has been local to the Seattle area all his life. Graduated in 2020 from Cornish College the Arts, William has worked with Seattle Repertory theater and their Public Works group, Showtunes theater, Sound theater company, Village theater KIDSTAGE, and others. Since this shift to virtual for the pandemic, William has been exploring podcasting, streaming, and film.   William’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/william_d_johnson/ Maelstrom Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5Rz4J8UPeiqZQ39nO8tuja If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
Jun 2, 2021
32 min
Few Things - if any - Are Unquestionably Good
Today Anasofia and I discuss how modern canon shows often fall into the same traps as shows from 50 years ago. We need to have more shows depicting diverse human experiences, written and composed by the people they are representing. PERIOD. Anasofia has amazing words on the topic of activism and especially activism in the theatre. Go  follow them on instagram @a.gal Anasofia Gallegos (they/them) is a fat, queer, neurodivergent desert-born actor/activist. Anasofia has worked with Fifth Avenue, Seattle Opera, Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory, and other local seattle theatres as both a teaching artist and performer.  "We must be impatient for change. Let us remember that our voice is a precious gift and we must use it."--Claudia Flores   If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
May 25, 2021
36 min
Sometimes I Have Big Dreams, and Maybe That's One of Them!
Today Shermona and I talk about Breaking up with a show that is considered “Classic American Literature.” We also wonder how we all forgot how to learn like children do, through experience discovery and exposure to new circumstances. This Episode is jam packed with laughs and deep talks ya’ll! You don’t want to miss it!   Shermona Mitchell (she/they)   Shermona is an actor, director, educational artist, adaptor, musician and artist-activist- transplanted in Seattle by way of Kentucky. After spending over 20 years in Seattle, Shermona has had a myriad of opportunities to share her artistic abilities in Oregon, Canada, Turkmenistan in addition to Washington. Shermona is an Artistic Associate for Seattle Public Theater and Board President for Sound Theatre Company. https://www.instagram.com/monalisaturtle/   If you would like to support the Next Canon Podcast please Email dani@danirei.com with the subject line "Support Next Canon" and we can discuss avenues for support! IF YOU ARE AN ACTOR WHO WANTS TO BOOK YOUR DREAM ROLE:  I am an Audition Coach focused on helping artists achieve their personal goals. To learn more about my curated audition training and support and to learn how you can OWN YOUR AUDITION Please visit danirei.com/services  My Social Media: FB www.facebook.com/danireidirecting IG www.instagram.com/dani_marie_rei/ YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRHoR5JcyIyZ6SQ2G1YdSA Website: www.danirei.com
May 18, 2021
48 min
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