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Intimate, personal conversations with theatre’s biggest talents, ranging all across the spectrum of individuals involved in the professional theatre industry. It features both stars and creatives such as producers, stage managers, directors, press and marketing agents, or even the people who own the theaters themselves. Hosted by Alan Seales, part of

Ep20 – Christopher Ashley – Tony Award Winning Director

Tony winning director Christopher Ashley is best know for various shows including Come From Away, Memphis, Xanadu, and All Shook Up and is the artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.  In this episode, he speaks about his time at Yale as a math major who spent a lot of time in the theatre department.  We discuss his career as a Broadway director, which eventually lead him to a Tony Award for best direction of a musical for Come From Away (and even how it is going to be made into a film!). 

Christopher speaks about the difference between the New York and California theatre communities, the importance of arts funding and how theatre brings people together and creates a sense of community.

Interview content begins at 3:23.

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Ep20 – Christopher Ashley – Tony Award Winning Director