RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2018
The one and only Amy Seeley is on the podcast today! Amy is an actor, an improvisor, a writer, an educator, an empowering force in the Universe, and a founder of Chicago’s Factory Theater — amongst other things. She and I sit down for an absolutely heartening, inspiring, dee-lightful conversation about life, learning, finding your voice, #metoo, improvisation, and a whole lotta other great stuff. There’s a reason why Amy Seeley is a favorite human of many, and you can hear why on this week’s episode of TBD With LDT.
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2018 (day before my 36th birthday!)
On this episode, I once again sit down with Jeremiah Ripley, a fellow MFA Actor at Cal State LA, and this time we dig deep into matters of queer identity, politics, acceptance, awareness, representation, and more. Progress was made in the midterm elections, but our world still has work to do — and some of that work starts by letting ourselves and one another shine, just like mama Marianne Williamson taught us.
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2018
…aaaaand we’re back from Unexpected Hiatus Due to Life as an MFA Acting Student! The past few weeks have been tough ones, not just because of an intensely fulfilling school workload, but also because our country–our WORLD–is in a state of tremendous upheaval. Over the past two weekends, I was privileged to sit in the audience of two theatre pieces that resonated with me strongly, not only because of their own depth and breadth, but because of the intense connection and reflection on current events and current mindsets. Truly, these were reverential, sacred experiences, akin to the transcendent moments that occur in a church, temple, fellowship hall, mosque, or other places where people gather in faith. If you are in the LA area this weekend, you have a chance to partake of one of those experiences — Sarah Mantell’s “Everything That Never Happened” is in its final weekend of performances at Boston Court in Pasadena. GO SEE IT.
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2018
TW: This week’s episode centers on the current national narrative surrounding Ford/Kavanaugh. This was not an easy podcast to record, and I understand if it’s not easy to listen to. I’m worn down and worn out by the crushing weight of anguish and anger, I’m tired of saying the same things year after year, I’m broken apart because every time a high profile abuse/assault case has come to light, more and more people I know are stepping forward with their own stories — men and women — so many, that it almost feels as though I may not know ANY woman who has not experienced sexual abuse/assault. And do you know what would (will) be even more heart-breaking than learning that all the women I know have been abused/assaulted? When I learn that, I will not be surprised for even one moment. Not because I don’t know good men, or because I hate men, but because of the history of our world, our justice system, and our legacy of victim-blaming, shaming, and demeaning. We need to do better. We need to raise ourselves and our children better. We need to do some soul searching as a species.
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2018
Hannah Gadsby’s show “Nanette” is available for streaming on Netflix and I highly, Highly, HIGHLY recommend it. It’s categorized as a comedy show, because Hannah has been working as a comedian for years, but this transcends comedy. This is a Truth in Storytelling master class, a raw and real and intensely human piece of work. It’s theatre and personal narrative and stand-up and it is so damn good. Life-changingly good, even.
RELEASE DATE: June 27, 2018
My summer job this year is working at a Summer Arts program for kids ages 10-15. I’m a theatre teacher, and in the morning I get to do bio-mechanics work with all 140+ students. Being around these kids has thrown sharp perspective onto the current events of our world, particularly what’s happening right here in the US. I reflect on some of the challenges of being a human and an artist in the current landscape, on how we need healers right now, and more.
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2018
Happy Pride Month 2018, y’all! We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re celebrating all month long! Today’s episode is a personal and heartfelt explosion of gratitude for the progress we’ve made, and a sobering look at how far we still have to go. We still live in a world where being openly LGBTQIA+ makes us a target–from anything to subtle microagressions to denial of human rights to murder. Each year we are faced with groups seeking to reverse the progress made towards LGBTQIA+ equality–and sometimes, those groups are within the highest forms of government and power.
Stay strong my family! Together we will carry this torch, keep it blazing bright, and we will illuminate the hearts of humanity!
RELEASE DATE: April 9, 2018
Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman…win! Yes, henny, today’s episode is about one of my FAVORITE things, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Listen up and hear how Drag Race helped get me through the 2016 Presidential Election, learn which Queen I went to school with, and get a micro-mini lesson about how RuPaul’s Drag Race has opened up the LGBTQ narrative to a wider audience while also celebrating the empowerment of finding one’s one voice and choosing one’s own family.
RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2018
What is the job of an artist — an actor, a writer, a musician, a dancer, etc? What do people REALLY mean when they tell an artist to “shut up and do your job?” What does it mean when someone tells an actor “just shut up and say your lines–leave the politics out of it…I didn’t pay for you to mouth off about your beliefs,” or any number of dehumanizing commands? In this episode, I sound off on why this particular line of critique really gets under my skin, and I give a little history lesson on just how interconnected politics and art has always been.