TBD With LDT, Ep. 32: “Religion, Identity, and Letting Your Light Shine” With Jeremiah Ripley

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.

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TBD With LDT, Ep. 31: “Theatre Is My Church”

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.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 30: “I Believe Women”

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.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 29: “It Takes A Village”

RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2018

“It takes a village to raise a child,” the old saying goes. In our modern world, we could easily replace “village” with community and the meaning would be largely the same. I’m so grateful to the community that I am a part of, because you all show me that there is empathy and generosity of spirit alive and well in the world. I see my community paying it forward and working together for ongoing growth and progress, and it’s heartening. …I mean, I still don’t know if I’ll ever bring a kid into the world, but I know that if I did, they’d be embraced by these awesome communities that I’m a part of.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 28: “Stretching Helps Us Grow”

RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2018

August 20th marked the beginning of the 2nd year of my MFA, the first semester of the Teacher Training program, and Joel’s first year at CSULA. On August 15th, I got word that my dad had a stroke and was in the hospital. He’s doing okay, all things considered, and these past few weeks have been big ones. Balancing the emotional/mental/physical workload of school is already a big journey; getting to be a part of my Dad’s life during this is a journey all its own. This episode of TBD With LDT talks about stretching — how life stretches us, pushes us, and how growth often comes with growing pains as we stretch through and past the discomfort of unfamiliarity. Join me as I talk about some of the discoveries of the past few weeks. And as always, thank you for listening.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 26: TRACI SPRAGUE!

RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2018

This is my favorite episode of TBD With LDT so far, and for good reason. Not only is Traci Sprague the Artistic Director (and de facto Technical Director!) of Center Stage Conservatory in Modesto, she is also the mom of four amazing kids who are artists and activists in their own right. Traci is an actor, a director, a public figure, and she is an inspiration to pretty much anyone who has gotten the chance to work with her. She works hard and it shows in everything she does. On our episode, we talk about “The Wolves,” an all-female play by Sarah De Lappe which just finished a successful run at CSC, and we talk about the theme of CSC’s upcoming season, #thefutureisfemale . This was so joyous and inspiring to record, and I think it’s even more so to listen to. Enjoy.