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: 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.
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.
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2018
SO happy to sit with my friend Adam Ferguson: Equity/SAG actor, voracious reader and theatre-goer, and a fellow MFA student in the TVFT program at Cal State LA. Lots of laughs in this episode as we riff with one another about an array of topics. Enjoy!
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.
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 14, 2018
You guys, life gets BUSY sometimes! But honestly, I prefer it that way. Here’s a little catch-up on what I’ve been doing, why my summer is so busy, why I prefer to stay busy, and some of the things I have planned for Summer 2018 — including some LONG held goals that I want to FINALLY accomplish. Thanks for listening!
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: May 21, 2018
The first time I sat down to record an episode about “adulting,” the Audacity app crashed and the file was corrupt and unable to be resurrected. This second time, I was 15 minutes deep into recording when I realized I wanted to start all over again — which I did. Now if that isn’t the most meta commentary on adulting ever, I don’t know what is. Because let’s face it — adulting often deals with losing it all, starting from scratch, choosing your battles, and forging your own path. In this episode I talk about some of things adulting means to me, the ongoing question of “control,” and my own journey of self-discovery and owning who I am.