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Stage Advice with Jillian Keiley

Artistic Directors talk about the drama that keeps us up at night

What are some of the most intriguing challenges that Artistic Directors face every day? Join NAC's former English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley as she chats with Artistic Directors and Directors about the daily dilemmas, tough questions and thorny challenges that come with the job. When your job is bringing people together, how do you keep from falling apart?

Latest Episodes

  • A Quarter-Century of Artistic Leadership

    Jun 08, 2022 1:14:37

    In this final episode of the podcast as her tenure draws to a close, Jillian interviews former NAC English Theatre Artistic Directors Marti Maraden and Peter Hinton-Davis, two giants on...

  • Julie Taymor: Dancing for the Gods

    Aug 24, 2021 56:08

    Jillian speaks with directing supernova Julie Taymor about pushing theatricality in cinema and innovating cinematic language in the theatre. Also: playing with idiographs across scale, the poetry of transitions, gender...

  • Robert Lepage

    May 10, 2021 1:21:15

    Jillian speaks with singular international theatre maker and Artistic Director of Quebec City’s Ex Machina, Robert Lepage, about stretching rehearsal schedules to make space for the “rendering farm”, creating the...

  • Weyni Mengesha: The Unabashed Self

    Jan 28, 2021 48:17

    Jillian speaks with Soulpepper Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha about the crucial vitality of bringing your whole unabashed self as a director, radical gestures of welcome, and theatre as a sacred space....

  • Yaël Farber: The Third Space

    Nov 12, 2020 1:15:57

    Jillian speaks with internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber about the rehearsal room as a sacred ecosystem where the civic and the spiritual collide, vulnerability is nurtured, and unpredictability is welcomed...

  • Daniel Brooks: An Uncompromising Commitment to Liveness

    Jul 30, 2020 47:43

    Jillian speaks with Daniel Brooks, one of Canada’s foremost directors and inaugural Siminovitch Prize laureate, about his expansive and unyielding devotion to process and his ethos (with longtime collaborator Daniel...

  • Jivesh Parasram: Staging Marginalization

    May 19, 2020 43:50

    Jillian speaks with Jivesh Parasram, Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre and Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre, about creating safe spaces for artists, getting past fragility, and the responsibility owed to...

  • Antoni Cimolino: Paying it Forward

    May 04, 2020 45:08

    Jillian speaks with Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino about balancing the loyalty owed to past collaborators with the vital inclusion of new voices, the privilege of mentorship, and the...

  • Nina Lee Aquino: Decentering Whiteness

    Dec 12, 2019 42:50

    In this episode, Jillian speaks with Factory Theatre Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino about wellness corners, saying no with love, and persistence and courage in the face of white audiences’...

  • Christian Barry: Life’s short. Share credit.

    Nov 12, 2019 41:03

    Jillian speaks with Christian Barry, Artistic Co-director of Halifax’s 2b theatre company, about the solitariness of directing, complicated relationships with Canadian humility and shame, and the politics of sharing credit,...