Thesis on Joan, a new podcast produced by the Broadway Podcast Network (BPN), with hosts Holly Sansom (they/them) and Meghan Dixon (she/her) will make its World Premiere this week exclusively on BPN (BPN.FM/ThesisOnJoan) in celebration of Pride. The podcast will celebrate and uplift marginalized voices in the LGBTQ+ theater community, through interviews with theater artists and professionals.
The first episode of the podcast will feature interviews with Ianne Fields Stewart, a Black, queer, nonbinary, transfeminine, actor/activist and founder of The Okra Project. Hear about Ianne’s many talents, the work they want to focus on, and how theatres can actually show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The first episode will premiere June 24th, 2020 at BPN.FM/ThesisOnJoan and wherever you listen to podcasts. Thesis on Joan will release every other Wednesday.
Upcoming season one guests include: Marga Gomez (acclaimed solo artist & comedian) Becca Blackwell (NYC based trans actor, performer and writer), C.A. Johnson (ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS & MCC Tow Playright in Residence), Sally Cade Holmes (Tony Award-winning producer), Ty Defoe (interdisciplinary-hyphenated artist, activist, writer, cultural worker, and shape-shifter), Andrea Prestinario (award-winning actress, singer, producer and co-founder of Ring of Keys) and more.
Thesis on Joan is a podcast dedicated to amplifying voices from the LGBTQ+ community in the New York performing arts scene and examining the industry from a queer perspective! Join fanqueers and theatre professionals Holly Sansom (they/them) and Meghan Dixon (she/her) as they sit down with groundbreaking theatre folx, from Brooklyn cabaret performers to queers backstage and on Broadway. For many queers, theatre has been an escape, this podcast looks to have open conversations on where we’ve come from and where we’re headed as a community, while queering the canon along the way.
Thesis on Joan will be available on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.
Holly Sansom (they/them) is a queer non-binary transnational and transracial Korean adoptee that grew up singing in the chorus of all the musicals and ripping cast recordings from the library in their hometown in Ohio. They now live in Manhattan and are the Operations Director of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. They’ve worked in various roles as an administrator and producer at the Theatre of Film and Tape Archive at the Library for the Performing Arts, Honest Accomplice Theatre (also as a devisor and performer), Roundabout Theatre Company, and Epic Theatre Ensemble. In 2015 they started an ongoing monthly book club for queer folx that has a custom tattoo flash sheet!
Meghan Dixon (she / her) is a theatre fanqueer and college techie turned theater professional. In her role at on the Rialto, Meghan helps oversee marketing strategy and direction, as well as education initiatives, for Come From Away, Girl From the North Country and the upcoming musical adaptation of The Outsiders. Past shows include SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical and The Prom. A graduate of the Columbia MFA Theatre Management and Producing program, Meghan is interested in projects that challenge expectations, question values, cross-cultures and have the opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences. When not talking Broadway, she’s reading every queer book she can get her hands on and tutoring kiddos with 826NYC.