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Listen: HAMILTON Alums Andrew Chappelle and Raven Thomas Join SCHOOL, STAGE & SCREEN Podcast

Andrew Chappelle discusses the difficulties of finding his voice as an artist, while Raven Thomas dishes about losing hers mid-show.

Listen: HAMILTON Alums Andrew Chappelle and Raven Thomas Join SCHOOL, STAGE & SCREEN Podcast

A new podcast created by UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni takes listeners inside the entertainment industry with stories and advice from Broadway performers, television actors, movie producers, make-up artists and more.

The latest episode of "School, Stage & Screen" features Hamilton stars Andrew Chappelle (BFA Musical Theatre, '09) and Raven Thomas (BFA Musical Theatre, '16). The 11-part series releases new episodes every Monday through June 14, 2021.
Original and current cast members of Hamilton on Broadway; Andrew Chappelle discusses the difficulties of finding his voice as an artist, while Raven Thomas dishes about losing hers mid-show. From big breaks to national tours, Andrew and Raven share about their lives on and offstage.

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"School, Stage & Screen" is an exciting new podcast that focuses on success stories and fantastic failures from the entertainment industry. Separated by two decades of life experience, producer Brian J. Leitten (BFA E-Media, '02) and Broadway performer Dylan Mulvaney (BFA Musical Theatre, '19) delve into the differences between college and the real world with other CCM alumni like Diana Maria Riva (actor from Netflix's Dead To Me), Andrea Stilgenbauer (producer of Kidding and The Affair on Showtime) and Brian Newman (Jazz Musician and Bandleader/Arranger for Lady Gaga's Vegas Residency "Jazz & Piano Show").

A mixture of Jimmy Fallon meets TED Talks, the podcast is an exploration of transformative moments that will enlighten current students and graduates who dream of using their creativity to jump start their careers.

"I think it's important to show the next generation of filmmakers, actors and performers that the people they look up to got their start somewhere," Leitten says. "Through this podcast we have the opportunity to inform current students and recent college grads about the highs and lows of the entertainment business and share the wisdom our guests have accumulated, so that they can be informed on typical mistakes and encouraging successes as they begin their careers."

The episode schedule for "School, Stage & Screen" is below, including more information on this season's guests. Learn more about the podcast at ccm.uc.edu/school-stage-screen.

With support from CCM, "School, Stage & Screen" is developed by Hyperion XIII Productions, co-hosted by Leitten and Mulvaney, edited by Blake Hawk (BFA E-Media, '12) and executive produced by Robin Hopkins. Learn more about the creators in their bios below. The series features music by Ryan Fine (BM Commercial Music Production, '17).

"School, Stage & Screen" Upcoming Episodes:

  • Ep. 3: Diana Maria Riva (BFA Drama, '91, MFA Theatre Performance, '95), Star of Netflix's Dead to Me | April 19
  • Ep. 4: Nicole Callender (MFA Theatre Performance, '92), Actress, Stunt woman and Intimacy Coordinator for Power Book II: Ghost on Starz | April 26
  • Ep. 5: Brad Look (MFA Make-Up & Wig Design, '88), Emmy-award winning special effects and make-up artist | May 3
  • Ep. 6: Jordan Glickson (BFA E-Media, '02), Vice President of Music and Talent at Vevo | May 10
  • Ep. 7: Stanley E. Romanstein (MM Choral Conducting, '80; PhD Musicology, '90), Dean of CCM | May 17
  • Ep. 8: Randa Minkarah (BM Broadcasting, '82), Co-Founder of Resonance AI | May 24
  • Ep. 9: TBA | May 31
  • Ep. 10: Andrea Stilgenbauer (BFA E-Media, 02), Producer of Californication, Kidding and The Affair on Showtime | June 7
  • Ep. 11: Brian Newman (Jazz Studies, att. '99-'03), Jazz Musician and Bandleader/Arranger for Lady Gaga's Vegas Residency "Jazz & Piano Show" | June 14

The podcast will be available wherever you listen to podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn, Stitcher and the CCM website.

Follow "School, Stage & Screen" for episode details, updates and more: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.


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