Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Listen: Season 3 of THE DRAMATISTS GUILD PRESENTS: TALKBACK Launches With Christine Toy Johnson & More

Season 3 will feature LEIGH SILVERMAN, TY DEFOE, CHISA HUTCHINSON, and more!

The Dramatists Guild of America is presenting the third season of their podcast, The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK, now available on all your favorite podcast platforms. The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK entertains frank conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. It asks the tough questions but doesn't have all the answers. It digs into dialogue that's vital, and messy, and real.

In the first episode, now available to download, TALKBACK host Christine Toy Johnson is joined by Bhangin It book writer Rehana Lew Mirza, dramaturg Natasha Sinha, and cultural consultant Rohi Mirza Pandya for a conversation on what it's like to develop a culturally specific show at a primarily white institution.

Listen below!

Season Three explores the idea of collaboration. This season not only celebrates the partnerships that are necessary for the creation of live theatre, it also examines what it takes to collaborate effectively in this industry. Dramatists will share their own experiences collaborating with members of their creative teams, with theatrical institutions, and with their communities at large.

"In Season Three of TALKBACK, we take great delight in speaking about collaboration - especially after spending so much time apart over the past year and a half," explained host Christine Toy Johnson. "As our industry endeavors to find more meaningful ways to make space for artists from historically excluded communities, it's been inspiring to see how art makers across the country have brought innovation, compassion, and renewed insight into their work. I know that we are just in the middle of the beginning of building the theatre we want to see -- and I'm so proud of the many ways the Guild is here for it."

Next week's episode will center on the Dramatists Guild's new Inclusion Rider. Chisa Hutchinson and Ty Defoe explain their three-pronged approach for how to make the most of the Inclusion Rider and also provide meaningful context for why the industry needs this vital document, now more than ever.

Additional episode guests will include Daniel Gallant, Saviana Stanescu, Caridad Svich, Anna Morton, Sarah Hom, Nicolas Visali, Teresa Coleman Wash, and Leigh Silverman.

The complete third season of The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK is as follows:

Episode One - Launching October 18
Bhangra Meets La Jolla: Collaborating on Culturally Specific Shows
with Rehana Lew Mirza, Natasha Sinha, and Rohi Mirza Pandya
hosted by Christine Toy Johnson

Episode Two - Launching October 25
That Beyoncé Energy: The Dramatists Guild's Inclusion Rider
with Ty Defoe and Chisa Hutchinson
hosted by Christine Toy Johnson

Episode Three - Launching November 1
Artists Without Borders: Amplifying The Work of Immigrant Playwrights During The Pandemic
with Daniel Gallant, Saviana Stanescu, and Caridad Svich
hosted by Christine Toy Johnson

Episode Four - Launching November 8
Artists First & Foremost: Collaborating With The Disability Community
with Anna Morton, Sarah Hom, and Nicolas Visali
hosted by Christine Toy Johnson

Episode Five - Launching November 15
I See You. I Respect You. I Honor You. Collaborating With Your Community
with Teresa Coleman Wash
hosted by Christine Toy Johnson

Episode Six - Launching November 22
A Long Overdue Correction Collaborating with Non-Homogenous Creative Teams
with Leigh Silverman
hosted by Christine Toy Johnson



Related Stories
Tony-Nominee Lilli Cooper Stops by The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales Photo
This week The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales: welcomes Tony- nominee Lilli Cooper.

LISTEN: Rachel Bay Jones, Marja Harmon, Morgan Anita Wood and Jamie Greenberg Join LEADING Photo
Fitness expert Steph Wilberding and award-winning producer Katie Rosin, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, have announced the new health and wellness podcast, Leading Lady Fitness Podcast.

Listen: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine & Alyssa Limperis Photo
Today's episode of Little Known Facts features comedian Alyssa Limperis. Alyssa first trained at UCB, and continues to do stand up all over the country. She has performed her solo show “No Bad Days”, in which she uses stand-up, sketches and even Zumba to look back on losing her father to brain cancer, at multiple festivals including Providence Fringe, Cinderblock and Improv Boston

Katrina Lenk, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ashley Park, Betty Gilpin & More Stars Join MOTHERH Photo
With the pandemic last year shutting down Broadway and other live shows, fiction podcasts such as Motherhacker and Red Frontier provided opportunities for Broadway actors to continue performing and entertaining audiences, via an alternative medium. 


More Hot Stories For You


Exclusive: BROADWAY SINGS MARIAH Featuring Jeannette Bayardelle, Amber Ardolino & More to be LivestreamedExclusive: BROADWAY SINGS MARIAH Featuring Jeannette Bayardelle, Amber Ardolino & More to be Livestreamed
November 25, 2022

Broadway Sings's December 5 holiday concert, A Mariah Carey Holiday Spectacular, its first holiday show for the series, will live-stream from Sony Hall. The stream will be available for viewing until Christmas Day.

BETSY: WISDOM OF A BRIGHTON WHORE Comes to SoHo Playhouse Next MonthBETSY: WISDOM OF A BRIGHTON WHORE Comes to SoHo Playhouse Next Month
November 25, 2022

'Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore” is the winner of the prestigious International Fringe Encore Series Award at the Brighton (UK) Fringe 2022.  Launching off-Broadway on 14th December at the SoHo Playhouse in New York, it combines a gripping plot from UK award-winning writer and director Jonathan Brown and a passionate performance from award-winning British actor Isabella McCarthy Sommerville.  

SANDRA Extended for One Week at Vineyard TheatreSANDRA Extended for One Week at Vineyard Theatre
November 23, 2022

Vineyard Theatre has announced a one week extension of  Sandra, a one-woman thriller written by David Cale (Harry Clarke), starring Marjan Neshat (English and Selling Kabul) and directed by Leigh Silverman (Harry Clarke).   

Photos: Original MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Cast Members Stop By The Off-Broadway RevivalPhotos: Original MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Cast Members Stop By The Off-Broadway Revival
November 22, 2022

Hey old friend! Members of the original Broadway company of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Merrily We Roll Along, stopped by the show's starry Off-Broadway production at New York Theatre Workshop! See photos from their visit!

COWBOY, the Story of Bass Reeves, to be Presented Off-Broadway in DecemberCOWBOY, the Story of Bass Reeves, to be Presented Off-Broadway in December
November 22, 2022

Cowboy, the story of Bass Reeves, will debut Off-Broadway this December. Reeves made history by being the first black U.S. Deputy Marshall in America.   This is the first full on western to hit a Broadway or Off-Broadway stage in over 80 years.