Introducing: The PAD Podcast

Celebrating Alumni Achievements in Performing Arts and Beyond

We are thrilled to announce the premiere of the PAD Podcast!

This exciting podcast aims to celebrate and showcase the incredible achievements of our alumni from the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis. Each episode will feature interviews that highlight the remarkable endeavors our alumni are pursuing all around the world. Join us as we delve into their experiences, gain valuable insights into their professional journey, and celebrate the diverse talents and accomplishments of our Performing Arts Department alumni!

 

Current Episode - Episode 4: Tijuana Ricks⁠

On this episode of the ⁠PAD podcast⁠, Rob chats with actor/director/writer/producer ⁠Tijuana Ricks⁠ about her fantastic and varied career post-graduation from growing up in Gramercy, Louisiana to attending WashU to graduating from the Yale School of Drama to sharing the stage with the likes of Viola Davis, Dustin Hoffman, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman to being a 2023 ⁠Women in Film⁠ Fellow to co-founding ⁠Some Folks Productions⁠ that strives to "tell stories that advance the narratives of the unheard." This is a good one folks! 

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Episode List

Episode 1: Carolyn Kras

Carolyn talks to Rob all about her start at WashU in playwriting and continuing into a stellar career of work both on-screen and onstage. She also speaks about her work finding community with other WashU creatives based in the LA area via HollyWU LA. Very excited that Carolyn said 'yes' to being featured in our first PAD pod. Check it out. And check out this Howlround article about one of Carolyn's pieces we mention on the pod called Acting Against Sexual Assault.

 

Episode 2: ⁠Emily Wells

On this episode of the PAD podcast, Rob interviews ⁠Emily Wells⁠ - an award-winning WashU alum with experience in stage managing, directing, and creative producing. Emily is the Artistic Director of the ⁠Human Race Theatre Company⁠ in Dayton, Ohio after spending a number of years producing at ⁠Houston Grand Opera⁠ and ⁠Portland Center Stage⁠. Emily talks about what the PAD taught her about advocating for her art and multidisciplinary collaboration. Don't miss this inspiring episode!

 

Episode 3: Emily Brandwin⁠⁠

On this episode of the ⁠PAD podcast⁠, Rob has a riveting discussion with PAD and WashU alum ⁠Emily Brandwin⁠⁠ ⁠who joined the pod all the way from her new home in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduation from WashU, Emily's parents told her to get out of the house and get a "real job." So, Emily got the realest job possible: protecting the country in its most secretive organization: the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Following her time in service to her country, Emily has led a vast and very multidisciplinary career across numerous fields including as a podcast host, spokesperson, media commentator/personality, consultant, actor, speaker, and author. She has authored pieces for ⁠TimeMarie Claire, The Guardian, Marie Claire Australia, Medium, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo, Newsweek, and St. Louis Magazine⁠.

 

Episode 4: Tijuana Ricks

On this episode of the ⁠PAD podcast⁠, Rob chats with actor/director/writer/producer ⁠Tijuana Ricks⁠ about her fantastic and varied career post-graduation from growing up in Gramercy, Louisiana to attending WashU to graduating from the Yale School of Drama to sharing the stage with the likes of Viola Davis, Dustin Hoffman, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman to being a 2023 ⁠Women in Film⁠ Fellow to co-founding ⁠Some Folks Productions⁠ that strives to "tell stories that advance the narratives of the unheard." This is a good one folks! 

Are you an alum interested in being featured on the PAD Podcast?

Email Rob Morgan at rmorgan@wustl.edu to let him know you are interested. We would love to hear about your personal and professional journey post-PAD.