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LVA's Artebella On The Radio: Charlie Sexton and Dr. Janna Segal

Charlie Sexton, Artistic Director of Commonwealth Theatre Center, and Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies at UofL’s Department of Theatre Arts, discuss Shakespeare, dramaturgy, and theatre arts education ahead of the 2019 Young American Shakespeare Festival that opens May 9 at CTC. Tune in each Thursday at 10am to listen to Keith Waits talk with creatives on LVA's Artebella On The Radio. WXOX 97.1 FM, or stream on


Charlie Sexton is the Artistic Director of Commonwealth Theatre Center. He was among the first class of Conservatory students of Walden Theatre. Charlie’s resume includes many artistic accomplishments as an actor, director, and playwright, but his proudest achievement is the professional training and mentoring of thousands of students through the Walden Conservatory program, the students have been accepted into the nation’s best college theatre programs, including Juilliard, Carnegie Mellon, New York University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater.

Notable students include Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Jess Weixler (The Good Wife), Wes Ramsey (Charmed), Tom Graves (The Rude Mechanicals), Gisela Chipe (Asolo Rep’s Hamlet, Prince of Cuba), and Adam Wesley Brown (Once on Broadway).


Dr. Janna Segal teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Louisville in: theatre history, literature, and theory; Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation; American feminist theatre; and dramaturgy. Prior to joining the UofL faculty, Dr. Segal was an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department and in the MLitt/MFA Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin College, and an IHUM Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. She has published single and co-authored works on Shakespeare’s As You Like ItA Midsummer Night’s DreamOthello, and Romeo and Juliet; Dekker and Middleton’s The Roaring Girl; Fo and Rame’s Elisabetta; and Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Her scholarly work has appeared in such journals as SDC JournalJEMCSShakespeare, and Early Modern Literary Studies, as well as in numerous anthologies, including the forthcoming Performances at Court in Shakespeare’s Era (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) and How to Teach a Play (Bloomsbury, 2018). Dr. Segal is also a freelance dramaturg whose past production work includes Shakespeare, Shakespearean adaptation, contemporary theatre, and new plays in development. She is the Resident Dramaturg of the Comparative Drama Conference, for which she dramaturgs two to three new plays a year, and a dramaturg for ATHE’s annual New Play Development Workshop. At UofL, she has dramaturged Baltimore,Eurydice, and The Master and Margarita, and The Taming of the Shrew. She has also worked locally as a guest dramaturg for Commonwealth Theatre Center. Dr. Segal is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and she serves on the Board of the Comparative Drama Conference.

Young American Shakespeare Festival  May 9 – 19

Macbeth, directed by Hallie Dizdarevic
Henry V, directed by Jennifer Pennington
The Winter’s Tale, directed by Charlie Sexton

Link Round Up

Friday Link Roundup: October 12, 2018

Painting by Susan Tolliver

Painting by Susan Tolliver


Susan Toliver: Menagerie opens at Craft{s} Mercantile and Gallery.

When Elements Collide, new work from Casey McKinney, opens in The Pigment Gallery at Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center.

20 years after Matthew Shepherd’s death, Commonwealth Theatre Center opens a new production of The Laramie Project.

Deep in Vogue: Louisville’s Treasured Cinema is a series at Speed Cinema celebrating the heyday of the Vogue Theater for 20 years the city’s premiere art house cinema. Tonight they are screening Harold and Maude and King of Hearts.


Monster Mash - A Graveyard Smash by Harrison Fogle opens at Revelry Boutique & Gallery.

This and That, It’s All Abstract: new work by Karen Terhune opens at Kore Gallery in the Mellwood Art Center.

Louisville Artists: Carry On, an exhibit curated by John Begley, is on view at Louisville Visual Art from 12-4pm,


Aleksandra Stone has a new solo exhibit, Fruits of Labor, at garner narrative.
Pyro Gallery, #MeToo "From Silent to Resilient" Paintings by Debra Lott - guests, Meg White, Sculpture and Rachel Gibbs, Painting.
Frac/tured An abstract introspection by Meredith Harber is at McGrath Art Gallery, Bellarmine University.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman Poems For Every Occasion is currently on exhibit at KMAC. 
Watching the Sky, Waiting for Signs: New Work by Emily Church is at Galerie Hertz.                .


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.12.18

Zoë Peterson, Megg Ward, & Jon Becraft were my guests on the July 12 edition of LVA's Artebella On The Radio. All 3 will be participating in the new Louisville Fringe Festival that starts July 13: Tune into WXOX 97.1 FM/ each Thursday at 10am to hear me talk with Louisville artists.


Zoë Peterson is a student at Atherton High School and the Commonwealth Theatre Center, where she has acted, written, and directed. She is also involved with the Derby City Playwrights, from which has sprung her first full length play, “Shot In The Dark”, which will be presented during the Louisville Fringe Festival, Friday, July 13 at 7pm, Saturday, July 14 at 10pm and Friday, Feb. 20 at 7pm, all times at Four Pegs.


Megg Ward is a Louisville native who studied Theatre Arts, Humanities, Communicating History at University of Louisville & Shakespeare and Creativity at Shakespeare Institute. She will be premiering her new play, “If”, at the LFF on Sunday, February 15 at 10pm at Four Pegs.


Jon Becraft is a theatre artist active with Kentucky Shakespeare, The Bard’s Town, and others, and he is the co-founder of Baby Horse Theatre and the LWW. Baby Horse will be presenting “Robothello” on Saturday, February 14 at 7pm at the Monnik Beer Co. and Saturday, February 21 at 10pm at both at Four Pegs.


LVA Interview with Commonwealth Theatre Center


Can you find Charlie Sexton and Donald Kimmel in this picture from 1977? They came in the WXOX 97.1/ studios with Keith Waits April 26 to talk about their history with Walden Theatre, and then later that night they were performing as a part of A Night Of Acting Up! at Commonwealth Theatre Center (Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players).


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 12.14.17


We kicked off the show talking with LVA's Ehren Reed about the Call For Artists for the Artxfm Mural!!! Then Costume Designer Donna Lawrence-Downs was our guest on LVA's Artebella On The Radio. This is an example of her work, from last summer's Richard II for KY Shakespeare. Tune in each week to WXOX 97.1 FMA R T x F, 10am Thursdays.