Inclusive Stages

Kira Troilo

Inclusive Stages is the go-to weekly podcast for theater makers, theater artists and theater lovers who want to make our industry a better place for everyone. We'll chat with actors, directors, designers, scholars and more about the current landscape of the theater scene, and get their thoughts on how we can do better. Host Kira Troilo will also give you a sneak peak into live EDI coaching sessions, and offer actionable tips for creating more equitable, inclusive and empathetic theater spaces that support and value the diversity of artists and audiences. Join the conversation, and let's collectively shape the future of care-forward creative spaces, one stage at a time.

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Beyond Accessibility: Disability Representation in Theater with Brennan Srisirikul
14-05-2024
Beyond Accessibility: Disability Representation in Theater with Brennan Srisirikul
Disability representation in theater is still a misunderstood and even avoided topic. But I’m hoping to change that with today’s conversation. Meet Brennan Srisirikul, a talented disabled actor, producer, and advocate! We bonded over coffee and the fact that, while progress has been made when it comes to disability and theater, there’s still work to do. We discuss everything from how we can tell disabled stories better, auditioning as a disabled person, and how to navigate the topic of disability with kindness. In this vulnerable interview, Brennan makes a beautiful point—disability breeds so much creativity. I know you’re going to love Brennan and this interview, so please—press play and enjoy the show!In this episode, you will:Discover what the audition process is like as a disabled actor.Uncover how Brennan found belonging thanks to his chorus teacher.Learn what authentic casting is and how it applies to disabled stories.Full Show Notes Here!Mentioned ResourcesDisabled Down CenterConnect with Brennan:WebsiteTikTokTwitter/XCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
Consent-Forward Practices & Care-Forward Leadership with Leigh Barrett
07-05-2024
Consent-Forward Practices & Care-Forward Leadership with Leigh Barrett
Being a “consent-forward artist” or birthing a “care-forward creative space” sounds lovely, but it’s a BIG job. The theater industry has historically had a “just push through” mentality. Thankfully, we’ve seen that begin to shift in the last few years, but not without some damage being done. Leigh Barrett is a beloved Boston-based actor, singer, and director, and she knows all too well the labor of changing what leadership looks like. In this episode, Leigh and I discuss how we (as actors, directors, and theater lovers) can bring more connection and conversation to a production—or even simply bring balance into our own lives. Leigh and I get into all this and more. Press play and enjoy the show!In this episode, you will:Discover how Leigh has taken her experiences as an actor and used them to be an incredible leader and director.Uncover the freedom Leigh discovered in being her FULL, authentic self!Learn what it’s like to balance being a mother and an actor.Full show notes here!Mentioned ResourcesThe Last Five YearsConnect with Leigh:WebsiteCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
Tour Life & EDI Conversations with Aaron Michael Ray
30-04-2024
Tour Life & EDI Conversations with Aaron Michael Ray
How often do you get asked about your lived experiences? All those moments added up to create the person you are today, yet not all of us are fortunate enough to have people in our world willing to ask questions and listen to what we have to share. But Aaron Michael Ray saw a way to encourage, facilitate, and help all of us heal from conversations just like that.I’m so excited to bring you this interview with my friend Aaron. He’s just coming off of the Come From Away Tour, which much of our conversation centers around. It was a call with that entire production that initially sparked the Conversations From Away podcast. The podcast was created to highlight the theater industry's social injustices and bring people together to fight for necessary change. Please enjoy this conversation with Aaron Michael Ray, and stay until the end to see where you can see him on stage next!In this episode, you will:Learn how Aaron went from musician to actor.Discover how Aaron helped kickstart my EDI consultant journey.Uncover the call that inspired the Conversations From Away Podcast.Full Show Notes Here!Connect with Aaron:Conversations From Away PodcastA Strange LoopA Wonderful WorldCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
Setting Boundaries Behind the Scenes for Racism On Stage
23-04-2024
Setting Boundaries Behind the Scenes for Racism On Stage
In order to tell a story, we need all aspects of the story. And that includes the difficult and tricky parts, the villains, the hurt. This conversation is real. It’s raw. It’s incredibly vulnerable. I’m joined by Victoria Omeregie and Jon Vellante in this first roundtable episode. I can’t think of two better actors for this conversation. I had the pleasure of working with them for Fairview at Speakeasy Stage in Boston. I hope you’ll join us as we discuss what it takes both on stage—but, more importantly, what it takes off-stage from the human being performing these really tough roles. (Spoiler alert: you will hear us share details about Fairview!)In this episode, you will:Discover how establishing boundaries and protocols facilitates safety and connection for everyone.Uncover the value of talking across hard things and coming out feeling like family.Learn how an EDI consultant can positively impact the people and the play.Full Show Notes Here!Connect with Victoria:WebsiteFat Ham at the Alliance Theater in AtlantaConnect with Jon:WebsiteInstagramCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
Dangers of DEI Work Gone Wrong
16-04-2024
Dangers of DEI Work Gone Wrong
Welcome to my first solo podcast episode! I’m discussing DEI work gone wrong and why I prefer to say EDI work. Words matter and there’s a very subtle difference between the two acronyms. I’ll share about the unique considerations for EDI work for the arts. But this episode is mostly focused on the 5 signs of bad DEI work we should all be aware of and my 5 commitments to you for the work we’re going to do with this podcast. What is DEI and EDI work truly about? What do shame, guilt, and vulnerability have to do with this? Why does bad DEI work simply not work? And what can we do about it? I’ll be sharing all this and more in this episode! I’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to find me after the show!In this episode, you will:Discover what EDI and DEI work is all about.Learn how to spot 5 different ways DEI work can be done poorly.Learn my 5 commitments to you for this podcast.Full Show Notes Here!Links & Mentioned ResourcesAtlas of the Heart Dare to LeadCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
Broadway Bodies: Industry Bias and Dreamgirls with Ryan Donovan
09-04-2024
Broadway Bodies: Industry Bias and Dreamgirls with Ryan Donovan
Have you ever stopped to think about the people—the actual humans—whose bodies are telling stories on stage? Or about the history of musical theater? How about the implicit bias that goes into what we see on stage? When I began doing EDI work for theater and the arts, I couldn’t find many resources about the topic of inclusion and Broadway musicals. That is… until I found the book called Broadway Bodies: A Critical History of Conformity. You’ll meet author, dancer, and scholar Ryan Donovan in this episode. In this thoughtful conversation, we discussed some of our favorite shows and performers, the kinds of discrimination performers face in the industry, and what’s still left to be realized on stage. I know you're going to love this conversation, whether you're a theater artist, audience member, or just interested in learning more about the history of Broadway. But actors—I think you’ll feel very very seen in this conversation.In this episode, you will:Learn the history of bodies in musical theater.Uncover where implicit biases show up, particularly in casting.Discover the kinds of discrimination that performers face in the industry.Full Show Notes Here!Mentioned ResourcesBroadway BodiesConnect with Ryan:WebsiteCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
The Power of Support and Color Conscious Storytelling with Corbin Bleu
02-04-2024
The Power of Support and Color Conscious Storytelling with Corbin Bleu
Being a multiracial actor is a unique experience. You feel pulled in several directions quite often and don’t always see a spot for someone like you on the screen or stage. I’m so grateful to have Corbin Bleu joining me for this conversation about this very topic! Not only am I a fan, we recently had the chance to work together on the world premiere of Summer Stock at the Goodspeed Opera House. Corbin shares so many great insights for actors, and specific advice for taking care of yourself while being part of this wild industry. I know you'll love everything he has to say, so without further ado, let’s get to the show!In this episode, you will:Discover what it’s like to be a multiracial actor in newer and older productions.Learn Corbin’s advice for actors, specifically about taking care of yourself.Discover the value of having an EDI consultant to work with during a new production.Full Show Notes Here!Links & Mentioned Resources:Looking Ahead ProgramConnect with Corbin:InstagramTikTokCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
Inclusion Consultants and Why Every Show Needs One
02-04-2024
Inclusion Consultants and Why Every Show Needs One
Other industries have people who can help employees and employers navigate conflict or difficult conversations, so why doesn’t the theater industry? Inclusion consultants (or EDI consultants) aren’t new, but it’s a newer role in theaters and the arts. Today, I’m sharing more about my work in this industry, how I got here, and what I’m doing to further this work and help even more people! Inclusive Stages isn’t just the name of this podcast—it’s a brand, a framework, and a movement. And it’s here to be the help we’ve needed for so long in performance and rehearsal spaces. Together, we’re going to change the industry—one stage at a time!In this episode, you will:Discover what Inclusive Stages is all about, what to expect, and who it’s for.Learn questions to ask to be more inclusive in theater spaces.Uncover why inclusion consultants are so needed in theater and other creative spaces.Full Show Notes Here!Links & Mentioned ResourcesInclusiveStages.comCertification ProgramPatreonSupport a ConsultantMembership **coming soon!CONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.
Setting the Stage: Introducing Kira Troilo
02-04-2024
Setting the Stage: Introducing Kira Troilo
This is your host, Kira Troilo, and today I’m joining you from the guest seat! In this podcast, I speak with theater makers, artists, directors, actors, and lovers and I ask them to share and be vulnerable. So, it only feels right for me to kick off the podcast by doing the same. You’ll hear about my childhood, life in the theater, who I am, the work I’m doing, and how exactly I got to this place. This episode means so much to me because, although I’ve written about my experiences, this is the first time I’ve shared my story using my voice. Thank you so much for being here! Enjoy the show!In this episode, you will:Uncover Kira’s backstory and how she became an inclusion consultant in the theater.Discover what Kira does to keep herself in a space that’s good for her mental health.Learn what Kira is excited about personally and professionally in 2024Full Show Notes Here!Links & Mentioned ResourcesBiracial Mom BlogArt and Soul ConsultingConnect with Rachel:WebsiteTikTokInstagramCONNECT with Kira:@kiratroilo @artandsoulconsulting @inclusivestagesWebsiteBecome a PatronJoin our mailing list - scroll to the bottom of the pageThanks for joining me on this episode of Inclusive Stages! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on Apple or a rating on Spotify to help me reach more people ready to collectively shape the future of human-first theater, one stage at a time.Thanks to our music composer, Zachary McConnell and our producer, Leah Bryant.