Adventures in Artslandia With Susannah Mars

Makers of music, dance, and theater share their adventures with theater maven Susannah Mars. Hosted by Portland’s premium arts magazine, Artslandia.

Actors Ashley Mellinger and Duffy Epstein join Susannah to read $2,500 OBO, one of E.M. Lewis' famed 10-minute plays, while Lewis herself reads stage directions. Then, artists whom Susannah met during her U.S. State Department trip to Cairo share their video chat, including their perspectives on this new age of COVID-19.

Regina Carter, a MacArthur "Genius Grant" and Doris Duke Arts Award recipient, chats with Susannah about her work as a hospice volunteer, teaching, grief, and the perks of her prestigious awards.

Regina Carter joins Metropolitan Youth Symphony in the West Coast Premiere of David Schiff’s 4 Sisters jazz violin concerto on March 8, 2020.

Tickets here!

In the wake of organization-wide changes at the Arts and Culture Council, Executive Director Madison Cario discusses the new vision and priorities, including a deeper focus on reaching underserved communities. The changes, while dramatic, are in the hope of better service for all in our community, including artists and arts administrators. The conversation includes an open invitation to all Portlanders to meet with Cario any time, by emailing

Susannah steps aside to welcome Ruby Joy White as the host of this week's podcast. White, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, chats with actors Morgan Walker and Sara Williams of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play. The first-time co-production between Artists Rep and Portland Center Stage features a POC cast and creative team.

Please join moderator Ruby Joy White for a post-show discussion for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play Sunday, February 2, 2020 3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

You may remember brilliant choreographer, dancer, and writer Andrea Parson from Artslandia's Ladies Leading series. Listen to her riveting conversation with Susannah and then catch her onstage in SHE’S HERE: A ONE WOMAN SHOW, which she she wrote and performs with direction from Susan Banyas, January 16–18 at Coho Theatre.

Shall we question authority in 2020? What is the case for The Earl of Oxford to have written about the works of Shakespeare? Dive in with Dr. Earl Showerman in 2020's first Adventure in Artslandia!

JOHN MAVROUDIS is an artist who has created heart-stoppingly brilliant award-winning covers for TIME magazine, The New Yorker, and more. Also, Susannah went to high school with him! If you went to Granada Hills High School or love art, this is a must-listen!

Cult filmmaker, writer, actor, and fine artist John Waters follows up his interview earlier this year by NPR's Terry Gross with a candid chat with Artslandia's Susannah Mars.

See A John Waters Christmas – Filthier & Merrier “It’ll Stuff Your Turkey” December 6 at Aladdin Theater!


Susannah chats with director David Sikking about Lakewood Theatre Company's Shakespeare in Love, a romantic comedy, based on the award-winning screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. It plays at Lakewood Theatre Company through December 8, 2019. Don't miss it!

Photo credit Triumph Photography.
Pictured are Kelsey Glasser and
Murri Laseroff-Babin.

There is so much adventuring this week! First I talk to Amanda Bullock from The Portland Book Festival. Their big day is on November 9th,  and you will not want to miss it, there is fun for everyone. Then I chat with Chip Miller who directs the world premiere of Redwood by Brittany K. Allen at Portland Center Stage at The Armory; a play about gone wrong, with dancing, DNA and dark truths.

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