Today’s guests are Genevieve Gearhart and Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, two of the three co-artistic directors from The Speakeasy Society, a Los Angeles-based theater company dedicated to creating innovative, site-specific, theatrical events.
Over the holidays, I was fortunate to stumble into one of their hallmark performances — a twisted adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, Ebenezer, which took place at Golden Road Brewing in L.A.’s Atwater Village.
Although Speakeasy has only been around for a few years, they’ve managed to build a strong reputation and audience around a specific niche in L.A.’s theater community. From experiential programming to interactive performances to cross-sector partnerships, there’s a lot to learn from Speakeasy’s innovative approach to immersive theater.
In This Episode, You’ll Learn…
- How The Speakeasy Society is changing the landscape of theater through immersive performances.
- How they got their start performing in bathroom stalls at CalArts.
- Why identifying and serving a niche is crucial to building an audience.
- How a mutually-beneficial partnership with a brewery led to a sold-out run.
- How Speakeasy manages to function with three co-artistic directors.
- Genevieve’s and Matthew’s advice for newly-formed companies and solo artists.
Links and Resources
- Speakeasy Society (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
- California Institute for the Arts (CalArts).
- Golden Road Brewing, the venue for Speakeasy’s Ebenezer.
Ebenezer at the Golden Road Brewery (Trailer)
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Thanks again to Genevieve and Matthew for sharing their story with us — and to you for listening!