Episode 31

Culture and the Arts

Ira Seidenstein, PhD 

Feb 16, 2021 | Arts

Ira Seidenstein is an author, and director who works and lives in Australia. In this episode, we talk about the state of the arts today, as well as Ira’s experiences with acting, creating, and directing.

About This Episode

In this episode, I speak with Ira Seidenstein, PhD. He’s a teacher, author, and director currently living and working in Australia. We talk about the state of the arts today, teaching actors, as well as what it was like to work and tour with large productions like Cirque du Soleil.

Topics and Timestamps

  • Introduction (0:00:30)
  • Why he settled in Australia (0:01:38)
  • The arts in Australian culture then, and now (0:02:53)
  • Did the lack of work promote innovation or stagnation? (0:04:30)
  • How bureaucracy and academia might stifle creativity (0:07:10)
  • Local culture makes a big difference (0:11:00)
  • Working at Cirque du Soleil (0:16:33)
  • The culture of Cirque du Soleil (0:19:45)
  • He’s worked on over a hundred shows (0:25:36)
  • Transitioning to directing (0:28:43)
  • Not fitting into the commercial environment (0:35:30)
  • Stories from touring (0:37:20)
  • Quantum Theatre: Slapstick to Shakespeare (0:40:00)
  • Vulnerability and empowerment (0:51:30)
  • A book recommendation for artists (0:56:09)

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