Riley Thomas on Theatre, Diversity, and Buffy

As actors in New York City, we are often exposed to new artistic endeavors. Some are really good and some you wonder how they even got as far as a staged reading. I have to say Riley Thomas’s work falls into the first category. I am probably unhealthily obsessed with this man. I think he is my spirit animal. We bonded over our obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lord of the Rings. Not only is Riley one talented mother of a writer, he’s also all about diversity and inclusion. Below he answers some of my questions regarding his work and what he’s doing to break stereotypes. #BuffyLives After seeing your show Wearing Black I have totally become a huge fan of yours. Not only did your sho

Former Kansan Broadway-bound with his play

On the dry high plains of western Kansas, playwright Shane Howard has tapped a reservoir of inspiration. A native Kansan, Howard, 31, is focused on producing his play, “In Pursuit of Peace,” for the upcoming Broadway Bound Theater Festival in New York City. One of 20 playwrights selected for the event, Howard is in pre-production, settling on a director and cast of four. His play is scheduled to open in August at the 14th Street Y in the East Village. Festival organizers will pay the insurance, advertising and run the box office, freeing up the playwrights to produce their plays. This isn’t Howard’s first off-Broadway play. But this time, he will let someone else direct it because he feels t

Theatre Beyond Broadway: The Podcast - Interview with BBTF Director Lenore Skomal

"Only you can fight for your own work." A funny and insightful conversation with Lenore Skomal about collaborating, writing and producing Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. #BBTFNY Theatre Beyond Broadway is a platform created to promote and support independent artists working beyond the bright lights of Broadway. The independent artist creates in the realms of Off-Off Broadway, local theatre, community theatre, the festival circuit and even the one night show. Listen to the podcast here.

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