Hang and Focus Live – Arizona Theatre Company’s Podcast That’s Changing the Way We Talk about the Arts

In an ever-changing and innovative digital landscape, one company has stood out to me the most – Arizona Theatre Company (ATC). From their initial approach to cancellations and pay-per-view performances to their Hang & Focus Live Podcast, the company has managed to keep theater-goers and arts enthusiasts happy with the wide range of content the company is producing for free consumption.

“As someone who grew up in Arizona, [the podcast] is a great way to share the work that we do,” said Sean Daniels, podcast host and Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company, “[We] really use[d] this moment to re-envision ourselves.”

One of the most interesting and captivating pieces the company has been releasing is their Hang & Focus Live podcast which has managed to host some of the most prominent performing arts figures in the country. Recently, the company sat down with Tony Award Winning Director, Kenny Leon.

Kenny and Sean shared a mutual respect and admiration in the podcast, both crediting each other’s incredible feats in the arts community. Kenny Leon goes on to share what his experience has been in navigating a COVID-19 shutdown world of Broadway, which we won’t spoil.

Arizona Theatre Company’s innovation in this podcast has allowed it to connect with some truly amazing people in the arts and has given listeners and viewers the chance to hear candid conversations with some of their most valuable contributors to the arts community, from local playwrights to Broadway stars.

Chanel Bragg, Associate Artistic Director for ATC and podcast co-host explains, “It is our responsibility to reflect what is going on in the world.”

Check out the podcast here.