Person Place Thing with Kelley Girod
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About the Speakers
Director of New Yorks at the Apollo Theater
Kelley Nicole Girod is Director of New Works at the world famous Apollo in Harlem, NYC. Apollo New Works Program was founded in 2019 as a commissioning initiative to expand upon The Apollo’s mission to support the creation of new work by Black artists. Under this initiative Kelley works with curated cohorts of artists to develop new work which will premier across Apollo stages including the new Victoria spaces opening soon. In addition, Kelley works with the Master Artists in Residence, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kamasi Washington, supporting their creative ideas that can be shared with Apollo audiences and beyond, including Ta-Nehisi’s projects The Courage Award and Fund supported by Ford Foundation. In addition, Kelley is the Founder and Executive Director of Obie Award winning Black playwrights festival, The Fire This Time Festival, and the 2023 Ellen Stewart Award honoree for her producing work in the independent theater over the past 15 years. Kelley is also an award-winning playwright whose trilogy of plays about her home state of Louisiana are currently in development.
Host of “Person Place Thing”
Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for Late Night With David Letterman, for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, was published by Chronicle. Learn more about Person Place Thing, and listen to past episodes here.
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