Whether it be your daily commute, your late night hour to chill or your housework background audio, there is a Podcast to cater for anybody’s taste. Finding the perfect podcast for a live entertainment professional can be a hunt though, especially when you don’t necessarily dig Apple’s top rated on iTunes. Check out 12 industry-related podcasts for you to explore, compiled by Anna Robb at TheatreArtLife.

  • in 1: the podcast
  • The Ghost Light
  • 99% Invisible
  • The Ensemblist
  • The Title Block Podcast
  • Light Talk
  • The Cue
  • Sound Design Live
  • The Soundtrack Show
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz
  • The Producer's Perspective
  • The Hilarious World of Depression
  • … what's your favorite listen?

in 1: the podcast

You know those conversations you have at the bar after a long day of tech? The moments where you sit with your friends and colleagues and discuss what you love about being a designer, but also what drives you mad? Imagine getting to listen in on those conversations with some of the most fascinating, celebrated, and sought after theatrical designers working today. That is what in 1: the podcast strives to be. A long-form, uncensored, candid chat with designers of all walks of life talking about their lives in the theatre. No topic is off limits. From life on the road to life in a Broadway theatre. From trying to get noticed in New York to making a splash in regional theatre.  Hosted by real life (we think) designer Cory Pattak, in 1: the podcast offers unprecedented access into the world of theatrical design, direct from the industry’s most interesting movers and shakers.

The Ghost Light

The Ghost Light is a weekly interview podcast dedicated to theatre professionals whose stories aren’t told as often as the stars. From artistic directors, playwrights, and producers to scenic designers, stage managers and box office managers, the goal of The Ghost Light is to explore these unique perspectives in theatre.

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and designs that shape our world. With over 250 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and is available on RadioPublic, via RSS and through other apps.


The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer – from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. What started as an audio podcast for those curious about how Broadway really works turned into an avenue for young and aspiring professional artists to learn more about theatre from the inside out. Created and hosted by Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone.

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The Title Block Podcast

The Title Block is a podcast about Canadian theatre designers and their craft.  It is hosted by Michael Kruse, a former lighting designer.  Each episode focuses on one designer and their body of work and talks about their training, philosophy and history.


Light Talk is a place where lighting designers can feel free to express what really annoys them about the industry, lighting education, and the art of stage lighting design. Inspired by the beloved NPR radio show, “Car Talk”, Light Talk features the musings and rantings of David Jacques, Stan Kaye, and Steve Woods. These three designers have been lighting the stages of the world for decades. Burnt out and abused by the industry and the insanity of the profession, Stan, Steve, and David have escaped to the hallowed halls of academia where they wildly and fearlessly pontificate to innocent students of the art. In their words: nothing is taboo, nothing is sacred, and very little makes sense.


The Cue talks about show control and is run by Andy Dolph, Joshua Langman, Dave Mickey and Mark Neisser. It is a short series (18 episodes) of interviews with industry professionals who know their stuff. Lots of tips, talk of gear and discovering technical solutions for different environments.


Sound Design Live is a podcast for live audio professionals. It holds interviews with the leading innovators in concert, theatre and corporate production.


The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV shows, video games and theater pieces of all time. The host David W. Collins is a voice actor, sound designer, writer, mixer and composer with an extensive background in theater, music and post-production. His renaissance-man career has given him high-level insight into how great entertainment is made, whether it’s a movie, an animated series, a video game, a piece of music, or live entertainment. As a host, David loves sharing this knowledge via interviews and podcasts.


Twenty Thousand Hertz is about the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Hosted by Dallas Taylor, executive producer, sound designer / mixer and respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.


Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer Ken Davenport interviews industry professionals to get their perspective on the industry. Collectively, guests on The Producer’s Perspective Podcast have won 76 Tony Awards, 12 Grammy Awards, 7 Academy Awards, 5 Emmy Awards and 1 Pulitzer Prize.


The Hilarious World Of Depression is a series of frank, moving and funny conversations with top comedians and creative people who have dealt with depression. Hosted by humorist and public radio host John Moe and with guests such as John Green, Russell Brand, Margaret Cho, Wayne Brady and Wil Wheaton, this winner of the Webby Award for Best Comedy Podcast is a must to catch.


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This contribution was previously published on TheatreArtLife, a platform for live entertainment industry professionals to connect and network with each other. Find out more at www.theatreartlife.com!

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