Episodes

  • 027: Lighting Design, With Connor McVey

    Lighting designer Connor McVey illuminates the intricacies, nuances, and artistry of lighting stage productions. He brings his expertise to The Cultured Podcast to break down the fundamentals of lighting design and the unique way it interprets the script....

  • 026: Public Art, With Monica Campana

    Where others see everyday structures when they look at a city's walls, Monica Campana see canvases bursting with potential. As executive director of nonprofit public art org Living Walls, Monica spends much of her time transforming public spaces into intimate displays of community expression....

  • 025: Stand-up Comedy, With Joel Byars

    A seasoned stand-up performer, comedy teacher, podcast host, and writer, Joel chats with Michelle about his passion for comedy and the path he’s taken to pursue it full-time....

  • 024: Healing Homeless Youth With the Arts, With Malika Whitley

    Once a homeless youth, Malika Whitley now applies that painful experience to generating artistic opportunities for homeless teens across the globe. Through her nonprofit ChopArt, Malika shines a light on a population that's often "invisible," giving them opportunities to express themselves in a safe environment....

  • 023: One-Person Shows, With Taylor M. Dooley

    Look behind the curtain of one-person shows with multifaceted actress Taylor M. Dooley. Taylor recently starred in the one-woman show "Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up," in which she portrays over 10 characters. She describes what it was like to play a character whose father died while her own father passed....

  • 022: Photo Manipulation, With Bhargava Chiluveru

    Peek into the fascinating mind of photo manipulation expert and creative director Bhargava Chiluveru to learn how aliens inspired his jaw-dropping new series....

  • 021: Animation, With Peter Gulsvig

    Meet illustrator and animator Peter Gulsvig on Episode 21. Pete has worked on FX’s Archer, Adult Swim, PBS Kids, and more. In fact, his own animated series, Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time, will be at the Sundance Film Festival!...

  • 020: Poetry, With Jenny Sadre-Orafai

    Explore the raw world of poetry through the lens of acclaimed poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai, who recently published her second book of poems, Malak, which digs into Jenny's heritage and experiences with metaphysical miracles....

  • 019: Improv & Voice Acting, With Amber Nash

    Get ready to fall in love with Amber Nash, a skilled improv and voice actress. If you don’t recognize her name, you may recognize her voice. She’s the one spouting Pam Poovey's outrageous lines on FXX’s Archer!...

  • 018: Wearable Tech & Performance Art, With ATLTVHEAD

    Atlantans may know about Nate Damen—he’s the guy walking around the city with a glowing 1969 RCA TV on his head. Nate, better known as ATLTVHEAD, joins Michelle for a Cultured chat about performance art, wearable technology, and whether Nate is on the good or bad side of a robot invasion....

  • 017: Musical Theatre, With Adrianna Hicks

    Join Michelle as she heads to Broadway for a chat with actress and singer Adrianna Hicks, who is playing Celie in Broadway’s North American tour of The Color Purple. Michelle and Adrianna dissect the differences between starring in musicals and stage plays, leading to a fascinating look at the head-to-toe and mind-to-body dedication to takes to be a stage actor of any kind....

  • 016: Storytelling in the American South, With Doc Lawrence

    Master storyteller Doc Lawrence joins Michelle for a discussion on the Southern tradition of storytelling in the U.S. Over plates of fried chicken and jars of sweet tea, Doc developed a knack for storytelling that’s ingrained in him at his very core....

  • 015: Double Exposure Photography, With Matt Terrell

    Venture inside the mind of Matthew Terrell, who uses a 1979 Pentax K1000 to capture ethereal images of intimacy, nature and self-expression through 35 mm double exposure....

  • 014: What is an Art Biennial? With Tami Katz-Freiman

    Enter the world of contemporary art curation with renowned curator, historian and critic Tami Katz-Freiman. Tami explains the role of a curator, specifically within the context of art biennials....

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    013: Modern Choreography, With Juel D. Lane

    Michelle chats with modern choreographer, dancer, teacher and filmmaker Juel D. Lane to dig at the roots of what it takes to choreograph a piece of modern dance that sparks dialogue while making hearts flutter....

  • 012: Documentary Filmmaking, With Billy Corben

    Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Billy Corben delivers a masterclass in nonfiction storytelling for the silver screen while sharing his wildest behind-the-scenes stories....

  • 011: Global Herbalism, With Tash Nikol

    Episode 11 unearths the ancient practice of herbalism. Tash Nikol tells us about her immersive apprenticeship in Costa Rica and how the plants that surround us provide us with everything our bodies need for whole health....

  • 010: Figure Painting, With Christian Fagerlund

    Michelle welcomes figure painter Christian Fagerlund to The Cultured Podcast for what turns out to be a mesmerizing chat about painting the human body....

  • 009: Streetwear Design, With Bianca Cooper

    Dig at the roots of disruptive fashion design on Episode 9, with Bianca Cooper, whose Biyunka designs are inspired by everything from nature to metaphysics....

  • 008: The Business of Art, With sQuishiepuss

    Dive into the often unexplored business side of art. Street artist sQuishiepuss gives us a look at how he marries his whimsical aesthetic with savvy marketing to build a creative empire....

  • 007: The Many Flavors of Bogotá, Colombia

    Visit Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá with Michelle and her best friend, Masha Murakhovsky, who talk about their multisensory experiences in the bustling city while perched on a mountaintop sanctuary....

  • 006: How Actors Act (3 Core Acting Methods)

    Join Michelle as she explores the three most influential acting methods that actors use to shapeshift believably into different characters, and learn about the legendary acting teachers responsible for developing them....

  • 005: Tropical Knitwear, With Karelle Levy

    Michelle chats with Karelle Levy, knitwear designer and textile artist. Together, they uncover the ways Karelle barreled by every expectation imposed on knitwear to create a tropical, skin-baring and glow-in-the-dark line of knits....

  • 004: Cultural Art, With Rising Red Lotus

    Dig at the roots of identity as Michelle Khouri and Brandon Sadler share their experiences as multicultural people. Episode 4 of The Cultured Podcast takes you deep into Michelle and Brandon's cultural musings while unearthing how heritage can ignite a flame of inspiration....

  • 003: Global Food Customs, With Kate Kordsmeier

    Michelle Khouri has a lively discussion with international food writer Kate Kordsmeier about food customs throughout the world. But first, Michelle opens up about her addiction to butter coffee, which has her feeling extra inspired and energized. ...

  • 002: Immersive Theatre, With Brian Clowdus

    Michelle visits Georgia’s lush countryside to chat with award winning site-specific director Brian Clowdus, whose nationally acclaimed Serenbe Playhouse productions have set Robin Hood in......

  • 001: Icelandic Culture

    We launch The Cultured Podcast with a (somewhat) polite introduction that gives the lay of The Cultured land. You meet your host, Michelle Khouri, a......