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Stageworthy is a weekly podcast about people in Canadian theatre, published every Tuesday. On the podcast, host Phil Rickaby talks to people who have pursued various theatre careers, from actors to directors to playwrights to stage managers and everything in between and beyond. Each episode explores the draw of the theatre for each individual, together with an examination of the personalities, opinions, and passions unique to theatre practitioners. Episodes arrive weekly on Tuesday, with bon ...
 
Nick is a part-time mall Santa, who really hates Christmas. And with good reason. But here he is, on Christmas Eve, wearing the red suit. He shouldn’t be working today, but he is. And he’s about to meet a terrible child who will ruin everything. This is not going to end well. But what’s about to happen, isn’t the worst thing he’s ever done… “Saint” Nick and the Big F*ck Up is a holiday audio drama in 6 parts, written and performed by Phil Rickaby. New episodes each week, starting November 17.
 
Hosts Jess and Phil are introverts, trying to get by in an extrovert's world. Each episode, they will take on a topic that is difficult for introvert's to navigate and try to figure out how to deal with it. They draw from their own experiences, as well as trying to find other helpful hints on social media and on the internet at large. From parties, to travel, to dating, Jess and Phil are trying to figure out how to do these things and more, by trying to solutions that WORK. if you are an int ...
 
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Why do so many introverts have difficulty asking for help, whether it's trying to carry too many grocery bags home from the store by yourself, or trying to learn something new. In this episode, Jess and Phil admit their struggles with asking for help, and try to find ways to ask for help when they need it. Links in this episode:https://www.16person…
 
Jasmine Chen is a Chinese-Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto and Vancouver. Jasmine was born in T’karonto (the place in the water where the trees are standing), where from an early age she was immersed in arts based education. An alumni of the Claude Watson Arts Program, Jasmine studied Music, Art, Dance and Theatre for nine years. …
 
Storming away from the castle, still wearing his Santa costume, Nick thinks of someone he hasn’t thought of in years: his father, and comes to a realization about his mother in the process. Nick takes a big step, and makes a big change. And for him, Christmas will never be the same. “Saint” Nick and the Big F*ck Up is written and performed by Phil …
 
Alia Ettienne is a theatre writer, actor, performer and facilitator who was born and raised in Toronto, ON. Ettienne is of Afro Caribbean descent which often influences her performances and writing. She graduated from the Sheridan College Performance Program and since then has gone on to study Creative Writing as well as Arts and Entertainment Mark…
 
There was a time before Nick hated Christmas. A time before “little Santa Claus”, before the torments of his classmates. It was short lived, but it was wonderful; for that brief time there was magic in the world. So what makes a guy who has hated Christmas his whole life decide to be Santa at the local mall? Hope. “Saint” Nick and the Big F*ck Up i…
 
Polly Esther is an award-winning writer, storyteller, and performance artist from Toronto. Since 2018, she has been touring her one-woman show _Dammit, Jim! I'm a Comedienne, Not a Doctor! _about how Star Trek has helped her in her journey as a recovering alcoholic. She has performed in several cities including Chicago's Funny Women Comedy Festival…
 
The Christmas season was the worst time of the year. As soon as the Santa Claus parade was done, Nick knew that on Monday, his torments would begin. It didn’t help that his mother insisted on taking him to get his picture taken with every mall Santa in town. He hated that. But there was that one Santa…. In the face of Preston’s mother and her unrea…
 
Laura was born to tell stories. Whether as a dancer with Tokyo Disney, a writer for Alumnae Theatre’s Gay Play Day, a teacher at the Toronto District School Board, or as a comédienne with Just for Laughs, Laura’s unstoppable passion in life lies in telling people all sorts of eccentric stories, whether they want to hear them or not. www.laurapiccin…
 
There is a unique flow to each day the mall. Anyone who has ever worked in a mall knows it, and how the first patron in a store sets the tone for the day, and at no time is the First Patron Principle more noticeable than during the Christmas season. Preston continues his meltdown, and his mother makes an unreasonable demand. Nick deals with the fal…
 
Episode Notes In this episode, Jess and Phil dig into that phrase that so many introverts hear, "You're so quiet" and try to dig into the truth behind that idea about introverts. Links in this episode:https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/19/acting-extroverted-improves-introverts-wellbeing-happiness.htmlhttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/quiet-disad…
 
Being a mall Santa is hard work – harder than you might think. There’s a lot to know, such as what not to eat. Nick learned on the job, a trial by fire, full of screaming children, piss, and vomit. And there was that brief time – the only time – when Nick actually liked Christmas, but he screwed that up, about as epically as you can! “Saint” Nick a…
 
Meet Nick, World Champion f*ckup full time, asshole, part time mall Santa, who hates Christmas, and with good reason. He’s stuck working on Christmas Eve, the worst day of the year to be working as Santa. It’s about to get worse: a child named Preston is about to make an impact. “Saint” Nick and the Big F*ck Up is written and performed by Phil Rick…
 
“I am the son of two tribes. I am the daughter of one birth. I am the spirit of many nations. I am a child of mother earth.” B’atz’ Recinos was born and raised on Turtle Island with mixed Maya roots from Iximulew (Guatemala). A creator, performer, advocate, and Harold Award recipient for the performing arts of Tkaronto. Their commitment to equitabl…
 
Sukhpreet Sangha is a theatremaker, lawyer, poet, and barfly. After studying theatre and English at the University of Waterloo, she studied law at Osgoode Hall, and has since questioned that decision regularly. She spends her days working in legal education at a non-profit dedicated to youth and her nights, well, wouldn’t you like to know. Sukhpree…
 
In this episode, Jess and Phil respond to a letter from a listener, and dive into how an introvert can feed their relationships, both with friends and partners. Links in the episode:https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/13-things-you-can-make-introvert-feel-loved.html Send us your feedback online: https://pinecast.com/feedback/the-introve…
 
What happens when you take a part time mall Santa who hates Christmas, make him work on Christmas Eve and then put him face to face with a wild child in the midst of a tantrum. That's a recipe for a very bad day. “Saint” Nick and the Big F*ck Up is a holiday audio drama in 6 parts, written and performed by Phil Rickaby. New episode each week, start…
 
HAUI is a multi-disciplinary entrepreneur of many artistic trades including performance, directing, design & visual arts. He was born in the United Kingdom to mixed Caribbean, Taino/Arawak and European heritage. Howard is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. To date has worked at the Stratford Festival as an assistant director as part of the inaug…
 
Sometimes it is necessary to break up with a friend. This can be a difficult thing to approach, and can lead to confrontations which many of us would rather avoid. In this episode, Jess and Phil provide helpful hints for how to approach a friend break up. Links in the episode: https://psych2go.net/10-signs-youve-pissed-introvert-off/ Send us your f…
 
Camille is a graduate of Sheridan’s College’s Musical Theatre program. Theatre highlights include RENT, High School Musical, Hairspray, and The Book of Mormon. Twitter: @camilove90Instagram: @camilove90 Support Stageworthy: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthy Send us your feedback online: https://pinecast.com/feedback/stageworthy/c2d82076-154…
 
In this episode, Phil and Jess talk about being selective about their friendships, and keeping their circle of friends small. Phil also learns that he is not a complete a**hole, Jess tells a story about potentially ghosting a friend, and they both get the giggles. Links in this episode:https://www.makemebetter.net/why-should-you-choose-your-friends…
 
Laura Caswell is Neptune Theatre’s Director of Education, and has been a part of Neptune for over a decade playing various roles on stage (including 5 witches!) as well as a director and choreographer. Laura trained in Musical Theatre in New York City and London, England earning a Masters in Performance through the University of East Anglia. She ha…
 
Monica Ogden (she/they) is an award-winning disabled Filipina, Polynesian, British storyteller, actor and comedian. Her Lilang migrated from Illocos Sur, Philippines in 1966, and she is now an uninvited visitor in the unceded territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Her solo show Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior (…
 
Mumbi is an acclaimed theatre creator and director raised in Kenya andVictoria, BC and based in Toronto. She recently won a Dora Award for her Outstanding Direction of The Brothers Size, which also won for Outstanding Production. Mumbi is the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre. She is the Founder/Artistic Director of the experimental theatre com…
 
In this episode, Phil and Jess talk about how to do that thing they are always reminding us to do: say what you need. This isn't always easy, so Jess and Phil try to provide helpful advice on how to do this. Also, rather than finding helpful advice on the internet, Jess digs deep into google's nether pages to find terrible advice that you should de…
 
Natasha Strilchuk was born in Malaysia, was raised in King’s Lynn, England and Regina, Sk and is now a Toronto based artist. She is a proud graduate Randolph College of the Performing Arts and is an accomplished, multi versatile artist. She was recently chosen as a 2019/2020 participant for Neptune Theatre’s, RBC Chrysalis Project, in the director’…
 
In this episode, Phil & Jess talk about the FOMO (fear of missing out) that can come from seeing others post on Social Media, as well as the self consciousness that some introverts feel about posting. Links in this episode: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/how-use-fomo-motivation-when-you-are-introverthttps://www.bustle.com/articles/153339-how-to-a…
 
Reba Terlson is a multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and the PTE@ PTE program. Recent credits include L’armoire with Cercle Moliere, Theatre By The River’s Wine and Words, One Trunk Theatre’s Stage Frights. She produces, writes and acts…
 
Spencer Streichert is an actor (of stage and screen), producer, stunt man, and comedian, of Metis, German and Nordic descent, living in Calgary, AB. Growing up performing in community theatre and rodeoing, he began his film career in 2012 shadowing stunt coordinator Daniel Skene on the sci-fi thriller "Stranded". After moving to Calgary in 2014, he…
 
Landon Walliser is a director, producer, and publicist from Regina, Saskatchewan. Past credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Producer, Co-Director, Publicist | The Women’s Company), Philistines (Assistant Director | University of Regina & Rose Bruford College), Small Boy Dreams (Publicity, Curtain Razors & International Tour), Terry Pratchet…
 
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