‘ALL ARTS at Home’: Candid perspectives from the arts community

‘ALL ARTS at Home’: Candid perspectives from the arts community

While the art world contends with new realities, we at ALL ARTS are committed to finding ways to keep conversations in the creative community active. In this spirit, we asked artists to share stories about their lives for the new IGTV series “ALL ARTS at Home.” We’ll be posting the video responses on our Instagram and on this page as they come in. Let us know how you’re staying creative at home by tagging us on social media or emailing AllArtsInfo@wliw.org.

Victoria Shaw

Singer-songwriter and producer Victoria Shaw shares how she spends her days, which the artist explains have been going by quickly. In the video, Shaw says that the biggest change has been not traveling on planes — a switch for the artist who is used to being on-the-go. During this time, she explains, she has given herself permission to not worry if she’s not feeling creative (which is not to say she isn’t “percolating” ideas!). The artist also shares how she is finding comfort and joy in family and cooking. Watch below for the whole story from Shaw then check her out on the ALL ARTS series “Songwriters Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw.”

Betty Yu

Multimedia artist, filmmaker, photographer, adjunct professor and activist Betty Yu speaks about what a typical day looks like for her now (including how walks have helped during this time) and the effects she foresees the health crisis having on communities around the city. With two shows set to open this spring, Yu shares how she has been continuing work that she started before the coronavirus-related shutdowns. She also speaks about what activities have been giving her comfort and joy. Hear from Yu below and watch our Box Burners episode featuring Yu’s organization, the Chinatown Art Brigade.

John Jabroe

Director, writer, cabaret artist and singer John Jabroe joins ALL ARTS from West Philadelphia. As the founder of Bearded Ladies Cabaret, he spoke about how his company is adjusting. During this time, Jabroe said that he staying busy planning for uncertainties and figuring out ways to take care of his community, staff and artists. He also elaborates on how people in Philadelphia’s art world are coming together and how artists as workers are being seen in a new light. Learn more about what Jabroe has been up to below and how he is responding to working outside his “creative box.”

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Du’Bois A’keen

ALL ARTS at Home continues with author, choreographer, creative director and filmmaker Du’Bois A’keen, who spoke to us from his apartment in Manhattan. When the video was filmed earlier this summer, A’keen shared how he is spending time with his family and the changes in his life (at the time the arts industry shut down, he was prepping to travel). He also speaks about what he believes the future holds, stating that he hopes for lasting, positive changes. Hear more from A’keen below and check him out on ALL ARTS Talks Recovery: The Artists.

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How are artists cultivating creativity and finding inspiration? In our “ALL ARTS at Home" series, we ask actors, musicians, writers, dancers — artists — about the projects they’re working on in isolation and how art has helped them on their journeys through the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's segment: author, choreographer, creative director and filmmaker @duboisakeen! . . . #allartsathome #duboisakeen #creativedirector #filmmaker #author #writing #write #writersofinstagram #performer #actor #artist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #arthistory #performingarts #broadway #musicals #musicaltheater #theatre #theater #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #allarts #allartstv

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Michael Mwenso

Michael Mwenso, bandleader of Mwenso & the Shakes, joins ALL ARTS from Harlem, New York. For the jazz musician, the biggest changes that he has faced stem from the altering of time, the inability to move around and not seeing people as once before. In this, though, Mwenso states that there is a security in the regularity of the moment as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear more about how he is spending his days, staying creative and the changes he wishes to see come out of this time. You can also check him out on “The Set List: Mwenso & the Shakes at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.”

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How are artists cultivating creativity and finding inspiration? In our “ALL ARTS at Home" series, we ask actors, musicians, writers, dancers — artists — about the projects they’re working on in isolation and how art has helped them on their journeys through the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's segment: Michael Mwenso, band leader of @mwensoandtheshakes, also featured on our "Set List" series! . . . #allartsathome #michaelmwenso #mwensoandtheshakes #musician #musiciansofinstagram #music #jazz #funk #performer #actor #artist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #arthistory #performingarts #broadway #musicals #musicaltheater #theatre #theater #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #allarts #allartstv

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Anthony Roth Costanzo

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo comes to ALL ARTS from his home in Manhattan’s West Village. As a performer used to being in front of crowds, Costanzo said that a big adjustment for him during this time has been not having that immediate, intimate connection with others — an element that he misses. The singer’s daily schedule has shifted, making it so that he stays up later on average. In addition to projects that he’s taken on during this time, Costanzo shared that he’s been sticking to a regimented workout (complete with jump ropes and resistance bands) and vocal routine. Hear the musician talk about what he hopes to find during this time and more below, then watch him in “Box Burners: Glass Handel.”

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Rufus Wainwright

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright joined ALL ARTS to chat with us from his home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. Donning a bathrobe (a frequent outfit for the singer as of late), Wainwright shared insight into his daily performances on social media, the biggest changes to his routine and what has been getting him through the days. As for how he’s staying creative, the musician noted that he remains engaged in a plethora of projects. He went on to say that he hopes that those quarantined at home realize how valuable the arts are. Watch below to hear more from Wainwright, and catch him on ALL ARTS in “Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You” and “Rescue Recovery & Healing: The 9/11 Memorial Glade Dedication.”

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How are artists cultivating creativity and finding inspiration these days? In our “ALL ARTS at Home" series, we ask actors, musicians, writers, dancers — artists — about the projects they’re working on in isolation and how art has helped them on their journeys through the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's segment: @rufuswainwright! . . . #allartsathome #rufuswainwright #musician #singer #songwriter #composer #troubleinparadise #singmethesongsthatsayiloveyou #performer #actor #artist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #arthistory #performingarts #broadway #musicals #musicaltheater #theatre #theater #losangeles #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #allarts #allartstv

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Garen Scribner

ALL ARTS viewers know Garen Scribner as the amiable host of our digital series “Broadway Sandwich,” where he interviews performers on what they’re up to in the time mushed between two-day shows. Now, get a peek into what the dancer does in his own spare time. Starting with a brief and (cheese-filled) cooking lesson, Scribner takes ALL ARTS on a tour of his greenhouse and roof — where he speaks about how the quiet of his Brooklyn neighborhood reminds him of the impact of the pandemic. Watch below for more.

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How are artists cultivating creativity and finding inspiration these days? In our “ALL ARTS at Home" series, we ask actors, musicians, writers, dancers — artists — about the projects they’re working on in isolation and how art has helped them on their journeys through the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's segment: @garenscribner, host of our very own "Broadway Sandwich"! . . . #allartsathome #garenscribner #broadwaysandwich #performer #actor #artist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #dancersofinstagram #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #arthistory #performingarts #broadway #musicals #musicaltheater #theatre #theater #tinaturner #tinaturnermusical #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #allarts #allartstv

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Mars Rucker

Houston-born, New York-based artist Mars Rucker joined ALL ARTS to walk viewers through their typical day, which includes coloring, dancing, creating choreography, singing, “being depressed or not being depressed,” and generally making art in whatever way they can. Rucker shared that they are finding comfort and joy through friends, family, their partner and nature — in addition to what they hope the future might hold in terms of our relationship to capitalism. Hear more from Rucker, who you might recognize from “Tina: Tina Turner the Musical.”

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How are artists cultivating creativity and finding inspiration these days? In our “ALL ARTS at Home" series, we ask actors, musicians, writers, dancers — artists — about the projects they’re working on in isolation and how art has helped them on their journeys through the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's segment: performer @mars_the_mantis from Broadway's "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical"! . . . #allartsathome #marsrucker #dancer #performer #singer #actor #artist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #dancersofinstagram #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic #arthistory #performingarts #broadway #musicals #musicaltheater #theatre #theater #tinaturner #tinaturnermusical #tinathetinaturnermusical #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #allarts #allartstv

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Lucy Dhegrae

Vocalist, producer, creative, curator and founder of “Resonate Bodies Festival” Lucy Dhegrae speaks to ALL ARTS from her home in Manhattan’s West Village (where she’s joined by her cat). She shares what she’s learned during this time, in particular the lesson of “What can you do?” Expanding on this, Dhegrae stressed the importance of listening to her own body and not forcing work for the sake of being creatively productive. Listen on to hear what Dhegrae has been inspired by and what she’s been up to.

Caesar Samayoa

You may know Caesar Samayoa from the hit Broadway production “Come From Away.” The actor joined ALL ARTS to talk about what he’s been up to in self-isolation. In the video below, he shares that the biggest change, for him, has been interaction with friends, family and castmates. “I can’t wait for that day to come when I get to give a hug to each and every one of them because I miss it so much,” he said. In the interim, he’s been keeping active, spending quality time with his partner and staying in touch with friends and family virtually. Hear more from Samayoa on “ALL ARTs at Home” and on “Broadway Sandwich.”

Louisa Proske

Louisa Proske, opera and theater director and the founding co-artistic director of Heartbeat Opera, joins ALL ARTS to speak about what is helping her through these times. Lately, she’s been drawn to films and books that depict how others have dealt with crisis. Proske also discusses how she is finding joy in simple things and in her work with Heartbeat Opera, which has moved its productions online. Watch more below.

Bryan Carter

Jazz musician Bryan Carter (who wears many hats, from drummer to composer and band leader) speaks with ALL ARTS about the biggest changes to his daily routine. By setting goals for himself, Carter says that he’s trying to make the most of each day and to make it as fruitful as possible. Hear about his new PSA project “Quarantunes” and what else the multi-talented artist has been up to. After watching, you can check out Carter on “Antigone in Ferguson,” “Mwenso & the Shakes at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival” and the upcoming show “The Set List: Jazz at Pride.”

Todd Buonopane

Actor Todd Buonopane, who you might recognize from “30 Rock,” Broadway’s “Chicago” and more, joins ALL ARTS from his bathtub to offer insight into what his days currently look like. When he’s not recording his Instagram series “Bathtub Theater” (which now has over 30 entries), the actor has been FaceTiming and video chatting with his friends — an activity that he says brings him comfort and joy. Check out the video below to learn about Buonopane’s self-isolation activities.

Courtney Balan

Theater actress and singer Courtney Balan talks to ALL ARTS from Long Island, where she is self-isolating. What has this Broadway regular been up to? Among other things, after 10 years of starting and stopping, she has taken up the guitar (and has already clocked five songs). Watch on to see how the actress, who has appeared in acclaimed productions such as “The Prom,” has been spending her days.

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How are artists cultivating creativity and finding inspiration these days? In our new series “ALL ARTS at Home,” we ask actors, musicians, writers, dancers — artists — about the projects they’re working on in isolation and how art has helped them on their journeys through the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's segment: @courtneybalan from the Broadway musical "The Prom"! . . . #courtneybalan #theprom #broadway #findingneverland #performanceart #performingarts #musicals #artists #actors #musicians #writers #dancers #performers #art #inspiration #creativity #inspo #arthistory #covid19 #coronavirus #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #lynnemarierosenberg #allartsathome #allarts #allartstv

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Lynne Marie Rosenberg

First up in the “ALL ARTS at Home” series is multi-hyphenate actor, writer, producer and director Lynne Marie Rosenberg. Recorded from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York, the ALL ARTS “Famous Cast Words” host shared how she’s holding up during this time of self-isolation — a period that she’s facing head-on with plenty of activities.