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This Week In Artists In Conversation: Books To Spark Your Creativity To New Heights

December 8th, 2021
This Week In Artists In Conversation: Books To Spark Your Creativity To New Heights

Hi. Hello. I am an artist. You are an artist. And this is a conversation. So, technically it’s still Artists in Conversation… right?… This week’s feature has a little different slant to it. If you’re like me, 2020 took a toll on many aspects of your life and if you’re like me, you were always looking for some inspiration or something to keep you going. One of the things that helped me through were some projects, I guess (Circa’s Music on the Marquee comes to mind), but mostly… books. I wanted to share my top 5 books for artists for a troubling time, or anytime really. My... Read More

Artists in Conversation – BEN GOUGEON

December 1st, 2021
Artists in Conversation - BEN GOUGEON

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION BEN GOUGEON – An Oak Tree   Ben Gougeon, a graduate of Western Illinois University’s MFA Acting program (2007), moved to the QCA in the fall of 2019. Before relocating back to the Midwest, he had spent the last decade plus working in New York City as an actor, having appeared on TV shows such as the Emmy Award winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Bull, and HBO’s The Deuce, where he performed with Oscar nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal. He’s performed Off & Off-Off Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera, and on stages in almost... Read More

This Week’s Artists In Conversation Is Jacqueline Isaacson, Director Of ‘Murder In Green Meadows’

August 18th, 2021
This Week's Artists In Conversation Is Jacqueline Isaacson, Director Of 'Murder In Green Meadows'

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! This week’s artist is Jacqueline Isaacson, director of Black Box Theatre’s “Murder In Green Meadows.” What’s it like to be at the helm of this mystery? I... Read More

This Week’s Artist In Conversation Is Actor Kurt Oberhaus!

August 11th, 2021
This Week's Artist In Conversation Is Actor Kurt Oberhaus!

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! This week’s Artist in Conversation is Kurt Oberhaus, Actor/Director/Screenwriter! Tell us about YOU, Kurt Oberhaus!    I was born and raised in Davenport, IA. I grew... Read More

Meet Michael Alexander of Black Box Theatre’s ‘I And You’ In QuadCities.com’s Artists In Conversation

July 21st, 2021
Meet Michael Alexander of Black Box Theatre's 'I And You' In QuadCities.com's Artists In Conversation

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! This week’s Artist In Conversation is Michael Alexander! He’s starring in “I And You” at Moline’s Blackbox Theatre! “I and You” runs July... Read More

Meet Kermit Thomas Of Playcrafters’ ‘The Piano Lesson’, Our Artist In Conversation

July 14th, 2021
Meet Kermit Thomas Of Playcrafters' 'The Piano Lesson', Our Artist In Conversation

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! Kermit Thomas is a first time director at the helm of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which opens  this weekend... Read More

Meet ‘Music Man’s’ Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!

June 30th, 2021
Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! Jack Bevans is making audiences laugh nightly in Countryside’s production of The Music Man! Who is this rising star? Let’s find out! Who is Jack Bevans? Hello, I’m Jack... Read More

Artists In Conversation Introduces Us To ‘Music Man’ Director Tommy Ratkiewicz-Stierwalt

June 23rd, 2021
Artists In Conversation Introduces Us To 'Music Man' Director Tommy Ratkiewicz-Stierwalt

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! This week our Artists in Conversation from QuadCities.com features Tommy Ratkiewicz-Stierwalt! Tommy is a veteran Quad City performer but he makes his community theatre directorial... Read More

Kira Rangel Is Quickly Making An Impression With Quad-Cities Audiences

June 17th, 2021
Kira Rangel Is Quickly Making An Impression With Quad-Cities Audiences

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! This week’s artist is KIRA RANGEL, currently featured in Beehive and Elephant & Piggie and the up-coming The Mountaintop, The Rocky Horror Show You’re new to Quad City audiences.... Read More

This Week’s QuadCities Artists In Conversation: ‘Haunt’ Actor Justin Marxen

June 2nd, 2021
This Week's QuadCities Artists In Conversation: 'Haunt' Actor Justin Marxen

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! This week our Artists in Conversation from QuadCities.com features Justin Marxen. Justin Marxen – actor, filmmaker, husband, father, all around goodfella – makes... Read More