The Vivant Vault

Interviews

Welcome to the ‘Burgh Vivant archives. Here you can scroll through years of features and commentary on Pittsburgh arts & culture. Or search by keyword for segments on a particular company, organization, artist, restaurant, event, or performance.

“Sit down, have a drink, let’s talk.” The heart of ‘Burgh Vivant is its candid and off-beat interviews with the people who contribute to make this city truly unique. Artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, and news-makers let their hair down over cocktails with host Brian Edward for an entertaining and informative look into what’s happening in Pittsburgh. No subject is sacred, no secret is safe! See the video highlights here, or follow the links to “The Full Martini;” unedited and uncensored podcasts of each interview in its glorious entirety.

TERRENCE ORR – Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre


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Christmastime just wouldn’t be the same in Pittsburgh without THE NUTCRACKER, performing at the Benedum Center Dec. 6th through 29th.  Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Terrence Orr discusses the details he’s crafted into this particular production that will have Pittsburghers coming to see it again and again.  Host Brian Edward delves into the dynamic director’s… Read more »

AMANDA IWANIEC – Education Coordinator of Demo Theaters and Buhl Planetarium, CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER


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The Carnegie Science Center has been making learning fun for decades, and this week on ‘Burgh vivant, host Brian Edward learns that it also hosts 21+ parties once a month!  Education Coordinator Amanda Iwaniec sits down and covers everything from submarines to Laser Floyd.  Also, find out about the new addition to the famous Miniature… Read more »

DAN KAMIN – International performer, Author, Chaplin expert


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Internationally known performer Dan Kamin wears many hats: magician, pantomime artist, and author, to mention a few.  He’s also the world’s leading expert on Charlie Chaplin.  Here on ‘Burgh Vivant he recounts coaching Robert Downey Jr. for his Oscar-nominated role as the silent movie star, and “creating magic” for the film “Benny and Joon” with… Read more »

KIM EL – Playwright, Poet, Actor, Director


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Settle in for some straight-up wisdom form the “creatively blessed” Kim El.  Get an in-depth look at this Pittsburgh playwright, poet, actor, and director through her touching triumph over depression through art, her memorable encounter with August Wilson, and her advice for any artist who has ever suffered from self doubt.  But wait – there’s… Read more »

JEREMY VOYTISH – Executive Chef, Lidia’s Pittsburgh


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Our delicious visit to LIDIA’S PITTSBURGH continues as host Brian Edward has a few words (over vodka SAUCE for a change) with Executive Chef, Jeremy Voytish.  Get the inside “dish” on what makes a great Italian meal, the hardest part about serving Presidents, and what its like to work with one of America’s most beloved… Read more »

LIDIA BASTIANICH – Chef, Author, Restauranteur, LIDIA’S PITTSBURGH


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What do you cook for the Pope?  One of America’s most beloved chefs, Lidia Bastianich has the answer!  She is the host of the Emmy-nominated television series, LIDIA’S ITALY, a best-selling cookbook author, and the restauranteur behind LIDIA’S PITTSBURGH.  Tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant, the ever delightful Lidia discusses her latest cookbook LIDIA’S COMMONSENSE ITALIAN COOKING,… Read more »

DEK INGRAHAM – Director, 2nd Stage, Prime Stage Theatre


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Dek Ingraham, director of Prime Stage’s 2nd Stage series, discusses the restless spirits of TURN OF THE SCREW, directed by Joe Warik, now playing at the New Hazlett Theater, and GHOST STORIES, following the Nov. 8th performance, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead.  Want more chills and thrills?  Listen to “The… Read more »

F.J. HARTLAND – Playwright


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He’s been called “Pittsburgh’s Playwright.”  His works have been likened to a particular dessert with a particular surprise inside (you’ll have to watch to find out what exactly, though we welcome your creative culinary guesses).  He’s also known as a director and actor, and he’s the latest addition to ‘Burgh Vivant’s roster of sassy, classy… Read more »

MARTIN GILES – Director, PARLOUR SONG, Quantum Theatre


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Director Martin Giles discusses “a love story gone odd” on the set of PARLOUR SONG, performing Nov 1 through 24 at the former Pittsburgh Burger Co. in The Waterfront, West Homestead.  Why the Waterfront? Which of the characters in this strange love triangle does Marty relate to most?  More questions?  Get your tickets at www.quantumtheatre.com… Read more »

VIRGINIA WALL GRUENERT – Artistic Director, Off The Wall Productions


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Get a peek inside Off The Wall, Pittsburgh’s Regional Theater Company!  Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert reveals the origins of Off The Wall Productions, and her inspirations as an actress and playwright.  Impressed?  Intrigued?  See this dynamic company in action with its production of “The Zero Hour” by Madeleine George, directed by Robyne Parrish, Oct… Read more »