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.

ANNA SINGER – Vocalist, Pittsburgh Festival Opera

TONIGHT: The delightful Anna Singer pays a visit to ‘Burgh Vivant in the middle of her run as Mrs. Lovett in SWEENY TODD with Pittsburgh Festival Opera – a production that ‘Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli calls “beautiful and macabre.” Three performances of Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s SWEENY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET remain:… Read more »

SUE KERR – Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

Happy Pride Month, Pittsburgh! Sue Kerr of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents (Best Local Blogger, City Paper Readers Poll 2016) is on the show tonight to talk about the #AMPLIFY project, blog life, and pride in Pittsburgh. Learn more about #AMPLIFY or to participate, visit www.pghlesbian.com. 

MARCUS STEVENS – Actor

TONIGHT: actor Marcus Stevens and host Brian Edward share stories of bygone days, many blessings and lots of laughter over Marcus’ upcoming role as none other than God himself in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of AN ACT OF GOD, playing June 1st through July 2nd, directed by Ted Pappas. For tickets and more information, visit… Read more »

TERRY JONES – Comedian

TONIGHT: Comedian Terry Jones on the release of his new album available at amazon.com and iTunes, celebrity impressions, Batman, being a dad, Bigfoot the Movie, and more! ‘Burgh Vivant films weekly at Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh.  

CHRISTOPHER HAHN – General Director, Pittsburgh Opera

TONIGHT: the distinguished and charming Christopher Hahn, General Director of Pittsburgh Opera! This evening, he and host Brian Edward share a martini and discuss what an Opera’s General Director actually does, the staying power of opera in Pittsburgh, and the exciting world premiere of Pittsburgh Opera’s THE SUMMER KING, the story of legendary baseball player… Read more »

FRANK GAGLIANO – Playwright, Educator

TONIGHT: legendary playwright Frank Gagliano takes us back to off-Broadway circa 1960 with tales of his time with Edward Albee, John Guare, and the group of writers that revitalized American drama. ALSO – Frank shares his thoughts on Pittsburgh as an incubator for new dramatic works. All this PLUS Eartha Kitt, too! Hear the genesis… Read more »

JASON SHAVERS & MONTEZE FREELAND – “Wild With Happy,” City Theatre

Direct from City Theatre’s upcoming production of WILD WITH HAPPY: actors Jason Shavers and Monteze Freeland! The ‘Burgh Vivant couch is overflowing with talent as these two Pittsburgh theatre favorites discuss their recent works and the hilarities of working with each other on the City stage. See them in the City Theatre’s WILD WITH HAPPY,… Read more »

JASON JACOBS – Playwright, Director, Teaching Artist

From New York to Pittsburgh, Jason Jacobs joins the cocktail conversation on ‘Burgh Vivant and discusses his collaboration with Tomé Cousin in adapting Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin for The Conservatory Company of Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. See UNCLE TOM’S CABIN OR THE MOST POPULAR AMERICAN PLAY YOU’VE NEVER SEEN April 7th… Read more »

ALEXANDRA LOUTSION – Soprano, Pittsburgh Opera

TONIGHT: Soprano Alexandra Loutsion chats about approaching the title role in Pittsburgh Opera’s TURANDOT, channeling Maria Callas, and the long lineage of famous Canonsburg vocalists! See Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Puccini’s TURANDOT, directed by Renaud Doucet, conducted by Antony Walker, performing at the Benedum Center March 25, 28, 31, and April 2, 2017. Tickets and… Read more »

TAMI DIXON – BUS: Bricolage Urban Scrawl, March 11, 2017

TONIGHT: Bricolage Production Company’s Producing Artistic Director Tami Dixon invites you to get on the BUS (aka Bricolage Urban Scrawl), Bricolage’s annual fundraiser taking place March 11, 2017, and best described as “a daring exposé of Pittsburgh’s most adventurous artists.” Get an inside look at the event, hear some of the most memorable moments in… Read more »