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.

TAMI DIXON – No television and celebrity crushes

TONIGHT: Bricolage Producing Artistic Director Tami Dixon talks post-Oscar buzz, the benefits of not owning a television set, and her ultimate celebrity crush. PLUS: Tami gives us her best Nicholson impression! Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast for more on Bricolage and the upcoming B.U.S project. ‘Burgh Vivant films… Read more »

RICARDO VILA-ROGER – Teaching Artist, University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Teaching Artist Ricardo Vila-Roger discusses the difficult conversations presented in his upcoming production of BALTIMORE. Catch the performance March 29th through April 9th, 2017 and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER March 30th through April 9th at the University of Pittsburgh Stages. For tickets and more information, visit play.pitt.edu, and listen to “The Full… Read more »

RICARDO VILA-ROGER – On Equitable Casting in Pittsburgh

In December 2016, The University of Pittsburgh hosted a town hall to discuss the matter of equitable casting across Pittsburgh’s vibrant theatrical landscape. Teaching Artist and town hall organizer Ricardo Vila-Roger discusses the challenges and possible solutions for improving racial equality on stage and screen. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in… Read more »

RICARDO VILA-ROGER – Super Hero Obsessions (“I love Joss Whedon”)

University of Pittsburgh Teaching Artist Ricardo Vila-Roger and host Brian Edward weigh in on super hero films (the good, the bad, and the Ryan Reynolds GREEN LANTERN), the rationality of BATMAN, and irrationality of GOTHAM. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast, and watch ‘Burgh Vivant, filming weekly at Point… Read more »

MITCHELL JARVIS – TWELFTH NIGHT at Pittsburgh Public Theater

TONIGHT: Broadway star and Carnegie Mellon graduate Mitchell Jarvis talks TWELFTH NIGHT at the Public, what’s new in Pittsburgh, and certain theatrical reviews. Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast, and see Mitchell Jarvis as Feste in William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by Ted Pappas at Pittsburgh Public Theater through… Read more »

MITCHELL JARVIS – “I see you as a Jesus”

TONIGHT: Mitchell Jarvis talks about his very early roots in entertainment from The Jarvis Family Singers and High School ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and ROCK OF AGES on Broadway! And how does Patrick Wilson fit into it all? Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast, and… Read more »

ANYA MARTIN & DELANA FLOWERS – Hiawatha Project

Hiawatha Project’s Founding and Artistic Director Anya Martin and Performer Delana Flowers are in the ‘Burgh Vivant studio tonight to talk about Hiawatha’s upcoming production of JH: MECHANICS OF A LEGEND performing at The August Wilson Center February 9 – 18, 2017. For tickets and more information, visit www.hiawathaproject.org and stay tuned to the finale… Read more »

ANYA MARTIN: Martinis and Mennonites

TONIGHT: Hiawatha Project Founding and Artistic Director Anya Martin talks growing up Mennonite and the memory of her first martini! Be sure to catch Hiawatha’s upcoming production of JH: MECHANICS OF A LEGEND performing at The August Wilson Center February 9 – 18, 2017. For tickets and more information, visit www.hiawathaproject.org. ‘Burgh Vivant films weekly… Read more »