Will Swenson, Justin Guarini, Gabrielle Ruiz and more share their audition stories on WHY I NEVER DO THIS podcast


This summer, the cast returned to the stage and some regional theaters returned to normal with summer seasons and live audiences. Broadway is also making a comeback as a handful of shows have opened or announced dates for fall. And with this increased activity of show openings, there has of course been an increase in auditions as well. So this week, the third annual WINMI Audition Stories has arrived at the podcast. Previous audition episodes were released just a month before the COVID-19 shutdown. And there have been a lot of guests with a lot of great stories since then.

Listen below!

This year’s Audition Stories, in partnership with WeAudition, come in two parts. The former features superb regional and off-Broadway performers, and the latter features notable names from the Broadway scene. Podcast host Patrick Oliver Jones (First Wives Club) has compiled an extensive collection of audition stories lovingly titled “The Good, the Bad and the Hysterical”. These stories come from both the hearing room as well as Zoom and self-recording submissions.

The first part features stories from Chaz Wolcott (triple threat artist and director / choreographer), Megan Carver (actress and singer who also produces films), Damian Thompson (classically trained Broadway actor), Meredith Aleigha Wells (dancer and singer diagnosed with POTS), Carrie Bernans (actress and stuntwoman in Black Panther), Alex Pires (actor, screenwriter and creator of the web-series P’s in a Pod), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (actress and off-Broadway singer known for her cabaret Fanny Brice), Christophe Zajac-Denek (small actor, musician, stuntman and podcaster) and Eric Jordan Young (actor and singer with his own production company in Las Vegas).

The second part features stories from Mykal Kilgore (Hair, Motown), Hannah Elless (Godspell, Bright Star), Douglas Sills (Scarlet Pimpernel, War Paint), Gabrielle Ruiz (If / Then, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Geoffrey Owens ( The Cosby Show, Romeo and Juliet), Sally Wilfert (Assassins, King David), Will Swenson (Waitress, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Justin Guarini (Wicked, In Transit).

Listen to both parts of Audition Stories on winmipodcast.com or your favorite podcast app.

Why I Would Never Do It is one of Feedspot’s 25 Best Drama Podcasts and is hosted by Off-Broadway actor and singer Patrick Oliver Jones. This weekly podcast features fellow creators sharing the realities of a career in the performing arts, while challenging the notion of what it means to ‘succeed’ in this business. Previous WINMI guests include Georgia Stitt (Snow Child, Mosaic), Ben Davis (La Boheme), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, Big Fish) and Bianca Marroquín (Chicago).

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