Shoptalk is a casual, intimate Q&A between Vertigo members/friends and invited guests. Each meetup features a select producer, director, writer, actor, designer, or other artistic professional.


Shoptalk invites guests to share both their professional expertise and their personal stories in order to educate, inspire, and empower the next generation of emerging artists.


So go ahead– ask your burning question.


May 2014:

Special guest Lucy Thurber and moderator Emily Simoness


Shoptalk with Lucy Thurber from Vertigo Theater Company on Vimeo.

Lucy Thurber

Lucy Thurber is the author of twelve plays: Where We’re BornAshvilleScarcityKillers and Other FamilyStayBottom of The WorldMonstrosityDillingham CityThe Locus, Perry Street, The Unfinished, and The InsurgentsThe Insurgents was commissioned by Contemporary American Theater Festival and produced at their 2011 Festival. Bottom of The Worldopened the 2010/11 season at The Atlantic Theater. A reworking of Killers and Other Family played Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2009, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Lucy wrote the text for QUIXOTE, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community; also with Lear deBessonet and produced by 13P,Monstrosity. The Atlantic Theater Company opened its 2007/08 season with Scarcity. Read more.


Emily Simoness

As a performer Emily Simoness has worked at Playwrights Horizons, The Flea, New Dramatists, Joe’s Pub, ARS NOVA, The Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Emily is the founder and executive director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, one of the premier centers for new play development in the country. In this role she has developed plays by: Bekah Brunstetter, Young Jean Lee, Adam Rapp, Dan LeFranc, Lucy Thurber, Sam Hunter, Molly Smith Metzler, Erika Sheffer, Rob Askins, Sarah Burgess and Joshua Harmon. She has taught and developed acting curriculum for Scott Freeman Studio and OneOnOne in NYC. She also is a consultant for Bi-Jingo, a consulting firm that specializes in communication, feedback and leadership skills for executives. In 2013, she was the chief of staff for the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition. She holds a BFA in acting from UNCSA.


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Shoptalk with Stephen Adly Guirgis from Vertigo Theater Company on Vimeo.


Shoptalk with John Gould Rubin from Vertigo Theater Company on Vimeo.


Shoptalk with Stephen McKinley Henderson from Vertigo Theater Company on Vimeo.

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