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Kick off each week with Tony Award winning actress and host Celia Keenan-Bolger for Sunday Pancakes, a new podcast to nourish your head and heart. Every Sunday, Celia will sit down with one of her favorite artists for an intimate, candid conversation on the beauty and struggle of humanity and what keeps them feeling connected, motivated, and curious about the world around them.
Pancake Mini-sode #1: Thoughts On The Transition Out Of Social Isolation

In our first pancake minisode, Celia shares her hopes, struggles, and anxieties as we begin to gather again and awkwardly adjust to a New Normal.

Weekly Round-up:

  • Read the Medium article, “Prepare For The Ultimate Gaslighting” by Julio Vincent Gambuto

  • Read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear

  • Read the Vice article, “How To Make Small Talk After We’ve Been Through A Pandemic” by Rachel Miller

  • Read “I’m Not Ready” from the March 4th edition of the Culture Study newsletter by Anne Helen Peterson

Please send your thoughts, feelings, curiosities, and questions to Celia at sundaypancakespod@gmail.com.

Episode 3: Having A Hard Conversation (And The Healing That Accompanies It) with Kelli O’Hara

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara and Celia have known each other since The Light in the Piazza, a process filled with complicated and vulnerable feelings. In this week’s episode, they openly share how they were able to move through those feelings and come out the other side with a stronger friendship and self-awareness.

Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered her the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Olivier nominations. Kelli has received an additional 6 Tony nominations for her work on Broadway in the productions The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, Nice Work if You Can Get It, The Bridges of Madison County, and Kiss Me Kate. Kelli was awarded the prestigious Drama League’s Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 2019.

Kelli also received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series The Accidental Wolf. Other film and television credits include the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, All The Bright Places, Peter Pan Live!, Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk. She is currently shooting HBO’s The Gilded Age.

Kelli sits on the boards of New York City Center and The NY Pops for which she Co-Chairs their PopsEd initiative.She also serves on the Lincoln Center Artist Committee and the advisory board of Broadway for Racial Justice. Kelli is a wife and a mother of 2 children.

Weekly Round-up:

  • Read Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

  • Read the Vanity Fair piece, “Roxanne Gay on How to Write About Trauma by Monica Lewinsky”

  • Read the Bon Appétit article, “How Writing a Cookbook Helped Me Break Free From Diet Culture” by Julia Turshen

  • Listen to the On Being podcast episode, “The Soul in Depression” with Andrew Solomon

Episode 2: Phillipa Soo on Prioritizing Your Personal Life

Tony Award-nominated actress Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) has been working nonstop since she graduated from Juilliard. In this week’s episode, she and Celia sit down to discuss the ongoing struggle to improve our work-life balance and tools to ensure you can continue to make space for your own needs.

Phillipa Soo is best known for originating the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in Broadway’s critically acclaimed Hamilton, garnering her numerous industry awards and a Tony Award nomination. She can currently be seen in the film version of Hamilton on Disney+. Soo is currently voicing a lead role in Netflix’s animated film Over the Moon. She can also be seen in Sony’s The Broken Hearts Gallery and in Disney+’s The One and Only Ivan. She made her feature film debut in Here and Now. On the small screen, she will next be seen in Hulu’s upcoming drama series DOPESICK, based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and in Spectrum Originals’ upcoming series PLAN Z. She was previously a series regular on CBS's The Code and featured in NBC's Smash. Soo co-starred on Broadway in The Parisian Woman, as well as playing the title role in the Broadway musical Amélie. She also originated the role of ‘Natasha Rostova’ in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division.

Weekly Round-up:

  • Read The Art Of Gathering by Priya Parker

  • Explore the interactive Death Over Dinner

  • Listen to the What Next podcast’s episode entitled “A Year of Anti-Asian Violence” and read the follow up article on Slate.

AAPI Resources:

  • Read The Atlantic’s article, ”Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different” by Morgan Ome

  • Sign-up for Hollaback’s Bystander Invervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harrassment

  • Read Variety’s article, “How Hollywood Is Complicit in the Violence Against Asians in America” by Caroline Framke

  • Donate to Support Asian Communities

Episode 2 guest Phillipa Soo will star in a virtual concert with Rowan University on April 16th at 8 PM Eastern. Proceeds will benefit New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery. For tickets and more, visit go.rowan.edu/phillipasoo.

Episode 1: Denée Benton on Making Peace With Your Perfectionism

In our debut episode, Celia sits down with Tony Award nominee Denée Benton to talk about managing perfectionism when things feel outside of your control and the work that the theatre industry needs to do in order to become actively anti-racist.

Denée Benton made her Broadway debut and received a 2017 Tony Award nomination, Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination, Theatre World Award, and a Lilly Award for her portrayal of ‘Natasha’ in the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T). Nat’l Tour/ West End: ‘Nabulungi’ in The Book of Mormon, ‘Ruby’ in Season 2 of Lifetime's hit series UnREAL. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and spent last year starring as ‘Eliza’ in Broadway's Hamilton. Next, she can be seen starring in HBO’s new TV series The Gilded Age.

Weekly Round-up:

  • Read Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski

  • Listen to Post Report’s “The Life Of George Floyd” podcast episode

  • Read the Vogue article, “On Stacey Abrams and the Persistent Problem of Leaning Too Heavily on Black Women” by Rachel Charlene Lewis.

  • Follow The Nap Ministry on Instagram

  • Watch Passing Strange on Amazon

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