Into the Fire at Burning Coal Theatre

The Burning Coal Theatre Company podcast series, hosted by Artistic Director Jerome Davis

Episode 78: Dr. Brenda Werth

June 16th, 2021

Episode 77: Preston Campbell and Lilly Nelson

June 3rd, 2021

On this week's episode, we sit down with Preston and Lilly Nelson. We discuss shows Nine Lives and Girls & Boys, work as an artist during the pandemic and their passion for acting. Be sure to watch both shows in person or via livestream beginning June 10th through the 27th!


Introduction 0:00 - 0:44

Introduction of Special Guests 0:44 -  1:23
Basic Information of the Shows 1:23 - 2:42
Preston's Take on Nine Lives & his Character 2:42 - 5:56
Lilly's Take on Girls & Boys 5:56 - 7:42
Lilly bringing Plays to Theatres 7:42 - 8:52
Preston's Experience with One Person Shows 8:52 - 9:31
Preston talks about where he's from 9:31 -  9:43
Lilly talks about where she's from 9:43 - 11:14
Lilly and when her passion for acting began 11:14 - 12:20
Preston and when his passion for acting began 12:20 - 13:45
Lilly talks about how Girls & Boys affects her personal life 13:45 - 17:31
Preston talks about his Character's journey 17:31 - 20:54
Preston talks about work during the Covid-19 pandemic 20:54 - 23:06
Lilly talks about work during the Covid-19 pandemic 23:06 - 26:01
Lilly talks about what she wants to do as an artist 26:01 - 30:05
Preston talks about what he wants to do as an artist 30:05 - 31:05
Information for both Nine Lives and Girls & Boys 31:05 - 32:33
Outro 32:33 - 33:16  

Episode 76: KidsWrite 2021 Playwrights

May 28th, 2021

On this week’s episode, you can hear from 3 of our amazing KidsWrite playwrights!
These students, Grace Niesel, Josie Perry and Jonan Reynolds tell you about their experience in
writing and with KidsWrite along with advice and inspiration to other young writers! Be sure to
watch their plays livestreams on May 28th and May 29th at 7pm!

Introduction- 0:00-0:48

KidsWrite 2021 Information- 0:48-2:32

Introductions of Special Guests- 2:32-4:50

Josie’s and Grace’s Synopsis and Basic Information of their pieces- 4:50-6:58

Grace’s and Josie’s Writing Background and Inspiration- 6:58-10:42

Grace’s Writing Process- 10:42-12:36

Josie’s and Grace’s Advice for Other Young Authors- 12:36-15:44

Grace and Josie explaining imagining the Story vs. imagining the Audience- 15:44-16:58

Josie’s and Grace’s Experience in KidsWrite- 16:58-19:20

Grace’s and Josie’s Role Models in Writing- 19:20-22:18

Jodin Introduction and “I Have No Idea” Synopsis and Basic Information - 22:18-24:54

Jodin’s Writing Background- 24:54-25:20

Jodin’s Inspiration- 25:20-26:03

Jodin’s Experience in KidsWrite- 26:03-26:55

Advice for what to do if you think you are a writer? - 26:55- 29:00

Outro- 29:00-30:18

Episode 75: Neel Keller

January 28th, 2021

Into the Fire is back, and we're kicking off 2021 with the inimitable Neel Keller, who directed the original productions of both Forever and Until the Flood!

Episode 74: Laura Lillian Baggett and Kimmy Fiorentino

October 14th, 2020

On this week's episode, we're joined by Laura Lillian Baggett and Kimmy Fiorentino, who will alternately star in A Hundred Words for Snow, opening tomorrow! Join us as we explore the process behind the play, their respective relationships to the character of Rory, and how each of these young actors approached this one-woman show!

Episode 73: Tatty Hennessy

September 30th, 2020

On this episode, Jerome Davis is joined by none other than Tatty Hennessy, the playwright behind A Hundred Words for Snow!

Episode 72: Lucy Atkinson

September 9th, 2020

On this episode of the Into the Fire podcast series, we're joined by a very special guest: Lucy Atkinson! Lucy Atkinson directed the original production of Tatty Hennessy's A Hundred Words for Snow for Trafalgar Studios in London, and gives insight into both the play and the process behind its inaugural run!

Episode 71 - Of Art and Politics: Ben Cameron

July 23rd, 2020

This week we hear from Ben Cameron, President of the Jerome Foundation, on civic leadership and organizational change. Listen to Burning Coal's new episode of our summer podcast series Of Arts & Politics!

Episode 70 - Of Arts and Politics: Nicole Garneau on Creative Action

July 11th, 2020

Interdisciplinary artist and activist Nicole Garneau discusses her work as a maker of site-specific, critically conscious, and participatory creative actions. In this conversation, she discusses her book Performing Revolutionary and her current project supporting the persecuted Russian feminist artist Yulia Tsetkova. Learn more and find her book at, and join #500Solidarity at

Episode 69: KidsWrite 2020, Featuring Pranav Gadiraju, Sam Harris, Vivek Indlamuri, and Catherine Shamel

May 29th, 2020

On this episode, we're joined by some of the promising young playwrights behind our 2020 KidsWrite Festival! Listen in for insight into what's inspired these rising writers!

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