Take Me To Coffee

A Mentorship Podcast for the Digital Age

About the show

Join Jessica Ryan (Broadway Unlocked) & Andrew Call (Hamilton), two theatre artists on a quest to improve their personal and professional lives as they sit down with the best, brightest and most inspiring people who are changing the world. This weekly digital coffee date is for the doers, the builders and anyone who knows how important a great mentor can be. If you're already reading this, we think you're one of us. So, buckle up, leave us a #VideoAsk to be mentored, and enjoy the ride!

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Classical Piano + YouTube: AyseDeniz

    Episode  |  November 7th, 2019  |  55 mins 35 secs
    advice for musicians, classical piano, social media, subpop

    Talk about using the powers of social media for good! Classical pianist and composer AyseDeniz has harnessed YouTube, Facebook and Instagram to help expose a new generation to classical music and make it cool again. There's nowhere and nothing she won't play, too - they've dropped a piano into Burning Man for her, they've dropped a piano into Cappodocia for her, she's mashed up Pink Floyd, Coldplay and it was all inspired by what a badass she thinks Franz Liszt was. This was a pretty cool coffee date, so settle in and enjoy!

  • When The Arts Are Not In Reach

    Article  |  November 6th, 2019
    By Jess Ryan
    adpianist, aysedeniz, classical music, piano, summit

    We all know the arts are so important, but as one fan pointed out to this week's guest, AyseDeniz, it's incredibly hard to get access to what you need when you're in a rural area. That made us think of all the amazing people we know working hard to make sure everyone has access to music and theatre. Read on for more inspiration!

  • Video Game Audio Design: Zack Quarles

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2019  |  55 mins 27 secs
    audio design, mentorship, strogg, video games

    Ever find yourself playing a video game and thinking to yourself, "Man, I love this game but I don't know why - and it's not just the visuals"? Turns out the audio design of a game can make or break your experience, and Zack Quarles, or ZQ to his friends, is the man behind the games you've loved through the years, including Killer Instinct, Quake and more. Listen in for advice to aspiring sound designers, why video games are getting more like digital theatre every day, and insight into the Strogg language ZQ created from scratch for Quake.

  • BONUS EPISODE #2: Our Very Second Episode with Christina Anthony of Mixed-ish

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 25 secs
    improv, los angeles, mixed-ish, multi-hyphenate, pilots, second city

    Little did we all know that Christina Anthony's life was about to be forever changed, when she agreed to be our second test guest back in March of 2019 and sit down for coffee with us. She had just shot a backdoor pilot for a new show called Mixed-ish, but no one knew if it would be picked up. SPOILER ALERT: SHE'S SO FAMOUS NOW! But back in that moment, Christina sat on her bathroom floor in her Hollywood studio apartment and dished out hilarity and wisdom about what it means to never quit, what she'd ask Barack Obama and Mr. T if she could take them to coffee, and how she came up with her nickname for Lin Manuel Miranda.

  • BONUS EPISODE #1: Our Very First Episode with Jermaine Blackwell

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2019  |  56 mins 40 secs
    actor, how to make a podcast, jermaine blackwell, new york city

    Friends, we're ten episodes in and that means it's time for a BONUS WEEK! Gather round for a very special commentary track episode, wherein Andrew and Jess pull back the curtain and let you listen in to the very first episode they ever recorded, with NBC Diversity Scholarship winner and actor Jermaine Blackwell. Here's a hint: It was absolute chaos. It starts with a fire alarm going off and Andrew's apartment almost catching on fire. Go us!!!

  • BONUS EPISODE #3: Our Very Third Episode with Jay Klaitz from Jessica Jones

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2019  |  42 mins 45 secs
    broadway, jessica jones, mentorship, waffee

    Broadway, TV and Film actor Jay Klaitz took time away from his brand new (super cute) baby to chat with us in our third ever episode of Take Me To Coffee. We talked all things theatre (he is a legend of Broadway with Lend Me a Tenor, Rock of Ages and High Fidelity under his belt), why he volunteers his time as a mentor to younger people, what it was like to shoot on Jessica Jones and Vinyl and what's ahead for his new production company.

  • How We Built This

    Article  |  October 23rd, 2019
    By Jess Ryan
    how i built this, how to make a podcast, mentorship

    This week, we're releasing our first three test episodes we ever recorded for #tm2cpodcast. In today's blog, we're looking back at the process of making this podcast from scratch, and giving you our top three tips from what we learned!

  • Comedy: Dana Powell

    Episode  |  October 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 15 mins
    acting, comedy, improv, la, modern family

    Modern Family. Veep. Bridesmaids. Dana Powell is a comedic powerhouse who has graced the screens of some of our favorite shows. Today, we're sitting down to coffee with her... well, no. Laying down to coffee with her? She did the whole episode in her bed in LA, so not really sure what the right thing is to say here. And by "with her", we mean Dana, her cat Daphne, her evil cat Cutters, her dog and her lizard. Together, we all dive into trying not to get eaten by coyotes at your survival job, picking up Christmas presents for Joey Lawrence (WHOA!), making motherboards for NASA, how a waiter at a Modern Family party became a collaborator, what it was like to be on the set of Bridesmaids and why she was hiding a small flying squirrel in her boobs during college classes. It's a wild one, folks. Strap in.

  • Marian The Grammarian (and Dana Powell as a Ninja)

    Article  |  October 16th, 2019
    By Jess Ryan
    grammarly, parody, technology, the music man

    In which our dumb free association on the episode becomes a very ridiculous (but also kind of intriguing?) branded musical for Grammarly, featuring this week's guest, Dana Powell from Modern Family.

  • Sports & Identity: Joon Lee

    Episode  |  October 10th, 2019  |  49 mins 44 secs
    baseball, diversity, espn, joon lee, sports

    Jess is stuck in the wilds of eastern Oregon, so Andrew helms the ship for an incredibly inspiring conversation with Joon Lee. Joon is a 24-year-old Korean-American sportswriter for ESPN, and he takes us on a wild journey through his time at Bleacher Report, why he likes to dig into the personalities of the biggest stars, the representation inception that happened when he covered Chloe Kim and the Olympics in South Korea, and why pornstars are people too. Plus - our producer Emily Ho makes a special guest appearance!

  • Send Help: Who is Jimmy Garoppolo and Why Is He Superman?

    Article  |  October 9th, 2019
    By Jess Ryan
    asian-american, diversity, jimmy garappolo, joon lee, sports

    Five minutes into listening to tomorrow's episode with sports journalist Joon Lee, and I knew my BFA in musical theatre was not going to be enough to decipher the first topic he and Andrew talked about - I literally had no idea what any of the words meant. But, by golly, I spent thousands of dollars on Text Analysis classes, so Pinter and Tennessee out of the way, 'cause today I'm tackling.... F . O . O . T . B . A . L . L .

  • Wine: Amanda McCrossin aka Sommvivant

    Episode  |  October 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    instagram influencer, napa valley, sommelier, sommvivant, wine

    Wine always feels fancy, but our guest Amanda McCrossin spends the hour answering our dumb questions and helping us feel like maybe it isn't something that far out of our reach. Plus - we get the top 3 Instagram tips from Amanda, who grew her own following from nothing to 25k, Jess trolls Andrew on their own podcast and we find out good legs doesn't mean the ass is going to be great too.

  • Community & Entrepreneurship: The Zuckerberg Institute

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2019  |  56 mins 44 secs
    accountability, community, entrepreneurs, goals, mentorship

    Today we have coffee with the co-founders of The Zuckerberg Institute, Randi Zuckerberg's new initiative for entrepreneurs around the globe. We hear about Brian Patrick Murphy's biggest failure in business and what he learned from it, what it was like for Michael Littig to start a non-profit in a conflict zone, and we do a lot of talking about why the struggle is what to love the most when you're building something.

  • The Mughal Empire: Audrey Truschke

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins
    academia, censorship, india, the mughal empire, twitter

    Audrey Truschke has created a name for herself on Twitter but it's probably not for anything you'd guess. She's an academic and author whose specialty is Muslim & Hindu conflict, The Mughal Empire and Sanksrit. We get down and dirty to learn about the role of academics in censorship, why people are so upset about her research and who was a better cheater at games as a kid, Audrey or Jess?

  • Activism: Idealist.org

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    idealism, non-profits, social entrepreneurship, social justice

    Ami Dar, founder of Idealist.org, has always had one mission in life: connect the people who want to do good, and make it easier to do that good. Never was there such an inspiring episode as talking with he and their Director of Organizing, Abby Graf Subak about how they that happen through a job board, grad fairs and Idealist Days around the world.

  • Founding a Fitness Empire: Mark Fisher

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2019  |  56 mins 34 secs
    entrepreneurship, fitness, ninjas, systems

    It seems like every Broadway friend of ours (including Andrew's wife!) keeps in shape at Mark Fisher Fitness. On our coffee date with the man himself, we found out that's because he is one smart dude, in addition to being a whacky, dada-loving unicorn. We chat about why Mark reads two plus books a week, how the Snatched emails have changed over the years, the ways in which running a business is like a rehearsal room and why Andrew and Jess now say "Skill Aquisition" every fourth sentence.