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Theatrical Mustang: How Sara Porkalob Builds Power

In this reboot of their podcast for AT magazine, Woodzick talks to Seattle-based writer-performer Sara Porkalob, who will next appear in ‘1776.’

American Theatre is proud to be the new venue for Theatrical Mustang, an independently produced podcast from actor-writer-activist Woodzick. Each month they’ll bring listeners interviews with unbridled talent and cultural trailblazers from across the country. (While this is the first episode of the podcast under AT‘s banner, it’s actually Episode 139 of Theatrical Mustang; you can go here to find all previous episodes.)

This month, Woodzick talks to multi-hyphenate creative force Sara Porkalob (she/her). A performer, director, activist and storyteller, Sara uses her skills and creative strategies to implement, create and develop anti-racist pedagogy that is used in local Seattle governance and arts and culture programming. The conversation ranges from food to bodybuilding and powerlifting to her latest theatrical projects. These include Sara’s Dragon Cycle, a trilogy of works in which she honors her family, three generations of Filipino Americans. Dragon Lady premiered at Intiman Theatre in 2017, Dragon Mama premiered at American Repertory Theatre in 2019, and Dragon Baby, commissioned by ART, recently received an extensive workshop in New York.

Also: Sara has recently started rehearsals for ART’s Broadway-bound revival of 1776, which features a female, non-binary, and trans cast; she plays Edward Rutledge. You can connect with Sara by visiting her website and following her on Instagram. Learn more about the Seattle artists Sara mentions in the podcast here: Meme Garcia, Justin Huertas, and Jay Woods

You can also download the podcast here.

The Theatrical Mustang Podcast is co-produced and engineered by Ray Kathryn Morgen. Music by Ray Kathryn & Michael Morgen with Citizen DJ Project, Library of Congress, National Jukebox.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Barton Cole, who coined the phrase “Theatrical Mustang.”

You can listen to episodes 1-138 of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast by visiting Email the podcast at or send a tweet to @TheatricalM.

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