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Elena Urdaneta, Patrena Murray, Haruna Lee, Ceci Fernandez, Sara Porkalob, and Kai Heath in "Men on Boats" at Baltimore Center Stage. (Photo by Teresa Castracane)

Theatrical Mustang: Ada Karamanyan Would Like More, Please

This month we talk to the administrator, activist, and casting professional about amplifying trans talent, rethinking the canon, and prioritizing mental health.

Ada Karamanyan.

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.

This month, Woodzick talks to theatre administrator, activist, and casting professional Ada Karamanyan in a conversation centering on the way she’s set out to amplify transgender and gender-expansive voices in theatre. Ada is currently the production and artistic office manager at ACT Theatre in Seattle. Among her many artistic accomplishments, she led casting for all of the roles in Shakespeare’s canon for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project and continues to help with casting for the Next Chapter Podcast series. She has also served in leadership and facilitation roles with trans lab, and Baltimore Center Stage, among others. In 2020, she wrote the piece “Unicorn at the Soup Factory” for American Theatre‘s special issue on trans and gender nonconforming theatre workers.

Here is a list of TGNC resources curated by Ada:

And these are theatre companies Ada champions:

The Theatrical Mustang podcast is co-produced and engineered by Ray Kathryn Morgen (they/them). Music by The Morgens using 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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