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Robert Gagnier
Robert Gagnier is an L.A. based journalist who covers the arts, politics, and sports.

Entries by Robert Gagnier

Q&A With Cougar Town, Spin City and Scrubs Producer Randall Winston

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:18 PM


I recently had the opportunity to sit down with television producer and director Randall Winston, who spoke about his recently shot Rob Lowe pilot, Lupus, and being openly gay in Hollywood.

Robert Gagnier: Your career in Hollywood up to this point is well...

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Say It Loud: I'm Gay & Proud? Not in 1970s Philadelphia. Enter Doctor Anonymous (Part 3 of 3)

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:56 PM

No need for masks and conversion therapy.

The playwright, director and lead actor all weigh in. Today's final blog is with the lead actor, Matt Crabtree.


Although a work of fiction, Doctor Anonymous was inspired by a watershed moment in...

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Say it Loud: I'm Gay and I'm Proud? Not in 1970s Philadelphia. Enter Doctor Anonymous: Part 2 of 3

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:27 PM

No need for masks and conversion therapy.
The playwright, director and lead actor all weigh in.
This second part in the blog features the director, John Henry Davis.


Although a work of fiction, Doctor Anonymous was inspired...

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Say It Loud: I'm Gay and I'm proud? Not in 1970s Philadelphia. Enter Doctor Anonymous: Part 1 of 3

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:29 PM

There's no need for masks and conversion therapy. The playwright, director and lead actor all weigh in.

Part one is with the playwright, Guy Glass.


Although a work of fiction, Doctor Anonymous was inspired by a watershed moment...

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Q&A With "SIT" Writer-Director Lindsay Nyman

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:05 PM


Inspired by a true story: "SIT"

Theatre by the Blind presents an original play about one blind girl's journey through life.

Theatre by the Blind, (TBTB) the country's only theater troupe composed entirely of blind adult actors, provides participants with a...

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Liesel Allen Yeager and Shalita Grant from Christopher Durang's 2013 Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 10:42 AM



Hello Liesel. With experience in both television and theatre, how do you differentiate the two in terms of the way you go about preparing for a role?

That's a great question, and the truth is...

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9 Questions for Santa Monica Chief of Police Jacqueline A. Seabrooks

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:44 AM


As described by, "Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks is a 31-year law enforcement veteran with significant municipal policing experience. As of May 29, 2012, she assumed leadership responsibilities for the Santa Monica Police Department as its 17th Chief of Police."


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Whitney-Gayle Benta on Revolt TV and Why You Should Watch

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:40 PM


Whitney-Gayle Benta is SVP of Music and Talent at REVOLT TV

The Recording Academy presented GRAMMY Connect at YouTube Space Los Angeles recently. Where Music and Tech Collide was the theme, featuring various panelists, such as Whitney-Gayle Benta from Sean Combs latest venture,...

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Q&A With Barry McGovern of Beckett's "I'll Go On" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:53 PM


A celebrated interpreter of Beckett, Barry McGovern is known to Los Angeles audiences for his performance as Vladimir in the acclaimed 2012 production of "Waiting for Godot" at the Mark Taper Forum (LADCC Awards: Best Revival and Best Ensemble, Ovation Award Best Production and Best Ensemble). 

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Second City's Marc Warzecha and Frank Caeti from A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:13 AM


Hello, Marc. Second City, via its production of Twist Your Dickens, made its way to Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre last year, to rave reviews. What have you been up to since?

Well, just before we went into the rehearsal process...

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Laura Zucker: The Force Behind the 54th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:09 PM


Laura Zucker is Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Director of the Masters in Arts Management Program at Claremont Graduate University. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in...

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Director John Simpkins and Actor Coby Getzug from Joe Iconis' The Black Suits

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 11:42 AM

Q: John, a lot of the work you do in the world of theater clearly involves developing new musicals as your role as both a director and artistic director. Are there any specific challenges that one faces in your role in doing a musical as opposed to a production with...

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Achieving Peace Through Drama

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:55 AM


Actor Trieu Tran and Director-Producer Robert Egan comment on their collaboration:

"Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam"

Q-Mr. Tran, what inspired you to write Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam?

A-It's the life I lived. It's been...

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Rodney King: A Postmortem Interview as Told by Obie Award Winner Roger Guenveur Smith

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 4:32 PM


Q-What compelled you to create this piece?

A-When we lost Rodney King last year during Father's day, I was tremendously moved -- and I wanted to know why. I had never met Rodney King, and had never engaged...

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Capturing Your Imagination: A Q&A With Susan Albert Loewenberg

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 8:51 AM

Robert Gagnier: Through your company L.A Theater Works, you have been producing Radio Theater in the U.S. for more than two decades now. What continues to drive you, and where does the source of your passion lie?

Susan Albert Loewenberg: You know, I have always loved great literature. When I...

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NFLPA's New Orleans Counsel Joseph N. Mole

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Many around the U.S. and the world found two great reasons to recently visit what is perhaps America's most unique city, New Orleans. The city's annual Mardi Gras was set to take place; as was the single greatest show on earth for one day: Super Bowl XLVII. When the NFL...

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Down-Home Decadence With Sandy Sachs

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 3:51 PM

Sandy Sachs owns the Bourbon Pub & Parade at "gay ground zero" in New Orleans.

Many people now recognize you as an international lesbian icon. How does that make you feel?

Well, I love being a leader. I truly enjoy meeting people and the whole international aspect with the event...

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L.A.'s Historical and Live Music Venues: The Mint

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 4:28 PM

I'm here to do a Q&A piece with Todd Christiansen, the current owner of the Mint, which dates back to 1937. Christiansen greets me with a firm handshake, and proceeds to give me a tour of the Mint, as well as an adjacent property which is where our interview will...

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Jeopardy! Contestants Seek Game Show Gold

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM

All it took was one phone call from Jeopardy! Senior Publicity Coordinator Susie Eun, and I was off and running recently to catch up with Glenn Kagan and some new potential Jeopardy! candidates who were already in a neat formal line, ready for their 9 a.m. session to begin. These...

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Q & A With Carole Kirschner

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 4:06 PM

Q- You are the current Director of WGA's Showrunner Training Program at Writers Guild of America West. How many applicants did you have for this year?

A- We had over eighty applicants for about twenty five slots. The application process is a two step process. First applicants have to be...

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