And Scene #8 - “Mama’s Got the Stuff” - Parent Artist Advocacy w/ Rachel Spencer Hewitt

May 22, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We are joined this week by actress and activist Rachel Spencer Hewitt (@RachelSHewitt)! 

In Act 1, we talk about the veritable deluge of live musicals coming to TV this upcoming season, another new theater sprouting up in the UK, and some summer theater festivals that are coming to different parts of the U.S. ( 

In Act 2, the founder of and the Parent Artist Advocacy League (, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, talks to us about the League’s mission to address an often overlooked contingency of the theater world: the working parent-artist.  Rachel highlights for us the obstacles parents working in the theater face, and ways producers and the theater community at large can help parents overcome those obstacles and moderate their work-life balance.  Most importantly, we discuss upcoming fora PAAL is hosting to hear from parent-artists about the hurdles they have to overcome in pursuing the two most important parts of their lives: their artistic vocation, and their dedication to caregiving (see dates below).

Are you a parent working in the theater?  Are you thinking about starting a family and want a heads up on what to expect?  Let us know!  Please reach out to us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at, and on Facebook at Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening.

Forum Philadelphia (6/10):
Forum NJ (6/11):
Forum NYC (6/12):

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