Sunday Pancakes with Celia Keenan-Bolger

By Celia Keenan-Bolger, Plate Spinner Productions

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Kick off each week with Tony Award winning actress and host Celia Keenan-Bolger for Sunday Pancakes, a new podcast to nourish your head and heart. Every Sunday, Celia will sit down with one of her favorite artists for an intimate, candid conversation on the beauty and struggle of humanity and what keeps them feeling connected, motivated, and curious about the world around them.

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Pancake Minisode #1: Thoughts On The Transition Out Of Social Isolation

In our first pancake minisode, Celia shares her hopes, struggles, and anxieties as we begin to  gather again and awkwardly adjust to a New Normal. 

Weekly Round-Up:

  • Read the Medium article, “Prepare For The Ultimate Gaslighting” by Julio Vincent Gambuto
  • Read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Read the Vice article, “How To Make Small Talk After We’ve Been Through A Pandemic” by Rachel Miller
  • Read “I’m Not Ready” from the March 4th edition of the Culture Study newsletter by Anne Helen Peterson 
  • “Collective Compassion” is a term Celia first heard used by Sonya Renee Taylor in her book The Body Is Not An Apology. The book will also be included in next week's round-up.

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Apr 11, 2021
Having A Hard Conversation (And The Healing That Accompanies It) with Kelli O’Hara

Stage and screen star KELLI O’HARA has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered her the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Oliver nominations. Kelli has received an additional 6 Tony nominations for her work on Broadway in the productions The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, Nice Work if You Can Get It, The Bridges of Madison County, and and Kiss Me Kate.  Kelli was awarded the prestigious Drama League’s Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 2019. Kelli also received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series The Accidental Wolf. Other film and television credits include the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, All The Bright Places, Peter Pan Live!, Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk.  She is currently shooting HBO’s The Gilded Age. Kelli sits on the boards of New York City Center and The NY Pops for which she Co-Chairs their PopsEd initiative.She also serves on the Lincoln Center Artist Committee and the advisory board of Broadway for Racial Justice. Kelli is a wife and a mother of 2 children.  

Weekly Round-Up:

  • Read Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
  • Read the Vanity Fair piece, “Roxanne Gay on How to Write About Trauma" by Monica Lewinsky
  • Read the Bon Appétit article, “How Writing a Cookbook Helped Me Break Free From Diet Culture” by Julia Turshen
  • Listen to the On Being podcast episode, “The Soul in Depression” with Andrew Solomon
Apr 04, 2021
Prioritizing Your Personal Life with Phillipa Soo

PHILLIPA SOO is best known for originating the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in Broadway’s critically acclaimed Hamilton, garnering her numerous industry awards and a Tony Award nomination. She can currently be seen in the film version of Hamilton on Disney+. Soo is currently voicing a lead role in Netflix’s animated film Over the Moon. She can also be seen in Sony’s The Broken Hearts Gallery and in Disney+’s The One and Only Ivan. She made her feature film debut in Here and Now. On the small screen, she will next be seen in Hulu’s upcoming drama series DOPESICK, based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and in Spectrum Originals’ upcoming series PLAN Z. She was previously a series regular on CBS's The Code and featured in NBC's Smash. Soo co-starred on Broadway in The Parisian Woman, as well as playing the title role in the Broadway musical Amelie. She also originated the role of ‘Natasha Rostova’ in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division.

Weekly Round-Up:

  • Read The Art Of Gathering by Priya Parker
  • Explore the interactive website, Death Over Dinner
  • Listen to the What Next podcast episode, “Why Don’t We Know More About The Atlanta Victims?” and read Mary Harris's follow up article on Slate.

AAPI Resources:

  • Read The Atlantic’s article, ”Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different” by Morgan Ome
  • Sign-up for Hollaback’s Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harrassment
  • Read Variety’s article, “How Hollywood Is Complicit in the Violence Against Asians in America” by Caroline Framke
  • Donate to Support Asian Communities
Mar 28, 2021
Denée Benton on Making Peace With Your Perfectionism

DENÉE BENTON made her Broadway debut and received a 2017 Tony Award nomination, Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination, Theatre World Award, and a Lilly Award for her portrayal of ‘Natasha’ in the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T). Nat’l Tour/ West End: ‘Nabulungi’ in The Book of Mormon, ‘Ruby’ in Season 2 of Lifetime's hit series UnREAL. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and spent last year starring as ‘Eliza’ in Broadway's Hamilton. Next, she can be seen starring in HBO’s new TV series The Gilded Age.

Celia's Weekly Round-up: 

  • Read Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski.
  • Listen to Post Reports' “The Life Of George Floyd” podcast episode.
  • Read the Vogue article, “On Stacey Abrams and the Persistent Problem of Leaning Too Heavily on Black Women” by Rachel Charlene Lewis.
  • Follow The Nap Ministry on Instagram.
  • Watch Passing Strange on Amazon.

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Mar 21, 2021
Sunday Pancakes Trailer

CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of 'Scout' in To Kill a Mockingbird. She is known for outstanding performances in Broadway productions such as 'Laura' in The Glass Menagerie, 'Molly' in Peter and the Starcatcher, and 'Olive' in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  She received Tony Award nominations for all three roles. Up next, Celia will star in Julian Fellowes' The Gilded Age for HBO. She previously starred in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Oldest Boy and in Merrily We Roll Along at City Center Encores. She has also played guest star roles in notable TV series such as “Bull,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” and “Louie.”  Celia was born in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Performance Program. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and their son.

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Mar 17, 2021