In This Episode

Erik, Jeff, and Jenn discuss the life of a working actor, the power of creating one's own content, and what arts administrators can do to best collaborate with artists.

 

See All Episodes

There's this crew of people who are working actors, who make a living as an actor but are not famous, so we're sort of in the middle. We're middle aged, we're in the middle of our lives, we're in the middle of our careers. Hopefully we'll continue to grow but at this moment, this is what it's like to be with us.

ABOUT JEFF AND JENN

Jeff Hiller and Jenn Harris are two hilarious New York City based actors. You may recognize Jeff from 30 Rock or Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, or Jenn from the film Gayby or Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical. Jeff and Jenn have their own hysterical podcast, Touche, which touches on being in the middle of their lives and their careers.

EPISODE TRANSCRIPT

Erik Gensler: Well thank you so much for having me here this is my first recording in an official podcast studio.

Jane Chu: Well thanks for giving me the opportunity.

Erik Gensler: And thank you for all the amazing work you do on behalf of the arts in this country it's a real pleasure and honor to be able to speak with you

Jane Chu: Thank you

Erik Gensler: What is the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts?

Jane Chu: Well the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts has been about making sure that the arts can thrive in so many different ways all across the nation, so that's the way we think in our activities. That's the way we think in terms of the grants awarded. Is the nation able to help, and really engage with the arts, , in so many different ways.

Erik Gensler: how and why was the institution founded?

Jane Chu: We've seen the benefits of participating in the arts, and that is why it was founded 53 years ago, when I first got here, to the National Endowment for the Arts, I looked at the enacting legislation, and we wanted to make sure that we have followed, uh, that specific legislation from the beginning, which is to help the nation thrive through the arts.

There are many, uh, many opportunities, milestones that we're so pleased to see, and they range from making sure that there are arts activities, and that the NEA has been able to support across the nation, so all 50 states, all 435 congressional districts, There's 19 thousand communities in the United States, and the National Endowment for the Arts supports, 16 thousand of them.

Erik Gensler: Wow.

Jane Chu: We've seen a really good track record of new projects, helping organizations get off the ground, who are really doing good work. I think back to Prairie Home Companion, National Endowment for the Arts was able to, uh, see that at the very beginning. American Film Institute, uh, we s-, sponsored a deaf initiative to make sure that people with low hearing, and people who were deaf would be able to participate in the arts, uh, Deaf West Theater in California.

Erik Gensler: Well thank you so much for having me here this is my first recording in an official podcast studio.

Jane Chu: Well thanks for giving me the opportunity.

Erik Gensler: And thank you for all the amazing work you do on behalf of the arts in this country it's a real pleasure and honor to be able to speak with you

Jane Chu: Thank you

Erik Gensler: What is the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts?

Jane Chu: Well the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts has been about making sure that the arts can thrive in so many different ways all across the nation, so that's the way we think in our activities. That's the way we think in terms of the grants awarded. Is the nation able to help, and really engage with the arts, , in so many different ways.

Erik Gensler: how and why was the institution founded?

Jane Chu: We've seen the benefits of participating in the arts, and that is why it was founded 53 years ago, when I first got here, to the National Endowment for the Arts, I looked at the enacting legislation, and we wanted to make sure that we have followed, uh, that specific legislation from the beginning, which is to help the nation thrive through the arts.

There are many, uh, many opportunities, milestones that we're so pleased to see, and they range from making sure that there are arts activities, and that the NEA has been able to support across the nation, so all 50 states, all 435 congressional districts, There's 19 thousand communities in the United States, and the National Endowment for the Arts supports, 16 thousand of them.

Erik Gensler: Wow.

Jane Chu: We've seen a really good track record of new projects, helping organizations get off the ground, who are really doing good work. I think back to Prairie Home Companion, National Endowment for the Arts was able to, uh, see that at the very beginning. American Film Institute, uh, we s-, sponsored a deaf initiative to make sure that people with low hearing, and people who were deaf would be able to participate in the arts, uh, Deaf West Theater in California.

Erik Gensler: Well thank you so much for having me here this is my first recording in an official podcast studio.

Jane Chu: Well thanks for giving me the opportunity.

Erik Gensler: And thank you for all the amazing work you do on behalf of the arts in this country it's a real pleasure and honor to be able to speak with you

Jane Chu: Thank you