About this episode

This is the first episode in the introductory series of The Notable Woman podcast, and I couldn’t be happier to introduce creativity powerhouse Tia Shearer Bassett. Tia acts, writes, directs, and creates all while being Mom to a 3-year-old and supporting the creative work of her theatre freelancing husband, just as he supports her. This creative family leads their artistic life in Washington D.C., and I couldn’t be happier to start off the podcast with this interview. We talk about poetry, theatre, creation, great books, as well as keeping creativity alive, even after kids. Tia’s insights into stress have already been helping me, and I’m also “allowing” for myself a lot more in my own life. Enjoy this great conversation!

About Tia Shearer Bassett

“I’m not Tia the person, and Tia the Mom, and Tia the creator. I’m Tia. I just happen to do all these things.”

Tia Shearer Bassett is actor / director / writer / creator living and working in Washington DC. This “Theatre Wolf” works as a company member with the Hub TheatreFlying V, and Arts on the Horizon, where she often creates her own “baby theatre” pieces, and as a teacher at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She is currently gearing up to perform in Imagination Stage’s production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. 

Resources

Flying V Theatre – Theatre for people who don’t think they like theatre
“Baby theatre” or theatre for very young audiences – Learn more in this article from American Theatre
#TheatreWolf – Tia’s hashtag
Mary Oliver – a poet that Tia recommends for us
Nutt and Bolt at Arts on the Horizon – junkyard robot play for teeny tinies
Sustainable Arts Foundation – supports artists with children
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (show and book)

Recommended Reading

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall – if you love novels, Tia says you must read this book.

A Few of Tia’s Favorites

Not mentioned in our episode, Tia wanted to share this brief list of her favorites for you to explore:
For laughs – Hark! A Vagrant
For mindfulness – On Being, and a recent favorite article Parker J. Palmer’s Seeking Sanctuary in Our Own Sacred Spaces
For a good poem – To You by Kenneth Koch
For “baby theatre” inspiration – Charlie Chaplin, Mr. Bean, and Buster Keaton
For a good book for your favorite tiny human – Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley

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