45: Rise producing director Rosemary Rodriguez

Rosemary Rodriguez

Television and film director Rosemary Rodriguez

I interview television and film director Rosemary Rodriguez about working on the new show Rise, which I really love and which stars Elsie alum Auli’i Cravalho




Listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/45-rise-producing-director-rosemary-rodriguez/?token=d3d9b44ca0620a8df29be1f566151642

You can follow Rosemary on Instagram or Twitter @RosemaryDirects.

Here’s the official trailer for Rosemary’s recent film Silver Skies (Warning that the three trailers coming up are much darker than my usual musical comedy links):

And her first film Acts of Worship:

The trailer for the movie that’s inspiring Rosemary right now:

The book Rosemary mentioned is Just Kids by Patti Smith. Buy it here.

That picture of Auli’i I talked about:

Auli'i dancing with the Kid at Elsie Fest

Auli’i having a blast with my Kid, who has been cropped out for her privacy. (But she’s a proud Puff–go see Puffs in movie theaters!) 

Buy tickets to Solve It Squad here.

Please subscribe to Elsie Cast, tell your friends to listen, and check out my shop.

Next time on the podcast:

5/21/18: The writers of Wicked Frozen


44: The Merch Guy

This one is really exciting. I interviewed Ricky Winowieckie (pronounced vee-no-vee-eh-ski) from Ann Arbor Tees, the company that produces merch for Elsie Fest! (And also Elsie alums Darren Criss, StarKid, and Computer Games.)

You can listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/44-the-merch-guy/


Ricky wants to be remembered as a lover of dogs

Ricky and I go way into the weeds about how merch is developed and produced for Elsie Fest, how he first met the StarKids and Darren, and even where he parks his van during Elsie Fest weekend.

AND there’s a sale right now on official Elsie Fest, Darren Criss, and Computer Games merch! Check it out.

Ann Arbor Tees also does merch for Tin Can Bros, who currently have a show off-Broadway. Go check out The Solve It Squad this week, and while you’re there say hi to stage manager (and podcast guest) Adam Brunetti.

Next on the podcast:

May 7: Rosemary Rodriguez, Producing Director of Rise




43: On Leslie Odom Jr. and all the things


I interview Renee Grassi about her love of Leslie Odom Jr., which stretches all the way back to his time on Smash!

First, the bad news: I CANNOT FIND A VIDEO OF “LET’S START TOMORROW TONIGHT” from Smash. So that’s why it’s not here. If you have a link to one, please let me know in the comments or email me at elsiefestpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @elsiepod.

Here’s a link to my blog post (from my old blog) about Sam and Tom.

And here’s the one about using Glee for sex ed.

And don’t forget to get Leslie’s book Failing Up!

Celebrate the first Elsie Fest with this t-shirt:

And find more awesome things in my shop.

Coming up on the podcast:

  • Ricky from Ann Arbor Tees
  • A fan report from the Todrick Hall tour
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, director of Rise!
  • The writers of the new off-Broadway show Wicked Frozen