The PARK BENCH PODCAST

- taking the art of a everyday conversation to a park bench near you. And then around the world.

an award-winning podcast series and site-specific interview outpost, PARK BENCH offers a different perspective on your neighborhood, your life, what you are thinking about... slightly elevated, and a little off-center.

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Here we are - 34 episodes in!

NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 4 

NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 4

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the fourth and final installment of our collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium. If you haven’t heard Parts 1, 2 or 3, you can find them just down the podcast stream.

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 3 

This is the third installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple.

The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET members, artists, educators, activists, funders, policy makers, and others with an interest in collaborative creation…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 2 (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 34) 

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the second installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple. The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET…

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NET 2017 - Past/Forward, Pt 1 (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 33) 

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost and podcast. This is the first installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Park Bench is a change of perspective that looks a little like a rolling hill and arrives into an urban environment (a mall, a parking space, or …. a National Gathering) and asks passersby to share their thoughts while sitting and observing their…

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Devon England and Art Friends (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 32) 

Welcome to a special edition of Park Bench.

For the past 7 years and 31 episodes, Park Bench has been a whimsical mobile interview outpost with a serious agenda.  We ask folks to have a seat, consider a big idea from a different perspective and then digitally record those conversations and podcast it to the world.  But, with Episode #32, we leave the Park Bench at home and turn our attention, and the microphone on ourselves, our art, and some people who have inspired us for years.  

This Spring theater…

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Tacoma, WA (Park Bench Episode 31) 

PODCAST (10.7.13)

With our 31st episode, we set up shop in the Theater District of Downtown Tacoma, WA, an arts corridor anchored by the Broadway Center for the Arts and it’s three bustling Venues. During the Center’s 2 day, Fall Free For All Festival , we asked residents, participants and David Fischer, BCA's Executive Director about their city, their publicly-owned Theaters, and the importance of the arts in Tacoma. Many thanks to everyone who stopped to talk with us!

From these chats we have done our…

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Wickenburg, Arizona (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 30) 

PODCAST  3.14.2013

theater simple’s Park Bench, WICKENBURG, ARIZONA

Welcome to Wickenburg, Arizona, and the latest episode of park Bench.

Park Bench is theater simple’s, mobile interview outpost; a whimsical project with a serious agenda. We set up our 7ft tall rolling hill, then we ask folks to have a seat and consider a big idea, from a different perspective. Literally.

The week of january 28th, 2013, we set up shop in the high desert town of Wickenburg, Arizona, about 40 miles Northwest of Phoenix…

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University of Nevada, Reno: Pt 2 (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 29) 

PODCAST 10/5/2012

theater simple’s Park Bench: University of Nevada, Reno, Pt 2

The week of September 17th, 2011, we set up shop at the University of Nevada in Reno and asked students about their lives, their plans, their school, and in these challenging times……their hopes for the future. Thanks to everyone who stopped to talk.

During three very hot September days in Reno we logged over 70 interviews, and from these chats we have done our best to sketch the community of a Universi [...]

University of Nevada, Reno: Pt 1 (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 28) 

NEW PODCAST 11/28/2011

theater simple’s Park Bench: University of Nevada, Reno, Pt 1

 

The week of September 17th, 2011, we set up shop at the University of Nevada in Reno and asked students about their lives, their plans, their school, and in these challenging times……their hopes for the future. Thanks to everyone who stopped to talk.

 

During three very hot September days in Reno we logged over 70 interviews, and from these c [...]

The Redmond Central Connector, part 2 (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 27) 

theater simple’s Park Bench: The Redmond Central Connector, Pt.2

This podcast completes our look at  the City of Redmond’s Central Connector Project Visioning Event during which residents and city users were encouraged to share their ideas, hopes and dreams for their city and the development of the newly purchased Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Line.  On Sept 15th, at 5:30 the rains came…and so did the people…over 100.  The simpletons logged over 4 hrs of comments and conversations and have been…

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The Redmond Central Connector Pt. 1 (Park Bench Ep. 26) 

theater simple’s Park Bench, episode 26: The Redmond Central Connector, Pt. 1

On Sept 15th, theater simple took part in the City of Redmond’s Central Connector Project Visioning Event during which residents and city users were encouraged to share their ideas, hopes and dreams for their city and the development of the newly purchased Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Line.  At 5:30 the rains came…and so did the people…over 100.  The simpletons logged over 4 hrs of comments and conversations and have been…

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Park Bench Ep 23 (KCLS, Pt 3, Covington) 

In the Fall & Winter of, 2008-2009, theater simple teamed with the King County Library System (KCLS) and 4CULTURE, to launch “THE LIBRARY PROJECT: BOOK BENCH”, a 5-part podcast series covering every region of the King County Library System. Released March 12, 2009

Park Bench Ep 22 (KCLS, Part 2, Mercer Island) 

In the Fall & Winter of, 2008-2009, theater simple teamed with the King County Library System (KCLS) and 4CULTURE, to launch “THE LIBRARY PROJECT: BOOK BENCH”, a 5-part podcast series covering every region of the King County Library System. Released February 18, 2009

Park Bench Ep 21 (KCLS,Pt 1 -Valley View) 

In the Fall & Winter of, 2008-2009, theater simple teamed with the King County Library System (KCLS) and 4CULTURE, to launch “THE LIBRARY PROJECT: BOOK BENCH”, a 5-part podcast series covering every region of the King County Library System. Released January 21, 2009

Park Bench Ep 20 (Pt 4 El Mirage) 

September 20-22, 2008, Park Bench was invited to El Mirage, Arizona to take part in a civic planning process called a charette. Over three days, interviews were taken from local residents to begin conversations about their urban plan.  Released October 2, 2008

Park Bench Ep 19 (El Mirage Pt 3) 

September 20-22, 2008, Park Bench was invited to El Mirage, Arizona to take part in a civic planning process called a charette. Over three days, interviews were taken from local residents to begin conversations about their urban plan.  Released October 1, 2008

Park Bench Ep 18 (El Mirage Pt 2) 

September 20-22, 2008, Park Bench was invited to El Mirage, Arizona to take part in a civic planning process called a charette. Over three days, interviews were taken from local residents to begin conversations about their urban plan.  Released September 30, 2008

Park Bench Ep 17 (El Mirage, Pt. 1) 

September 20-22, 2008, Park Bench was invited to El Mirage, Arizona to take part in a civic planning process called a charette. Over three days, interviews were taken from local residents to begin conversations about their urban plan.  Released September 29, 2008

Park Bench Ep 16 (Bisbee pt 3) 

In late April, 2008, Park Bench was invited to Bisbee Arizona to take part in a civic planning process called a charette. Over three days, interviews were taken from local residents in the San Jose District to begin community conversation about their urban plan. Released May 5, 2008

Park Bench Ep 15 (Bisbee Pt.2) 

In late April, 2008, Park Bench was invited to Bisbee Arizona to take part in a civic planning process called a charette. Over three days, interviews were taken from local residents in the San Jose District to begin community conversation about their urban plan. Released May 5, 2008