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Thaao Penghlis, Actor-Author-Greek Historian-Episode #283

 I had a blast chatting with the great Australian-born actor and raconteur, Thaao Penghlis, about his career and creative process. If you’re a fan of NBC’s long-running soap opera, Days of Our Lives, then you’re also likely...

Richard Bakewell, Writer-Director-Cinematographer-Episode #282

 Writer-director Richard Bakewell is a veteran cinematographer and television camera operator who has worked with major media figures like Gordon Ramsay and Oprah Winfrey, and on noted TV docuseries such as Cops, Last...

Damyanti Biswas, Fiction Writer-Episode #281

Damyanti Biswas is a Singapore-based fiction writer. Her short fiction has been published at Smokelong, Ambit, Litro, and Puerto del Sol, among others. And she's the coeditor of The Forge literary magazine. Her popular...

Fritz Coleman, Emmy-Winning Comedian and Weathercaster-Episode #280

Fritz Coleman is a 5-time Emmy Award Winning Stand-Up Comedian and former NBC Weathercaster. He has opened all over the United States for entertainment icons like Ray Charles, Debbie Reynolds, Jay Leno, George Benson, the...

Skye Fitzgerald, Documentary Filmmaker-Episode #279

 Skye Fitzgerald founded Spin Film to bear witness to unfolding crises with the intent to deepen empathy and understanding. He recently completed a trilogy of films on the global refugee crisis. The first, 50 Feet from...

Shelley Herman, Writer-Actress-Host-Episode #278

 Shelley Herman is an Emmy-nominated writer, actress, and host whose career began as an NBC Page in Burbank, CA. Shelley’s written over 1000 hours of television, contributed to numerous books for Dove/Phoenix Books, starred...
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StoryBeat is a lively podcast dedicated to a variety of storytellers discussing their unique process in creating art through storytelling. By listening to how successful creators develop and bring their work to life, writers and artists of all kinds are able to find great inspiration. StoryBeat focuses more on the “how” and “why” of creation rather than finished results, providing insight into the working world of storytellers and storytelling in all forms of artistic expression.

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Recent Guests

Damyanti Biswas, Fiction Writer-Episode #281

Damyanti Biswas, Fiction Writer-Episode #281

Damyanti Biswas is a Singapore-based fiction writer. Her short fiction has been published at Smokelong, Ambit, Litro, and Puerto del Sol, among others. And she's the coeditor of The Forge literary magazine. Her popular...

Your Host: Steve Cuden

Steve is perhaps best known for co-conceiving the Broadway and international hit musical, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical. He wrote the show’s original book and lyrics with renowned composer, Frank Wildhorn. Steve and Frank also co-conceived the international hit musical, Rudolf, Affaire Mayerling. Steve has written ninety teleplays including episodes of such well-known television series as: X-Men, The Batman, Iron Man, Xiaolin Showdown, Pink Panther, The Mask, Loonatics Unleashed, Extreme Ghostbusters, Goof Troop, Gargoyles, and Beetlejuice. He has published two popular books on scriptwriting, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations, and Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays.  He directed and co-produced the multi-award-winning horror-comedy movie, Lucky, for which he won the award for Best Director at the Nodance Film Festival. Lucky also won the awards for Best Feature at Shriekfest in L.A., The New York City Horror Film Festival, MicroCineFest in Baltimore, and the Weekend of Fear in Nuremberg, Germany. Steve is a retired Assistant Professor of Screenwriting at Point Park University, where he proudly taught numerous talented students about how to tell unforgettable stories for the screen.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following companies and individuals for their generous support in introducing numerous outstanding guests to StoryBeat.