brave space goes international! In this episode, I meet with Austin Holt in Dublin to talk about her life as a theatre professional and graduate student at Trinity College. We talk about what drew Austin to Dublin and how theatre and arts funding in Ireland differs from that in the United States, our home country.
Sarah (me, far left), Austin (far right), and our "lady tribe" on stage of The Abbey Theatre in Dublin
Austin recently produced a play, Escapegoat, with playwright and classmate May Treuhaft-Ali. I ask Austin about her experience fundraising abroad and using crowdfunding to finance the production. We both realize that we're hesitant to ask for help, even when we know we have a support system to fall back on, and talk about why we think we feel that way. Austin talks a bit about her dissertation on identity politics in American theater (shout-out to Hamilton!).
Escapegoat artwork, by Shelby West
Born and raised in Texas, Austin has a lot of Texas pride. We talk about the cultural differences between the South, the New York Metro Area where I'm from (and where she recently lived), and Dublin based on what we've experienced. We also touch upon how the United States and Ireland differ on remembering and sharing their histories. Lastly, Austin shares that her "lady tribe" has been a source of inspiration for her, and how great it is for women to be supporting women.
Thanks again to Austin for chatting with me in Dublin - and thanks to all you listeners for bearing with the sirens and road noise in this episode!