Watch my interview with theatre director John Blondell about Westmont College’s production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus on Friday and Sunday, March 2 & 4 at 7pm in Santa Barbara’s New Vic Theatre, downtown Santa Barbara

Daniel Kepl interviews John Blondell, Chair of Westmont College‘s Theatre Arts Department and founder of Lit Moon Theatre Company about the upcoming Theatre and Music Department presentation of a new take on Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4 at 7pm at the New Vic Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.





Watch my interview with internationally famous soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Stage Director for the upcoming run of UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on Thursday, February 8th and Saturday, February 10th at 7:30pm in Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus

Daniel Kepl interviews soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, who enjoys an international opera career and is also Assistant Professor in the Voice Program at UC Santa Barbara, on her debut as Stage Director for the award-winning UCSB Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of Mozart’s comedic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro on the UCSB campus February 8th and 10th.

Watch my interview for with American pianist Clipper Erickson about his recent and highly successful 2CD recording for PARMA Records of the complete piano music of Nathaniel Dett and also about his next CD project, Tableau, Tempest, and Tango

Daniel Kepl talks with pianist Clipper Erickson about making use of crowd funding catalysts to raise money for artistic projects like his most recent 2CD set, My Cup Runneth Over: The Complete Piano Music of Nathaniel Dett for PARMA Records, and his newest project for PARMA, Tableau, Tempest, and TangoRead Kepl’s review of My Cup Runneth Over at


Watch my fun interview with 21 year-old dance sensation from Cuba, Francois Llorente, who will be dancing the role of sugar Plum Cavalier with State Street Ballet Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17

Daniel Kepl interviews the young Cuban dance sensation Francois Llorente on the eve of his appearances in State Street Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker dancing the role of Sugar Plum Cavalier on December 16 and 17 at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. Many thanks to Leila Drake Fossek, former Principal Dancer with State Street Ballet, now Associate Director of the company, who stepped into frame to sort out a senior moment about start time for the performance at 2pm Sunday, December 17th.


Watch my interview with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s Snow Queen (Michelle Meltzer of Aerial Dance Chicago) and Snow Cavalier (Braeden Barnes of Visceral Dance Chicago) as they prepare for performances of Nutcracker at the Arlington on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10

Daniel Kepl interviews Michelle Meltzer and her partner Braeden Barnes as they prepare for performances on Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 and 7pm and Sunday, December 10 at 2:30pm as part of the international cast for the 43rd annual Nutcracker at the Arlington with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet.



Watch my interview with Hollywood TV & film actress Angela Cartwright as she prepares to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with the Santa Barbara Choral Society on Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10

Daniel Kepl interviews actress, author, photographer Angela Cartwright as she prepares to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra in the historic Lobero Theatre on Saturday, December 9th at 8pm and Sunday, December 10th at 3pm. Tickets: 805 963 0761.


As he gets ready for a fresh season of intriguing informal video interviews with California’s most creative personalities, Daniel Kepl looks back on 2016-2017 with a small selection of his favorites:

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A wonderful chat with violinist David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet

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An interview with co-founder of the Rubicon Theatre Company, James O’Neil

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Internationally famous British conductor James Judd shares some stories

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An especially touching interview with actor Christopher Lemon about his one-man play on life with the iconic actor Jack Lemon, his father

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An interview with Guy Veloz about his mother and father, the world famous Hollywood film ballroom and tango dancing stars Frank & Yolanda Veloz

Read my review for Society 805 of Ensemble Theatre Company’s fabulous re-imagining by Suzan-Lori Parks of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Santa Barbara through February 26 at the New Vic


Click here to visit Society 805 and read Daniel Kepl’s review of Porgy and Bess. Enjoy the slideshow by photographer David Bazemore of Ensemble Theatre Company’s production, which runs through February 26.

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