Whether you want to stroll through the Speed Art Museum or see a play at Actors Theatre of Louisville, there are a wealth of opportunities for city dwellers and visitors to take in the creative side of Louisville. However, it’s the people behind the scenes who run the venues and organizations dedicated to the arts that are passionate about making sure Louisville stays artistic.

These Louisville arts leaders have shared their stories on MoxieTalk, a one-on-one, half-hour interview program that is available online and through podcast as well as MetroTV, WBNA21 and KET. Creator and host Kirt Jacobs has interviewed more than a dozen people in the Louisville arts to learn about the life journeys that have led them to their positions. These interviews build upon MoxieTalk’s mission: To inspire, educate, and engage the human spirit one guest at a time.

Here are just a few of the MoxieTalk guests who are involved in Louisville’s creative arts who will inspire you and teach you about their work. You can click on each name to view the full interview at MoxieTalk’s website.

Ed Hamilton, sculptor. The Louisville-based Hamilton has created monuments of historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, and York, a slave on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. One of his most famous works is The Spirit of Freedom, a memorial to black Civil War veterans in Washington, D.C.

Christen Boone, president and CEO, Fund for the Arts. The Fund for the Arts supports arts organizations and drives accessibility across neighborhoods, schools, community centers, and public spaces. “Boone is a leader who shows why the arts are so important to the community by connecting artists and arts organization to regular citizens,” Jacobs said.

Les Waters, artistic director, Actors Theatre of Louisville. The native of England joined Actors Theatre in 2012 after previously directing shows in the Humana Festival of New American Plays. He has numerous theatre credits in New York and around the U.S., including winning an Obie for the premiere of “Big Love” at the Humana Festival. “He struck me as a guy who is very grounded in his abilities,” Jacobs said of his interview with Waters.

Mitzi Friedlander, retired narrator and storyteller, American Printing House for the Blind. During her 50 years of audio storytelling, Friedlander recorded more than 2,200 titles. The Louisville native and former singer holds the record for most talking book titles narrated for the National Library Service.

Ian Derrer, general director, Kentucky Opera. Derrer has worked with opera companies throughout the U.S. and in Italy. He became the general director of the Kentucky Opera in 2006. He continues the company’s mission to entertain and educate a broad and diverse audience by producing opera of the highest quality.

Paul Lenzi, past executive director, Blue Apple Players Theatre Group. Lenzi and Geraldine  Ann Snyder co-founded the children’s theatre company in 1976. The nonprofit produces original educational musicals and programs that engage young people. Each year, the group reaches more than 60,000 kids, educators, and families in the region. “Paul is a big advocate for getting kids to embrace the arts at a very young age,” Jacobs said. “He likes to harness the imagination that kids have.”

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The show uses a conversational interview format, allowing guests to reveal the person behind the journey. Guests each have significant success in their chosen fields.

“MoxieTalk” is now on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you can search for previous episodes by category and watch them on the show’s website: moxietalk.com. Some of the episodes are available as podcasts that are accessible through the MoxieTalk website. Jacobs is always looking at new methods for connecting with audiences, so stay tuned for more ways to get your MoxieTalk.

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