Work of Art: The Mason Gross Podcast

Work of Art: The Mason Gross Podcast is a production of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We are a community of nearly 1,200 undergrad and graduate dancers, musicians, theater artists, filmmakers, and visual artists from around the globe. Every other Tuesday, we speak with with some of these artists, discussing what fuels their curiosity, their passion, and their impulse to make.

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  • Episode 6: Andrea Pfaff and Sam Spencer (Filmmaking)

    Andrea Pfaff and Sam Spencer “They had a vibrancy and excitement about life, even though the reason I was there was to talk about how difficult their lives had become. They were still living life. They hadn’t let go.”


  • Episode 5: Allen Shawn (Music)

    “In music, I don’t have phobias. In music, I have a sense of adventure…I take risks… music is an arena in which I can be fully myself, and almost freed.”







  • Episode 4: Valerie Marcus Ramshur (Costuming)

    “In that risk-taking is where we’re fully alive—we’re fully alive, we’re fully present, we’re open, we’re wide open to chance and opportunity. I tell my students all the time, ‘Take a risk, get messy, try it, turn left instead of right.’”




  • Episode 3: Young Sun Han (Art & Design)

    "Art opens up possibilities of entering into an idea, a situation, or a material from different vantage points that have no rules. So it allows you to unpack things."

  • Episode 2: Rebecca Cypess (Music)

    “Performance is more than just historical re-creation--it’s about the creation of new meaning. In any moment, if we choose, we can decide to listen to music, to sing music, to play music in a way that speaks to us.”

  • Episode 1: Christopher Cartmill (Theater)

    “Every theater artist has had this conversation with their parents, this theatrical coming out when you say, ‘I want to be an artist.’ ”