Inside the Muse Studio


During a year when very little is normal, Muse Machine is embracing creative opportunities!

Four engaging conversations between remarkable people from the arts world—who also share a bond with Muse—will be shared with participating audience members throughout the year. The interviews will be prerecorded and edited for a great viewing experience in your home. And each event will be followed by a live talkback session.

Funds raised will fuel a multitude of programs that keep joyful, creative education thriving for young people and their teachers, whether they’re in classrooms or at home. You’ll enjoy four events and support arts and learning for children and educators at the same time!

And now, there are a few people we’d love for you to meet…

Episode 1

Micah Stock
& Rodney Veal

A Muse musical alum, Micah is Tony Award-nominated for It’s Only a Play and has appeared on television in Brittany Runs a Marathon, Bonding, Escape at Dannemora and appears in the new series The Right Stuff.

Rodney Veal is known to many as host of The Art Show on ThinkTV. Rodney is an interdisciplinary artist, dancer, choreographer and adjunct faculty member.

Rodney will chat with Micah about his creative path from Oakwood to Broadway, Hollywood and outer space! Episode 1 is now available — new subscribers will receive a link to the recorded conversation!


Episode 2

Allison Janney
& Tory Ross Roman

Allison is an acclaimed actor on stage, film and television, for which she’s received a multitude of awards and nominations, including an Oscar (I, Tonya), seven primetime Emmy Awards (The West Wing, Mom, Masters of Sex) and two Tony nominations (A View From the Bridge, 9 to 5). A native of Dayton, Allison also contributed voice performances to two Muse musicals!

A Muse musical alum, Tory’s stage career includes acclaimed roles in 9 to 5, Kinky Boots, Cry Baby and both the National Tour and feature film versions of The Producers. In addition to her work as a voice over artist, Tory provides professional instruction to performers.

Friends and former castmates, Allison and Tory will discuss their performing lives and more! Episode 2 is now available — new subscribers will receive a link to the recorded conversation!


Episode 3

Curtiss Cook
& Rufus Bonds, Jr.

A musical alum from the early days of Muse, Curtiss Cook currently appears on the series The Chi and will appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story. His film career includes Shutter Island (directed by Martin Scorsese) and The Interpreter (directed by Sydney Pollack), television series including Mayans M.C., Marvel’s Luke Cage and House of Cards, and Broadway shows including The Lion King and Miss Saigon.

Rufus Bonds, Jr. is an actor/director/writer whose Broadway, national and international shows included The Lion King, The Color Purple, Rent, Parade, Porgy and Bess and many more. Rufus has directed several Muse musicals and teaches drama at Syracuse University.

Friends for many years, Curtiss and Rufus will explore creative ideas and discuss their performing journeys. The episode 3 conversation will be available beginning the morning of Saturday, March 27. The live talkback will occur that evening at 6pm eastern time and both can be viewed (via links emailed to subscribers) through this spring.


Episode 4

Suzy Bassani
& David Sherman

If there is anyone in the Muse universe who needs no introduction, it may be Suzy Bassani. After chapters of her life in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, Suzy and Pino Bassani arrived in Dayton, Ohio — and things would never be the same. Suzy created the Human Race Theatre Company and Muse Machine, nurtured relationships with many of the planet’s greatest creative artists, and she continues to shape arts experiences for educators and young people that set the bar for all others.

Muse musical alum David Sherman is a filmmaker and six-time regional Emmy Award winner. For nearly a decade, David has created and performed in multimedia performances for Muse schools alongside his life in film.

Suzy and David are no strangers to chatting together on camera for Muse projects — a fun and fascinating conversation will conclude our series! Episode 4 is tentatively scheduled for May 2021.


How to join the fun Inside the Muse Studio

Click the subscribe button below. A donation of $200 or more brings you all four events! You may also select single events (all options available via the SUBSCRIBE link).

Prior to each event, Muse will send out the confirmation date and time to subscribers. For example, a video may become available to watch beginning on the morning of the scheduled particular date, and then at 8pm that same evening, the live talkback would occur.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I watch the events? Private links will be provided so that you may enjoy the conversations and talkbacks using any computer, tablet or even phone with internet access.

How long are the events? Interviews will be approximately 45 minutes and talkbacks will be approximately 30 minutes (based on artist availability).

If I cannot watch on the premiere night, may I watch another time? The interviews will be made available for a limited period of time following the premiere date. The live talkbacks can only be viewed as they occur.

Why are some of the dates tentative? The artists are participating alongside their other schedules. Prerecording conversations helps to accommodate schedules and we’ll schedule the premieres based on availability for the talkbacks.

May I participate in the talkbacks? Of course! Subscribers can submit questions during the event. The host will select questions and ask viewers to “step up to the virtual mic” to ask them during the event.

May I ask others to join me for the events? This series will stand in for other events that cannot occur this year, such as the Benefit Dinner & Show or the Social & Show. If others beside you and your partner will be enjoying the events with you, perhaps you’ll consider increasing your gift of support, in the interest of fairness and providing arts experiences to more students.

Can you tell me more about the light suppers for those who contribute at $500 and above, created by Chef Jenn DiSanto of Fresco (in collaboration with Wheat Penny)? During announced hours on the premiere day of each event, prepared meals will be available for drive-by pick-up at locations in the central Dayton area. The light meals, suitable for two, may be enjoyed as part of your Muse evening or the next day.