Take a deeper look,
one conversation at a time. 

Our popular interview series returns for the 2021-2022 Season!

For both UNKNOWN and Why I Live at the P.O., UrbanArias Executive Director Anne-Carolyn Bird will interview the artists and creators behind the productions, including composers, librettists, singers, directors, filmmakers, designers, and – of course – UrbanArias Founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor Robert Wood.

The final episode of each series will feature the creative teams in a panel discussion with guests from outside the opera industry to provide an in-depth look at the process of creating two brand new works – from the germ of an idea to the artistic and community impact of the finished product.

UrbanArias/sampled – Unknown 

  • Episode 1: An American Song – Anne-Carolyn interviews composer Shawn Okpebholo and poet Marcus Amaker about what inspires them, working together to create Unknown, and telling an American story.


UrbanArias/sampled – dwb (driving while black)

  • Episode 4: Making an Impact – a panel discussion featuring artists from the previous three episodes joined by members of Arlington for Justice and Black Parents of Arlington in a discussion of the connection between social movements and the arts.

  • Episode 3: Making the Film – an interview with the creative team behind dwb (driving while black), Art Director Camry A’Keen and Director/Choreographer Du’Bois A’Keen of A’KEEN Brand

  • Episode 2: Making the Music – an interview with Robert Wood and Soprano Karen Slack, star of UrbanArias’ dwb (driving while black).

  • Episode 1: Making the Opera
    UrbanArias Executive Director Anne-Carolyn Bird interviews Susan Kander & Roberta Gumbel, the composer and librettist of dwb (driving while black): how they met, how their opera came to be, and their inspiration as artists and mothers.