“Breaking Character” is the podcast that looks behind the curtain, taking you backstage and into the creative process of the arts and entertainment scene here in Southwest Michigan. Hosts Jeremy D. Bonfiglio and Paul Mow explore theater and film, music and dance, and the visual and performing arts with those who create it—whether they are your friends and neighbors, regional stalwarts, or professional artists just passing through. “Breaking Character” is underwritten by The Herald Palladium, The Livery, Krasl Art Center, and Twin City Players.
Jeremy D. Bonfiglio is an award-winning writer in a professional journalism career now in its 26th year. As an entertainment writer specializing in music, theater, art, film and television, he has spent the past 13 years covering the regional scene, including four years at the South Bend Tribune, and the past nine years and counting as the Features Writer / Sight & Sound Editor at The Herald-Palladium newspaper in Saint Joseph, Mich. In addition to writing and overseeing all aspects of The HP’s weekly entertainment guide, he is the co-host and founder—along with operatic tenor and musical theater guru Paul Mow—of the popular entertainment podcast, “Breaking Character” recorded weekly in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Jeremy has interviewed a wide range of high-profile performers throughout his career, including recent notables Jay Leno, Rick Springfield, Ben Vereen, George Thorogood, Gordon Lightfoot, Jonny Lang, Don Felder, Garry Tallent, Vince Neil, Vince Gill, Jeff Daniels and many more.
He’s been a hired gun for No Depression magazine, the roots music authority, writing cover pieces on Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, The Black Lillies, Eilen Jewell and more. His work also has appeared in The Writer, Notre Dame Magazine, The Indianapolis Star and Chicago Tribune among others.
Jeremy lives in South Bend, Ind., with his wife, Karyn, their son, William, a small menagerie of animals and a vinyl record collection that will one day land him on an episode of “Hoarders.”
Tenor Paul Mow was on the roster of the New York City Opera for five years, performing both leading and secondary roles in a multitude of productions. He has also enjoyed several engagements at Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, NY. In addition to NYCO, he has performed domestically with Opera Orchestra of New York, Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Bard Summerscape, Berkshire Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Anchorage Opera, Tulsa Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Summer Opera of Washington, D.C., Lyric Opera Colorado, as well as internationally with the Folkstheater in Rostock, Germany.
Paul has won several competitions and awards, most notably the George London Award for the Kirstin Flagstad Memorial Prize, and the Eastern Regional of the Metropolitan Opera Competition in New York City. His debut album, “Brahms’ – Die Schone Magelone” was recorded in New York City’s historic Town Hall and was released on the Lyrichord Classic Record label and is available on iTunes.
Since returning to Southwest Michigan in 2009, Paul has directed numerous productions; produced and directed the past seven consecutive summer musical offerings with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; and was director of theater at Southwestern Michigan College, where he also taught applied voice, acting, and improvisation, as well as public speaking classes. In addition, he founded the Down State Left Musical program; and during the summer of 2016, he produced the first Twin Cities Theatre Festival in the Benton Harbor Arts District.
This summer, Paul will collaborate with Lake Michigan College on a new summer musical theater endeavor, Lake Effect Summer Musical.
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Sound engineer, Brian Thomas, has more than 10 years experience recording, editing, and generally manipulating sound. He became interested in recording while playing guitar with his high school band (Ego Trip forever!) and got his start working with his best friend at Fort Awesome Studios in Fremont, Michigan. Brian has worked with punk bands, school choirs, spoken word, and everything in between.
Web goddess, Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio, is an illustrator, writer, knitter, crafter, mom and wife. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing from Colorado State University, and worked in the newspaper industry for a number of years before focusing her attention on her freelance career. She currently lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, Jeremy, and their son, William, as well as a dog, a cat and two rescued rats. You can find out more about her work at Karyn Lewis Illustration.
For any questions or comments regarding the Breaking Character Podcast website, please contact Karyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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