Breaking Character is the podcast that looks behind the curtain, taking you backstage and into the creative process of the visual and performing arts scene here in Southwest Michigan. Hosts Jeremy D. Bonfiglio and Paul Mow explore theater and film, music and dance, and everything in between 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 Krasl Art Center, ARS Gallery-Arts & Culture Center, Twin City Players and The Mason Jar Cafe.

Meet the Co-Hosts

Jeremy D. Bonfiglio

Following a 26-year, award-winning print journalism career, Jeremy D. Bonfiglio joined Lake Michigan College in January 2019 as its new Marketing Communications Specialist, writing news releases and other program material for campuses in Benton Harbor, South Haven and Niles, Mich.
As a visual and performing arts writer, Jeremy spent 14 years covering the region’s creative community, most recently in a decade-long stint as theSight & Sound Editor at The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph, Mich., where he was often recognized for his work by the Michigan Press Association.
A natural interviewer, Jeremy has talked with a wide range of high-profile musicians and artists throughout his career, including Kid Rock, Rick Springfield, Ben Vereen, George Thorogood, Gordon Lightfoot, Jonny Lang, Don Felder, Garry Tallent, Vince Neil, Vince Gill, Jeff Daniels, Richard Hunt, 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, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rocky Mountain Sports and American Hockey.
His non-fiction book, “A Notre Dame Man: The Mike DeCicco Story,” a biography of the storied Irish fencing coach, was published November 2013 by Corby Books.
Jeremy earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Kentucky University, and lives in South Bend, Ind., with his wife, Karyn, their son, William, a small menagerie of animals and an ever-growing vinyl record collection.

Paul Mow

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 also has 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. It is available on iTunes.

Since returning to Southwest Michigan in 2009, Paul has directed numerous theatrical productions, cabarets and performances at venues such as The Livery, The Acorn Theater, The Oak Room at The Citadel, Twin City Players Playhouse, and more; produced and directed the past 10 consecutive summer musical offerings with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; and is currently the Theatre Coordinator at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. 

Paul also serves as both the Founder and Artistic Director of The GhostLight, a new, nonprofit black box theatre, which opens its inaugural season in June 2019 at 101 Hinkley Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District.


Meet the Technical Crew

Brian Thomas | YŌKAI AUDIO

Sound Engineer, Founder & CEO of YŌKAI AUDIO

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, Mich. Brian has worked with punk bands, school choirs, spoken word, and everything in between.

Artist, Editor, 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 lives in South Bend, Ind., with her husband, Jeremy, their son, William, as well as a dog, Ladybug, and a cat, Sebastian. 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 yadykaryn@att.net