Back in the long-ago, bygone era of “normal life,” Kaitlyn Barrett worked in touring theatre. She started her theatre career in wardrobe and costuming, touring for 12 years as a wardrobe supervisor with War Horse, South Pacific, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, among others.
In 2019, she changed careers and entered the world of Company Management, starting with a summer gig up in Ogunquit, Maine. She then did a short holiday tour with the circus before going to Vietnam to work with a company installing a massive multi-dimensional theatre show in a resort theme park. And yes, it was exactly as story worthy as it sounds.
When covid-19 shut down that production (and the world of live entertainment), Kaitlyn ended up in Washington state. Her writing had been published previously in a few online publications, so she turned her attention back to writing and photography. She quickly realized (again) that pursuing publication is a full-time job and she probably wasn’t the only person who wished artists had more resources and support.
In the course of a conversation with Cathleen, they conceived of Artist Care and Feeding (ACAF) to become the spiritual and creative cheerleaders the world is lacking and to provide support for struggling artists.
One of Kaitlyn’s favorite things is meeting strangers who will talk to her about their jobs and hobbies, especially ones about which she knows nothing. She met a couple in Nevada who make a living by training and showing cutting horses, and it remains one of the best bar conversations she’s ever had. The ACAF podcast is an extension of that insatiable curiosity about people, specifically how artists create, what inspires them and how they’re coping in the middle of the pandemic of 2020.
Artist Care and Feeding is open to a wide range of guests and clients because she and Cathleen strongly believe that anything done well is art.
Cathleen Falsani is an author, writer, editor, and a veteran, inveterate, and award-winning journalist who has specialized in the coverage of religion/faith/belief/spirituality for more than two decades. Her work has taken her all over the world, always with her cameras and notebooks in tow, searching for enduring, transformational stories of the extraordinary in the ordinary (and the transcendent in the temporal) to share with the rest of the world.
Cathleen brings the eye of a trained observer to the exploration of external travels and adventures, as well as to her internal geography and experiences. (See Cathleen’s full bio HERE.) She is an accomplished columnist and memoirist in short and long form, able both to be calmly dispassionate and wildly vulnerable, depending on what is required to serve best the narrative in her storytelling. She always strives to be brave and honest with her audience. You can read some of (and subscribe to) Cathleen's most recent work at: Look for the Light.
A lifelong shutterbug, Cathleen studied photography as an undergraduate student, happily spending hours in the darkroom developing and printing black-and-white prints of her photographs in the days before digital cameras were ubiquitous and nearly everyone carried a palm-sized dark-room around in their pocket. She loved then (and still does) the play of light and dark, trying to capture what she sees with her mind’s eye, experimenting with angles, and getting the contrast just right. (See more of her photography HERE and HERE.)
Deliberately looking for the light (and often capturing it in a photograph) is central to Cathleen’s increasingly contemplative spiritual practice and fuels the ongoing evolution of her mystical-leaning faith.
When she's not writing or making pictures or podcasts, Cathleen's creative energy comes out in cooking, canning, knitting, mixology, event-making, experience-curating, digital-space-designing, futzing around with jewelry, and experimenting with moving pictures.
Also, she was an actual cheerleader.
Mark Rivet, Producer
Mark Rivet is a recording and live sound engineer who has toured the world with Broadway musicals for almost a decade. Back when there was live theater, he traveled with one of the many Hamilton’s all over the United States. Mark is also an avid photographer with thousands of unedited photos sitting, unviewed, in a Dropbox. When he isn’t touring, he’s long-boarding in Washington D.C., with his girlfriend Hannah, their cat Mimi, and a good Ocean Spray cranberry cocktail.