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ASBX 2021 Wrap Up Transcript:



Hey friends, it’s Tamara here.



It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time again when we shutter Artist Soapbox until next year.



This episode is a very short year- in-review and update, but before that, I want to send a shout out to some supporters I haven’t yet thanked for their contributions to Jesus Pancake, our audio drama in development. Big hugs and thanks to: Laura Webb, Ken Wetherington, Jules Odendahl-James, J Evarts, Neal, Bell, Linda Kissane, Edith Snow, Barbette Hunter, Rebecca Martin, Allan Maule, Michael O&#8217;Foghludha, Eric Johnson, and Meg Defoe. I am so grateful for your support. We literally could not make work without you.







Fun facts:



This year, Artist Soapbox was listened to in six of the seven continents &#8212; we’re not currently big in Antarctica, but that might change! That’s 46 countries, and 42 of the United States. As in years past, we still cannot crack Wyoming or Hawaii &#8212; so if you have friends there, then please encourage them to listen. As of this recording, we have almost 24,000 downloads total.



In 2021, Artist Soapbox released 12 regular podcast episodes, including 2 solo episodes by the wonderful Mara Thomas. That brings us to 151 episodes!!



On the audio drama front, we did so much! We released 6 episodes of the full length audio drama,The New Colossus on the Artist Soapbox feed; shared Creekside with Winona, a short audio piece for kids by the Curious Theatre Collective, and we released 6 ASBX Shorts &#8212; new audio plays under 10 minutes written and performed by North Carolina artists.



In addition to all of that, we recorded excerpts of 3 new audio dramas written by writers in the Food for Thought Project, and we are currently recording the first season of Jesus Pancake, our newest serial audio drama. We were able to begin recording Jesus Pancake thanks to the fundraiser we ran this fall and thanks to the Manbites Dog Theatre Fund. The Food for Thought Project was supported by a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.



I’m really proud of the work that we did this year as the COVID pandemic continued and continues. We did so much, and these projects buoyed my spirit and kindled my creative spark in ways I desperately needed. I’m deeply thankful for the teams that produced all of our content. Hire them, they are amazing. And, I hope you enjoyed listening. If you missed something, then you now have time to scroll back and catch up!



What else?



This year, I led multiple workshops on writing scripted audio fiction and how to start a podcast, often with the amazing producer and director, Aurelia Belfield. I’m so grateful for her and for those opportunities to discuss what I’m passionate about. I’ve had a couple of my plays read and produced over 2021, I was commissioned to write a musical, and I’ve been taking online classes thru the Dramatists Guild Ins...
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ASBX 2021 Wrap Up Transcript:



Hey friends, it’s Tamara here.



It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time again when we shutter Artist Soapbox until next year.



This episode is a very short year- in-review and update, but before that, I want to send a shout out to some supporters I haven’t yet thanked for their contributions to Jesus Pancake, our audio drama in development. Big hugs and thanks to: Laura Webb, Ken Wetherington, Jules Odendahl-James, J Evarts, Neal, Bell, Linda Kissane, Edith Snow, Barbette Hunter, Rebecca Martin, Allan Maule, Michael O&#8217;Foghludha, Eric Johnson, and Meg Defoe. I am so grateful for your support. We literally could not make work without you.







Fun facts:



This year, Artist Soapbox was listened to in six of the seven continents &#8212; we’re not currently big in Antarctica, but that might change! That’s 46 countries, and 42 of the United States. As in years past, we still cannot crack Wyoming or Hawaii &#8212; so if you have friends there, then please encourage them to listen. As of this recording, we have almost 24,000 downloads total.



In 2021, Artist Soapbox released 12 regular podcast episodes, including 2 solo episodes by the wonderful Mara Thomas. That brings us to 151 episodes!!



On the audio drama front, we did so much! We released 6 episodes of the full length audio drama,The New Colossus on the Artist Soapbox feed; shared Creekside with Winona, a short audio piece for kids by the Curious Theatre Collective, and we released 6 ASBX Shorts &#8212; new audio plays under 10 minutes written and performed by North Carolina artists.



In addition to all of that, we recorded excerpts of 3 new audio dramas written by writers in the Food for Thought Project, and we are currently recording the first season of Jesus Pancake, our newest serial audio drama. We were able to begin recording Jesus Pancake thanks to the fundraiser we ran this fall and thanks to the Manbites Dog Theatre Fund. The Food for Thought Project was supported by a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.



I’m really proud of the work that we did this year as the COVID pandemic continued and continues. We did so much, and these projects buoyed my spirit and kindled my creative spark in ways I desperately needed. I’m deeply thankful for the teams that produced all of our content. Hire them, they are amazing. And, I hope you enjoyed listening. If you missed something, then you now have time to scroll back and catch up!



What else?



This year, I led multiple workshops on writing scripted audio fiction and how to start a podcast, often with the amazing producer and director, Aurelia Belfield. I’m so grateful for her and for those opportunities to discuss what I’m passionate about. I’ve had a couple of my plays read and produced over 2021, I was commissioned to write a musical, and I’ve been taking online classes thru the Dramatists Guild Ins...
151: Writing your first audio drama: Aspiring audio dramatists discuss the Food for Thought Project Regardless of your medium or genre, you’ll find this conversation to be a delight. Three aspiring audio dramatists share numerous writing tips, vulnerabilities, and encouragement to tell your story as they write their first scripted audio fiction series.



In 2021, Artist Soapbox has been conducting a 12 month pilot program for aspiring audio dramatists graciously funded by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.



In this episode, you’ll hear our three audio writers, Ashley-Ruth Bernier, Tori Grace Nichols, and Shea Stanley, along with the co-administrators, Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane discuss elements of the pilot program and the discoveries made. This year all of the audio dramas were inspired by the prompt Food for Thought, so you’ll hear us refer to it as the Food for Thought Project.



This conversation in this episode was recorded in June 2021, when the writers were in the thick of finishing their first episodes and writing outlines for their entire seasons. Four months later, in October, we are wrapping up the recording phase so that we can produce and present a portion of each of their pilot episodes. Stay tuned for announcements about that and big thanks to our Production Manager Griffin James and Directors, Rachel Klem, Barbette Hunter and Tori Grace Nichols.



Please keep an eye on the Artist Soapbox. In the coming weeks, we will be publishing four related blog posts written by local theatre-maker and writer Katy Koop. Each of those posts will provide additional focus and attention on the Food for Thought Project and each individual aspiring audio dramatist.



Ashley-Ruth BernierTori Grace Nichols, photo by T. HunterShea Stanley







Aurelia BelfieldTamara Kissane



Contribute:



Soapboxers are the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox podcast. Get on the Soapbox with us at Patreon or make a one-time donation via Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/artistsoapbox or via PayPal at PayPal.Me/artistsoapbox.



If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please consider our non-profit Soapbox Audio Collective.



LISTEN TO ASBX AUDIO DRAMAS:



Master Builder



The New Colossus



Declaration of Love audio anthology



CONNECT AND FOLLOW:



Artist Soapbox on social media:



Twitter: @artist_soapbox



Instagram: @artistsoapbox



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistsoapboxpodcast/
150: Get in the writing groove with novelist Heather Bell Adams A delightful and practical episode with novelist Heather Bell Adams. Heather discusses her approach to historical research when writing fiction, shares tips for making time to write, and suggests ways to get back into the writing groove. Heather also shares two excerpts from her novel The Good Luck Stone published by Haywire Books in 2020.



Heather Bell Adams



Bio:



Heather Bell Adams is the author of Maranatha Road (West Virginia University Press 2017), which won the IPPY gold medal for the Southeast, and The Good Luck Stone (Haywire Books 2020), which won Best Historical in the Next Generation Book Awards. A recipient of the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Award, Carrie McCray Literary Award, and James Still Fiction Prize, Heather’s work appears in Still: The Journal, Atticus Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Petigru Review, Pembroke Magazine, Broad River Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Raleigh where she works as a lawyer.



If you’d like to Get Back into your Writing Groove with Heather Bell Adams, she will be leading that workshop at the NC Writers’ Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21 in Durham, NC. (In-person and online options are available for the conference.)







Contribute:



Contribute to the fund for JESUS PANCAKE, a nine episode original audio drama series.



CONNECT AND FOLLOW!



If you’re eager for more audio fiction pieces by Artist Soapbox, be sure to listen to all 6 episodes of the ASBX shorts and check out our full length audio dramas THE NEW COLOSSUS and MASTER BUILDER, and the audio anthology DECLARATION OF LOVE available everywhere you get your podcasts.



Artist Soapbox on social media:



Twitter: @artist_soapbox



Instagram: @artistsoapbox



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistsoapboxpodcast/
149: Poetry napping and playing with Mimi Herman, poet, fiction writer, and educator Get your notepad ready to jot down the words and wisdom of Mimi Herman. You’ll hear writing tips a plenty and Mimi reading two of her very well-chosen poems. Mimi has the incredible ability to combine compassion, craft, and play in her teaching and her writing. You’ll hear her speak about writing in these extraordinary times and the value of taking a poetry nap.



If you’d like a deeper Poetry Nap experience, Mimi Herman will be leading a Poetry Nap workshop at the NC Writers&#8217; Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21 in Durham, NC. (In-person and online options are available for the conference)







Bio:



Mimi Herman is a writer and editor, Kennedy Center teaching artist, and co-director of Writeaways writing workshops in France, Italy, New Mexico, and online. Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students with writing workshops. She is a Warren Wilson alumna and the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, and serves as a member of the AWP Board of Directors. Mimi has held readings at Why There are Words, Symphony Space, and—with David Sedaris—at Memorial Auditorium in North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Prime Number, and other journals. She is the author of Logophilia and The Art of Learning. Her latest collection of poetry, A Field Guide to Human Emotions, is available from Finishing Line Press, and her novel, The Kudzu Queen, will be released from Regal House Publishing in 2023. You can find Mimi at www.mimiherman.com and www.writeaways.com.



Links:



Tickets for Every Brilliant Thing produced by Justice Theater Project, Oct. 8-24, 2021. (You remember Thaddaeus Edwards in MASTER BUILDER and Happy Anniversary: Declaration of Love Episode 8?)



Contribute to the fund for JESUS PANCAKE, a nine episode original audio drama series.



Thank you to Yohanna Baez, Neal Bell, Ian Bowater, Matthew Hager, Andrea Moore, and the Justice Theater Project for their generous contributions.



CONNECT AND FOLLOW!



If you’re eager for more audio fiction pieces by Artist Soapbox, be sure to listen to all 6 episodes of the ASBX shorts and check out our full length audio dramas THE NEW COLOSSUS and MASTER BUILDER, and the audio anthology DECLARATION OF LOVE available everywhere you get your podcasts.
148: Creative process and progress: Writing short fiction with Ken Wetherington Enjoy this thoughtful, lovely conversation with short fiction writer, Ken Wetherington. You&#8217;ll hear Ken talk about themes in his writing, how he comes up with his ideas, his writing process, the value of a writing group, and more &#8212; including Ken reading two excerpts of his work!



Please contribute if you are able to our Indiegogo campaign to support the creation of original scripted audio fiction: JESUS PACAKE: A NEW SCRIPTED AUDIO FICTION SERIES



Ken Wetherington



BIO:



Ken Wetherington lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and two dogs. His stories have appeared in Ginosko Literary Journal, The Fable Online, Borrowed Solace: A Journal of Literary Ramblings, The Remington Review, Waymark Literary Magazine, Backchannels, Idle Ink, and others. His first collection, Santa Abella and Other Stories was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion from the Book Readers Appreciation Group in the literary fiction category. When not writing, he is an avid film buff and has taught film courses for the OLLI program at Duke University.



Website: https://kenwetherington.com



Amazon Link: Santa Abella and Other Stories – Kindle edition by Wetherington, Ken. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.



Twitter: @KenWetherington



Writer of the Month: Writer of the Month: Ken Wetherington for May 2021 (elizabethmcastillo.com)



BRAG Medallion Award: Santa Abella and Other Stories – Ken Wetherington – Literary Fiction Books (bragmedallion.com)



POSTSCRIPT:



We are hard at work here in Artist Soapbox land, launching projects a plenty. I’ll share when I’m able, but be assured that much is percolating behind the scenes. In 2021, I am slowing down the podcast episodes, but I still have many to come this year. Please stay subscribed on your podcast platform of choice and follow ASBX on the socials and at artistsoapbox.org so you know as soon as fresh audio goodness drops.



Soapboxers are the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox podcast. Get on the Soapbox with us at Patreon or make a one-time donation via Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/artistsoapbox or via PayPal at PayPal.Me/artistsoapbox.



If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation,
SHOW ME: ASBX Shorts Episode 6 Rural West Texas, August of 1966. A skeptically hopeful fifteen-year-old returns home from church camp determined to uncover definitive proof of the existence of angels. The outcome of her act of faith yields lasting ramifications.



by Amber Wood



SHOW ME is the sixth of six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, the new audio fiction series in development.



Contribute to Jesus Pancake via our Indiegogo campaign!



Listen to this short podcast episode for more information: ASBX JP is a G-O! (A solo update by Tamara)



Soapboxers are the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox podcast. Get on the Soapbox with us at Patreon or make a one-time donation via Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/artistsoapbox or via PayPal at PayPal.Me/artistsoapbox.



If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please consider our non-profit Soapbox Audio Collective.







ASBX shorts are an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by Jasmine Hunjan.



SHOW ME was written by Amber Wood.



Directed by Rachel Klem



Production Manager: Griffin James



Performed by: Marleigh Purgar-McDonald (The Girl), Page Purgar (Narrator)



Transcript of SHOW ME



Amber WoodMarleigh Purgar-McDonaldPage PurgarRachel KlemGriffin JamesJasmine Hunjan



BIOS



Amber Wood (Playwright):Theatre maker and storyteller Amber Wood (she/her/hers) celebrates empathy and lifelong play. After moving from Durham, NC to Hamilton, Ontario, she founded Lightbulb Heart, a storytime and collaborative theatre company committed to emotional wholeness and dismantling oppression through thoughtful story curation and compassionate engagement. Amber’s writing focuses primarily on community building and mental health advocacy: &#8220;Karaoke Visiting Hour&#8221; (2019 Mind Play Theatre Festival); &#8220;There’s an Easy Bake Oven Where My Heart Should Be.&#8221;



Marleigh Purgar-McDonald (Actor, THE GIRL) is an actress in the triangle, and a rising freshman at UNC Chapel Hill. She has recently worked with Seed Art Share, Justice Theater Project, and Sonorous Road. She loves educating others through theater, and spending time with her family and cat.
The Protagora (Or, the First Gathering): ASBX Shorts Episode 5 At the end of an age, a tale as old as time gets some corrections. &#8220;In the name of the&#8230;..?&#8221;



by JoRose



The Protagora (Or, the First Gathering) is the fifth of six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, the new audio fiction series in development.



Contribute to Jesus Pancake via our Indiegogo campaign!



Listen to this short podcast episode for more information: ASBX JP is a G-O! (A solo update by Tamara)



Soapboxers are the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox podcast. Get on the Soapbox with us at Patreon or make a one-time donation via Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/artistsoapbox or via PayPal at PayPal.Me/artistsoapbox.



If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please consider our non-profit Soapbox Audio Collective.







ASBX shorts are an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by Jasmine Hunjan.



The Protagora (Or, The First Gathering) was written by JoRose.



Directed by Rachel Klem



Production Manager: Griffin James



Performed by: Barbette Hunter (Creatrix), Adonis Nesbitt (Sapia), Lormarev Jones (Phronesis)



Transcript of The Protagora (Or, the First Gathering)



JoRoseBarbette HunterAdonis Nesbitt



Lormarev JonesRachel KlemGriffin James



Jasmine Hunjan



BIOS



JoRose (Playwright) Artist, Wanderess and Philosopher, JoRose aims to use her artistic talents to help usher in the new age. Welcome to the dawning of the Age Of Aquarius!



Barbette Hunter (Actor, CREATRIX) has been performing since age 5. As a professional actress, she has performed with numerous theatre companies in the Triangle, including Seed Art Share, Theater of the American South (Wilson, NC), Justice Theater Project, Theatre Orange (Carrboro, NC), Raleigh Ensemble Players, Raleigh Little Theatre, StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance (Chapel Hill, NC), Actors Comedy Lab, Manbites Dog Theatre (Durham, NC), North Carolina Theatre, Theatre in the Park and Temple Theatre (Sanford, NC). Some of her favorite roles include Rose in Fences (Justice Theater Project); Venus Hottentot in Venus (Raleigh Ensemble Players); Esther in Intimate Apparel,
Gallery: ASBX Shorts Episode 4 Two people on a first date contemplate &#8220;what is art?&#8221;



By Brook Livingston North



Gallery is the fourth of six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, the new audio fiction series in development.



Contribute to Jesus Pancake via our Indiegogo campaign!



Listen to this short podcast episode for more information: ASBX JP is a G-O! (A solo update by Tamara)



Soapboxers are the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox podcast. Get on the Soapbox with us at Patreon or make a one-time donation via Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/artistsoapbox or via PayPal at PayPal.Me/artistsoapbox.



If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please consider our non-profit Soapbox Audio Collective.







ASBX shorts are an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by Jasmine Hunjan.



Gallery was written by Brook Livingston North.



Directed by Rachel Klem and Tamara Kissane



Production Manager: Griffin James



Performed by: Byron Jennings II (Cameron), Olivia Griego (Kerena), and Gus Allen (Matty)



Transcript of Gallery



Brook Livingston NorthByron Jennings IIGus AllenRachel KlemGriffin JamesJasmine Hunjan



BIOS



Brook North (Playwright) is an actor/writer/director/filmmaker, more or less in that order. As a writer, his short plays have been rejected by theatre festivals across the country. They have also, occasionally, been produced, including an evening of his short plays titled &#8220;This Doesn&#8217;t End Well&#8221; in January of 2019.



Byron Jennings II (Actor, CAMERON) is thrilled to be working with Artist Soapbox! Previous credits include Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in NC State&#8217;s production of &#8220;Ragtime,&#8221; Henry Drummond in Justice Theatre Project&#8217;s production of &#8220;Inherit the Wind,&#8221; Othello in Bare Theatre&#8217;s production of &#8220;Othello&#8221; and a recent appearance in &#8220;Until the Flood,&#8221; a one-man show produced by Burning Coal Theatre. Thank you to all who support local theater!



Gus Allen (Actor, MATTY) is a local actor and acting instructor at Back-to-One Acting Studios in Raleigh. His favorite role to date is Clown #1 in The 39 Steps at NCSU,
Jasmine: ASBX Shorts Episode 3 It only takes three minutes for a relationship to end. A suitcase. A cup of tea. Jasmine.



Content Warning: Rated R for language



by Ian Finley



Jasmine is the third of six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, the new audio fiction series in development.



Contribute to Jesus Pancake via our Indiegogo campaign!



Listen to this short podcast episode for more information: ASBX JP is a G-O! (A solo update by Tamara)



Soapboxers are the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox podcast. Get on the Soapbox with us at Patreon or make a one-time donation via Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/artistsoapbox or via PayPal at PayPal.Me/artistsoapbox.



If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please consider our non-profit Soapbox Audio Collective.







ASBX shorts are an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by Jasmine Hunjan.



Jasmine was written by Ian Finley.



Directed by Rachel Klem



Production Manager: Griffin James



Performed by: Ryan Vasconcellos (Andy) and Roman Lawrence (Eddie)



Transcript of Jasmine



Ian FinelyRyan VasconcellosRachel KlemGriffin JamesJasmine Hunjan



BIOS



Ian Finley (Playwright) holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School at New York University.. He is the author of plays, including The Nature of the Nautilus (winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award), And There Was War in Heaven (finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Native, The Greeks, & 1960. In 2012, he was named the Piedmont Laureate in the field of Playwriting and Screenwriting



Ryan Vasconcellos (Actor, ANDY) is excited to have the experience of working with Artist Soapbox for the first time. Ryan has been a part of productions in the Raleigh area such as Meredith College&#8217;s Company, NC State&#8217;s Cabaret, and Bright Star. Ryan hopes you enjoy the piece &#8220;Jasmine&#8221; as much as he enjoyed working on it.



Rachel Klem (Director) (she/her) has been a theatre artist in the Durham/ Chapel Hill/ Raleigh area since 2001.
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