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Artist Soapbox features artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Durham-based theatre-maker, Tamara Kissane creates original audio fiction and chats with artists about their creative work, artistic process and their hopes for the future.

Artist Soapbox * Audio fiction + Creative Process Tamara Kissane

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

Artist Soapbox features artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Durham-based theatre-maker, Tamara Kissane creates original audio fiction and chats with artists about their creative work, artistic process and their hopes for the future.

    Master Builder audio drama: Act One

    Master Builder audio drama: Act One

    MASTER BUILDER  is a two part audio drama for adults. It contains salty language, adult situations, and quirkiness suitable for grown-up ears. 















    Running a total of 94 minutes and divided in two acts, MASTER BUILDER tells the story of the rise and fall of Helen ‘Sully’ Sullivan, an intensely passionate and ambitious architect who designs outrageous homes for the very rich. 







    This audio drama was adapted from Tamara Kissane’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892. 























    The Master Builder Audio Drama was written, directed and produced by Tamara Kissane. 







    * Sound design: Edith Snow* Original music: Pennee Miles* Audio engineer: Alex Maness* Production assistants: Amanda Hahn and Kaley Morrison







    The audio was recorded at Shadowbox Studio, Durham, NC.







    Cast (in order of appearance): 







    * CLOCK VOICE: Edith Snow.* JOAN: Susannah Hough* SULLY: Dana Marks* AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Erin Bell, Amanda Hahn, Alex Maness and Kaley Morrison* KAYA: Maxine Eloi* BRENDAN: Dale Wolf* DOC: Rebecca Bossen* LIONEL: Thaddaeus Edwards* HILDY: Vincent Bland, Jr.







    Graphic design by Kaley Morrison and photos by Erin Bell of Bull City Photography. 







    The MASTER BUILDER audio drama is production of Artist Soapbox and Soapbox Audio Collective with support from the patrons of Artist Soapbox, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Timothy McMackin, and the Women’s Theatre Festival. 







    This production is dedicated to the memory of Julie Rhodes. Julie was a great lover and patron of music, art, and performance in the Triangle area and she loved spreading the word about her favorites.







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    Artist Soapbox  is a listener supported podcast. If you listen, please support the podcast by sharing episodes with friends and contributing via our Patreon campaign. For more information and to become a patron, please visit artistsoapbox.org. For any questions or just to say hi, email us at artistsoapbox@gmail.com.

    • 50 min
    Master Builder audio drama: Act Two

    Master Builder audio drama: Act Two

    MASTER BUILDER  is a two part audio drama for adults. It contains salty language, adult situations, and quirkiness suitable for grown-up ears. [This is the final act, Act Two! Listen to Act One here.]















    Running a total of 94 minutes and divided in two acts, MASTER BUILDER tells the story of the rise and fall of Helen ‘Sully’ Sullivan, an intensely passionate and ambitious architect who designs outrageous homes for the very rich. 







    This audio drama was adapted from Tamara Kissane’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892. 















    The Master Builder Audio Drama was written, directed and produced by Tamara Kissane. 







    * Sound design: Edith Snow* Original music: Pennee Miles* Audio engineer: Alex Maness* Production assistants: Amanda Hahn and Kaley Morrison







    The audio was recorded at Shadowbox Studio, Durham, NC.







    Cast (in order of appearance): 







    * CLOCK VOICE: Edith Snow.* JOAN: Susannah Hough* SULLY: Dana Marks* AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Erin Bell, Amanda Hahn, Alex Maness and Kaley Morrison* KAYA: Maxine Eloi* BRENDAN: Dale Wolf* DOC: Rebecca Bossen* LIONEL: Thaddaeus Edwards* HILDY: Vincent Bland, Jr.







    Graphic design by Kaley Morrison and photos by Erin Bell of Bull City Photography. 







    The MASTER BUILDER audio drama is production of Artist Soapbox and Soapbox Audio Collective with support from the patrons of Artist Soapbox, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Timothy McMackin, and the Women’s Theatre Festival. 







    This production is dedicated to the memory of Julie Rhodes. Julie was a great lover and patron of music, art, and performance in the Triangle area and she loved spreading the word about her favorites.







    CONNECT AND FOLLOW!







    Twitter =@artist_soapbox







    Instagram = artistsoapbox







    Facebook =https://www.facebook.com/artistsoapboxpodcast/







    Artist Soapbox  is a listener supported podcast. If you listen, please support the podcast by sharing episodes with friends and contributing via our Patreon campaign. For more information and to become a patron, please visit artistsoapbox.org. For any questions or just to say hi, email us at artistsoapbox@gmail.com.

    • 43 min
    THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama actor interviews: Part two

    THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama actor interviews: Part two

    This is the second of two episodes that feature short interviews with the cast of THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama (released in April 2020). This episode features half of the cast, all of whom play the more experienced generation of characters. 💕😊







    You’ll hear from Michael Foley, Susannah Hough, John Jimerson and Edith Snow, interviewed by Kaley Morrison and Barbette Hunter during our recording days in November of 2019.  These are short snippets — each actor had only a few minutes between their calls to pop over and answer a few of Kaley and Barbette’s questions. 







    L-R: Michael Foley, Susannah Hough, John Jimerson, Edith Snow







    If you’ve already listened to THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama, then you know how talented these actors are. As you’ll hear in this episode, they are lovely, thoughtful and generous people as well.







    The cast covers a variety of topics including: their individual characters in TNC, what it’s like to record an audio drama, the difference between acting for audio and acting on stage, why people should listen to TNC, their favorite moments and more. (Warning, there are a few spoilers here if you haven’t finished all 6 episodes.)







    Listen to the previous episode: 128: THE NEW COLOSSUS actor interviews: Part One









    WONDERFUL BONUS: This episode includes music written, performed and recorded by Edith Snow for Episodes 4 of THE NEW COLOSSUS. The multi-talented Edith was also the sound designer for our first audio drama MASTER BUILDER (which featured Susannah Hough too!).









    As of this release, TNC has been listened to in 20 countries and 30 US states. You can also listen to the six 20 minute episodes via the website www.thenewcolossuspodcast.com and via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all the usual podcasts platforms.  







    If you’d like to hear more about THE NEW COLOSSUS and audio drama in general, our wonderful executive producer, Aurelia Belfield, and I will be co-leading an online session as part of the Women’s Theatre Festival on July 29 at 11am. Purchase tickets here for our individual session or for the entire month-long online conference and new play festival.. 







    Big special thanks to our incredible TNC production team, to Trailblazer Studios where we recorded TNC, to the patrons of ASBX on Patreon, and to Manbites Dog Theatre Foundation and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation for their support. 







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    Michael Foley (SORIN) appeared in the staged version of The ...

    • 14 min
    THE NEW COLOSSUS AUDIO DRAMA actor interviews: Part One

    THE NEW COLOSSUS AUDIO DRAMA actor interviews: Part One

    In April 2020, Artist Soapbox released our second full length scripted audio drama THE NEW COLOSSUS. This is the first of two episodes that feature short interviews with the cast of THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama (released in April 2020). This episode features half of the cast, all of whom play the younger generation of characters. 😊💕







    You’ll hear from Ron Lee McGill, Carly Prentis Jones, Ryan Ladue, and Skylar Gudasz, interviewed by Kaley Morrison during our recording days in November of 2019.  These are short snippets — each actor had only a few minutes between their calls to pop over and answer a few of Kaley’s questions.







    (L-R: Ron Lee McGill, Carly Prentis Jones, Ryan Ladue, Skylar Gudasz)







    If you’ve already listened to THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama, then you know how talented these actors are. As you’ll hear in this episode, they are lovely, thoughtful and generous people as well.







    The cast covers a variety of topics including: their individual characters in TNC, what it’s like to record an audio drama, the difference between acting for audio and acting on stage, why people should listen to TNC, their favorite moments and more. (Warning, there are a few spoiler alerts here if you haven’t finished all 6 episodes.)









    WONDERFUL BONUS: This episode includes music written and performed by Sklyar Gudasz and recorded by James Phillips for Episodes 5 & 6 of THE NEW COLOSSUS. Enjoy it, and then go immediately to purchase Skylar’s newest album CINEMA (which has received incredible reviews!).









    As of this release, TNC has been listened to in 20 countries and 30 US states. You can also listen to the six 20 minute episodes via the website www.thenewcolossuspodcast.com and via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all the usual podcasts platforms.  







    If you’d like to hear more about THE NEW COLOSSUS and audio drama in general, our wonderful executive producer, Aurelia Belfield, and I will be co-leading an online session as part of the Women’s Theatre Festival on July 29 at 11am. Purchase tickets here for our individual session or for the entire month-long online conference and new play festival..







    Big special thanks to our incredible TNC production team, to Trailblazer Studios where we recorded TNC, to the patrons of ASBX on Patreon, and to Manbites Dog Theatre Foundation and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation for their support. 







    BIOS

    • 21 min
    ARDEO: Narrative medicine and new play development with Jacqueline E. Lawton and Jules Odendahl-James

    ARDEO: Narrative medicine and new play development with Jacqueline E. Lawton and Jules Odendahl-James

    The second of two episodes featuring the work of Jacqueline E. Lawton: playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. 







    Jacqueline E. Lawton, photo by Jason Hornick







    In this episode, along with dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James, you’ll hear Jacqueline discuss her play ARDEO.







    ARDEO is a one act play inspired by research and personal narratives of health practitioners and patients at UNC-CH’s North Carolina’s Jaycee Burn Center. This play explores how patients and doctors communicate with each other; how health practitioners communicate with the public; and how theatre artists can be of service to patients, doctors and the larger public. 







    In this conversation, Jacqueline and Jules touch on the field of narrative medicine, the particular development process of ARDEO, the value of partnering the dramatic arts and science, and opportunities to create those collaborations. Speaking of collaborations, Jules and Jacqueline discuss their work together as theatre-makers and the awesomeness of dramaturgs and dramaturgy especially for new plays in development.







    Learn and read more about ARDEO, see photos, and watch the short film of the piece performed.







    [This intro was recorded on June 6, 2020. The interview was recorded on May 18, 2020. Listen to Episode 126 with Jacquelyn E. Lawton, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, and Jules Odendahl-James] 







    L-R: Jacqueline E. Lawton, Jules Odendahl-James







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    Jacqueline E. Lawton is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her produced plays include:  Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; The Hampton Years; Intelligence; Mad Breed; and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. She is also Dramatist Guild’s Regional Representative for North Carolina.







    Jules Odendahl-James is director and dramaturg specializing in art+science collaborations, documentary performance and works by women playwrights. She’s a co-founder of Durham’s Bulldog Ensemble Theatre after four years as an Associate Artistic Director at Manbites Dog Theater (2014-2018). At Duke University, she is a lecturer in Theater Studies, the Program Director of Arts and Humanities Advising, a member of the Disability Access Initiative and a 2017-18 Teaching for Equity Fellow. She was a Kienle Scholar of Medical Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine (2016-18) and an affiliated faculty of Duke’s Reimagining Medicine pilot program in 2018. She has taught courses in medical humanities such as Playing Doctor, Medical Stories on Stage, Performing Science, and Visual Cultures of Medicine. 







    This episode is brought to you by the Soapboxers, the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox. If you like these episodes and want more, get on the Soapbox!

    • 50 min
    XIX: New play development with Jacqueline E. Lawton, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, Jules Odendahl-James

    XIX: New play development with Jacqueline E. Lawton, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, Jules Odendahl-James

    The first of two episodes featuring the work of Jacqueline E. Lawton, playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. 







    Jacqueline E. Lawton, photo by Jason Hornick







    Along with director JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell and dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James, you’ll hear Jacqueline E. Lawton discuss her new play XIX. XIX was commissioned by the Women’s Theatre Festival in celebration and reckoning with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. XIX is a socio-political drama following a multi-racial family who find themselves in the middle of the fight for equality and divided over the right to vote. XIX received a public sharing through the UNC Process Series in February 2020; there will be a staged reading at WTF 2020 on July 11th at 7:30 pm.







    The wonderful guest trio of Jacqueline, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell and Jules Odendahl-James dig into playwriting topics such as translating a historical event into a contemporary piece, deciding what story to tell and who should be the center of the story, the development process and the roles of the director, dramaturg and playwright and much more.







    [This podcast interview was recorded on May 15, 2020. The introduction was recorded on June 6, 2020.]







    L-R: JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Jules Odendahl-James







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    Jacqueline E. Lawton is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her produced plays include:  Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; The Hampton Years; Intelligence; Mad Breed; and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. She is also Dramatist Guild’s Regional Representative for North Carolina.







    JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell (she/her/hers) is a freelance director and producer. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Black Ops Theatre Company, lead curator for the Bull City Black Theatre Festival in Durham, NC, and a founding company member of Bulldog Ensemble Theatre. A 2018 Indy Arts Award winner, JaMeeka is a 2019-20 grant recipient from both the Manbites Dog Theater Fund and from the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists program. She also served as a 2019 theatre panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the North Carolina Arts Council. An alumnus of The Lark Play Development Center Apprenticeship program, JaMeeka has been an Assistant Director with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Playmakers Repertory, and more recently, an Associate Director with Duke Performances at Duke University. Her directing work has appeared at Northern Stage in Vermont, Shakespeare in Detroit, Classic Stage in NYC, Manbites Dog Theatre in Durham, The Department of Theatre at Dartmouth College, Duke University’s Department of Theatre Studies, and the National Black Theatre Festival.  www.jhbdirectedit.com







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    • 47 min

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