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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

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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.

    094: I’m not quitting! The final episode of 2019

    094: I’m not quitting! The final episode of 2019

    This is the final podcast episode for 2019! Hooray! This short solo episode is to tell you that I’m not quitting, I’m just taking a break to celebrate the holidays (including my birthday!) and then prepare for 2020. This episode is a celebration, a year in review, a pre-view of what’s to come in 2020, and some creative-process advice. Happy Early New Year, Soapboxers! Stay loose, stay calm, and carry on, my friends. Best wishes, Tamara















    Tamara drinks coffee. Lots of coffee. Photo by Erin Bell of Bull City Photography







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    Public Works Event on December 8th!







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    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!  This episode was recorded at the ASBX home studio. Artist Soapbox theme music by Bart Matthews. 

    • 12 min
    093: The cast of MASTER BUILDER speaks! More thoughts on audio drama from the actors…

    093: The cast of MASTER BUILDER speaks! More thoughts on audio drama from the actors…

    Perspectives and voices of four of the voice actors from our first audio drama MASTER BUILDER (released in July 2019.) You’ll hear short 3-5 minute segments musing on the differences between stage acting and audio acting, what the cast hopes people will experience as audio drama listeners, their favorite moments in the Master Builder audio drama and more.







    While on break from MASTER BUILDER, these four actors hopped into a little side recording space and answered a few quick questions posed by Kaley Morrison. Featuring Rebecca Bossen who played DOC, Thaddaeus Edwards who played LIONEL, Dale Wolf who played BRENDAN, and Maxine Eloi who played KAYA.







    Mentioned:







    * 087: Making my first audio drama: Thoughts on MASTER BUILDER* MASTER BUILDER ACT ONE* MASTER BUILDER ACT TWO* Public Works on November 24







    Here’s the whole beautiful team:







    Maxine EloiAlex ManessAmanda HahnThaddaeus EdwardsDale WolfRebecca BossenSusannah HoughEdith SnowTamara KissaneVincent Bland, Jr.Dana MarksKaley MorrisonPennee MilesErin Bell







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







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







    Sound design by Edith Snow







    Original music by Pennee Miles







    The audio was recorded at Shadowbox Studio by Alex Maness our audio engineer and production assistant Amanda Hahn with additional support from Kaley Morrison. 







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







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







    The Master Builder Audio Drama is a 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. 







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







    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.







    Bios of the whole team







    Erin Bell (PHOTOGRAPHER, AUDIENCE MEMBER) is a Durham-based thespian and entrepreneur. She founded Bull City Photography in 2017 and has had work featured in local publications such as Indy Week, Chatham Life & Style, The Durham Voice, Heart of Hillsborough, and Heart of Meadowmont. Erin specializes in performance and event photography. IG @bullcityphotography







    Vincent Bland, Jr. (HILDY) is elated to have been a part of this unique project.

    • 16 min
    092: Performance and story for environmental and health justice. The Lillies Project, and the Burns, Human Rights and Capabilities Project with Dr. Marie Garlock. [Episode 2 of 2]

    092: Performance and story for environmental and health justice. The Lillies Project, and the Burns, Human Rights and Capabilities Project with Dr. Marie Garlock. [Episode 2 of 2]

    “Communities seeking healthcare and environmental justice always have the best answers for how to transform their own conditions.” The second of two episodes with Dr. Marie Garlock discussing the role of performance and storytelling in health and environmental justice movements. In this episode we discuss the Lillies Project, an environmental justice project in Stokes County, NC, United States and the Burns, Human Rights and Capabilities Project in Malawi, Africa. All three of these projects fall under the umbrella of health justice and performative story collaborations, and they all include a number of partners and contributors, which is a staple of Marie’s work. 







    At the conclusion of this conversation, I asked Marie for tips to share with artists who’d like to do this kind of work, but don’t know where to start and Marie answered that question with the same grace, humor, and compassion that you’ll hear throughout our conversation.







    Lillies Project Dan River Ritual — photo by Meredith Branscome







     If you haven’t already, then I encourage you to go back and listen to the previous episode #91 in which we talk about what health justice means more broadly and about the first of three projects that she’s working on titled FLIPPING CANCER focused on people who face advanced cancers as patients, caregivers, + healthcare providers.







    Content Warning: A reminder that this can be challenging content. We touch on rampant injustice and inequities, life-threatening illnesses, racism and other traumas. Listen when you feel able.







    bio







    Marie Garlock, PhD  leads health, performance, collaborative research, and community-building initiatives that span the U.S. South and Global South. Marie is the director of It Is In You projects and is based in Durham, NC. It Is In You partners with people and organizations drawn together by the power of stories to promote health justice including clinicians, artists, scientists, educators, policymakers, faith and advocacy leaders across diverse communities, institutions, and coalitions. For over a decade now, Marie Garlock has been creating performances based on collaborative, community-embedded research. She works with learners and luminaries of all demographics to facilitate workshops, organize festivals, and offer tailored programs in creative communication and health equity across the U.S. and internationally. 







    Mentioned: 091: The power of story to promote health justice. Flipping Cancer with Dr. Marie Garlock. [Episode 1 of 2]







    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!  This episode was recorded at the ASBX home studio. Artist Soapbox theme music by Bart Matthews. 







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    QUESTIONS FOR MARIE







    PROJECTS

    • 41 min
    The power of story to promote health justice. Flipping Cancer with Dr. Marie Garlock. [Episode 1 of 2]

    The power of story to promote health justice. Flipping Cancer with Dr. Marie Garlock. [Episode 1 of 2]

    Marie Garlock, PhD,  leads health, performance, collaborative research, and community-building initiatives that span the U.S. South and Global South. She is the director of It Is In You projects, based in Durham, NC. It Is In You partners with people and organizations drawn together by the power of stories to promote health justice including clinicians, artists, scientists, educators, policymakers, faith and advocacy leaders across diverse communities, institutions, and coalitions. 







    [This conversation was so rich and expansive that I divided it into two distinct episodes. This is the first of two.]







    For over a decade now, Dr. Marie Garlock has been creating performances based on collaborative, community-embedded research. She works with learners and luminaries of all demographics to facilitate workshops, organize festivals, and offer tailored programs in creative communication and health equity across the U.S. and internationally. 







    Marie and I spoke about three of her many active projects. You’ll hear me mention all three in this conversation, but our primary focus for this episode is the Flipping Cancer project. Flipping Cancer is a performance installation in story, dance/movement, + visual landscape created from interviews with people who face advanced cancers as patients, caregivers, + healthcare providers.







    Flipping Cancer. Performance by Marie Garlock. Swain Hall, Chapel Hill, NC on January 26, 2014. Photography by Andrew Synowiez/synster.com.







    The second episode with Marie, which will be released next week, covers the Lillies Project, an environmental justice project in Stokes County, NC, United States and the Burns, Human Rights and Capabilities Project in Malawi, Africa. All three of these projects fall under the umbrella of health justice and performative story collaborations.







    Content Warning:  This is difficult stuff. During this episode and the next we touch on rampant injustice and inequities, life-threatening illnesses, racism and other traumas. I’m grateful to Marie, not only for the revealing and healing work that she does, but also for the grace, vulnerability, and humor that infuses in all of her creative projects. I’m honored to celebrate the courage of Marie, her partners, and participants and to celebrate the fact that art can be powerfully good 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!  This episode was recorded at the ASBX home studio. Artist Soapbox theme music by Bart Matthews. 







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    QUESTIONS FOR MARIE







    HEALTH JUSTICE







    Marie, you work on a wide range of projects — you gave me a great frame to connect all of these – you “bring people together around the power of stories to promote health justice.” 

    • 42 min
    090: Common denominators. Veteran performer Dale Wolf on silence, story, and speaking out. [Durham 150 Artist Spotlight]

    090: Common denominators. Veteran performer Dale Wolf on silence, story, and speaking out. [Durham 150 Artist Spotlight]

    Dale Wolf is a writer, mime, performer, teacher, and veteran of the NC arts community. In this episode with good humor, good stories, and great vulnerability, Dale touches on physicality, baseball, identity, politics & performance, creating new work, being an independent artist, and making art in Durham since the 1970s.







    Dale Wolf Photo by Alex Maness







    BIO







    Dale Wolf moved to Durham, NC in 1976 to start a mime company. Touch Mime Theater performed for 17 years to over a half million people in the southeast. Dale Wolf is a writer, mime, performer, teacher, veteran of the NC arts community and recipient of the Indie Award for Excellence in the Arts (1994). They work with local theater companies such as Little Green Pig, The Delta Boys, Manbites Dog, both hands, Deep Dish, Common Ground, and Leviathan Theatre. You can also hear Dale as a voice actor in MASTER BUILDER, an audio drama produced by Artist Soapbox. Dale has acted in films, industrial videos, voice-overs and commercials in addition to developing and performing two one-person shows, IN THE OUTFIELD and 50! EVOLUTION OF A BUTCH LESBIAN.















    2019 is a year-long celebration honoring Durham North Carolina’s 150th anniversary. Artist Soapbox received a grant from Durham 150 in Support of the City of Durham’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration. This episode is one of three Durham 150 Artist Spotlights in which I interview a few of the many brilliant artists living in here. Happy Birthday, Durham! Thank you Durham artists. Thank you for the grant, Durham 150. Listeners, support local artists and help them and your community thrive!







    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! This episode was recorded at Shadowbox Studio. Artist Soapbox theme music by Bart Matthews. Additional audio editing by Merrybelle Park Productions.







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    Questions for Dale:







    PHYSICAL







    You mentioned that growing up you wanted to be an athlete. Talk a little about that. How has your physicality — your capabilities and interest in physicality informed your work in the theatre? 







    MIME







    How did you find mime? What are common myths or misconceptions about mime? Can you share a story about a transformative experience that you had as a performer or you saw in an audience member?







    You moved to Durham in 1976 to start Touch Mime Theater and performed for 17 years.







    What was Durham/the Triangle like for performing artists at that time (and how has it changed — for the better and the worst)?







    IN THE OUTFIELD







    Let’s talk about one of your solo performance pieces, IN THE OUTFIELD.

    • 47 min
    089: More theater! The past, present, and future of Manbites Dog Theater with co-founders Ed Hunt and Jeff Storer. [Durham 150 Artist Spotlight]

    089: More theater! The past, present, and future of Manbites Dog Theater with co-founders Ed Hunt and Jeff Storer. [Durham 150 Artist Spotlight]

    “If a dog bites a man, who cares, but if a man bites a dog…that’s news!” This episode features Ed Hunt and Jeff Storer, the co-founders of Manbites Dog Theater, a professional company founded in 1987, dedicated to world and regional premieres of contemporary work. Ed and Jeff discuss the past, present and the future of the company including the inception and growth of Manbites Dog Theater, as well as the transition to the Manbites Dog Theater Fund. With the closing and selling of their Foster Street location in 2018,  Manbites Dog transitioned into serving as a funding and support agency for theater companies and artists in the Triangle region. What a magnificent gift to theatre artists (and their audiences) in our community!







    On a personal note, Manbites Dog Theater, Jeff, Ed and the rest of the Manbites Family have had a profound and lasting impact on my life personally and professionally. There are scores of other Triangle theatre-makers who can say the same. I was one of Jeff’s students at Duke way back in the 90s and his teaching and directing are still reference points for me today. Thru the early 2000s,  both hands theatre company, a company that I co-founded with Cheryl Chamblee performed our unconventional work at Manbites Dog multiple times, and I was thrilled to be onstage at Manbites Dog Theater multiple times over the last 15 years including during both of my pregnancies and in the final season at the Foster Street location. The performances that I witnessed there as an audience member affected me deeply. Scroll down to see links to podcast episodes related to Manbites Dog Theater.







    Jeff Storer and Ed Hunt







    BIOS







    In addition to being co-founder and Artistic Director of Manbites Dog Theater and the Manbites Dog Theater Fund, Jeff Storer is co-author of Indecent Materials, which opened the 1990 season at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, and has co-authored Tune for Tommy, Hotline, and an adaptation of Allan Gurganus’ Plays Well With Others. Jeff has directed over 150 full length works since 1975 in New York City, Portland, Oregon, Boston, Winter Park, (Florida) and Dallas. He is currently a full professor of the practice and former chairman in the Department of Theater Studies at Duke University, where he has taught since 1982.







    Ed Hunt has served as managing director and co-artistic director of Manbites Dog  since its beginning in 1987. He grew up in New Bern, North Carolina, and saw his first Broadway plays (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Beyond the Fringe, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) at the age of 16 on a 1963 trip to New York with his father. Since 1984, he has lived in Durham, North Carolina with his partner Jeff Storer, whom he married in 2013 after an extended courtship. 







    Related posts and podcast episodes:







    * This week is amazing: funding, publicity and a reading* 058: Prepare and connect. Actor Lakeisha Coffey shares her theatre wisdom and her gratitude.* 045: Old work in a new way. both hands theatre company performs a scene from 2001.* 025: Artist and nonprofit leader Cheryl Chamblee coaches creatives in times of transition* a href="https://artistsoapbox.org/2018/03/12/023-lead-curator-and-strategist-jame...

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