Tamara Kissane (WRITER, DIRECTOR) is a playwright, director, actor, and podcaster for Artist Soapbox (www.artistsoapbox.org). Tamara also leads the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ rooms that are developing two new serial audio dramas to be released in 2020. Her first audio drama MASTER BUILDER premiered at the Women’s Theatre Festival NC before being released publicly in July 2019. She is currently in post-production for THE NEW COLOSSUS, an audio drama based on Chekhov's classic play, The Seagull. In 2019, she received grants from the Manbites Dog Theater Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Durham150, and the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Award (Durham Arts Council). Her stage-plays, The New Colossus and Master Builder were commissioned and performed by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in 2016 & 2018. She has written plays as as a solo writer and in groups ranging from 2-100, including plays for elementary school children to adults. In NC, she’s worked with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Manbites Dog Theater, University Theatre at NC State, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Archipelago and both hands theatre company.
Under the right circumstances and with the right people for me, creative collaboration is my happiest happy place.  This is the second of two ASBX episodes about writing scripted audio fiction collaboratively. You’ll hear from the Soapbox Audio Collective Writing Team 2 that includes Allan Maule, Ian Finley and me, Tamara Kissane. Together we’re writing The Last Glacier Hotel. This episode and the previous one are windows into our collaborative writing process and include things we learned, tips for other writers who might want to try this, and tantalizing details about the stories of Jesus Pancake and The Last Glacier Hotel. (Transcript available upon request. Reach out to artistsoapbox@gmail.com) L-R: Allan Maule, Ian Finley, Tamara Kissane BIOS: Allan Maule is a Durham-based playwright and writer with more than twelve years of writing experience for the stage and digital media. Favorite productions of his plays include EverScape (NYC Fringe 2015 and Sonorous Road Theater), Two Late (Carrboro Arts Center 10×10 Festival), Tales and Fermentations (Seed Art Share), and Framing the Shot (Sonorous Road Theater). Allan also worked as a video game writer and voice director on the online RPG Fallen Earth and the serious games GE2050 and Uptick. Allan is a graduate of Duke University and holds a masters in performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ian Finley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School at New York University.  In 2012, he was named the Piedmont Laureate in the field of Playwriting and Screenwriting by the arts councils of central North Carolina. He is the author of many plays, you’ll see them listed in the show notes 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, Jude the Obscure, Suspense, A Perfect Negroni, 11:50, the Our Histories cycle of site-specific plays for Burning Coal and the First Night site-specific plays for Seed Art Share. ASBX Episodes: 132: Collaborative Writing 1: Jesus Pancake 121: Measuring the mass of a rom-com. Structure, process, and science with playwright Allan Maule. 105: Art and education in times of crisis with Ian Finley, playwright and educator 043: What good is a bad first draft? Playwright and arts educator Ian Finley extols the power of revision 040: How do we build audiences for our work? Playwright Allan Maule considers marketing theatre in the Triangle LISTEN TO ASBX AUDIO DRAMAS: Master Builder The New Colossus Declaration of Love audio anthology Artist Soapbox on Patreon CONNECT AND FOLLOW: Artist Soapbox on social media: Twitter: @artist_soapbox Instagram: @artistsoapbox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistsoapboxpodcast/ The post 133: Collaborative Writing 2: The Last Glacier Hotel appeared first on Artist Soapbox.
Have you ever written with other people? I don’t mean in the same room all quietly chipping away at your individual writing — I mean have you ever collaborated during the creation phase, writer’s room-style where you’re together breaking the story, pitching ideas, fleshing out characters, debating storylines on a shared project?  If you have done this, how did it go? What worked, what didn’t? What are the pros and cons? What did you learn about yourself? If you haven’t, does that writing process interest you? How do you imagine it would go? What’s your ideal collaborative writing experience? Under the right circumstances and with the right people for me, creative collaboration is my happiest happy place. This is the first of two ASBX episodes about writing scripted audio fiction collaboratively. You’ll hear from the Soapbox Audio Collective Writing Team 1 that includes Juliana Finch, Katy Koop, Mara Thomas and me, Tamara Kissane. Together we’re writing Jesus Pancake. This episode and the next are windows into our collaborative writing process and include things we learned, tips for other writers who might want to try this, and tantalizing details about the stories of Jesus Pancake and The Last Glacier Hotel. (Transcript available upon request. Reach out to artistsoapbox@gmail.com) L-R: Juliana Finch, Mara Thomas, Katy Koop, Tamara Kissane BIOS Juliana Finch “sounds the way good bourbon tastes.” A Georgia-born, North Carolina-based singer/songwriter with strong Americana roots, Juliana earns her spot in a long tradition of storytelling songwriters with a sultry, soothing voice and carefully crafted lyrics. Go ahead. Find her on social media @writeplayrepeat. (She’s also a screenwriter and playwright!)  Katy Koop is a writer and theatre artist based in Raleigh, NC. Her plays have been produced in part and in whole in New York City, Minneapolis, and Raleigh. Her cultural criticism and personal essays have been published in Indy Week, Electric Literature, Hello Giggles, Femsplain, and more. She most recently worked as a writer on Artist’s Soapbox’s Jesus Pancake. You can find her on twitter at @katykooped and more information at katykoop.com. Mara Thomas is a Durham-based playwright, actor, musician and teaching artist. A local musician for over 15 years, Mara can usually be found making noise in the punk group Cold Cream but, y’know, COVID. Since she can’t blast her face off at punk shows these days, Mara is channeling that energy into a Master’s program at NC State for Clinical Mental Health Counseling.   ASBX Episodes: 051: Wanna keep going? Singer/songwriter Juliana Finch encourages well-nourished artists, productivity, and community Dangerous: Declaration of Love Episode 7 (written by Katy Koop) Stretchy Shorts: Declaration of Love Episode 9 (Mara Thomas, actor) Some of Mara’s posts about creativity resources (Note: Mara has written about 2 dozen blog posts on ASBX): Cleaning house: Making space for creativityNourish your creative self: Give your creative self a lift with something beautifulThe importance of physical practice: Get out of your head and into your body (And here’s another)Community BuildingThe gifts of lonelinessGo with the flow Listen to ASBX Audio Dramas: Master Builder The New Colossus Declaration of Love audio anthology Artist Soapbox on Patreon CONNECT AND FOLLOW: Artist Soapbox on social media: Twitter: @artist_soapbox Instagram: @artistsoapbox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistsoapboxpodcast/ The post 132: Collaborative Writing 1: Jesus Pancake appeared first on Artist Soapbox.
“And this is one of those times where I feel like I need to give myself permission to stand still, looking from one side to the other, up and down, looking at my neighbors. And I mean that in a very global sense, experiencing what people are going through, asking myself, is there a place for me to be a kindred support to them right now? I’m asking myself, what does it mean to be human inside of this season where we are all facing tremendous trepidation?” Jaki Shelton Green, NC Poet Laureate In this episode, our North Carolina Poet Laureate, the incredible Jaki Shelton Green, delivers restorative words, creative encouragement, and spiritual succor. It’s no accident that we released this interview on the Monday of Election Week; consider this a balm for your unease and a motivation to claim your narrative. Listen and breathe as Jaki muses about writing through difficult times, retreating ‘SistaWRITE style’, and her amazing new poetry album The River Speaks of Thirst. A quick shout out to The North Carolina Writers’ Network and their upcoming online conference Nov 10-14, 2020. Jaki Shelton Green will be delivering the keynote address on Friday, November 13. The North Carolina Writer’s Network is a membership organization that provides programs and resources for writers of all levels of skills and experience in NC and beyond. For more info:  www.ncwriters.org Photo by Sylvia Freeman Click here to read the transcript of this interview. BIO: Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Cooper stated that “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki’s appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.” Her collegiate and professional experiences include currently teaching Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Visiting Professor for the Carlow University MFA Program, Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence, Duke University Teaching for Equity Fellow, 2019 Barnard College Africana Studies Department Lewis-Ezekoye Distinguished Lecturer, 2019 UNC Chapel Hill Sonja Stone Memorial Lecturer, Taller Portobelo Artist Colony Portobelo Panama, University of Panama, Department of Cultural Resources for Brazil, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Distinguished Visiting Writer, North Carolina Turkish Association, Alhambra Cultural Center in Marrakech Morocco, NC Symphony, NC African American Cultural Heritage Commission. She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Ventures providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers in Sedona Arizona, Ocracoke North Carolina, Agadir Morocco, and Tullamore Ireland. A few additional resources: INDYWeek: N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green’s “The River Speaks of Thirst” Reclaims Stolen Breath Buy the album: The River Speaks of Thirst Watch the video: Oh My Brother INDYWeek: N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green Mourns George Floyd with “Oh My Brother” Listen to the podcast: Creativity is Medicine: A Conversation With N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green CONNECT AND FOLLOW: Artist Soapbox on social media: Twitter: @artist_soapbox Instagram: @artistsoapboxFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistsoapboxpodcast/ The post 131: Stillness and kindred support. A conversation with NC Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green appeared first on Artist Soapbox.
The Declaration of Love Project is an anthology of 11 short audio pieces written by North Carolina playwrights all inspired by the same writing prompt — “declaration of love.” Episode 11, written by Thaddaeus Edwards is titled Always. How do we encompass the ocean of love we feel for our child? Always is an ode to a parent-child relationship seen through a looking glass and reflected through a pane of love.  Declaration of Love is an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by David Hill. Always was written by Thaddaeus Edwards Directed by Aurelia Belfield Performed by: Trevor Johnson (Dad) Transcript of Always If you’re eager for more audio fiction pieces by Artist Soapbox, be sure to listen to all 11 episodes of the Declaration of Love anthology and check out our full length audio dramas THE NEW COLOSSUS and MASTER BUILDER, available everywhere you get your podcasts. Thaddaeus EdwardsTrevor JohnsonL-R: Thaddaeus Edwards, Trevor Johnson (photo by Alex Maness) BIOS: Thaddaeus Edwards (Playwright, Always): Thaddaeus declares his love for Durham, NC, where he lives, daily. He has performed with Bulldog Ensemble Theater, Hidden Voices, Manbites Dog, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, among many others. Sharp-eared listeners have previously heard him as Lionel in Artist Soapbox’s Audio Drama production of Master Builder. Trevor Johnson (Actor, Always):  Trevor is a long time resident of Durham, NC and a native of New Bern, NC.  He was in Everybody, Jump and Leaving Eden with PlayMakers Repertory Company, and has acted in various other regional performances.  Trevor has degrees from UNC-CH and NCCU.  He is a family man and home inspector who enjoys the outdoors and gardening.  Trevor plays Dad in Always. CONNECT AND FOLLOW! Artist Soapbox on social media: Twitter: @artist_soapbox Instagram: @artistsoapbox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistsoapboxpodcast/ LISTEN to our newest audio drama THE NEW COLOSSUS. The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL. LISTEN to our 2019 audio drama MASTER BUILDER. 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. It was inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.  The post Always: Declaration of Love Episode 11 appeared first on Artist Soapbox.
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