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Thursday, June 11
 

10:00am CDT

Workshop 101: Creating and Podcasting Short-Form Audio Fiction
Workshop 101: Creating and Podcasting Audio Fiction
Your Must Register For This Workshop Here

Workshop 101 is a series of Master Classes for producers and performers that will take place online June 11-14, 2020 as part of the virtual HEAR Now Festival.

These sessions will examine creating short-form content for podcast audiences.

In three and a half days, instructors take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works.

Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.

Workshop 101 meets daily via Zoom video conferencing


Speakers
avatar for Lia Hagen

Lia Hagen

Workshop 101 Lead Educator
Lia Hagen is an overly enthusiastic girl finding innovative ways to tell stories online. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she now lives in NYC. She's a podcaster, a director, and a social media manager, but above all, she's a writer of all things. Her fiction podcast "Overkill" tells... Read More →
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Deondra Means

Deondra Means

Workshop 101 Faculty
Deondra Means is a Master storyteller and resident playwright of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati with over 30 years experience as a voice actor.  For the past 3 years, Deondra’s worked with the HEAR Now Festival. He was voice talent for Blood Cotton and co-produced and assistant... Read More →
avatar for Carol Monda

Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
avatar for Matt Serianni

Matt Serianni

Workshop 101 Faculty
Matt Serianni - Editor / Production AssistantMatt is an audio engineer/musician based in Brooklyn, hailing from Saratoga, NY. He received a STEM-certified BM in Music Technology from New York University in 2018, and enjoys continually working and learning in the fields of audio and... Read More →
avatar for Kendra Murray

Kendra Murray

Workshop Coordinator for 101 and 102


Thursday June 11, 2020 10:00am - 5:30pm CDT
Virtual Workshop Online

11:00am CDT

Workshop 102: Marketing Through Creative Coaching
Workshop 102, Marketing Through Creative Coaching and More
Your Must Register For This Workshop Here

A series of Master Classes for producers and performers that will take place online June 11-14, 2020 as part of the virtual HEAR Now Festival.
These sessions will exam Marketing as more than social media and where to place your programs, but how to find your market as an audio artist and value your work.



Thursday, June 11, 2020 - Sessions will take place over Zoom

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Meet Your Faculty / Workshop Weekend Goals
Emily Labes & Judith Kampfner, David Benedict, and Sean Pratt

2:00pm - 3:30 pm: Marketing Basics
Emily Labes & Judith Kampfner

4:30pm - 6:00 pm: Marketing Dos and Don'ts
Sean Pratt & David Benedict



Speakers
avatar for Emily Labes

Emily Labes

Workshop 102 Lead Educator
Emily Labes is the Communications Manager of Soundbooth Theater as well as a freelance Creative Communications Specialist. Like many members of the SBT team, she loves to tell stories as much as she loves to listen to them; though her stories are frantically typed rather than lyrically spoken. For Emily, storytelling takes a variety of forms... Read More →
avatar for Judith Kampfner

Judith Kampfner

Workshop 102 Faculty / Producer
Judith Kampfner trained as a career coach at NYU and then with Dr Eric Maisel the originator of the field of creativity coaching.A lecturer and broadcaster with thirty years of experience, she's been a radio maker for BBC, WNYC, WBEZ, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting. Since 2005... Read More →
avatar for Sean Pratt

Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
avatar for Kendra Murray

Kendra Murray

Workshop Coordinator for 101 and 102


Thursday June 11, 2020 11:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Virtual Workshop Online

12:00pm CDT

Celebrating Mark Twain
 HEAR Now will once again be presenting  A Celebration of Mark Twain as part of the 2020 Festival.

This year's Festival focuses on Twain's stories that feature female characters from his fiction works like Huckleberry Finn as well as his non-fiction journals and newspaper articles.

Carol Monda and Sean Pratt are this year's Mark Twain mentors and will be heard on Saturday along with the winners of this year's Jeff Kraus Performance Scholarships.

Today's narrators are:
Teri Clark Linden reading from Eve's Diary;
Steve White reading from Californian Tale;
Hillary Huber reading from Huck Finn;
Lisa Ware reading from In Defense of Harriet Shelley;
and special guest Rob Alvey discussing the real Becky Thatcher

These readings go 'live' today and will be available on the HEAR Now website to enjoy throughout the Festival weekend.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CELEBRATING MARK TWAIN.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Alvey (aka Mark Twain)

Robert Alvey (aka Mark Twain)

Mark Twain Narrator
Rob Alvey has been perfecting his 'Mark Twain" since retiring from the EPA as a Geologist only a few years ago. He has an excellent reputation as a Mark Twain researcher and comedic performer. He has performed Twain at the last few HEAR Now Festivals and as well as on stage at the... Read More →
avatar for Carol Monda

Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
avatar for Alice Anne English

Alice Anne English

Producer Celebrating Mark Twain!
Celebrating Mark Twain Producer



Thursday June 11, 2020 12:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Mark Twain Listening Room

12:00pm CDT

HEAR Now Playhouse PODCAST PALOOZA
NATF Playhouse Featuring 2020 Artist's PLATINUM PAGE and PODCAST PALOOZA opens Thursday June 11, 2020 at NOON. From Platinum to Bronze, you'll hear the best of this year's audio fiction.

Running June 11 - December 31, 2020.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Premiere - June 12, 2020 - Debs in Canton with Phil Proctor as Eugene Victor Debs and Melinda Peterson, Robert Fass, PJ Ochlan, LJ Ganser, Doug Shapiro, Anne Bobby, and Micah Gellert. Written by Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz.

Be sure to come back on Friday, June 12th for the premiere of this new audio play.

Additional Featured Programs:
The New Silence by Brian Price with Dion Graham, Jane Oppenheimer and an original score by Jason Kao Hwang.

William's Leap for Freedom by Renee Pringle with Dion Graham, Barbara Rosenblat, and a full cast.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO PODCAST PALOOZA

Speakers
avatar for Peter Gregg

Peter Gregg

Submission Manager / Producer Podcast Palooza
Peter Gregg (Ph.D, University of Minnesota) is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Gregg teaches media production, history, and criticism.Dr. Gregg's research and scholarship focuses on media and audiences, including the formation of attitudes... Read More →
avatar for Philip Proctor

Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
avatar for PJ Ochlan

PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
avatar for Robert Fass

Robert Fass

Voice Actor
Debs In Canton 6/11AUDIO Tonight 6/13A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. An eight-time Audie nominee with over 225 unabridged audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple... Read More →
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →



Thursday June 11, 2020 12:00pm - Monday June 15, 2020 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

6:30pm CDT

HEAR Now Festival Opening Session: INNOVATIONS IN STORYTELLING
Join the HEAR Now Festival as we open our 8th annual Festival with examples of INNOVATION in the world of audio story-telling. New technologies and story-telling techniques will be highlighted.

Join Val Vigoda and her partner, world- acclaimed composer Ryan O'Connell, in a live Zoom Video Conference as they discuss the intersection of art and technology following the live performance of a song from their award-winning Off-Broadway musical ‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’ (a wildly inventive musical adventure telling the story of a sleep-deprived single mom struggling to balance her family and career as a video game music composer) as well as examples of new music they have been creating in quarantine, with Val in Seattle and Ryan in Los Angeles.

This program is made possible in part by the Francis Family Foundation

Be sure to register for the Innovations presentation so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.

Speakers
avatar for Val Vigoda

Val Vigoda

Presenter
Valerie Vigoda uplifts and connects with people through her unique combination of gorgeous vocals, dazzling electric violin, heartfelt musical storytelling, and fierce buoyancy. Her epic life journey has taken her around the world on rock tours with Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson, the... Read More →
avatar for Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell

RYAN O’CONNELL is in demand as a composer, arranger, orchestrator music director, and conductor. His music has been heard worldwide in a variety of venues: in film, on stage, and in the concert hall. He is perhaps most widely known for his popular choral arrangements for Shawnee Press and Alfred, which continue to top sales charts around the country.After graduating from the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at the University of Southern California, Ryan has made his mark writing music for media. Most notably, with... Read More →
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →


Thursday June 11, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

8:30pm CDT

Tesla and Twain: Annihilators of Distance
  On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, as part of the 147th AES Conference, The HEAR Now Festival presented "An Intimate Evening with Tesla and Twain" featuring the original audio play "Tesla and Twain: Annihilators of Distance" by Butch D'Ambrosio.

The time is October 1900 and Mark Twain has just returned from Europe and has moved into the Earlington Hotel (formerly the Gerlach Hotel, where Tesla once lived in the late 1890s and is now the Radio Waves Building) while his family is looking for a new home.

On this night Twain is spending an evening with his friend Nikola Tesla at the as they discuss the latest inventions which will lead to, and, revolutionize communications.

This performance, featuring P.J. Ochlan as Tesla, Robert Alvey as Twain, with Radio World Edior Paul McLane as the hotel manager.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO Tesla and Twain: Annihilators of Distance

Speakers
avatar for PJ Ochlan

PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
avatar for Robert Alvey (aka Mark Twain)

Robert Alvey (aka Mark Twain)

Mark Twain Narrator
Rob Alvey has been perfecting his 'Mark Twain" since retiring from the EPA as a Geologist only a few years ago. He has an excellent reputation as a Mark Twain researcher and comedic performer. He has performed Twain at the last few HEAR Now Festivals and as well as on stage at the... Read More →
avatar for Butch D'Ambrosio

Butch D'Ambrosio

Producer / Scriptwriter
AUDIO Tonight Producer & Continuity 6/8If Mr. D’Ambrosio existed and enjoyed talking about himself, he might tell you that he got his first rejection from MAD magazine when he was 12 years old. That he was the youngest intern and the last one under Bill Gaines, back in the day when... Read More →
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →
avatar for David Shinn

David Shinn

HEAR Now Technical Director
In addition to producing award winning audio for the last 15 years, David is the Master Engineer at SueMedia Radio Waves Studios in NYC, where he is recording and mixing sound for audiobooks, television programs, and film.


Thursday June 11, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

9:45pm CDT

HEAR Now After Party
Come spend time networking with the Festival artists featured throughout the day and into the night.

HEAR Now will host a MAIN ROOM and 3 BREAK OUT ROOMS at our nightly After Parties. Once you are welcomed into the Zoom session our moderator will let you know who else is in the Break Out Rooms so you can choose who you'd like to join.

Door Prize Giveaways nightly from Soundbooth Theater...


Be sure to register for the AFTER PARTY so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.

Thursday June 11, 2020 9:45pm - 11:00pm CDT
HEAR Now Networking Sound Cafe
 
Friday, June 12
 

9:30am CDT

Workshop 102: Marketing Through Creative Coaching
Workshop 102, Marketing Through Creative Coaching and More
Your Must Register For This Workshop Here

Friday, June 12th
Sessions will take place over Zoom


9:30 - 10:30 am: Individual sessions with Judith Kampfner can be scheduled for this time.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Marketing Your Production or Business
Emily Labes & David Benedict

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Compare and contrast marketing oneself for different audiences
Judith Kampfner & Sean Pratt

4:30 - 6:00 pm -- Zoom Mixer



Speakers
avatar for Emily Labes

Emily Labes

Workshop 102 Lead Educator
Emily Labes is the Communications Manager of Soundbooth Theater as well as a freelance Creative Communications Specialist. Like many members of the SBT team, she loves to tell stories as much as she loves to listen to them; though her stories are frantically typed rather than lyrically spoken. For Emily, storytelling takes a variety of forms... Read More →
avatar for Judith Kampfner

Judith Kampfner

Workshop 102 Faculty / Producer
Judith Kampfner trained as a career coach at NYU and then with Dr Eric Maisel the originator of the field of creativity coaching.A lecturer and broadcaster with thirty years of experience, she's been a radio maker for BBC, WNYC, WBEZ, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting. Since 2005... Read More →
avatar for Sean Pratt

Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
avatar for Kendra Murray

Kendra Murray

Workshop Coordinator for 101 and 102


Friday June 12, 2020 9:30am - 6:00pm CDT
Virtual Workshop Online

10:00am CDT

Workshop 101: Creating and Podcasting Short-Form Audio Fiction
Workshop 101: Creating and Podcasting Audio Fiction
Your Must Register For This Workshop Here

Workshop 101 is a series of Master Classes for producers and performers that will take place online June 11-14, 2020 as part of the virtual HEAR Now Festival.

These sessions will examine creating short-form content for podcast audiences.

In three and a half days, instructors take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works.

Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.

Workshop 101 meets daily via Zoom video conferencing


Speakers
avatar for Lia Hagen

Lia Hagen

Workshop 101 Lead Educator
Lia Hagen is an overly enthusiastic girl finding innovative ways to tell stories online. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she now lives in NYC. She's a podcaster, a director, and a social media manager, but above all, she's a writer of all things. Her fiction podcast "Overkill" tells... Read More →
avatar for Deondra Means

Deondra Means

Workshop 101 Faculty
Deondra Means is a Master storyteller and resident playwright of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati with over 30 years experience as a voice actor.  For the past 3 years, Deondra’s worked with the HEAR Now Festival. He was voice talent for Blood Cotton and co-produced and assistant... Read More →
avatar for Carol Monda

Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Matt Serianni

Matt Serianni

Workshop 101 Faculty
Matt Serianni - Editor / Production AssistantMatt is an audio engineer/musician based in Brooklyn, hailing from Saratoga, NY. He received a STEM-certified BM in Music Technology from New York University in 2018, and enjoys continually working and learning in the fields of audio and... Read More →
avatar for Kendra Murray

Kendra Murray

Workshop Coordinator for 101 and 102


Friday June 12, 2020 10:00am - 5:30pm CDT
Virtual Workshop Online

11:30am CDT

NATF Playhouse: Judith Kampfner - The Stories She Tells -- The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
Story By: Ray Bradbury
Drama Adaptation By: Mike Walker

Cast
TV Announcer: David Rapkin Peter: Michael Wachter
Wendy: Reyna Shaskan Lydia: Jennifer van Dyck
George: David Slavin Ms Kim: Nancy Wu
The Room: John Henry Cox David: Richmond Hoxie
Sound Production at CDM Studios
Director/Producer: Judith Kampfner

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Judith Kampfner is a producer, writer and playwright for the stage and radio. Listen to her unique form of storytelling.

Judith began working at the Australian Broadcasting Company as a trainee radio producer and then Executive Producer. She has since worked at BBC, NPR and WNYC, where she was Senior Producer on the pilot phase of Studio 360.

As a writer, Kampfner is a dramaturg and editor with playwrights working for radio. She has adapted stage plays and novels for radio, written and co-written radio dramas and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Kampfner

Judith Kampfner

Workshop 102 Faculty / Producer
Judith Kampfner trained as a career coach at NYU and then with Dr Eric Maisel the originator of the field of creativity coaching.A lecturer and broadcaster with thirty years of experience, she's been a radio maker for BBC, WNYC, WBEZ, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting. Since 2005... Read More →


Friday June 12, 2020 11:30am - Sunday June 14, 2020 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

12:00pm CDT

Celebrating Mark Twain
 HEAR Now will once again be presenting  A Celebration of Mark Twain as part of the 2020 Festival.

This year's Festival focuses on Twain's stories that feature female characters from his fiction works like Huckleberry Finn as well as his non-fiction journals and newspaper articles.

Carol Monda and Sean Pratt are this year's Mark Twain mentors and will be heard on Saturday along with the winners of this year's Jeff Kraus Performance Scholarships.

Today's narrators are:
Byron Wagner reading from a selection of short works including The First Woman In Nevada, Buying Gloves in Gibraltar, and Speech on the Babies;
Larry Oliver reading from To Women an Irregular Toast;
Rachanee Lumayno reading from Recollections of Joan of Arc, Part 1;
Dan Ware reading from Advice to Little Girls;
Rhonda Singler-Ware reading from A Murder, A Mystery, A Marriage

These readings go 'live' today and will be available on the HEAR Now website to enjoy throughout the Festival weekend.



Speakers
avatar for Sean Pratt

Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
avatar for Alice Anne English

Alice Anne English

Producer Celebrating Mark Twain!
Celebrating Mark Twain Producer



Friday June 12, 2020 12:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Mark Twain Listening Room

12:00pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: Debs In Canton
'Debs In Canton' is an original radioplay written by Elizabeth Schwartz & Yale Strom, starring Phil Proctor and featuring Robert Fass, PJ Ochlan, LJ Ganser, Melinda Peterson, Doug Shapiro, Anne Bobby and Micah Gellert
Produced & Directed by Sue Zizza with music by Yale Strom.

American labor leader Eugene V. Debs gave a speech in June of 1918 to a movement rally in which he condemned US involvement in the First World War. Debs was jailed for sedition and went on to run for president from his cell. This historical fiction by Schwartz and Strom explores what Debs' life might have been in the months leading up to this seminal moment of American history.


Speakers
avatar for Philip Proctor

Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
avatar for Robert Fass

Robert Fass

Voice Actor
Debs In Canton 6/11AUDIO Tonight 6/13A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. An eight-time Audie nominee with over 225 unabridged audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple... Read More →
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →



Friday June 12, 2020 12:00pm - Sunday June 14, 2020 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

1:00pm CDT

Dialogue and Voice Over for Interactive Media
Dialogue and Voice Over for Interactive Media

Dialogue and narration are produced for games and interactive media in fundamentally different ways than for linear media like audio books, podcasts, or film. Veterans of audio and dialogue production across numerous media will have a live Zoom panel discussion that will highlight contrasting priorities and challenges in process, marketing, and technical areas between games and interactive media, and animation, podcasting, and other voice recording situations. Those interested in broadening their markets or just curious about how recording dialogue for video games differs from other kinds of voice recording will find this session enlightening.

Be sure to register for the Dialogue and Voice Over for Interactive Media so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Hellegers

Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Bogovich

Bonnie Bogovich

Vocal and Audio Artist, BlackCatBonifide LLC
I am happy to be back at Hear Now Fest, this year as a panelist/speaker for "Dialogue and Voice Over for Interactive Media" on Friday at 1pm CST!Bio:Bonnie has spent over a decade designing audio on a variety of award-winning educational products, virtual and augmented reality simulations... Read More →
avatar for Carol Monda

Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
avatar for Larry the

Larry the "O"

HEAR Now Festival Director
Festival Director Larry the O has worked on many sides of the audio industry, including audio post-production for TV and film, album recording, video games, technical and marketing positions for leading audio hardware manufacturers, software product management, live sound, publishing... Read More →


Friday June 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

4:30pm CDT

Workshop 101 & 102 Producers Meet & Greet
Producer's Meet & Greet is for Workshop 101 & 102 Participants
and Podcast Palooza Producers (as space allows)
This is your opportunity to meet with some of the members of the Pitch Panel happening the next afternoon.

This session is followed up by a more formal Pitch Panel, Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Silver

Margaret Silver

Head of Strategic Marketing, Podium Audio
Margaret Silver is a seasoned digital entertainment executive serving as the Head of Strategic Marketing for Podium Audio, an audio-first entertainment company that finances, develops, produces and distributes immersive audio content. Margaret oversees all marketing and brand development functions as the company scales its catalogue of 1300+ sci-fi/fantasy audiobooks and expands into original content craf... Read More →
avatar for Christina Harcar

Christina Harcar

Senior Director of Editorial Projects at Audible.com
Christina A. Harcar, Senior Director of Editorial Projects at Audible.com, has acquired and content for over 11 years, always in dialogue with audio listeners. A highlight of her tenure has been Audible’s Grammy win for Janis Ian’s Society’s Child in the category of Best... Read More →
avatar for Ann Richardson

Ann Richardson

Ann has been narrating since 2008, from her state of the art, in-home recording booth. She has been awarded three AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Awards, and has also been a multi-time finalist for the Society of Voice Arts Awards (2016, 2017, 2018). Connecting with the story and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kinsey

Michael Kinsey

Voice Talent Recruiter for Learning Ally
Michael Kinsey has worked at Learning Ally for the past 20 yrs in the production department, most recently as their Voice Talent Recruiter. He is a 2-time SOVAS award winning audio book producer. He has also been playing the drums semi-professionally for the last 30yrs... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Bourbeau

Alexis Bourbeau

Director of the Literature Community and Audiobook Quality at Learning Ally
Alexis Bourbeau is the Director of the Literature Community and Audiobook Quality at Learning Ally, a national non-profit dedicated to changing education by making the printed word accessible to all. He leads the production team responsible for bringing literature and YA fiction to life via audio. Working with volunteers at all stages of their voice-work journey, from newbies to aw... Read More →
avatar for Russell McGee

Russell McGee

Workshop 102 / Ernie Pyle Experiment
Russell McGee received his Masters in TV/Film Production at Indiana University, in 2013 and his Bachelors in Theatre from Indiana State University, in 2001. Trained as a Meisner actor under Elaine Schatzline-Behr and trained as a Director/Editor under Robby Benson.His awards include... Read More →
avatar for Lia Hagen

Lia Hagen

Workshop 101 Lead Educator
Lia Hagen is an overly enthusiastic girl finding innovative ways to tell stories online. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she now lives in NYC. She's a podcaster, a director, and a social media manager, but above all, she's a writer of all things. Her fiction podcast "Overkill" tells... Read More →
avatar for Emily Labes

Emily Labes

Workshop 102 Lead Educator
Emily Labes is the Communications Manager of Soundbooth Theater as well as a freelance Creative Communications Specialist. Like many members of the SBT team, she loves to tell stories as much as she loves to listen to them; though her stories are frantically typed rather than lyrically spoken. For Emily, storytelling takes a variety of forms... Read More →
avatar for Judith Kampfner

Judith Kampfner

Workshop 102 Faculty / Producer
Judith Kampfner trained as a career coach at NYU and then with Dr Eric Maisel the originator of the field of creativity coaching.A lecturer and broadcaster with thirty years of experience, she's been a radio maker for BBC, WNYC, WBEZ, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting. Since 2005... Read More →
avatar for Sean Pratt

Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
avatar for Deondra Means

Deondra Means

Workshop 101 Faculty
Deondra Means is a Master storyteller and resident playwright of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati with over 30 years experience as a voice actor.  For the past 3 years, Deondra’s worked with the HEAR Now Festival. He was voice talent for Blood Cotton and co-produced and assistant... Read More →
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Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
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Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
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Kendra Murray

Workshop Coordinator for 101 and 102
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Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →
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David Benedict

Producer / Director
David Benedict has been with Atlanta Radio Theatre Company since 1994, or thereabouts and has served as Vice President and Executive Producer for at least the last 15 years. He has produced and performed in countless live performances, several studio productions, and publishes ARTC's newsletter as well as other marketing and public rela... Read More →
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Karen Commins

Narrators Roadmap
Karen Commins is an award-winning audiobook narrator, producer, publisher, and leading curator of info about the audiobook industry. Karen is a 4-time audiobook juror for the Voice Arts Awards competitions. She’s spoken about audiobook creation and marketing at VOAtlanta, on ACX... Read More →


Friday June 12, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

7:00pm CDT

2020 Independent Audiobook Awards FINALISTS COCKTAIL PARTY
2020 Independent Audiobook Awards finalists and presenters meet for a pre-awards virtual Cocktail Party.

Be sure to register for the IAA Cocktail PARTY so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.


Friday June 12, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

8:15pm CDT

2020 Independent Audiobook Awards
The 2020 Independent Audiobook Awards. This premier awards program recognizing distinction in independently published audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Winners will be revealed at tonight's awards ceremony featuring Lisa Flanagan.

Produced by Jeff Kafer and Lauri Jo Daniels.




Friday June 12, 2020 8:15pm - 9:15pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

9:30pm CDT

Soundbooth Theatre: Love In The Time of Corona
At the dawn of a new decade, a pair of young lovers are forced apart by a pandemic raging across the entire country. The year is 2020.

When Felicity, a 20-something Events Strategist living in New York City, is driven to her childhood home in Westchester by the coronavirus lockdown, her blossoming relationship with Ford, also a 20-something city-dweller, is thrown into limbo. With their present compromised, Felicity wonders whether she and Ford actually have a future after all. One night in the midst of the pandemic, Felicity and her sister, Lauren, engage in some drunken antics that lead Felicity to slide into the DMs of Julian Child, a social media influencer with millions of followers. Much to her surprise, Julian takes notice of her message and begins to strike up a correspondence with her. Suddenly, Felicity finds herself at the center of an all-consuming digital love triangle with too much time to think and no ability to act.

Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s celebrated novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Soundbooth Theater’s Love in the Time of Corona is equal parts escapist satire, melodrama, and commentary on how a global health crisis at the pinnacle of the digital age has affected the way young people engage with one another. Written by Emily Labes, the audioplay stars Annie Ellicott as Felicity, Jeff Hays as Ford, Justin Thomas James as Julian, Gary Francis Furlong as the narrator, and Laurie Catherine Winkel as Lauren, and features music and sound effects by Ahmed Mahmoud.

Speakers
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Jeff Hays

Soundbooth Theater
Jeff Hays is an audio book narrator and producer. His production style and in-depth characterizations blur the line between Audiobooks and audio drama. He connects with his listeners through his live streaming internet show, Soundbooth Theater Live, which features upcoming projects... Read More →
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Emily Labes

Workshop 102 Lead Educator
Emily Labes is the Communications Manager of Soundbooth Theater as well as a freelance Creative Communications Specialist. Like many members of the SBT team, she loves to tell stories as much as she loves to listen to them; though her stories are frantically typed rather than lyrically spoken. For Emily, storytelling takes a variety of forms... Read More →



Friday June 12, 2020 9:30pm - 10:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

10:30pm CDT

HEAR Now After Party
Come spend time networking with the Festival artists featured throughout the day and into the night.

HEAR Now will host a MAIN ROOM and 3 BREAK OUT ROOMS at our nightly After Parties. Once you are welcomed into the Zoom session our moderator will let you know who else is in the Break Out Rooms so you can choose who you'd like to join.

Door Prize Giveaways nightly from Soundbooth Theater...

Be sure to register for the AFTER PARTY so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.

Friday June 12, 2020 10:30pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Networking Sound Cafe
 
Saturday, June 13
 

10:00am CDT

Workshop 102: Marketing Through Creative Coaching
Workshop 102, Marketing Through Creative Coaching and More
Your Must Register For This Workshop Here

Saturday, June 13th
Sessions will take place over Zoom

11:00am-12:30pm - Finalize Your Pitch
Workshop team follow-ups with participants and review the pitch presentations and possible next steps for publishers.


3:00pm-4:30pm - The Pitch Panel 
Participants will pitch their projects to a panel of judges. Judges will ask follow-up questions and explore the pitches more fully.



Speakers
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Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
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Judith Kampfner

Workshop 102 Faculty / Producer
Judith Kampfner trained as a career coach at NYU and then with Dr Eric Maisel the originator of the field of creativity coaching.A lecturer and broadcaster with thirty years of experience, she's been a radio maker for BBC, WNYC, WBEZ, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting. Since 2005... Read More →
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Emily Labes

Workshop 102 Lead Educator
Emily Labes is the Communications Manager of Soundbooth Theater as well as a freelance Creative Communications Specialist. Like many members of the SBT team, she loves to tell stories as much as she loves to listen to them; though her stories are frantically typed rather than lyrically spoken. For Emily, storytelling takes a variety of forms... Read More →


Saturday June 13, 2020 10:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Virtual Workshop Online

10:00am CDT

Workshop 101: Creating and Podcasting Short-Form Audio Fiction
Workshop 101: Creating and Podcasting Audio Fiction
Your Must Register For This Workshop Here

Workshop 101 is a series of Master Classes for producers and performers that will take place online June 11-14, 2020 as part of the virtual HEAR Now Festival.

These sessions will examine creating short-form content for podcast audiences.

In three and a half days, instructors take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works.

Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.

Workshop 101 meets daily via Zoom video conferencing


Speakers
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Lia Hagen

Workshop 101 Lead Educator
Lia Hagen is an overly enthusiastic girl finding innovative ways to tell stories online. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she now lives in NYC. She's a podcaster, a director, and a social media manager, but above all, she's a writer of all things. Her fiction podcast "Overkill" tells... Read More →
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Deondra Means

Workshop 101 Faculty
Deondra Means is a Master storyteller and resident playwright of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati with over 30 years experience as a voice actor.  For the past 3 years, Deondra’s worked with the HEAR Now Festival. He was voice talent for Blood Cotton and co-produced and assistant... Read More →
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Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
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Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
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Matt Serianni

Workshop 101 Faculty
Matt Serianni - Editor / Production AssistantMatt is an audio engineer/musician based in Brooklyn, hailing from Saratoga, NY. He received a STEM-certified BM in Music Technology from New York University in 2018, and enjoys continually working and learning in the fields of audio and... Read More →


Saturday June 13, 2020 10:00am - 5:30pm CDT
Virtual Workshop Online

12:00pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: William's Leap for Freedom
William's Leap for Freedom, hosted by Dion Graham, is an original one hour audio drama based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The Audie-nominated performance was recorded live at the June 2010 NATF workshop in West Plains, Missouri and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown and features Barbara Rosenblat along with a multi-voice cast.

William's Leap for Freedom is a two part drama; a play within a play. This performance, was adapted for audio from the stage play, William Wells Brown's Leap for Freedom written for the stage by Dr. Cheryl Black of the University of Missouri Department of Theatre.

Dr. Black's play was written and produced in 2008 for the Missouri State Historical society's Missouri History in Performance Theater. In 2009 it was adapted for the National Audio Theartre Festivals by Renee Pringle of NPR, with assistance from mentor Sue Zizza.

Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William Wells Brown and Mr. Polite, this audio dramatization then introduces part two of the play which features selected portions of The Escape or Leap for Freedom, as it relates to the tale of three slaves, Cato, Glen and Melinda. Brown often stated that this play specifically was autobiographical. The couple, Glen and Melinda, did exist, while Cato is Brown himself.
ABOUT WILLIAM WELLS BROWNWells Brown was born a slave in Lexington, Kentucky in 1814. It is said that his mother was the daughter of Daniel Boone and a black slave, while his father was known to be a member of the Wickliffe family of Kentucky and Louisiana.

Throughout his lifetime, Brown was a fugitive slave, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, an abolitionist, an anti-slavery lecturer, an historian, a medical doctor, and a poet.

Brown is the author of the first novel, the first drama, and the first travelogue published by an African American in the U.S. His particular life experiences gave him a thorough education and with that came an understanding of human nature, and of American culture and society, from 1814 through 1884.

In 1856, Brown decided to stop giving lectures at paid abolitionist engagements and instead began performing his dramas. Through drama he emphasized that all Americans, northern and southern, participated in deceptions necessary to support the system of slavery.

A popular form of drama at the time was the blackface minstrel. Using minstrel comedy in reverse, Brown was able to dispel familiar stereotypes and ridicule the perpetrators of those misrepresentations. In this way, Escape or Leap for Freedom is also a commentary on the minstrel style.

Brown consistently emphasized that blacks should use wit and trickery to fight against and survive their oppression, not heroic confrontation. His dramas emphasize the oppressive circumstances of black and white women; sexual violence against black women; the emasculation of black men; the hypocrisy of the religious community, and the paradox of a system of slavery in America, the so-called land of liberty.

Brown was known as a trickster among scholars. With guile, wit, and charm, he moved his white audiences to face issues without insulting them.

This production, directed by Pringle, with assistance from producer Sue Zizza was post produced by SueMedia Production's David Shinn.

Speakers
avatar for Dion Graham

Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →
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Renee Pringle

Master Mixer
Master Mixer Prisoner 9653 For President - Eugene Victor Debs & 1919: Peace & Vengeance at National WWI Museum 6/8



Saturday June 13, 2020 12:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

12:00pm CDT

Celebrating Mark Twain
 HEAR Now will once again be presenting  A Celebration of Mark Twain as part of the 2020 Festival.

This year's Festival focuses on Twain's stories that feature female characters from his fiction works like Huckleberry Finn as well as his non-fiction journals and newspaper articles.

Alice Anne English reads from Eve's Diary, Part 2;
Carol Monda (Kraus Performance Mentor) reads from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg;
Sean Pratt (Kraus Performance Mentor) reads from Death of My Wife;
Kraus Performance Scholarship winner Holly Adams reads from The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County; and
Kraus Performance Scholarship winner Leslie Ligon reads from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Speakers
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Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
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Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
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Alice Anne English

Producer Celebrating Mark Twain!
Celebrating Mark Twain Producer



Saturday June 13, 2020 12:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Mark Twain Listening Room

1:00pm CDT

Ask Ed! Ed Asner discusses his career as a voice actor
 HEAR Now will present a special live video session with legendary actor Ed Asner, whose Emmy-Award winning career included many audio plays, animated series, and a feature animated films.

On Saturday, June 13, 2020, from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (CENTRAL TIME), Asner will answer questions about his work as a voice actor. You can send in your questions to Ed by May 25, 2020, to hearnowsubmissions2020@gmail.com.
Ed will review all questions and pick a group to answer in Zoom video session.

Moderated by narrator Julia Whelan, attendees will get to send follow-up questions via the Zoom chat function during the session. Ed will answer as many questions as possible.

BE SURE TO ADD YOURSELF TO THIS SESSION SO WE CAN SEND YOU A ZOOM LINK TO ATTEND.

Speakers
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Ed Asner

Guest Artist
Asner voice acting career includes playing George F. Babbitt, in the L.A. Classic Theatre Works' 1987 radio theatre production of Sinclair Lewis's novel, Babbitt. He also provided the voices for Joshua on Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (1986) for Hanna-Barbera, J. Jonah Jameson... Read More →
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Julia Whelan

Moderator
Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and narrator of more than 300  audiobooks. After a career as a child actor, she attended Middlebury  College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and  Creative Writing. She received the Audie for Best Female Narrator in 2... Read More →


Saturday June 13, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

3:00pm CDT

Producers Pitch Panel: Best Way For My Work To Be Heard - for WORKSHOP 102 & all
Producer's Pitch Panel is for Workshop 101 & 102 Participants
and Podcast Palooza Producers (as space allows)
This is your opportunity to present your work for feedback. Workshop participants are given priority in presenting their programs, with additional producer presentations as time allows.

Speakers
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Margaret Silver

Head of Strategic Marketing, Podium Audio
Margaret Silver is a seasoned digital entertainment executive serving as the Head of Strategic Marketing for Podium Audio, an audio-first entertainment company that finances, develops, produces and distributes immersive audio content. Margaret oversees all marketing and brand development functions as the company scales its catalogue of 1300+ sci-fi/fantasy audiobooks and expands into original content craf... Read More →
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Karen Commins

Narrators Roadmap
Karen Commins is an award-winning audiobook narrator, producer, publisher, and leading curator of info about the audiobook industry. Karen is a 4-time audiobook juror for the Voice Arts Awards competitions. She’s spoken about audiobook creation and marketing at VOAtlanta, on ACX... Read More →
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Alexis Bourbeau

Director of the Literature Community and Audiobook Quality at Learning Ally
Alexis Bourbeau is the Director of the Literature Community and Audiobook Quality at Learning Ally, a national non-profit dedicated to changing education by making the printed word accessible to all. He leads the production team responsible for bringing literature and YA fiction to life via audio. Working with volunteers at all stages of their voice-work journey, from newbies to aw... Read More →
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Michael Kinsey

Voice Talent Recruiter for Learning Ally
Michael Kinsey has worked at Learning Ally for the past 20 yrs in the production department, most recently as their Voice Talent Recruiter. He is a 2-time SOVAS award winning audio book producer. He has also been playing the drums semi-professionally for the last 30yrs... Read More →
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Kendra Murray

Workshop Coordinator for 101 and 102
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Emily Labes

Workshop 102 Lead Educator
Emily Labes is the Communications Manager of Soundbooth Theater as well as a freelance Creative Communications Specialist. Like many members of the SBT team, she loves to tell stories as much as she loves to listen to them; though her stories are frantically typed rather than lyrically spoken. For Emily, storytelling takes a variety of forms... Read More →
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Judith Kampfner

Workshop 102 Faculty / Producer
Judith Kampfner trained as a career coach at NYU and then with Dr Eric Maisel the originator of the field of creativity coaching.A lecturer and broadcaster with thirty years of experience, she's been a radio maker for BBC, WNYC, WBEZ, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting. Since 2005... Read More →
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Russell McGee

Workshop 102 / Ernie Pyle Experiment
Russell McGee received his Masters in TV/Film Production at Indiana University, in 2013 and his Bachelors in Theatre from Indiana State University, in 2001. Trained as a Meisner actor under Elaine Schatzline-Behr and trained as a Director/Editor under Robby Benson.His awards include... Read More →


Saturday June 13, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

8:15pm CDT

AUDIO Tonight! A Storytellers Cabaret - Mousetrap
MC Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theater with special guests Dion Graham, PJ Ochlan, Bill Dufris and many many more presents from the 2019 Festival:

THE MOUSETRAP, adapted and directed by Neil Hellegerscombines the riotous Elizabethan theater environment with an exacting post-modern eSports ethos. Though this be madness, yet there is method in it...GameDramLit in KC!


Mousetrap's cast features Scott Brick, Delaney Cinnamon, William Dufris, Lauren Ezzo, Lisa Flanagan, Robert Fass, Dion Graham, Justin Thomas James, Jennifer Ledford,  Eric Martin, PJ Ochlan, Sean Pratt, and 
Phil Proctor.

Speakers
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Scott Brick

Voice Actor
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination, he's also received... Read More →
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Robert Fass

Voice Actor
Debs In Canton 6/11AUDIO Tonight 6/13A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. An eight-time Audie nominee with over 225 unabridged audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple... Read More →
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Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →
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Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
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Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →
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PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
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Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
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Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
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David Shinn

HEAR Now Technical Director
In addition to producing award winning audio for the last 15 years, David is the Master Engineer at SueMedia Radio Waves Studios in NYC, where he is recording and mixing sound for audiobooks, television programs, and film.
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Ray Archie

ED WOOD: The Musical & AUDIO Tonight! Master MixerHaving worked as a recording engineer in world-class studios and on  various projects around the country, Ray has quickly gained exposure in  the Music/Entertainment industry. Added exposure is a magic plus for  Ray, from winning... Read More →
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Scott Cinnamon

AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager
AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager Scott’s first experience behind a microphone came in 5tgh grade when he read an article he had written on WNYC Radio in New York. His interest in broadcasting continued through college where he worked his way up to serve as Station Manager of WVHC-FM... Read More →



Saturday June 13, 2020 8:15pm - 10:00pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

8:15pm CDT

AUDIO Tonight! A Storytellers Cabaret - The Ernie Pyle Experiment!
THE ERNIE PYLE EXPERIMENT! SERIES SYNOPSIS
The Ernie Pyle Experiment! was created from the archives of the Ernie Pyle collection at the Lilly Library of Indiana University. It is a thirteen-episode podcast chronicling Ernie Pyle’s pre-war work as a traveling columnist for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper syndicate. Ernie and his wife, Jerry, traveled America from 1935-1942, in quest of interesting stories for his column, and its never-ending deadline. The Ernie Pyle Experiment! explores how it was done. Each episode, through fact and fiction, examines the circumstances surrounding an actual Ernie Pyle column from this pre-WWII era—the body of which is made up from ‘recently discovered’ wire-recordings that give us a view into their everyday lives on the road, and what led to the creation of the column. It culminates in a reading of Pyle’s actual column in question at the end of each installment.

THE ERNIE PYLE EXPERIMENT!   
EPISODE 5 – PERHAPS YOU’VE HEARD OF MY FATHER
Ernie discovers that his father drove his car through the front plate-glass window of the Dana dry-goods store. In a quest to get to the bottom of it, he realizes he must ask the most difficult question of his father, and himself: Who is going to care for his folks in their twilight years?

CAST
Ernie Pyle: Michael Brainard -- Jerry Pyle: Greta Lind -- Bobby Webster: Josh Hogan
Mom (Maria) Pyle: Kate Braun -- Dad (Will) Pyle: Andrew Bowen -- Kent Miller: Roy Sillings
Dan V. Prescott: Tim Grimm -- Cary Onanon: Peter Spellos

CREW
Russell McGee - Sound Director, Script Editor, Co-Executive Producer
Michael Brainard - Writer, Director, Co-Executive Producer
Jessie Brewer - Sound Designer
Ryan Chase - Composer
Brian Barnes - Foley Artist
Nicholas Krohn - Foley Artist
Francis Criscione - Music Assistant
Chancellor Edmaiston - Production Assistant

Jason Fruits - Production Assistant

Speakers
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Russell McGee

Workshop 102 / Ernie Pyle Experiment
Russell McGee received his Masters in TV/Film Production at Indiana University, in 2013 and his Bachelors in Theatre from Indiana State University, in 2001. Trained as a Meisner actor under Elaine Schatzline-Behr and trained as a Director/Editor under Robby Benson.His awards include... Read More →
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Tony Brewer

Workship 101 Faculty, ED WOOD: The Musical 6/6, 1919: Peace & Vengance 6/8, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8, Between Americans 6/9Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught... Read More →



Saturday June 13, 2020 8:15pm - 10:00pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

10:00pm CDT

HEAR Now Dance & After Party - Celebrating Our Audio Artists
Come spend time networking with the Festival artists featured throughout the day and into the night.

HEAR Now will host a MAIN ROOM and 3 BREAK OUT ROOMS at our nightly After Parties. Once you are welcomed into the Zoom session our moderator will let you know who else is in the Break Out Rooms so you can choose who you'd like to join.

Door Prize Giveaways nightly from Soundbooth Theater...

Be sure to register for the AFTER PARTY so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.

Saturday June 13, 2020 10:00pm - Sunday June 14, 2020 1:00am CDT
HEAR Now Networking Sound Cafe
 
Sunday, June 14
 

9:00am CDT

Platinum Podcasters Producers Roundtable - Discuss The Productions
Bring your favorite morning beverage and come discuss your current projects and what you heard online in Podcast Palooza.


Sunday June 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

12:00pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: The New Silence: A Poem for the New Climate
THE NEW SILENCE:  A POEM FOR THE NEW CLIMATE.  By getting personal and little surreal the New Silence by award-winning playwright, Brian Price, uses humor, theater, childhood memories and edgy jazz to take on the thorny questions of climate change.  So often environmental issues are caught between economic wrangling, incomprehensible statistics and “we’re all gonna die” hyperbole.  But what do we really think is going to happen?  Are the ghosts of whales going to haunt us?  Are sirens going to go off and never stop?  Will we still have to mow the lawn?  Acclaimed actor and narrator, Dion Graham (THE WIRE and THE FIRST 48), and critically recognized actress and narrator, Jane Oppenheimer, join master jazz improvisationist, Jason Kao Hwang, on a musical and poetic odyssey through our greatest fears, doubts and fantasies about what’s going to happen next.  A powerful, soulful, unique, loving look at the strange new world to come.  Performed before a live audience at the Hear New Festival in Kansas City, June 8, 2019.  

Speakers
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
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Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →
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Jason Kao Hwang

The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon extemporaneous, transformational journeys. His most recent release Blood, performed by Burning... Read More →
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Jane Oppenheimer

Jane Oppenheimer is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in Theater. She has performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Regional theaters, as well as on television and film. Her voice-over work can be heard on commercials, corporate videos and theme park rides... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 12:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Podcast Palooza Listening Room

1:00pm CDT

Closing Brunch: Corwin and Festival Awards Ceremonies and Workshop 101 Presentation
The HEAR Now Festival's Closing Brunch & Awards bring all participants together for a fun farewell. Workshop 101 will present the final installment in the podcasting series they have been producing over the last 4 days, while guests artists are recognized and Festival Awards are presented.


The 2020 Norman Corwin Award for Excellence In Audio Theatre caps off the festivities.

Be sure to register for the Closing Brunch so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.


Speakers
avatar for Rich Fish

Rich Fish

Corwin Awards Producer / Voice Actor
Corwin Awards 6/14Richard Fish has worked in audio theatre since 1970. He’s an actor and musician who became a writer, producer, director, teacher, engineer, Foley artist, journalist, broadcaster, publisher, and salesman.He helped found the National Audio Theatre Festivals organization... Read More →
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Steve Donofrio

Bragg Auditorium Cast Manager; Wild Bill's Ghost 6/7 at PlayhouseSteve Donofrio aka Radio Ranger has been on the Air at KOPN Columbia, Missouri for the last 36 years.He is a Free-lance- Audio Engineer, Technical Consultant, Producer and Director. Steve is a past President of the... Read More →
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David Shinn

HEAR Now Technical Director
In addition to producing award winning audio for the last 15 years, David is the Master Engineer at SueMedia Radio Waves Studios in NYC, where he is recording and mixing sound for audiobooks, television programs, and film.
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Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →
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Lia Hagen

Workshop 101 Lead Educator
Lia Hagen is an overly enthusiastic girl finding innovative ways to tell stories online. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she now lives in NYC. She's a podcaster, a director, and a social media manager, but above all, she's a writer of all things. Her fiction podcast "Overkill" tells... Read More →
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Emily Labes

Workshop 102 Lead Educator
Emily Labes is the Communications Manager of Soundbooth Theater as well as a freelance Creative Communications Specialist. Like many members of the SBT team, she loves to tell stories as much as she loves to listen to them; though her stories are frantically typed rather than lyrically spoken. For Emily, storytelling takes a variety of forms... Read More →
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Deondra Means

Workshop 101 Faculty
Deondra Means is a Master storyteller and resident playwright of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati with over 30 years experience as a voice actor.  For the past 3 years, Deondra’s worked with the HEAR Now Festival. He was voice talent for Blood Cotton and co-produced and assistant... Read More →
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Carol Monda

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 101 Faaculty
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly... Read More →
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Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
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Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium

3:00pm CDT

HEAR NowFlix - Sight and Sound: The Cinema of Walter Murch
HEAR Now will stream this new movie from director Jon Lefkovitz.

It is an exploration of the films and philosophy of legendary editor and sound designer Walter Murch ('The Conversation', 'Apocalypse Now'), as told in his own words.

(Note: This film has been seen and enjoyed by Mr. Murch.)



Sunday June 14, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
HEAR Now Cinema