005: Director JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell gives voice to the value of community

JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell gets deep about Black Ops Theatre Company, the inaugural Bullcity Black Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and more. Get inspired by her thoughts on the importance of sustainability, community, and making space for each other. (There’s also a surprise mention of Lord of the Rings, and a theatre-parent support group!)*

JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell is a director, event curator, kick-ass former stage manager and the founder of The Black Ops Theatre Company, “a Durham-based theatre group dedicated to challenging preconceived notions (conscious and otherwise) on what Black Theatre should look like.” Earlier this year, JaMeeka held a prestigious FAIR assistantship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she assistant directed the Merry Wives of Windsor. JaMeeka and Black Ops Theatre Company will be launching the Bull City Black Theatre Festival, a brand new theatre festival in March 2018  at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham.

*This episode is clean for kids’ ears.

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Artist Soapbox

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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

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.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

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

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