020: Artist and Executive Director Geraud Staton equips budding entrepreneurs

Oil painting, storytelling, art & business, entrepreneurship and more with Geraud Staton, executive director of the Helius Foundation in Durham, NC.

Geraud Staton is a Durham-based actor, portrait painter and entrepreneur. Geraud has been acting with Little Green Pig, Manbites Dog and 10×10 of the Triangle for nearly a decade. His latest appearance was in Killian Manning‘s Uncle Sam Wants You. He is currently the executive director of the Helius Foundation, a non-profit that provides free coaching and mentoring for qualifying entrepreneurs. And once a week, he still manages to paint.

Time break-down:

[0:00] Episode intro and Geraud’s bio

[0:54] The many varied paths Geraud has taken in his life and career, and how art intersected with those….

[3:23] How did Geraud discover visual art and theatre?

[5:32] Why oil painting vs. pastels, watercolors, acrylics, etc.?

[7:14] Finding inspiration for paintings

[8:29] The story of the ‘Medea painting’ and the ultimate decision not to provide the answers to viewers. Don’t take their own story from them (even though it’s tempting!)

[11:29] What was it like to be in Killian Manning’s dance-theatre piece UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU?

[12:45] Let’s talk about the Helius Foundation: coaching and mentoring for necessity-driven entrepreneurs

[14:44] Helius received over 100 applications for the Launch Durham program

[16:05] What is the most necessary information for people wanting to make the leap into entrepreneurship?

[17:40] Geraud’s experiences starting several of his own business and the origin of Helius

[21:51] Balancing the growth of Helius

[23:34] What does the practice and experience of art-making offer to Geraud now and why is it an important part of his life?

[25:35] How could the arts and business support each other?

[27:11] A top tip for artists who want to become entrepreneurs and a cautionary tale

[29:24] What does 2018 look like for Helius and Geraud?

[30:38] Thanks and sign-off

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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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