041: How do we evolve as artists? Director, performer, writer Naima Yetunde Ince-Griffiths extends her voice into multiple genres

Amazing original poetry pieces performed by Naima Ince-Griffiths open and close this episode! Naima Yetunde Ince-Griffiths is a performance poet, writer, and playwright; she produces and directs theatrical works and is the founder of NYI Productions. We talk about the evolution of her piece MEN ALWAYS LEAVE first written by Naima as a poem which she adapted into a play, then adapted into a soap opera series, and most recently into an accompanying soundtrack. Naima talks about her experience as a performance poet, her hopes and plans for NYI productions, the value of collaborators and more. 

Mark your calendars, Naima’s play MEN ALWAYS LEAVE will be playing Feb 1-3, 2019 at Cary Theatre produced by the Cary Players.  Buy tickets! 

Originally from Brooklyn NY, a recent resident, of Raleigh North Carolina, Naima has a Bachelors of Arts in Drama Studies from SUNY Purchase College and a Masters of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. Her books can be found at the local So & So Bookstore on Person Street in Raleigh

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Time break-down:

[0:00] Episode intro and Naima’s bio.

[2:10] Naima opens the conversation by reading an original poetry piece, Woman, who are you? from her book GHOST LOAD.


[4:05] How did Naima find her voice as a writer? Painting words. Writing about being a woman, their strength and value. Her next book!


[13:06] What happens when poetry is performed ‘off the page’? Why is it important to perform poetry? Why did Naima retain the poetry when she adapted Men Always Leave from a poem to a play how did she adapt a poem into a play? Giving the audience a 3D experience with the characters. “This is my music.”


[20:23] Men Always Leave will have it’s second NC production in Cary, NC in February 2019. How will this production be different from the NC premiere in 2016?

[27:24] Naima is getting so much artistic mileage from Men Always Leave. How does she know when it’s time to evolve the piece? Does she see a time when she’ll say, “This is far as I can take this?”

[28:42] A theme in Men Always Leave: protecting our hearts and the hearts of our children in relationship.


[31:04] The ‘art fusion event’ and book signing to promote NYI productions

[34:00] The mission and beginning of N.Y.I. Productions: Encourage, illuminate, entertain. educate.

[40:28] What is the drive that takes Naima from idea to action?

[43:07] What’s next? Cry, pray, put on lipstick. A soundtrack for Men Always Leave (and a music video!). Book tour. Adding collaborators.

[57:10] 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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