055: Troubling things in rehearsal. How to handle bullying in creative spaces.

“I have a question about speaking up when I witness troubling things in rehearsal….” Two experts address questions about bullying in the rehearsal room.

Ashley Popio, Artistic Director of the Women’s Theatre Festival, offers insight from a theatre practitioner and leadership perspective (and we talk about best practices for directors). Elizabeth Johnson, a trauma educator with Spark Equity, shares her wisdom about bullying and the impact of healthy and unhealthy practices in our creative spaces. Both of these experts offer practical tools and actions you might take if you are a witness to this behavior, if you are the target, or if you are a director who’d like some new tools to use in the rehearsal room.

This is a longer episode than usual, but I deliberately made the choice not to divide the conversation into two. For many reasons, I feel like this is the most important episode — perhaps the most useful episode — that Artist Soapbox has released thus far.  I’m curious if you agree.

Other Ask the Soapbox episodes (at the conclusion of each interview segment):

ASK THE SOAPBOX: Submit your question and get it answered on the Soapbox. Listeners are invited to submit anonymous questions to the podcast whether creative, personal, professional, or artistic. 

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Time break-down:

[0:00] Episode intro

[3:15] Conversation with Ashley Popio

[42:40] Conversation with Elizabeth Johnson

[1:13:00] Thanks and sign-off

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Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

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, 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.

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The New Colossus

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

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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.

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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.”

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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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