This week is amazing! Funding, publicity, and a reading, oh my! (And a reminder)

There’s so much to be excited about this week, I hardly have words to express the size of my gratitude Please celebrate with me, and lift a glass to the people in the arts community who are creating opportunities for local artists. Cheers!


Artist Soapbox/Soapbox Audio Collective received a generous grant from Manbites Dog Theater to record and produce our second audio drama: THE NEW COLOSSUS (based on Anton Chekhov’s classic THE SEAGULL).

As promised upon its closing last year, Durham’s venerable independent theater has returned as a funding organization, and it’s seeding projects by a stellar array of local performers. (Byron Woods, INDY Week)

Read more here: Manbites Dog Theater Reveals Its First Round of Grant Recipients


Tamara was profiled in INDY Week. Wow, what a gift.

But now, if you want to experience The Master Builder, all that has to align is your cursor and the play button of an online audio player, any time you want, at no cost. 

That’s just one of the reasons why Kissane turned her script into an audio drama, released in July on her podcast Artist Soapbox. But in an area where independent artists are strapped for money, time, and space—and in a culture where arts access has risen to the top of the discourse—it might be the most important reason. (Brian Howe, INDY Week)

Read more here: So Much of Acting Is in Glances and Gestures. For Audio Drama “The Master Builder,” Tamara Kissane Had to Make It All Audible.


The first three episodes of Tamara’s serial audio drama, JESUS PANCAKE, will be read by University Theatre students at NC State this Friday. It’s been an amazing opportunity to hear the script read aloud in rehearsal. We’re hoping to have the first season completed by spring of next year.

“The Open Door Series presents a reading of “Jesus Pancake,” an audio drama written by local playwright Tamara Kissane. Aimee is intrigued when a pancake she makes looks just like Jesus, but when her wishes start coming true, she realizes something truly profound is at work.”

More info: Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7:30pm, Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in Thompson Hall. Admission is free with seating on a first come basis.


Just a friendly reminder that the voice audition deadline for THE NEW COLOSSUS is Friday, August 23. Information and sides are available here. Send in your voices, please! It’s gonna be so much fun.

The deadline for the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Room is September 8. All sorts of information is available here. It’s also gonna be so much fun.

Thanks for your support,


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, live events, 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, 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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