087: Making my first audio drama: Thoughts on MASTER BUILDER

How do you do this audio drama stuff anyway? I’m not entirely sure, but we’re figuring it out!

I released MASTER BUILDER, my first audio drama, in July of 2019. Since then, Artist Soapbox has several audio projects in development and we are rolling full speed ahead, but today I took a moment to look back on the creation of my first audio fiction baby. In this short solo episode, you’ll hear about the background of MASTER BUILDER, some tips on creating audio dramas if you are a newbie, and some things I’d do differently. 

Of course, this is just the tiny tip of the iceberg. There’s so much to say about the writing process, the rehearsal and recording process, the post-production process, and the post-release process. It is a many-headed beast. This solo is just a peek, and I hope you find it interesting.

Listeners, if you’d like to get the inside scoop on the behind the scenes of MASTER BUILDER and our next audio drama, THE NEW COLOSSUS (in development NOW), then become a $3+ monthly patron of Artist Soapbox. You’ll get interviews, special posts, and secret documents. Don’t delay! Thanks for listening and for your support!


Triangle Theater-Maker Tamara Kissane Writes About the Birth of Her Audio Drama MASTER BUILDER

Ep. 25: Conversation with Triangle Theater-Maker Tamara Kissane on the Comeback of the Audio Drama

Tamara Kissane
Photo credit: Erin Bell of Bull City Photography


Tamara Kissane (WRITER, DIRECTOR) is a playwright, theatre-maker, and podcaster for Artist Soapbox (www.artistsoapbox.org). Locally, she’s worked with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Manbites Dog Theater, University Theatre at NC State, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Archipelago and both hands theatre company. Tamara is a co-founder of Curious Theatre Collective and leads the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ rooms. Her stage-plays, The New Colossus and Master Builder were commissioned and performed by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in 2016 & 2018. Tamara’s first audio drama MASTER BUILDER premiered at the Women’s Theatre Festival NC before being released publicly in July 2019. In 2019, she received grants from the Manbites Dog Theater Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Durham150, and the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Award (Durham Arts Council).

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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, 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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