096: Writing audio fiction for young audiences with Dania Ramos & Michael Aquino of Timestorm

Writing audio fiction for young audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino, the producers and creators of Timestorm

Timestorm is an audio fiction series for children in which the Ventura twins, Alexa and Benni, travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. The twins visit three continents across the span of five centuries, meeting people who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage, all while managing twenty-first century life as middle schoolers in Newark, New Jersey.

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. Timestorm will be part of TRAX, a new podcast network that PRX is launching in 2020 with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The network will feature free on-demand audio content for ages nine through thirteen.

This piece, Writing for Young Audiences with Dania Ramos and Michael Aquino of Timestorm was originally published on HowlRound Theatre Commons on February 19, 2020. Please visit their website for a complete transcript.

Dania Ramos  is the series creator and head writer for Timestorm, and co-producer of the Cocotazo Audio Theatre podcast, both produced by Cocotazo Media. Her stage plays have been produced or developed by Luna Stage, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Speranza Theatre Company, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, and Teatro Vivo. She’s also the author of the middle-grade series the 7th Grade Sleuths. Dania is a drama and creative writing teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Michael Aquino is co-founder of Cocotazo Media. He is the audio engineer, sound designer, and composer for Timestorm and the Cocotazo Audio Theatre podcast. Michael has received three Audio Verse Awards for composition and engineering. He’s also a musician, actor, and teaching artist. 

Music: Spring Idyll by Pennee Miles.

A selection of audio fiction for kids (upper elementary and middle school):

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