099: Growth, impact, and accessibility with podcast critic and advocate Elena Fernández Collins

Tamara  talks with podcast critic Elena Fernández Collins about impact, accessibility and barriers to entry, the formation of critical language, best practices, indie creating, and more. 

Elena Fernández Collins, podcast critic, journalist, and advocate

Elena Fernández Collins is a podcast critic and forensic sociolinguist living in Portland, OR. She writes about podcasts for her own website, outlets like The Bello Collective, The AV Club and Podcast Review, and curates her own newsletter about fiction podcasts, Audio Dramatic.  In the time that she’s not trying to promote audio fiction and indie creators in the podcasting sphere, she’s working on a linguistics thesis about non-native English speaker comprehension of the Miranda rights in the United States. In a distant past, Elena performed in college stage plays; more recently, you can hear her as the voice of Marisol, the intergalactic pizza delivery girl on Ostium’s special episodes for International Podcast Month, and as Soledad Marquez on VALENCE.

This piece, Growth, Impact, and Accessibility with Podcast Critic and Advocate Elena Fernández Collins, was originally published on HowlRound Theatre Commons on March 4, 2020 (see that page for transcript).  This interview series for Howlround is part of Tamara’s quest to learn more about audio drama by speaking with the people who are working in the medium.

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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, 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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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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