101: Supporting North Carolina playwrights with Yvette Holder, the creator of Sips & Scripts

Sips & Scripts” supports, promotes, and produces work written by North Carolina playwrights from novices to veterans through stage readings, private readings, and monthly public readings. Today I’m speaking with Yvette Holder, the creator of Sips & Scripts.

In this episode, Yvette outlines the offerings of Sips & Scripts, best practices for feedback, writing tips for new playwrights, and she gives us insight into The Waning Hours, an original play written by NC playwright Carol Torian that will be produced this fall by Sips & Scripts. 

Yvette L. Holder is a native of North Carolina and has studied theatre at three institutions:  North Carolina School of the Arts, Lee Strasberg Institute of Dramatic Arts (New York), and North Carolina Central University, where she received a BA in Dramatic Arts.  Yvette is a producer, actor, and a “sometimes” director.  She is the creator of the growing Triangle arts event, “Sips & Scripts” that supports, promotes, and produces work written by North Carolina playwrights from novices to veterans through stage readings, private readings, and monthly public readings. Yvette always looks to the future as she focuses on that next given moment to open doors for new opportunities.

“The Waning Hours” – September 18 – 27 – Pure Life Theatre

Written By North Carolina Playwright, Carol Torian

Directed by Terra Hodge

Produced By Sips & Scripts

Featuring an African-American cast,”The Waning Hours” is a series of vignettes that attempt to mirror the thought process of someone who is suffering from moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. 

This episode is brought to you by the Soapboxers, the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox. If you like these episodes and want more, get on the Soapbox!  This episode was recorded at the ASBX home studio. Artist Soapbox theme music by Bart Matthews. 

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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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