107: Empowering Parent Artists with DC rep Marni Penning

If you aren’t already familiar with PAAL, I’d like to bring that organization to your attention, particularly if you are a parent-artist or caregiver. 

PAAL is a national community, resource hub, and solutions generator for individuals with caregiver responsibilities and institutions who strive to support them. 

PAAL is offering an online series for workplace and connection as well as a series of Broadway master classes and storytimes for you and your kids! Proceeds support the artists and the PAAL COVID Emergency Relief Fund. 

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with several of the PAAL chief reps from across the country. This episode is a conversation recorded in early February 2020 with Marni Penning, the chief rep of Washington DC and creator of DC Theatre Parents. Marni discusses her own theatre career journey, including a transition into audio narration, her unconventional schedule, and the formation and support offered by DC Theatre Parents.

In addition to being an award-winning stage actress, a busy audiobook narrator, and a co-founder of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Marni Penning is also a playwright, teacher, and children’s book illustrator who lives with her husband, son, dog, fish, and chickens outside Washington, DC. She created the online group “DC Theatre Parents” in 2013 when her son was a few months old, and since those initial baby/toddler play dates in her living room, it has grown to over 300 theatre professional parents who share ideas and mutual support in the DC area. For more information on Marni herself, visit theladyhamlet.com.

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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.

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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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