116: The Power of Community with Andrea Klassen of the Procyon Podcast Network

Andrea Klassen of the Procyon Podcast Network talks about the formation of the Network and how it works, their Rocket Booster program to support new audio fiction creators, the peculiarities of writing and producing for audio, fan fiction, and the upcoming release of Andrea’s audio serial Me and AU.

Started in November 2016, the Procyon Podcast Network began as the brainchild of several fans who said, “but what if we were making the content?” PPN’s mission is to produce inclusive podcasts that highlight characters from less represented backgrounds. They are a diverse creative team of mostly-female storytellers, spanning two continents and three countries and invested in telling stories with fresh perspectives on genre fiction.

Andrea Klassen

Andrea Klassen is a recovering former newspaper reporter based in British Columbia, Canada. Her interests include knitting, trashy mystery novels and trying to convince other people Canadian history is interesting (and also pretty gross a lot of the time). Her fiction podcasting work includes the sci-fi mystery, Station to Station, and Me and AU a queer fandom romance set for release on the Procyon Podcast Network this summer. You can find her on Twitter @AndreaThisWeek.

This piece, The Power of Community with Andrea Klassen of the Procyon Podcast Network was originally published on HowlRound Theatre Commons on March 25, 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.

Music: Spring Idyll by Pennee Miles.

Procyon Shows and Programs:
Rocket Booster Program
Me & AU
Station to Station
The Strange Case of Starship Iris
Under Pressure

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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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