138: Writing and Producing Audio Drama Part One (Women’s Theatre Festival Con Workshop)

Part One of a two-part workshop on Writing and Producing Audio Drama from the Women’s Theatre Festival Conference in 2020. The 2 hour workshop was presented via Zoom by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane on July 29, 2020. 

(L-R) Aurelia Belfield & Tamara Kissane

Part One focuses on tips for writing audio dramas based on Tamara’s experience writing Master Builder and the New Colossus.

Part Two (dropping tomorrow!) will feature the wit and wisdom of Executive Producer Aurelia Belfield and will cover the producing aspect of making audio dramas including casting, production teams, rehearsal and recording, etc.

FYI: What you are about to hear is essentially raw footage scooped from Zoom. We cleaned it up a little by deleting big pauses and such, but it sounds exactly like it was – a live virtual workshop on Zoom during the pandemic.

Big thanks to Chelsea Russell for covering the tech during our live session and Johannah Maynard Edwards who gave us the ok to share this via Artist Soapbox. If you’d like to submit to the Women’s Theatre Festival and Conference 2021, submissions are open until April 16 More info on https://www.womenstheatrefestival.com 


Tamara Kissane, Founder & Executive Director of Artist Soapbox and Soapbox Audio Collective: Tamara Kissane is a Durham-based playwright, theatre-maker, parent, and podcaster for Artist Soapbox (www.artistsoapbox.org). In 2020, Tamara was the Piedmont Laureate and received Outstanding Contribution to the Arts from Chatham Life & Style. Recent audio drama projects: the Declaration of Love Anthology (2020), The New Colossus (2020), Master Builder (2019), and several serial audio pieces in development.

Aurelia Belfield, Music Supervisor & Executive Producer: Aurelia Belfield is a creative drawn to all mediums. She’s appeared as a performer on stage and screen, had her written work produced, has produced audio dramas like The New Colossus and The Declaration Of Love, and has served as music supervisor for several award winning films and television shows. 


We are hard at work here in Artist Soapbox land, launching into 2021 with projects a plenty. I’ll share when I’m able, but be assured that much is percolating behind the scenes. It’s 2021, I am slowing down the podcast episodes, but I still have many to come this year. Please stay subscribed on your podcast platform of choice and follow ASBX on the socials and at artistsoapbox.org so you know as soon as fresh audio goodness drops.

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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


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.”


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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