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

Part Two 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

This episode, Part Two features the fabulous Executive Producer Aurelia Belfield and covers the producing aspect of making audio dramas including casting, production teams, rehearsal and recording, budgets, and more.

The previous episode, Part One,  focused almost exclusively on tips for writing audio dramas based on Tamara’s experience writing Master Builder and the New Colossus. 

Since this workshop, Aurelia and Tamara produced an audio drama anthology titled the Declaration of Love (released in October 2020) and released a podcast episode specifically about producing that anthology during COVID.

Bonus Episode: A conversation with the producers of the Declaration of Love audio anthology, Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane

As always, we are sharing thoughts and suggestions based on our experiences at the moment of recording. You might do things differently, and we might do things differently in the future, but there’s lots here to get your wheels turning and hopefully, to encourage you to make your own audio dramas. 

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 

BIOS

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. 

POSTSCRIPT

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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