140: Big feelings and big fun. Writing audio theatre for children with writer and composer Matthew Hager

Imagination + Heart + Audio Storytelling.

Dive into a trio of treats with Giselle la Trent the Gazellephant, and Spotted, Blotted, Polka-Dotted: the Story of Peter the Hippo, and STUCK Stories, all three created by Matthew Hager and produced by Aggregate Theatre Company.

In this episode, multi-hyphenate theatre artist Matthew Hager discusses his original audio dramas for kids and the young at heart. (You’ll even hear some clips!) Matthew shares his process for creating audio theatre, his thoughts about writing for children, and the power, flexibility and meaning-making of story for all ages. 

P.S. You may recognize Matthew’s voice from hearing him in Stone Flower, Episode 4 of Artist Soapbox’s Declaration of Love audio series. 


Matthew Hager is a theatre artist living in Raleigh, NC.  As an actor, Matthew has performed with organizations such as North Carolina Theatre, North Carolina Symphony, Bulldog Ensemble Theatre, Manbites Dog, Deep Dish, and is a company member with Burning Coal Theatre Company.  Last year, Matthew performed the role of Doug in “Stone Flower” as part of Artist Soapbox’s Declaration of Love audio series.  As a musical theatre composer, Matthew has written two children’s musicals and co-developed other original musicals with North Carolina Theatre Conservatory and Justice Theatre Project.  In 2017, Matthew created Aggregate Theatre Company with the mission of developing a younger theatregoing audience in the Triangle by producing material specifically tailored for families and young professionals.  Since that time, Aggregate has produced eight productions (including six world premieres) ranging from stage plays, to musicals, to audio dramas.  In 2020, Matthew was the recipient of a United Arts of Wake County Artist Support Grant for the purpose of adapting his musical Giselle la Trent the Gazellephant into an audio production to be released later this year.


Stuck Stories – Bonus Episode – “Peter the Hippo”

Stuck Stories – All Episodes

Aggregate Theatre Company

Stone Flower: Declaration of Love Episode 4

068: Lost and Found with the cast of IN A WORD.


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, live events, 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, 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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