ASBX Podcast

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 an audio production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just an interview podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, events, and workshops. We create and produce 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.

Artist Soapbox is about Empowerment & Connection.

Artist Soapbox was founded on the belief that if we (humans/artists) talk with each other, and if we LISTEN to each other, then we’ll make better art. We’ll form a stronger community. We’ll feel more empowered and less alone.

Artist Soapbox goes deep into the creative process.

On Artist Soapbox podcast, artists in the Triangle are invited to put words around their creative journeys and processes.

Artist Soapbox explores all artistic mediums.

We believe we can learn from all artists. Artist Soapbox is open to the full spectrum of art-makers and has interviewed creatives in theatre, dance, visual, literary, craft, administration, film making, photography, music, design and more.

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166: Depth of Experience with singer-songwriter, Jess Klein

It’s Juliana Finch and Jess Klein! Jess Klein is an incredible songwriter-singer-performer, who has toured the world with her unbelievable music. She’s been in the game long enough to know that creative cycles are normal and natural, and she approaches her process with a kind of ease that can inspire us all. Jess just finished …

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165: Creating New Work with Mental Health in Mind with playwright, Aysia Slade

Griffin James speaks with theatre-maker and law student, Aysia Slade about her original play STATIC, creating art without causing harm to the artist, her writing process, Black theater and more. Aysia is a multi-talented artist who has such a thoughtful and nuanced approach to creating new work in theater. Enjoy this episode! BIO: Aysia Slade …

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164: Care of Community and Company with Jeff A.R. Jones, certified intimacy director

This conversation is teeming with content, strategies, and tips, so prepare to take notes! Jeff A.R. Jones and Lormarev Jones discuss the concept of care of Community and Company through the lens of Intimacy Direction, a growing field in both the theatre and film//television industries.   BIO: Jeff A.R. Jones has staged fights and/or intimacy for …

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163: Book Magic with poet and educator, Zoe Tuck

Mara Thomas got to know poet and educator Zoe Tuck through the School of the Alternative in Black Mountain, North Carolina where Zoe taught a class called “Book Magic.”  “Book Magic” started from the premise that there is a grain of truth to the magic we remember from children’s books and other fantastical literature. And …

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162: Prioritizing creativity and accountability with author, Kayla Cagan

Writers, take note! Author Kayla Cagan gives insight into her writing process (including the publishing phase), as well as navigating writer’s block with really practical ways to overcome it. Guest host, Juliana Finch, and Kayla provide resources and places to start when writing doesn’t feel great or accessible BIO:  Kayla Cagan (she/her) is the Young …

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161: Creative Collaboration and Connection with Rachel Klem, director and educator

Creating collaboratively! Making original work in new ways! It’s all in this conversation between Griffin James and Rachel Klem. They discuss several of Rachel’s original shows, her creative process, working with collaborators, and more in this episode. Rachel’s Website: https://www.rachelklemtheatre.com/ Argo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPjfmXdLM4E BIO: Rachel Klem (she/her) has been a theatre artist in the Durham/ Chapel Hill/ Raleigh area …

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160: Care and Intention for Your Interdisciplinary Artistic Life with Yolanda Rabun

Get your vitamin cocktail and motivational shot in the arm from this conversation between Lormarev Jones and the incredible Yolanda Rabun! We consider her a Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill celebrity, so we are start struck!! As a wife, mother, corporate executive, lawyer, singer-songwriter and publisher, motivational speaker, political scientist, community activist for youth, touring performance artist, and …

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159: Fertile Fear with Luan Joy Sherman, artist and educator

It’s Mara Thomas in conversation with artist and educator Luan Joy Sherman! Mara connected with Luan through the School of the Alternative (SotA) an immersive, non-hierarchical learning environment that seeks to “create conditions necessary for a present-day community of pioneering artists and critical thinkers.” During this year’s SotA session, Luan facilitated a class titled, “Fertile …

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158: Playful, Vulnerable Process with Tori Grace Nichols, writer and performer

Friends and accountability buddies! Juliana Finch and Tori Grace Nichols get beautifully deep about writers block, self-care, and being open to the full range of the creative cycle. The conversation is full of tips for gentle process, progress, and productivity. Bio: Tori Grace Nichols (they/them/theirs) describes themself as a prismatic performance artist. They can be …

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157: Creating New and Accessible Theatre with Teal Lepley, performer and playwright

A thoughtful and fun conversation between Griffin James and Teal Lepley about writing and performing new works, and accessibility practices for theatre-makers and audience members. Teal Lepley is a writer, playwright, and performer based in Raleigh, NC. An alumna of NC State University, she won the Creative Artist Award in 2016 as a student for …

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