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Wednesday, June 5
 

2:00pm CDT

2019 HEAR Now Festival Office & Vendor / Store Site
Registration, T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza - Salon B One E 45 St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
 
Thursday, June 6
 

10:00am CDT

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
NATF presents Workshop 101 at the HEAR Now  Festival. This workshop is a crash course in audio theater. In three and a half days, NATF's instructors will take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works. Participants will create or adapt a script that will be performed, directed and acted by the Workshop 101 participants on the final day of the festival. Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.  Over the last three decades NATF, and its faculty, have been producing audio theater workshops nationally. Workshop 101 reflects that knowledge in a tight program that will give participants better understanding on how to create their own audio theater projects.

Workshop 101 meets daily from 10:00am at All Souls (4501 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO) Education Center located downstairs

Kc Wayland of Wayland Productions leads the group.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer

Workship 101 Faculty, ED WOOD: The Musical 6/6, 1919: Peace & Vengance 6/8, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8, Between Americans 6/9Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught... Read More →
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC has carried within him a passion for the creative arts from a young age. As a teenager, he earned the Award of Excellence in Arts and Best Student Editor and graduated with top honors from Orange High School Media Arts program for Acting and Film Theory... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Neil Hellegers

Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
avatar for Philip Proctor

Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
avatar for Lisa Flanagan

Lisa Flanagan

Workshop 101 Faculty / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty, "Voice of God" Independent Audiobook Awards 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Lisa, winner of the 2019 Audie for Fanstasy (Spinning Silver) is an award-winning narrator, voice actor, director, improviser, and classical soprano. Her voice-over work includes animation, video... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Lincoln

Bryan Lincoln

Workshop 101 Faculty, Sound Design AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Bryan Lincoln joins the HEAR Now Festival as the Workshop 101 Master Recording Engineer. He will work with participants to capture their performances and then showcase how these are layered and mixed. Bryan is an audio editor and... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 10:00am - 4:45pm CDT
All Soul's Education Center Downstairs 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am CDT

2019 HEAR Now Festival Office & Vendor / Store Site
Registration, T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Thursday June 6, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza - Salon B One E 45 St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA

10:00am CDT

Workshop 102: Connecting Creators and Audience
Workshop 102 meets Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 beginning at 10:00am in Simpson House Dining Room at 4509 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO.

Friday June 7 Producer Meet and Greet is at Holiday Inn Private Dining Room from 4pm - 5pm - wine and cheese for all 101 and 102 class members.

Saturday, June 8th the Pitch Panel runs 10:45am - noon at Holiday Inn Ballroom A



Speakers
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →
avatar for Bill Dufris

Bill Dufris

Workshop 102 Faculty / Voice Actor
Bill Dufris began his audio career in London (radio plays, audio books, film/animation dubbing, etc.), where he resided for 13 years. During this time, he had the privilege of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Southwell Archie

Melissa Southwell Archie

Workshop 102 Faculty
Workshop 102 Faculty & Branding panel 6/7Melissa Southwell Archie has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience in the industries of media, event sponsorship, and real estate. She's worked with nationaly recognized New York based radio brands WABC, WBLS and HOT 97 to leverage... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Mozes

Jessica Mozes

Audible
NATF Playhouse 6/7 & Workshop 102 Pitch Panel 6/8



Thursday June 6, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

12:00pm CDT

Sennheiser PODCAST PALOOZA Listening room
Stop in and take a listen at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Podcast Palooza programs being featured on-line.



Thursday June 6, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

12:00pm CDT

PODCAST PALOOZA BEGINS
PODCAST PALOOZA on-line programs! Running June 6 - August 1, 2019.

While at HEAR Now network and meet with other featured festival artists who are being heard on this year's Podcast  Palooza's GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE pages.

NATF Playhouse Featured Artist's PLATINUM PAGE opens Monday June 10, 2019 and runs through August 1, 2109.


Thursday June 6, 2019 12:00pm - 11:59pm CDT
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

5:15pm CDT

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 6th, from 5:15pm-6:15pm, and running through Saturday, June 8th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor reader's room.

Host Sean Pratt
Producer Alice Ann English
Thanks to KAAD-LPfm for the nightly podcast.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2018’s A Celebration of Mark Twain! is free and open to all and includes a slice of d'Bronx Pizza nightly for all audience guests and Mark Twain narrators. 




Speakers
avatar for Sean Pratt

Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!



Thursday June 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm CDT
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

7:00pm CDT

HEAR Now Festival Opening Session: INNOVATIONS
Join the HEAR Now Festival as we open our 7th annual Festival with examples of INNOVATION in the world of audio story-telling. New technologies and story-telling techniques will be highlighted.

MC/Host: Angela Elam
Innovations Festival Opener: – Dr. Beau Lotto  Perception and Storytelling   Kansas City Park Plaza Library Truman Auditorium. Dr Beau Lotto is a globally renowned neuroscientist whose studies in human perception have taken him well beyond the scientific domain and into the fields of education, the arts and business.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Beau Lotto

Dr. Beau Lotto

Dr Beau Lotto is a globally renowned neuroscientist whose studies in human perception have taken him well beyond the scientific domain and into the fields of education, the arts and business.



Thursday June 6, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm CDT
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

8:45pm CDT

Ed Wood The Musical!
ED WOOD THE MUSICAL! The story of a non-conformist who followed his dream to become a Hollywood director against all odds! “They aren’t bad filmmakers, just misunderstood misfits!” This is an affectionate parody of the life and works of Edward D. Wood, Jr., a wannabe filmmaker, who has a fondness for angora and turns the film world woefully on its head.
All original score. THINK “ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” for the new millennium. PULL THE STRING!

Speakers
avatar for Rich Fish

Rich Fish

Corwin Awards Producer / Voice Actor
Corwin Awards 6/14Richard Fish has worked in audio theatre since 1970. He’s an actor and musician who became a writer, producer, director, teacher, engineer, Foley artist, journalist, broadcaster, publisher, and salesman.He helped found the National Audio Theatre Festivals organization... Read More →



Thursday June 6, 2019 8:45pm - 10:00pm CDT
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00pm CDT

HEAR Now After Party - Celebrating SAG-AFTRA's Performers
This event is free to all SAG-AFTRA members. Festival guests and attendees are also welcome with an ALL ACCESS PASS. Join us nightly at Simpson House for a drink, a nosh and lots of networking.

SAG-AFTRA members are welcome to join us for this event with an RSVP to the Missouri River union office. Learn more about HEAR Now's programming celebrating narrators, voice actors and more and meet old friends and new collagues.

Meet SAG-AFTRA union representatives Jane Love, Richard Larkin, Steve Sidawi and Maureen O'Brien.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Larkin

Richard Larkin

SAG-AFTRA Representative Thursday AFTER PARTY 6/6 - Simpson House


Thursday June 6, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm CDT
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Friday, June 7
 

7:30am CDT

Narrator's Round Table: Synthetic Voices, Let's Discuss...
As synthetic voice algorithms, or artificial intelligence-driven programs that approximate the sound of a real human are getting better and better, and appearing more and more in the news, HEAR Now will be hosting a special session on Friday, June 7th from 7:30am - 8:45am, for all voice actors and interested attendees.
     This informal 'Bring Your Coffee' gathering will be led by Dr. Peter Gregg, of St. Thomas University, whose current research and scholarship focuses on media and audiences, including the formation of attitudes and beliefs through observation and active learning.
This will be an opportunity to share your feelings, and or concerns, about the incorporation of synthetic voices into the entertainment industries.



Moderators
avatar for PJ Ochlan

PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brick

Scott Brick

Voice Actor
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination, he's also received... Read More →
avatar for Dion Graham

Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →
avatar for Neil Hellegers

Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →



Friday June 7, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am CDT
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

9:00am CDT

NATF Playhouse: The Incident & Hump Day
The Incident by Larry the O (Fictional, CA)
     The Incident, is a true story in nine parts. It is the second episode of the storytelling-meets-sound-art series Ears Hear Now (EHN), which tells stories in a different way. While many other storytelling relies exclusively on narration and dialogue to tell a story, using music to frame it and sound effects to illustrate it, EHN’s approach is more akin to film or video game sound, where music and sound design go beyond those roles to be active storytelling partners.
     The Incident significantly develops techniques pioneered in the first EHN episode, Out of Body, Out of Mind, which was a Platinum Selection at the 2017 HEAR Now Festival. The story told in The Incident concerns a near-fatal car crash that befell the narrator (Larry) and his wife without their ever being aware it had occurred until they awoke in the Emergency Room.

Larry the O will share his use of sound design elements.

Hump Day by Young Park and Victor Liu (Bloomington, ID)
Ken Thompson went to sleep last Tuesday and woke up Thursday morning with a screaming migraine. He has no memory of what happened during the missing day, but it soon becomes clear that he cannot have slept the whole day through. In his search for the truth, Ken learns there are serious consequences for skipping Hump Day.
This production was produced as a final project as part of Indiana University's undergraduate Sound Design class led by Russell McGee.

Russell McGee and cast members will present at the session.


Friday June 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:05am CDT
Pilgrim Center 3807 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

9:00am CDT

For Narrators: Building Blocks for Beginning Audiobook Narration & VO Studio Best Practices
Moderators Ann Richardson and Karyn O'Bryant with Dion Graham

Author Joshua Gayou joins this session to discuss author's and casting.
This session is for those interested in exploring the field of audiobook narration, or just "dipping their toes in the pool." Additional panelists from HEAR Now's invited Guest Artists will be added to this session as schedules allow.


Speakers
avatar for Ann Richardson

Ann Richardson

Ann has been narrating since 2008, from her state of the art, in-home recording booth. She has been awarded three AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Awards, and has also been a multi-time finalist for the Society of Voice Arts Awards (2016, 2017, 2018). Connecting with the story and... Read More →
avatar for Karen O'Bryant

Karen O'Bryant

Karyn O’Bryant is an award-winning actor and voice talent with over twenty years of true-to-life performance and storytelling experience. Karyn's clients trust her distinctive ability to bring honest humanity to every character she voices and to captivate listeners with compelling... Read More →
avatar for Dion Graham

Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Holiday Inn Ballroom A
  Artist Meeting, All Welcome

9:45am CDT

AUDIO Tonight! A Storytellers Cabaret - CUE-TO-CUE
If you are peforming in Saturday night's AUDIO Tonight! please join our technical crew at Bragg Auditorium for the Cue-To-Cue rehearsal for the show.

Cue-To-Cue schedules were provided to all involved. Need a copy? Send an e-mail to:
hearnowfestival@gmail.com

This is an open rehearsal for anyone registered for the HEAR Now Festival.
Please see Producer Steve Donofrio in lobby of Bragg Auditorium before entering this rehearsal.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer

Workship 101 Faculty, ED WOOD: The Musical 6/6, 1919: Peace & Vengance 6/8, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8, Between Americans 6/9Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Butch D'Ambrosio

Butch D'Ambrosio

Producer / Scriptwriter
AUDIO Tonight Producer & Continuity 6/8If Mr. D’Ambrosio existed and enjoyed talking about himself, he might tell you that he got his first rejection from MAD magazine when he was 12 years old. That he was the youngest intern and the last one under Bill Gaines, back in the day when... Read More →
avatar for Philip Proctor

Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Neil Hellegers

Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
avatar for PJ Ochlan

PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
avatar for Ray Archie

Ray Archie

ED WOOD: The Musical & AUDIO Tonight! Master MixerHaving worked as a recording engineer in world-class studios and on  various projects around the country, Ray has quickly gained exposure in  the Music/Entertainment industry. Added exposure is a magic plus for  Ray, from winning... Read More →



Friday June 7, 2019 9:45am - 3:00pm CDT
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00am CDT

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
NATF presents Workshop 101 at the HEAR Now  Festival. This workshop is a crash course in audio theater. In three and a half days, NATF's instructors will take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works. Participants will create or adapt a script that will be performed, directed and acted by the Workshop 101 participants on the final day of the festival. Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.  Over the last three decades NATF, and its faculty, have been producing audio theater workshops nationally. Workshop 101 reflects that knowledge in a tight program that will give participants better understanding on how to create their own audio theater projects.

Workshop 101 meets daily from 10:00am at All Souls (4501 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO) Education Center located downstairs

Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer

Workship 101 Faculty, ED WOOD: The Musical 6/6, 1919: Peace & Vengance 6/8, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8, Between Americans 6/9Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught... Read More →
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC has carried within him a passion for the creative arts from a young age. As a teenager, he earned the Award of Excellence in Arts and Best Student Editor and graduated with top honors from Orange High School Media Arts program for Acting and Film Theory... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Lincoln

Bryan Lincoln

Workshop 101 Faculty, Sound Design AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Bryan Lincoln joins the HEAR Now Festival as the Workshop 101 Master Recording Engineer. He will work with participants to capture their performances and then showcase how these are layered and mixed. Bryan is an audio editor and... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 10:00am - 4:45pm CDT
All Soul's Education Center Downstairs 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am CDT

2019 HEAR Now Festival Office & Vendor / Store Site
Registration, T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Friday June 7, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza - Salon B One E 45 St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA

10:00am CDT

Workshop 102: Connecting Creators and Audience
Workshop 102 meets Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 beginning at 10:00am in Simpson House Dining Room at 4509 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO.

Friday June 7 Producer Meet and Greet is at Holiday Inn Private Dining Room from 4pm - 5pm - wine and cheese for all 101 and 102 class members.

Saturday, June 8th the Pitch Panel runs 10:45am - noon at Holiday Inn Ballroom A



Speakers
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →
avatar for Bill Dufris

Bill Dufris

Workshop 102 Faculty / Voice Actor
Bill Dufris began his audio career in London (radio plays, audio books, film/animation dubbing, etc.), where he resided for 13 years. During this time, he had the privilege of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Southwell Archie

Melissa Southwell Archie

Workshop 102 Faculty
Workshop 102 Faculty & Branding panel 6/7Melissa Southwell Archie has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience in the industries of media, event sponsorship, and real estate. She's worked with nationaly recognized New York based radio brands WABC, WBLS and HOT 97 to leverage... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

10:15am CDT

NATF Playhouse: Licorice & Screaming With the Cannibals
Licorice from KAAD-LP radio and Ellen Stewart (Sonora, CA)
     Licorice was adapted from an original story set in the early days of the California Gold Rush. The story teller is the local padre in a mining camp who makes an unhappy discovery when a disagreeable man turns up swinging in the hanging tree. What could be the motive and who could have done the deed?

Tom Strother from KAAD will share how this production was produced.

Screaming With the Cannibals by MountainWhispers.com
     This production of Lee Maynard's Screaming with the Cannibals is the second book in the Crum trilogy. The story, set in 1950's Appalachia, follows Jesse Stone, a young often confused man, as he works his way to manhood. Jesse encounters a variety of colorful characters, both friend and foe, as he moves from one wild adventure to another usually escaping with his life by the narrowest of margins.

Ross Ballard of MountainWhispers.com will discuss this production.


Friday June 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am CDT
Pilgrim Center 3807 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

11:40am CDT

NATF Playhouse: Deck The Halls: The Runaway Bride & I Got Your Back & Front by Armand Jennings
Deck The Halls: The Runaway Bride by Sassquach Radio (North Hollywood, CA)
     Episode 1, season 3 of Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!) --The Runaway Brid Jackie braves a singles' trivia night at a sports bar... and one of her teammates looks oddly familiar.
Directed by Paula Deming, written by Ashley Quach. Sound design by Kevin Rosen Quan.

Director Paula Deming will be at this session.

I Got Your Back & Front by Armand Jennings (Bronx, NY)
Zuri Valerez is a 26 year old woman reminiscing about her friendship with her long time friend, Nathan Jones, leading up to the days of her marriage. She recalls memories and their many shared experiences. Created in surround sound, Zuri's story begins with her bachelorette party.

Armand Jennings will discuss this surround sound production.


Friday June 7, 2019 11:40am - 1:10pm CDT
Pilgrim Center 3807 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

12:00pm CDT

Sennheiser PODCAST PALOOZA Listening room
Stop in and take a listen at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Podcast Palooza programs being featured on-line.



Friday June 7, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

1:20pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: HEADS WILL ROLL
HEADS WILL ROLL by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne
Along with enjoying a portion of the Queens' Day episode from Heads Will Roll, Director Eric Martin and Audible's Jessica Mozes will  share a 'behind the scenes look' at how this original fantasy-comedy, created by and starring “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Kate McKinnon and her sister, stand-up comic Emily Lynne, was produced.

Featuring an all-star cast: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne, Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Audra McDonald, Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Peter Dinklage, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Esther Perel, Bob the Drag Queen, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Becky Abrams, Anna Drezen, Alon Elian, Sudi Green, Sam Jay, Huck Milner, Randy Rice, Gary Richardson, Jim Santangeli, Morgan Smith, Jen Spyra, Alexandra Carillo Vaccino, Thomas Whittington

Eric Martin and Jessica Mozes of Audible  will present this session.


Friday June 7, 2019 1:20pm - 2:00pm CDT
Pilgrim Center 3807 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

2:10pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: Salmon's Run - Episode 3 & Lake & Logan In The Dimensions of Liquid
Salmon's Run - Episode 3 by Nick Messitte (New York, NY)
     Salmon’s Run asks a simple question: what would happen if an innocent man appeared, for all the world, to be a terrorist? The story centers on a hapless, sweet soul named Salmon Warzynski. He never meant to hurt anyone. He just wanted to toss his cigarette in a trashcan. He didn’t think it would explode, setting lower Manhattan ablaze in the process. Now, with the CIA, the FBI, the NYPD, the mainstream media, and some home-grown terrorists in hot pursuit (they think he’s their leader), Salmon must run…run for his life…
In this episode, we meet Douglas Mitchell Sargento, a Republican senator from Pennsylvania. The powers that be want him to advocate for war with Iran—but he has other ideas.
Meanwhile, Salmon Warzynski goes to great lengths to disguise his identity.

Join Nick Messitte.

Lake & Logan In The Dimensions of Liquid by Locked into Vacancy Entertainment (aka L.I.V.E.) (Chicago, IL)
It's the ladies turn in the spotlight on the wacky supernatural misadventures of Lake & Logan. Katie and Daphne are set to perform on the largest cruise ship to ever sail on a lake, the Titanish. However, also on board are Mrs. Wilhelm and an assortment of other individuals, all with their own agendas keen to make the cruise considerably more eventful. Missing jewelry, family grudges, and a love that we'd rather not think about all collide in... "The Dimensions of Water!" Locked into Vacancy Entertainment brings 1940s style radio plays into the 21st century.

Jennifer Walden from Locked into Vacancy Entertainment (aka L.I.V.E.) will share some live performance strategies.


Friday June 7, 2019 2:10pm - 3:15pm CDT
Pilgrim Center 3807 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

3:00pm CDT

For Narrators: What Can I Do To Brand Myself?
Moderator Mellissa Southwell Archie

In this session, Melissa disccuses with narrators ways to help them identify and develop their own unique brand.  

Melissa Southwell Archie
has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience in the industries of  media and event sponsorship.  She launched The Collective Lifestyle Marketing Group to help small businesses, cause focused organizations and influencers apply these values to their brand and marketing strategies.                   


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Southwell Archie

Melissa Southwell Archie

Workshop 102 Faculty
Workshop 102 Faculty & Branding panel 6/7Melissa Southwell Archie has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience in the industries of media, event sponsorship, and real estate. She's worked with nationaly recognized New York based radio brands WABC, WBLS and HOT 97 to leverage... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Ballroom A

3:25pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: BS de Résistance Episode 12 - Rabbit Redux Deluxe & WILD BILL’S GHOST: The 30th ANNIVERSARY
BS de Résistance Episode 12 - Rabbit Redux Deluxe  by Dale Leopold (Manakin Sabot, VA)
BS de Résistance is a deliciously irreverent, deliriously immersive scripted, fully-produced political satire podcast.
Vera enlists some old friends to avoid a Middle Eastern meltdown. Trump looks for a scapegoat for his French faux pas. Canada has to deal (politely) with a caravan of Americans. And the Purple Avenger raps! Written by Lyssa Graham and Dale Leopold.

Meet Dale Leopold at this session.

WILD BILL’S GHOST: The 30th ANNIVERSARY 
WILD BILL'S GHOST, sees Oliver North visited by Bill Casey's Ghost. Produced in Columbia, Missouri in 1989, after the Iran- Contra hearings. What Wild Bill shows us that in thirty years not much changes in Washington D.C. Created when Siri and Alexa were pipe dreams, Ollie had a state of the art bio-metric security system but ghosts have a access all areas status.

In 1989, the producing team had to use the full power of a "Commodore 64 personal computer" to help in the automated mix down of the 2 inch Otari 8 track recorded.

Meet Steve Donofrio who wrote and directed this production in 1989.


Friday June 7, 2019 3:25pm - 4:25pm CDT
Pilgrim Center 3807 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

3:30pm CDT

INDEPENDENT AUDIOBOOK AWARDS - REHEARSAL
If you are presenting at the Independent Audiobook Awards, please join our technical crew at Bragg Auditorium for the rehearsal for the show.

This is a CLOSED REHEARSAL for the Independent Audiobook Awardshost and presenters only. For more information contact producer Jamie Walsh or Assistant Producer Lauri Jo Daniels.

Thank you for your understanding.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Cinnamon

Scott Cinnamon

AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager
AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager Scott’s first experience behind a microphone came in 5tgh grade when he read an article he had written on WNYC Radio in New York. His interest in broadcasting continued through college where he worked his way up to serve as Station Manager of WVHC-FM... Read More →
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →
avatar for Scott Brick

Scott Brick

Voice Actor
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination, he's also received... Read More →
avatar for Neil Hellegers

Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
avatar for PJ Ochlan

PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Flanagan

Lisa Flanagan

Workshop 101 Faculty / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty, "Voice of God" Independent Audiobook Awards 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Lisa, winner of the 2019 Audie for Fanstasy (Spinning Silver) is an award-winning narrator, voice actor, director, improviser, and classical soprano. Her voice-over work includes animation, video... Read More →



Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 6:45pm CDT
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

4:00pm CDT

Producers Meet & Greet
Producer's Meet & Greet  is for Workshop 101 & 102 Participants
and Podcast Palooza Producers (as space allows)
This is your opportunity to meet with representatives from Audible, AudioFlow, and SAG-AFTRA, as well as experienced producers like Eric Martin. Share a refreshment and learn who to talk to when presenting your work.

This session is followed up by a more formal Pitch Panel, Saturday, June 8, from 10:45am-Noon in the Holiday In Ballroom.

Moderators
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC has carried within him a passion for the creative arts from a young age. As a teenager, he earned the Award of Excellence in Arts and Best Student Editor and graduated with top honors from Orange High School Media Arts program for Acting and Film Theory... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Bill Dufris

Bill Dufris

Workshop 102 Faculty / Voice Actor
Bill Dufris began his audio career in London (radio plays, audio books, film/animation dubbing, etc.), where he resided for 13 years. During this time, he had the privilege of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Southwell Archie

Melissa Southwell Archie

Workshop 102 Faculty
Workshop 102 Faculty & Branding panel 6/7Melissa Southwell Archie has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience in the industries of media, event sponsorship, and real estate. She's worked with nationaly recognized New York based radio brands WABC, WBLS and HOT 97 to leverage... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Mozes

Jessica Mozes

Audible
NATF Playhouse 6/7 & Workshop 102 Pitch Panel 6/8
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

4:30pm CDT

NATF Playhouse: The Witch Of KC & Psycho Santa
The Witch Of KC by Coy Dugger (Kansas City, MO)
In an inverse of the classic Frank L. Baum book/movie "The Wizard of Oz," a Dorothy from a magical fantasy land suddenly finds herself in modern day Kansas City. With the help of a local department store clerk, she and her trusty companion Toto search for a way back home.
Join producer Coy Dugger and the cast of the Witch of KC.

Psycho Santa by Petaluma Radio Players (Petaluma, CA)
Delusion and illusion hit a Christmas Eve cross-current, and Santa must face off with his conflicted reality in this comedy by award-winning Houston playwright, Vivian C. Lermond.
Join Kendra Murray and Ralph Scott of Petaluma Radio Players


Friday June 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Pilgrim Center 3807 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

5:15pm CDT

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 6th, from 5:15pm-6:15pm, and running through Saturday, June 8th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor reader's room.

Host Sean Pratt
Producer Alice Ann English
Thanks to KAAD-LPfm for the nightly podcast.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2018’s A Celebration of Mark Twain! is free and open to all and includes a slice of d'Bronx Pizza nightly for all audience guests and Mark Twain narrators. 






Friday June 7, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm CDT
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

6:15pm CDT

Booksigning with Phil Proctor
The book signing will happen in the Main Lobby outside Bragg Auditorium.

The hilarious, startling biography of Phil Proctor, the co-founder of the legendary satirical comedy group, the Firesign Theatre, and soon to be returning to "The Rugrats" shares personal stories and insights from his decades of work in comedy, TV, film and even the Broadway stage.

Learn how Phil, with Peter Bergman, Phil Austin and David Ossman, as the Firesign Theatre, predicted reality TV, hackers, computer viruses, virtual reality, the fall of the Soviet Union, 9/11 and more.

From the early days of radio and TV to contemporary feature films, the "Where's My Fortune Cookie?" podcasts bring Phil's book to life.

Free to all

Speakers
avatar for Philip Proctor

Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!



Friday June 7, 2019 6:15pm - 7:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza - Salon B One E 45 St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA

7:30pm CDT

2019 Independent Audiobook Awards FINALISTS COCKTAIL PARTY
2019 Independent Audiobook Awards finalists and presenters meet at Simpson House for a pre-awards Cocktail Party.

General HEAR Now Festival Pass holders are welcome as space allows.


Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Podium Publishing

Speakers
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →
avatar for Ann Richardson

Ann Richardson

Ann has been narrating since 2008, from her state of the art, in-home recording booth. She has been awarded three AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Awards, and has also been a multi-time finalist for the Society of Voice Arts Awards (2016, 2017, 2018). Connecting with the story and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand is the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of 40+ books, including Blister, A Bad Day For Voodoo, and Wolf Hunt. Cemetery Dance magazine said “No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand’s perfect mixture of comedy and terror.” He lives in Atlanta... Read More →



Friday June 7, 2019 7:30pm - 8:15pm CDT
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

8:15pm CDT

2019 Independant Audiobook Awards
The 2019 Independent Audiobook Awards. This premier awards program recognizing distinction in independently published audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Winners will be revealed at tonight's awards ceremony hosted by internationally acclaimed bestselling author, Jeff Strand.

IAA Finalists will be given priority seating at this event.


Speakers
avatar for Ann Richardson

Ann Richardson

Ann has been narrating since 2008, from her state of the art, in-home recording booth. She has been awarded three AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Awards, and has also been a multi-time finalist for the Society of Voice Arts Awards (2016, 2017, 2018). Connecting with the story and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand is the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of 40+ books, including Blister, A Bad Day For Voodoo, and Wolf Hunt. Cemetery Dance magazine said “No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand’s perfect mixture of comedy and terror.” He lives in Atlanta... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Flanagan

Lisa Flanagan

Workshop 101 Faculty / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty, "Voice of God" Independent Audiobook Awards 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Lisa, winner of the 2019 Audie for Fanstasy (Spinning Silver) is an award-winning narrator, voice actor, director, improviser, and classical soprano. Her voice-over work includes animation, video... Read More →



Friday June 7, 2019 8:15pm - 10:00pm CDT
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00pm CDT

HEAR Now After Party - Celebrating Audio Fiction
Festival guests and attendees with ALL ACCESS PASSES are welcome to join us at Simpson House after the 2019 Independent Audiobook Awards.

Thanks to National Audio Theatre Festivals for sponsoring tonight's party.



Friday June 7, 2019 10:00pm - 11:55pm CDT
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Saturday, June 8
 

12:00am CDT

Midnight Listening -- The Call of the Flame: An Audio Play
The Call of the Flame: An Audio Play

From the epic fantasy series, this is the journey of Bri, and her travels along with her Orc, Elvan, Dwarven, and Halfin companions as she seeks to redeem her father, for murdering the Chieftain of Gods, and restore the balance of magic in the world.


Meet cast members Bonnie Bogovich (Bri) and Stephen Cumberworth (Villadius), and producer Kurt Peterson.




Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

8:00am CDT

NATF Future Festival Planning Meeting
All those who participate in the June 2019 HEAR Now Festival event, hosted by the National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF), are welcome to give input into the organization's plans for our 2020 Festival. Join us at breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Friday morning at 8:00am and get involved with NATF and HEAR Now!


Saturday June 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am CDT
Holiday Inn Restaurant / Breakfast Room

9:00am CDT

PODCAST PALOOZA & The State of Independant Audio Fiction
This panel features a lively discussion led by Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre and Peter Gregg, head of the HEAR Now submissions review program, will discuss the state of producing as an independant.

Get the chance to hear and discuss some of this year's PODCAST PALOOZA on-line programs!

With affordable production tools and almost unlimited distribution space on the Internet there are more small, independent audio artists creating audio theater out there than ever before. How are you guys doing? We'll be discussing topics such as, Who's Your Audience?, Where's The Money? (Is There Money In Podcasting?), What Does It Take To Get To The Next Level (What Is the Next Level?) and much more. Guaranteed to be freewheeling, fairly factual and fun.

Network and meet with other featured festival artists who are being heard on this year's Podcast  Palooza's GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE pages.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am CDT

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
NATF presents Workshop 101 at the HEAR Now  Festival. This workshop is a crash course in audio theater. In three and a half days, NATF's instructors will take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works. Participants will create or adapt a script that will be performed, directed and acted by the Workshop 101 participants on the final day of the festival. Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.  Over the last three decades NATF, and its faculty, have been producing audio theater workshops nationally. Workshop 101 reflects that knowledge in a tight program that will give participants better understanding on how to create their own audio theater projects.
Workshop 101 meets daily from 10:00am at All Souls (4501 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO) Education Center located downstairs

Speakers
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC has carried within him a passion for the creative arts from a young age. As a teenager, he earned the Award of Excellence in Arts and Best Student Editor and graduated with top honors from Orange High School Media Arts program for Acting and Film Theory... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Lincoln

Bryan Lincoln

Workshop 101 Faculty, Sound Design AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Bryan Lincoln joins the HEAR Now Festival as the Workshop 101 Master Recording Engineer. He will work with participants to capture their performances and then showcase how these are layered and mixed. Bryan is an audio editor and... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:00am - 4:45pm CDT
All Soul's Education Center Downstairs 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am CDT

HEAR Now Festival Store & Office
T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Saturday June 8, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza - Salon B One E 45 St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA

10:00am CDT

Workshop 102: Connecting Creators and Audience
Workshop 102 meets Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 beginning at 10:00am in Simpson House Dining Room at 4509 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO.

Friday June 7 Producer Meet and Greet is at Holiday Inn Private Dining Room from 4pm - 5pm - wine and cheese for all 101 and 102 class members.

Saturday, June 8th the Pitch Panel runs 10:45am - noon at Holiday Inn Ballroom A



Speakers
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:45am CDT

Producers Pitch Panel: Best Way For My Work To Be Heard - for WORKSHOP 102 & all
Producer's Pitch Panel is for Workshop 101 & 102 Participants
and Podcast Palooza Producers (as space allows)
This is your opportunity to present your work for feedback. Workshop participants are given priority in presenting their programs, with additional producer presentions as time allows.

Moderators
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC has carried within him a passion for the creative arts from a young age. As a teenager, he earned the Award of Excellence in Arts and Best Student Editor and graduated with top honors from Orange High School Media Arts program for Acting and Film Theory... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Mozes

Jessica Mozes

Audible
NATF Playhouse 6/7 & Workshop 102 Pitch Panel 6/8
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

11:00am CDT

The Stories They Tell: LitRPG/Gamelit Authors and Their Narrators
The LitRPG/GameLit genre – gamer fiction – takes center stage as narrators Jeff Hays and Andrea Parsneau, members of Soundbooth Theater, along with authors Dakota Krout,  Charles Dean, Dave Willmarth, and Harmon Cooper discuss and showcase what makes this genre special to produce as audiobooks. Moderated by R.A. (Ramon) Mejia, who hosts The LitRPG Podcast, and will be podcasting from the session.

Free to Kansas City residents, or with a ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Hays

Jeff Hays

Soundbooth Theater
Jeff Hays is an audio book narrator and producer. His production style and in-depth characterizations blur the line between Audiobooks and audio drama. He connects with his listeners through his live streaming internet show, Soundbooth Theater Live, which features upcoming projects... Read More →



Saturday June 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm CDT
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

12:00pm CDT

Sennheiser PODCAST PALOOZA Listening room
Stop in and take a listen at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Podcast Palooza programs being featured on-line.



Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

1:00pm CDT

Prisoner 9653 For President - Eugene Victor Debs & 1919: Peace & Vengeance
Documentary film makers Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz successfully produced "American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs," and now want to tell his story, and the story of socialism in America, via podcast and a radio play. Working from the source materials that made their documentary so powerful, they are focusing on how, even after being jailed for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran a successful bid for the US Presidency from jail and brought socialism to the US.  

SHUTTLE AVAILABLE TO MUSEUM - see below.

SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM WWI MUSEUM
There will be two shuttle runs to the WWI museum - BOTH leaving from the front of the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza.
The first will leave at 12:15pm (Promptly)
The second at 12:40pm (Promptly)
After the performance at the WWI museum there will be a shuttle at 2:40pm bringing those wishing to attend AN AFTERNOON WITH ALISON LARKIN directly to BRAGG AUDITORIUM for the 3:00pm show.
The balance will be returned to the Holiday Inn.

If needed, a second shuttle at 3:15pm will pick up the balance of the HNF guests at the WWI museum and return them to the Holiday Inn.
 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brick

Scott Brick

Voice Actor
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination, he's also received... Read More →
avatar for Rich Fish

Rich Fish

Corwin Awards Producer / Voice Actor
Corwin Awards 6/14Richard Fish has worked in audio theatre since 1970. He’s an actor and musician who became a writer, producer, director, teacher, engineer, Foley artist, journalist, broadcaster, publisher, and salesman.He helped found the National Audio Theatre Festivals organization... Read More →
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →
avatar for Robert Fass

Robert Fass

Voice Actor
Debs In Canton 6/11AUDIO Tonight 6/13A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. An eight-time Audie nominee with over 225 unabridged audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple... Read More →
avatar for Deondra Means

Deondra Means

Workshop 101 Faculty
Deondra Means is a Master storyteller and resident playwright of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati with over 30 years experience as a voice actor.  For the past 3 years, Deondra’s worked with the HEAR Now Festival. He was voice talent for Blood Cotton and co-produced and assistant... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
National World War I Museum 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:45pm CDT

AUDIO Tonight! A Storytellers Cabaret - REHEARSAL
If you are peforming in Saturday night's AUDIO Tonight! please join our technical crew at Bragg Auditorium for dress rehearsal.

This is a closed rehearsal for cast and crew directly involved in the performance.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
avatar for Neil Hellegers

Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
avatar for PJ Ochlan

PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
avatar for Ray Archie

Ray Archie

ED WOOD: The Musical & AUDIO Tonight! Master MixerHaving worked as a recording engineer in world-class studios and on  various projects around the country, Ray has quickly gained exposure in  the Music/Entertainment industry. Added exposure is a magic plus for  Ray, from winning... Read More →
avatar for Scott Cinnamon

Scott Cinnamon

AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager
AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager Scott’s first experience behind a microphone came in 5tgh grade when he read an article he had written on WNYC Radio in New York. His interest in broadcasting continued through college where he worked his way up to serve as Station Manager of WVHC-FM... Read More →
avatar for Butch D'Ambrosio

Butch D'Ambrosio

Producer / Scriptwriter
AUDIO Tonight Producer & Continuity 6/8If Mr. D’Ambrosio existed and enjoyed talking about himself, he might tell you that he got his first rejection from MAD magazine when he was 12 years old. That he was the youngest intern and the last one under Bill Gaines, back in the day when... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Hays

Jeff Hays

Soundbooth Theater
Jeff Hays is an audio book narrator and producer. His production style and in-depth characterizations blur the line between Audiobooks and audio drama. He connects with his listeners through his live streaming internet show, Soundbooth Theater Live, which features upcoming projects... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 2:45pm - 5:45pm CDT
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

5:15pm CDT

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 6th, from 5:15pm-6:15pm, and running through Saturday, June 8th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor reader's room.

Host Sean Pratt
Producer Alice Ann English
Thanks to KAAD-LPfm for the nightly podcast.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2018’s A Celebration of Mark Twain! is free and open to all and includes a slice of d'Bronx Pizza nightly for all audience guests and Mark Twain narrators.


Saturday June 8, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm CDT
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

7:15pm CDT

The Gatlingophone: An Audio Art Performance/Installation
The Gatlingophone art sculpture/performance is designed and built by Alex. It is a mechanical 'record player' that looks like a civil war era gatling gun. Alex creates his own, one of a kind records to play on the gatlingophone. To do this, he uses audio clips taken from major news networks, editing them into a rapid-fire audio piece. Then using a vintage recording lathe, cuts the audio piece onto a lacquer master disc that is then played on the gatlingphone. This performance is his artistic response to the way in which our society is inundated with media messages from an ever-increasing number of delivery methods that can often begin to feel as though there is no escape, leaving us feeling emotionally exhausted and filled with fear. To Alex, it feels as though we are being pinned-down by a machine gun fire of media messages.    

After you've experience The Gatlingophone be sure to stay for AUDIO Tonight! in Bragg Auditorium.


Saturday June 8, 2019 7:15pm - 8:00pm CDT
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

8:15pm CDT

AUDIO Tonight! A Storytellers Cabaret
MC Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theater with special guests Dion Graham, PJ Ochlan, Bill Dufris and many many more

Comedy, original audio plays, music, singing, poetry, story-telling and more are
featured throughout this 90 minute showcase.


ROAD TO PREDATION: In the aftermath of battle, a Prussian soldier in the early 19th century confronts demons both real and imagined in this historical fantasy look at PTSD with a supernatural twist, produced and directed by PJ Ochlan.
Among the cast are William Dufris, Ann Richardson, Karyn O'Bryant, Jeff Hays,  Lisa Flanagan, Robert Fass, Eric Martin, Suzanne Freeman, and Neil Hellegers. Sound design by Bryan Lincoln.

THE NEW SILENCE:  By getting personal and a little surreal the New Silence by Brian Price uses humor, heightened language, and edgy jazz to take on the thorny question of climate change.  Written and directed by Brian Price and featuring Dion Graham and Jane Oppenheimer with violinist, Jason Kao Huang.

Styx and Stones by Dave Willmarth
Welcome to The Last Dragon Fantasy Online, the most realistic Sensory Immersive Virtual Reality High Fantasy Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game to date! At the Styx and Stones Tavern, located in ‘Limbo’ – the place where adventurers must wait for respawn after being killed by monsters, other players, or packs of fuzzy bunnies, a group of adventurers contemplate their new ultra-realistic environment, that offers many of the familiar gaming experiences you’ve all grown to know and love! From Soundbooth Theater featuring Jeff Hays and Annie Ellicott.

THE MOUSETRAP, adapted and directed by Neil Hellegerscombines the riotous Elizabethan theater environment with an exacting post-modern eSports ethos. Though this be madness, yet there is method in it...get ready for some DramLitPRG in KC!
Mousetrap's cast features Scott Brick, William Dufris, Lisa Flanagan, Robert Fass, Eric Martin, PJ Ochlan, Sean Pratt, and Phil Proctor.

Tickets available in advance or at the door.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brick

Scott Brick

Voice Actor
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination, he's also received... Read More →
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Tony Brewer

Workship 101 Faculty, ED WOOD: The Musical 6/6, 1919: Peace & Vengance 6/8, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8, Between Americans 6/9Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught... Read More →
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Brian Price

Workshop 101 Faculty
Brian Price of Great Northern Audio Theatre is an award-winning writer and producer of original audio Fiction. He has written, directed and worked with audio theater groups across the country including Native Voices At the Autry, the Grist Mill, and the National Audio Theatre Festivals... Read More →
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Neil Hellegers

Director / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty; Director THE MOUSETRAP in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company, and others... Read More →
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PJ Ochlan

Director / Voice Actor
Moderator 6/7, ROAD TO PREDATION (in AUDIO Tonight!) 6/8An actor since 1986, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career across virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry - from critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles to innovative new media projects... Read More →
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Dion Graham

Voice Actor
Panelist 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. An AudioFile Magazine Best Voice... Read More →
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Eric Martin

Voice Actor
 AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Eric Jason Martin is a producer, director, and voice performer based in Los Angeles. His recent productions include the Audible Original Stinker Lets Loose!, a NY Times Monthly Bestseller also starring Jon Hamm and Rhea Seehorn, and Maximum Fun’s scripted comedy... Read More →
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Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
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Ray Archie

ED WOOD: The Musical & AUDIO Tonight! Master MixerHaving worked as a recording engineer in world-class studios and on  various projects around the country, Ray has quickly gained exposure in  the Music/Entertainment industry. Added exposure is a magic plus for  Ray, from winning... Read More →
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Scott Cinnamon

AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager
AUDIO Tonight! Stage Manager Scott’s first experience behind a microphone came in 5tgh grade when he read an article he had written on WNYC Radio in New York. His interest in broadcasting continued through college where he worked his way up to serve as Station Manager of WVHC-FM... Read More →
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Butch D'Ambrosio

Producer / Scriptwriter
AUDIO Tonight Producer & Continuity 6/8If Mr. D’Ambrosio existed and enjoyed talking about himself, he might tell you that he got his first rejection from MAD magazine when he was 12 years old. That he was the youngest intern and the last one under Bill Gaines, back in the day when... Read More →
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Bill Dufris

Workshop 102 Faculty / Voice Actor
Bill Dufris began his audio career in London (radio plays, audio books, film/animation dubbing, etc.), where he resided for 13 years. During this time, he had the privilege of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing... Read More →
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Lisa Flanagan

Workshop 101 Faculty / Voice Actor
Workshop 101 Faculty, "Voice of God" Independent Audiobook Awards 6/7, AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Lisa, winner of the 2019 Audie for Fanstasy (Spinning Silver) is an award-winning narrator, voice actor, director, improviser, and classical soprano. Her voice-over work includes animation, video... Read More →
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Bryan Lincoln

Workshop 101 Faculty, Sound Design AUDIO Tonight! 6/8Bryan Lincoln joins the HEAR Now Festival as the Workshop 101 Master Recording Engineer. He will work with participants to capture their performances and then showcase how these are layered and mixed. Bryan is an audio editor and... Read More →
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David Shinn

HEAR Now Technical Director
In addition to producing award winning audio for the last 15 years, David is the Master Engineer at SueMedia Radio Waves Studios in NYC, where he is recording and mixing sound for audiobooks, television programs, and film.
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Ann Richardson

Ann has been narrating since 2008, from her state of the art, in-home recording booth. She has been awarded three AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Awards, and has also been a multi-time finalist for the Society of Voice Arts Awards (2016, 2017, 2018). Connecting with the story and... Read More →
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Karen O'Bryant

Karyn O’Bryant is an award-winning actor and voice talent with over twenty years of true-to-life performance and storytelling experience. Karyn's clients trust her distinctive ability to bring honest humanity to every character she voices and to captivate listeners with compelling... Read More →
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Jason Kao Hwang

The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon extemporaneous, transformational journeys. His most recent release Blood, performed by Burning... Read More →
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Jeff Hays

Soundbooth Theater
Jeff Hays is an audio book narrator and producer. His production style and in-depth characterizations blur the line between Audiobooks and audio drama. He connects with his listeners through his live streaming internet show, Soundbooth Theater Live, which features upcoming projects... Read More →
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Sean Pratt

Mark Twain Mentor / Workshop 102 Faculty
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13SEAN PRATT HAS been a working professional actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years. He holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University, NM. He has narrated over 1,000+ audiobooks….and counting!
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Robert Fass

Voice Actor
Debs In Canton 6/11AUDIO Tonight 6/13A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. An eight-time Audie nominee with over 225 unabridged audiobooks to his credit, Robert has also earned multiple... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 8:15pm - 10:00pm CDT
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00pm CDT

HEAR Now Dance & After Party - Celebrating Our Audio Artists
Festival guests and attendees with ALL ACCESS PASSES are welcome to join us at Simpson House -- for a drink, a nosh, dance music and lots of networking.

Featuring Black Crack Revue, Kansas City's legendary Afro Nuclear Wavabilly Funk Swing Reggae Turska Band.

Thanks to Blackstone Publishing for sponsoring tonight's After Party.

Saturday June 8, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday June 9, 2019 1:00am CDT
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Sunday, June 9
 

9:00am CDT

2019 HEAR Now Festival Office & Vendor / Store Site
Registration, T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Sunday June 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza - Salon B One E 45 St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA

9:00am CDT

Closing Brunch, Coriwn and Festival Awards Ceremonies
The HEAR Now Festival's Closing Brunch & Awards bring all participants together for a fun farewell. Workshop 101 will present the final installment in the podcasting series they have been producing over the last 4 days, while guests artists are recognized and Festival Awards are presented.

Special Guest Storyteller: Dr. Gladys Coggswell, Missouri Master Storyteller, returns to share one of her favorite 'morning' tales.

The 2019 Norman Corwin Award for Excellence In Audio Theatre caps off the festivities which includes a performance of selections from Corwin's Between Americans featuring Phil Proctor and Scott Brick.


BE SURE TO FLY HOME AFTER 3:00pm from Kansas City, to ensure you can enjoy the closing and be to the airport 2 hours prior to your flight.

Moderators
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Cynthia Allen

HEAR Now Festival Director
She has been the NATF / HNF Festival Director for over 6 years, assisting program development, fund-raising and helping coordinate Festival event activities. For over 17 years, she has been a new media professor at New York University, teaching such courses as Art & New Media; Music... Read More →

Speakers
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Scott Brick

Voice Actor
AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination, he's also received... Read More →
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Philip Proctor

Debs in Canton as Eugene V. Debs
Debs in Canton at Podcast Palooza and AUDIO Tonight! 6/13Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is  best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre,   although his career has spanned TV, films and games too!
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Steve Donofrio

Bragg Auditorium Cast Manager; Wild Bill's Ghost 6/7 at PlayhouseSteve Donofrio aka Radio Ranger has been on the Air at KOPN Columbia, Missouri for the last 36 years.He is a Free-lance- Audio Engineer, Technical Consultant, Producer and Director. Steve is a past President of the... Read More →
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Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →
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David Shinn

HEAR Now Technical Director
In addition to producing award winning audio for the last 15 years, David is the Master Engineer at SueMedia Radio Waves Studios in NYC, where he is recording and mixing sound for audiobooks, television programs, and film.


Sunday June 9, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

11:30am CDT

2019 HEAR Now Festival Office & Vendor / Store Site
Registration, T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Sunday June 9, 2019 11:30am - 2:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza - Salon B One E 45 St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA

12:00pm CDT

Sennheiser PODCAST PALOOZA Listening room
Stop in and take a listen at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Podcast Palooza programs being featured on-line.



Sunday June 9, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room