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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

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, June 8
 

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

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