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HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for fans, performers and producers of contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.

This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. HEAR Now presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

The 2017 HEAR Now Festival will again be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2017 Hear Now Festival.

The following schedule is still ’under construction’ and subject to updates prior to June 6, 2017.
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Friday, June 9 • 10:15am - 5:00pm
Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast

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Workshop 101 meets daily from 10:15am - 5:00pm. Work with Frank Stasio (NPR, WUNC) and Howard Craft (Jade City Pharaoh) to create a new original audio play podcast daily.

KC Wayland joins the class for a lunch discussion on casting.

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Tony Brewer

SFX Artist / Writer
Workship 101 Faculty, 1917 6/10, AUDIO Tonight! 6/10 | | Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught and | performed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught at Indiana | University, Michigan University, and Kansas City Art Institute. He has performed with the | Knoxville Opera, Otherworld Media, Stages Bloomington Youth Theatre, and many other orgs, from foley for film to costumed live theatre. Tony also plays live sound effects and field | recordings with the improv ensemble Urban Deer. | | Tony is also a poet, spoken word performer, screenwriter, and roller derby announcer. He is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. He has three books (The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, and Hot Type Cold Read) and wrote and co-produced a DVD, 8 Wheels of... Read More →
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Howard Craft

Writer / Producer
Workshop 101 Faculty | | Howard L. Craft is a poet, playwright and arts educator from Durham, N.C. He is the author of a book of poems, Across the Blue Chasm, and the plays The House of George, The Wise Ones, Tunnels, Stealing Clouds, Lonely Words, A Touch of Sugga, Fourth and a Mile, One Thang Fo Certain, Two Thangs Fo... Read More →
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Bob Kaliban

Workshop 101    MC nightly Celebrating Mark Twain!     Innovation 6/8 | | Bob Kaliban has done more than 15,000 commercials, everything from voice-overs to on-camera announcing. Bob does dialects, cartoon voices, straight announcing, on-camera, industrials, and much more. According to Bob, he has been more than lucky; he has been wildly successful. He attended... Read More →
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Frank Stasio

Host / Producer, WUNC
Workshop 101 Faculty | Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director. From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster... Read More →
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KC Wayland

Producer / Director
NATF Playhouse at Cinemark 6/9 | | KC Wayland is an award-winning writer, producer, editor, director, and United States Army veteran whose film and audio work has been enjoyed around the world. His highly successful zombie audio “Theater for the Mind”,  “We’re Alive: A Story of... Read More →

Friday June 9, 2017 10:15am - 5:00pm
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

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