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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Jason Watts

Actor / Sound Designer & Engineer
San Francisco Bay Area
Workshop 101

In his spare time, Jason is an actor and sound designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up in Columbia, Missouri, where he fell in love with radio plays in his teen years as a sound engineer for KOPN Radio’s Lullaby of Broadway, Inside Radio kids’ workshops, and the annual Midwest Radio Theater Workshop. Most recently, Jason designed sound for Ex Nihilo's six-part audio play series TERRA INCOGNITA—which was recorded live at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, California—and for Wily West’s stage productions of UN-HINGED and DROWNING KATE. Jason performed in Playwrights' Center of San Francisco's annual short play festival, SHEHEREZADE, from 2006 through 2009 and 2014, and he designed sound for SHEHEREZADE in 2010 and 2012. He is a founding member of Wily West Productions and performed numerous roles for them including Pingta in THE WIDOW WEST, The Mighty Magora in MAIDRID'S BOW, Cosimo in ZERO HOUR, and various roles in SAN FRANCISCO STORIES and I SAW IT. Jason played Matthew in Spare Stage's production of PRIVATE EYES, and Reese in the New Conservatory Theatre Center's THE WAR AT HOME.

By day, Jason has been a software engineer for going on 20 years, including a four year stint at Avid Digidesign working on Pro Tools 7 and 8 and the next generation (at the time) TDM cards.