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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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Thursday, June 8
 

9:00am

2017 HEAR Now Festival Store & Office
T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Thursday June 8, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Registration for Festival - Festival Passes & Show Tickets
Pick up your Festival schedules, All Access Passes, or tickets to your favorite shows!!

The Registration Desk will open on Thursday, June 8th beginning at 10am and runs through 5pm.

Order your Festival Passes and Show Tickets on-line and pick them up here.

Thursday June 8, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

CVRTAIN Virtual Reality Demo
The HEAR Now Festival presents the virtual reality experience CVRTAIN in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza, daily between 10am and 6pm.

All Festival Pass holders, staff, and volunteers get one free CVRTAIN demo. Additional demos, as time allows are $5.00 each.

On Saturday, June 10th HEAR Now will open CVRTAIN to the general public for a suggested donation of $5.00 per demonstration. Cash only please, no checks or credit cards.
For more information write to: hearnowfestival@gmail.com

Or to schedule your CVRTAIN demo click here:
https://hearnowfesttival.doodle.com/poll/6bc26krse6pfct97

Thursday June 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holliday Inn Lobby 1 East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:15am

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
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.



Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

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 →
avatar for Howard Craft

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 →
avatar for Bob Kaliban

Bob Kaliban

Actor
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 →
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Great Northern Audio Theatre
Workshop 101 Faculty; Best of Audio Fiction 6/8; Podcaster Roundtable
avatar for Frank Stasio

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 →

Thursday June 8, 2017 10:15am - 5:00pm
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

12:00pm

PODCAST PALOOZA BEGINS
Listen to this year's PODCAST PALOOZA on-line programs beginning at noon today and on-line through August 1, 2017

Congratulations to all those who were selected to be in this year's Podcast Palooza's GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE pages.

Thursday June 8, 2017 12:00pm - Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:00pm
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

5:15pm

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 8th, from 5:15pm-6:15pm, and running through Saturday, June 10th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor Readers’ Room.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2017’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.




Moderators
avatar for Bob Kaliban

Bob Kaliban

Actor
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 →

Sponsors


Thursday June 8, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

7:00pm

HEAR Now Festival Opening Session: INNOVATIONS
Join the HEAR Now Festival as we open our 5th annual Festival with examples of INNOVATION in the world of audio story-telling. New technologies and story-telling techniques will be highlighted.

 MC/Host: William Dufris

 Among the featured program elements:
"The Language & Art of America's Declaration of Independence"
This will be a live performance of the document performed by guest narrators:
Dion Graham, Simon Jones, Robin Miles, Scott Brick, PJ Ochlan, Bob Kaliban, and Julia Whelan.

(Note: This is based in part on the book "Our Declaration")

Thursday June 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

9:00pm

The Best of Audio Fiction 2017
The Best of Audio Fiction 2017 will showcase a variety of award winning productions from the past year. Producers, directors, and cast members will discuss how the work was created, from the pitch to studio sessions, casting, final mix and more.
Samples of the Best of Audio Fiction 2017 door prizes will be given away throughout this session.

FEATURED: In The Embers by Great Northern Audio Theater with panelists Brian Price, Jerry Stearns, and Robin Miles.

Doctor Who - Playwright / Sound Designer Russell McGee has worked with Big Finish on their latest Doctor Who productions and shares how the 'magic' happens.

More to come....

Moderators
avatar for Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza

Director / Producer / Festival Organizer, SueMedia Productions
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 winning producer of audiobooks, audio drama, radio plays and much more. Her work has also been honored by The... Read More →

Thursday June 8, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00pm

HEAR Now After Party - Celebrating SAG-AFTRA's Performers
Festival guests and attendees with ALL ACCESS PASSES are welcome to 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.


Thursday June 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

12:00am

Midnight Listening -- PREMIERE: Crusader: The Darwin Chronicles
Crusader: The Darwin Chronicles is a supernatural western set 10 years after the American civil war The series centres on Christopher Darwin,ex lawyer, ex gun for hire and former alcoholic who finds himself at a moral crossroads Which starts him on a journey for spiritual and personal redemption in a post war world where no one is who they seem and the local currency is lies and deception.

At this session meet:
Johnathon Hoskins -
Director Creator Writer and Producer Crusader Darwin Chronicles
Paul Slingsby- Producer, Music Director Lead Actor (Role of Darwin)
Marcia De Deckere- Lead Actor ( Role of Katherine Braddock and Abigail Cabot)
Alie Rutty- Production Manager/Photographer



Friday June 9, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room
 
Friday, June 9
 

8:00am

NATF Future Festival Planning Meeting
All those who participate in the June 2017 HEAR Now Festival event, hosted by the National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF), are welcome to give input into the organization's plans for our 2018 Festival. Join us at breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Friday morning at 8:00am and get involved with NATF and HEAR Now!

Friday June 9, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Holiday Inn Restaurant / Breakfast Room

9:00am

NATF Playhouse: The Winner Is....Space Monster Rama
Sci-Fi comedy “Space Monster-Rama” by California playwright Bill Chessman was produced, acted, directed and edited by the students from the Introduction to Radio Production class at Southwestern Illinois College. Among the students involved in the production are Aeschylus (Ace), Kevin Fleming, Kira Garza, Blake Johnson, Vincent Martinez, Matthew Scally and Ethan Seaman.

“This is the first time our students have submitted an entry for national competition and the first award recognizing the quality of their work,” said Mac Chamblin, instructor of Radio Production at SWIC.

Along with discussing this production Bill will also presnt some of his new work "People Just Disappear." Bernice ("Bernie") Bannerman works for Consolidated Permadyne Labs exploring the possibilities (and commercial potentials) of connecting to alternative universes. Lately, random people have been going missing. Then Bernie's husband disappears. Could the disappearances have something to do with the experiments she is performing?

Meet Author Bill Chessman and the award-winning “Space Monster-Rama” team at this session.


Friday June 9, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

9:00am

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

Friday June 9, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

9:30am

Listen & Learn. Lessons In The Stories We Tell
Golden Voice Narrators Dion Graham and Robin Miles read from their favorite children's stories to 4-12 year olds.

Presented in tandem with the Plaza Montessori Academy located at Unity Temple On The Plaza in their Garden Room.

Intended program to be announced


Friday June 9, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Unity Temple On The Plaza - Garden Room 707 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO

9:45am

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

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 →

Friday June 9, 2017 9:45am - 6:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00am

NATF Playhouse: Imaginary Fiend

From DEATHSCRIBE, WildClaw Theatre's annual short audio drama competition comes a live peformance of Imaginary Fiend by Tim Griffin, a 2015 Deathscribe winner. WildClaw's Ele Matelan will present Imaginary Fiend.

In this homespun cross-stitch of American terror, a lonely young girl’s innocent wish conjures a bloody bible-belt object-lesson of how a sincere attempt at redemption might be ambushed by long-overdue retribution.



Friday June 9, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

10:00am

NATF Playhouse: Legacy, A Musical Indictment
Playwright / Producer November Christine presents episodes from Legacy, A Musical Indictment. This 4-part historical "hip-hopera" dramatizes the life (and afterlife) of the 16th century priest Martin Luther. Will Martin's legacy be his savior or the nail in his coffin?


Friday June 9, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

10:00am

NATF Playhouse: We're Alive: Lockdown
Starting off this listening block is We're Alive: Lockdown. “Life on the inside” takes on a whole new meaning. A riot has broken out at Twin Towers Jail. Simeon, five of his fellow inmates, and the prison guards assigned to them have found themselves trapped in the inescapable confines of T-block during the lockdown. Boundaries of trust are pushed to the limit as the survivors must learn to work together if they have any hope of escaping the horde of infected and the deadly secret that lies within Twin Tower’s walls.Writer, director, producer KC Wayland will present a 30 minute sample from the six part series.


Friday June 9, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

10:00am

CVRTAIN Virtual Reality Demo
The HEAR Now Festival presents the virtual reality experience CVRTAIN in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza, daily between 10am and 6pm.

All Festival Pass holders, staff, and volunteers get one free CVRTAIN demo. Additional demos, as time allows are $5.00 each.

On Saturday, June 10th HEAR Now will open CVRTAIN to the general public for a suggested donation of $5.00 per demonstration. Cash only please, no checks or credit cards.
For more information write to: hearnowfestival@gmail.com

Or to schedule your CVRTAIN demo click here:
https://hearnowfesttival.doodle.com/poll/6bc26krse6pfct97

Friday June 9, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holliday Inn Lobby 1 East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:15am

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
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.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

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 →
avatar for Howard Craft

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 →
avatar for Bob Kaliban

Bob Kaliban

Actor
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 →
avatar for Frank Stasio

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 →
avatar for KC Wayland

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

11:45am

NATF Playhouse: Out of Body
Out of Body, Out of Mind is the first episode in a new storytelling series, Ears Hear Now, by Larry the O: author, composer, musical performer, narrator, sound designer, audio engineer,
which features stories told with a cinematic approach, in which sound design and music play roles equal to the narration itself. Out of Body is actually an entirely true story which occurred exactly as it is told.

Larry the O will share the the out-of-body experience he had while performing.



Friday June 9, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

11:45am

NATF Playhouse: Regrowing Cities
Audio Artist Elsa Lankford created this soundscape/experimental sound installation as a sonic interpretation of the effects of urban agriculture on the soundscape. Cities initially were full of sounds of human life, but in many cities, the soundscapes are now full of lo-fi noise. This piece examines what happens when life through urban agriculture is put back into the urban soundscape.

Elsa, an Associate Professor at Towson University teaching Audio production in the Electronic Media and Film will discuss her stereo vs surround sound mix of this production at this session.


Friday June 9, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

11:45am

NATF Playhouse: “Nuclear Nightingales” Cricket’s Bone Caravan
From From Cynthia Wolfe of Loose Lit Media for WFIU comes “Nuclear Nightingales”
Cricket’s Bone Caravan

Readings from the oral history Voices from Chernobyl by 2015 Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich. Soundscape features nightingales and ambience from the exclusion zone.

Cynthia will be at the session to discuss her production


Friday June 9, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

1:00pm

NATF Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest narrated by James Warwick and Alison Larkin

TV star James Warwick and award-winning narrator/comedienne Alison Larkin star in this accessible, dazzlingly funny two-actor production of The Importance of Being Earnest – a trivial comedy for serious people.

Join Alison Larkin and producer Stevn Jay Cohen in the session as they take us to 1895 England and introduce us to Algy and Jack, debonair bachelors-about-town who plan to court Gwendolen and Cecily, despite opposition from the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Jack was adopted as a baby, and discovering the truth surrounding his mysterious origins becomes critical to his future happiness.

This co-production between Alison Larkin Presents and Steven Jay Cohen is unique in that it is the first ‘full cast’ audio production performed by two people.

James Warwick is most famous for his starring roles on television including Tommy in Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence series on PBS for Masterpiece Theater. He has also played many leading roles on Broadway and in the West End, originating the role of Brad in the Rocky Horror Show, playing King Arthur in Camelot. His last Starring role in an Oscar Wilde play was in Peter Hall’s Production of The Ideal Husband on Broadway.

Alison Larkin is the award-winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks, an internationally acclaimed comedienne and the bestselling author of The English American, a novel. Hailed by The Times as “hugely entertaining” and by AudioFile magazine as “unparalleled – a narrator to seek out”, she is in her element playing all the women in Oscar Wilde’s most famous play.



Friday June 9, 2017 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

2:30pm

NATF Playhouse: Breakfast With Robin
Robin of Loxley is back in a new tale that brings him to modern day London. He meets both the 'sheriff' as well as a band of two merry persons. They rob from the rich, but the giving to the poor part is harder to define. Robin struggles with how different things are in the 21st century as compared to his own era, but is quick to believe cereal is the best invention of this new age -
followed closely by TV.

Meet producer Catherine Rinella of Midnight Audio Theater at this session.



Friday June 9, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

2:30pm

NATF Playhouse: Downtown Abbey
From Season 2, Episode 1 of community radio KZMU (UTAH) comes the further adventures of Edward Abbey's fifth cousin twice removed, mover and shaker in a Moab of an alternative universe. With singing commercials, aliens, apocalypse seekers, runaway dogs and a sewer crisis, and featuring a cast of locals ages 6 to 70.

Christy Dunton, Program Director from rural community radio station KZMU's will be on hand to discuss how the station's being defunded last year by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for being "too small,"  led to live, original radio theatre is our way of raising awareness about the station and a little money besides.

Station Manager Marty Durlin has been writing and producing musical plays since 1977. In 2016 she won an Honorable Mention from the Mark Time Awards for Downton Abbey.


Friday June 9, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

3:30pm

NATF Playhouse: Simon Jones - A Retrospective
Join Simon Jones as he shares sounds and stories from some of his favorite audio plays including Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy - the first and soon to come newest release from the Hitchhicker series.


Moderators
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Great Northern Audio Theatre
Workshop 101 Faculty; Best of Audio Fiction 6/8; Podcaster Roundtable
avatar for Jerry Stearns

Jerry Stearns

Great Northern Audio Theatre

Friday June 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

5:15pm

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 8th, from 5:15pm-6:15pm, and running through Saturday, June 10th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor Readers’ Room.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2017’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.





Moderators
avatar for Bob Kaliban

Bob Kaliban

Actor
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 →

Sponsors


Friday June 9, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

7:00pm

Friday Night Family Fun: Building New Worlds
A sampler of tales and stories for 'children' of all ages.

MC/Host: William Dufris (original voice of PBS' Bob The Builder)

Golden Voices Robin Miles and Dion Graham will lead the evening -- along with an audience volunteer or two --with a performance of family tales for young children (ages 4-8).

Next award-winning narrator Julia Whelan discussing and reads from the young adult novel, Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. This beautiful, award winning young adult novel focuses on a planet segregated into two casts - one that lives by the day and the other by night. Julia will share the story of how this novel went from being rejected by publishers to becoming an award winning audiobook.

The program concludes with author Camilla Ochlan premiering Night's Gift. Written by C.E. Leever and Camilla Ochlan (known for The Werewolf Whisperer), Night's Gift is the first book in the new fantasy series Of Cats and Dragons. Narrator P.J. Ochlan will perform fun highlights jam-packed with creatures, magic and a talking cat.

Friday June 9, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

9:00pm

WEB WORKS: Hoot Gibson

Friday June 9, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00pm

HEAR Now After Party at Arts Bar
Festival guests and attendees with ALL ACCESS PASSES are welcome to join us nightly at Arts Bar for live music,a nosh and lots of networking. Cash bar.

Friday June 9, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday June 10, 2017 2:00am
Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Saturday, June 10
 

9:00am

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

Saturday June 10, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

9:15am

Narrators Round Table - Selecting the BEST Training To Become A Professional Narrator
Join Debra Deyan of Deyan Audio to discuss the world of narration and how to select the best training.

Speakers
avatar for Debra Deyan

Debra Deyan

Producer, Deyan Audio
Narrator's Roundtable 6/10 | | Debra Deyan is a 25 year veteran producer of audiobooks and owner of Deyan Audio the world's largest independent producer of audiobooks, working for over 30 publishers. She has won numerous awards including 4 Grammys, 11 Grammy nominations... Read More →


Saturday June 10, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

9:15am

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 rehearsal in running order.

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

Saturday June 10, 2017 9:15am - 11:45am
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00am

CVRTAIN Virtual Reality Demo
The HEAR Now Festival presents the virtual reality experience CVRTAIN in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza, daily between 10am and 6pm.

All Festival Pass holders, staff, and volunteers get one free CVRTAIN demo. Additional demos, as time allows are $5.00 each.

On Saturday, June 10th HEAR Now will open CVRTAIN to the general public for a suggested donation of $5.00 per demonstration. Cash only please, no checks or credit cards.
For more information write to: hearnowfestival@gmail.com

Or to schedule your CVRTAIN demo click here:
https://hearnowfesttival.doodle.com/poll/6bc26krse6pfct97

Saturday June 10, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holliday Inn Lobby 1 East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:15am

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
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.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

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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Amanda Rose Smith

Producer / Engineer / Composer
Co-Creator / Director Binaural Shakespeare | | Originally a musician, after earning a BA in Music Composition from Smith College, Amanda discovered that she loved recording as much as she loved composing, and moved to NYC where she completed a Masters Degree in Music Technology at New York... 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 →

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

11:00am

WEB WORKS: WONDERY Podcast Fiction
This panel features highlights from the podcast service WONDERY and their dramtic series series like Secrets, Crimes, & Audiotape and The Dark Tome.

Secrets, Crimes, & Audiotape is Wondery’s signature audio drama franchise.  Every week,  listeners can hear a new captivating story of crime, love, mysteries, conspiracies and more.
With well-recognized actors and stories based on both new and established characters, Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape aims to start a new golden age of audio drama in the US.
William Dufris, producer of Sight Unseen will discuss this production.

An anthology series, The Dark Tome, is a new take on the anthology audio fiction podcast, featuring fantastic stories by contemporary authors from across the globe.

Singer song-writer Kasey Lansdale, daughter of famed author Joe R. Lansdale, will share her goal to not only tell her stories in song, but in full dramatized audio too!
Blind Love – an original Joe R Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale tale comes to life on Wondery's The Dark Tome series.

Moderators
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Sue Zizza

Director / Producer / Festival Organizer, SueMedia Productions
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 winning producer of audiobooks, audio drama, radio plays and much more. Her work has also been honored by The... Read More →

Saturday June 10, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

1:00pm

1917
SHUTTLE AVAILABLE TO MUSEUM - see below.

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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.
 

Saturday June 10, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
National World War I Museum 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

PODCAST PALOOZA Playback & Roundtable: THE INDEPENDENT PODCAST RENAISSANCE
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
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Brian Price

Great Northern Audio Theatre
Workshop 101 Faculty; Best of Audio Fiction 6/8; Podcaster Roundtable
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Jerry Stearns

Great Northern Audio Theatre

Saturday June 10, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

3:00pm

Afternoon With Alison Larkin
This live performance is a separate event in association with the HEAR Now Festival.

Ticket cost:
$15.00 per person - general public
or
$10.00 per HEAR Now Festival Pass holders

In celebration of Missouri’s new legislation releasing original birth certificates to adult adoptees, which begins on January 1 2018, Alison Larkin, who is in Kansas City as part of Hear Now: the Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, will give a rare live performance.

During An Afternoon with Alison Larkin, on Saturday June 10th at Bragg Auditorium from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, she will talk about her adoption by very English parents, her reunion with her all-American birth mother, parents, nature, nurture, England, America, parenting – and how to make a decent cup of tea.

Alison was raised in a loving English family. However, finding her birth parents turned out to be crucial. Not only did it answer Alison’s questions about her genetic heritage, thanks to medical history her birth mother was able to provide, the reunion later saved her life.

Artists
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Alison Larkin

Narrator / Producer, Alison Larkin Presents
NATF Playhouse at Cinemark 6/9, Afternoon With Alison Larkin 6/10 | | Among the listening sessions will be TV star James Warwick, award winning narrator/comedienne Alison Larkin, and co-producer Steven Jay Cohen featuring the first two-actor audio  production of Oscar Wilde's ... Read More →



Saturday June 10, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

5:15pm

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 8th, from 5:15pm-6:15pm, and running through Saturday, June 10th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor Readers’ Room.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2017’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.




Moderators
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Bob Kaliban

Actor
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 →

Speakers
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PJ Ochlan

Narrator / Producer / Educator
Mark Twain Mentor,  INNOVATIONS 6/ 8, Family Fun Night 6/9, AUDIO Tonight 6/10 | | An 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; from his own long-running radio shows to countless voiceovers and audiobooks; and... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday June 10, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

7:30pm

AUDIO Tonight! A Storytellers Cabaret
MCs Simon Jones and Julia Whelan

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

Tickets available in advance or at the door.

Moderators
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Simon Jones

Actor
INNOVATIONS  6/8, Simon Jones Retrospective 6/9. AUDIO Tonight! 6/10 | | Simon is best known for his multiple portrayals of Arthur Dent, protagonist of Douglas Adams' 1979 novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Jones first portrayed the character on radio in 1978 and again on television in 1981. Jones also featured in the film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) in a cameo role. He is a voice actor and audiobook narrator. | | Simon is also known for his multiple appearances on the Broadway stage. including The Real Thing, Benefactors, Getting Married, Private Lives, The Real Inspector... Read More →
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Julia Whelan

Voice Actor
INNOVATIONS  6/8, Friday Family Fun Night 6/9, AUDIO Tonight! 6/10 | | Julia has appeared in many films and television series, including ABC’s Once And Again. |      | After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College and Oxford University, Julia began narrating audiobooks. She has since recorded hundreds of novels and been awarded Earphone and Audie Awards, and been named one of Audiofile... Read More →

Saturday June 10, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00pm

HEAR Now After Party -
Festival guests and attendees with ALL ACCESS PASSES are welcome to join us at Simpson House for a drink, a nosh and lots of networking.


Saturday June 10, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday June 11, 2017 12:30am
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Sunday, June 11
 

9:00am

Closing Brunch and Awards Ceremony
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. The 2017 Norman Corwin Award for Excellance In Audio Theatre caps off the festvities.

Featured at the closing will be excerpts from the 2016 California Arts production of Corwin's On A Note of Triumph. This production was produced for the 75th Anniversary of the original work.

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.

Sunday June 11, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111