"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players." From ancient times until today, people have loved nothing more than to listen to a well-told story, a tall tale, a good yarn. Indeed, the spirit of the bards of old is still thriving. To celebrate this spirit, the National Audio Theatre Festivals proudly presents HEAR Now!
HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for 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 will offer a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. The Festival will present audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.
The 2016 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 2016 Hear Now Festival.
In addition, the Festival will expose audiences to recent developments in audio preservation by showcasing newly restored and archived award-winning audio dramas. The Festival will offer live and recorded programming at local theaters and other venues in Kansas City. HEAR Now will also offer moderated discussions and panels for conversations and the exchange of new ideas -- an immersive experience in all aspects of the art and craft of audio fiction and sound art story-telling.
We invite you to come and share your stories, your tales, your yarns. All the world’s a stage, and June 2016, the main stage is in Kansas City, MO!
Listen to HEARNow's 2014 Audio Vaudeville Live Performance.
TransMars Tango Debuts At 2014 Hear Now Festival
Written by Elaine Lee and originally performed at the 2011 NATF Workshop in West Plains MO, Director Brian Price and engineer Kirby Mitchell re-mixed the live production and presented it at the Cinemark Theater in KC for this year's HearNow Festival Check it out!
SCRIPT CONTEST The NATF and HEAR Now is pleased to announce that the Marion Thauer Brown Scriptwriting Competition is now accepting submissions of new original audio dramas. Entries postmarked through May 28, 2016 will be accepted for the 2016 competition. The MTB Scriptwriting Competition awards two prizes: one of $250 and one of $100 for original plot-driven family-friendly audio drama scripts. CLICK HERE FOR 2015 WINNERS!!
Listen to samples of last Year's HEAR NowFestival Performances!
Click here to listen to Right Between the Ears 2013 Hear Now performance.