Workshop 101 is a three and a half day crash course in audio theater.
WORKSHOP 101 Presents The Dramatic Podcast: Performance & Production at The 2019 HEAR Now Festival
Workshop 101 is a crash course in audio theater. In three and a half days, HEAR Now's instructors take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works. Participants review a script that will be performed, directed and acted by the Workshop 101 participants and enjoyed by all on the final day of the festival. Participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers while also getting to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.
Workshop 101 continues the educational mission of HEAR Now's parent organization The National Audio Theatre Festivals. Over the last three decades HEAR Now/NATF, and its faculty, have been producing audio theater workshops nationally. Workshop 101 reflects that knowledge in a focused hands-on program that gives participants better understanding on how to create their own audio theater projects.
Here are samples of 2018's Workshop 101 original works:
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2019 Workshop 101 Faculty
Kc Wayland, 2018 Workshop 101 Leader
Kc Wayland - Lead Faculty
KC 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, earning the Principal's Medallion. Upon graduating, he was awarded an academic scholarship to attend Chapman University's School of Film and Television.
In January of 2002, Wayland enlisted in the United States Army, taking a leave of absence from Chapman. He received two certifications in broadcast engineering and was awarded both Top Graduate and Distinguished Honor Graduate. He returned to Chapman in 2003, but was deployed to Iraq midway through his first semester. From 2003 to 2004, Wayland served with the 222nd Broadcast Operations Detachment in the heart of Baghdad. His service earned him a nomination for a Bronze Star for meritorious service. During his time overseas, Wayland filmed his personal experience that would later become the feature-length documentary "365 Boots on Ground."
Wayland returned to Chapman within a month of active combat. During this adjustment period back to civilian life, he focused his energy on completing "365 Boots on Ground." The documentary would go on to earn several awards, including: Best Documentary at Chapman 2005, Best Student Documentary at the Bear Bear Film Festival, and Best Student Film at the Tiberon International Film Festival. He graduated from Chapman in 2008 as valedictorian of his class.
While teaching film production at Costa Mesa High School and Coastline ROP, he began writing what would later become "We're Alive: A Story of Survival." What started off as a means of coping with his military experience, "We're Alive" evolved into a wildly successful and revolutionary zombie audio drama. Wayland acted as lead writer/editor/director/producer of "We're Alive" on each of the 48 episodes from 2009 to 2014. The rise of "We're Alive" coincided with the booming popularity of podcasts and zombie culture, standing out for its gritty urban realism and focus "theatre for the mind" audio techniques. Its success earned the show a place within the Nerdist Podcast Network, garnering over 50 million downloads in the course of its run. The series was also nominated for and Audie by the Audio Producers Association, and was in iTunes Best of 2012.
A sequel of sorts to "We're Alive: A Story of Survival" entitled "We're Alive: Lockdown" was successfully funded via Kickstarter in July of 2015 raising over $55,000 for the production, and was released in April 2016 to rave reviews.
Following the success of "We're Alive," Wayland signed with the Paradigm Talent Agency in February of 2016, and began working on the 10-part audio-theater series, "Bronzeville" starring Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate, to name a few from the all-star cast and debuted in the Top 10 on iTunes. Kc Wayland continues to strive towards expanding the audio-drama industry and helping others understand and build on the new art wave that is "Theater for the Mind".
Lisa Flanagan - Performance / Casting Faculty
Lisa, winner of the 2019 Audie for Fanstasy (Spinning Silver) is an award-winning narrator, voice actor, director, improviser, and classical soprano. Her voice-over work includes animation, video games, and commercials. Lisa has received multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and Voice Arts Awards, including Best Audiobook Narration, Children's for Disney-Pixar's WALL-E.
Bob Kaliban - - Performance Faculty
Bob returns as Workshop 101's Performance teacher, 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 Britain’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and then understudied in such shows as “Redhead” and “How to Succeed in Business” before getting into commercials work in the early 1960s and continuing his career through today.
Byran Lincoln - Master Recording Engineer
Bryan Lincoln joins the HEAR Now Festival as the Workshop 101 Master Recording Engineer. He will work with participants to capture their performances and then showcase how these are layered and mixed.
Bryan is an audio editor and producer working in audiobooks and audio drama. who also has a PhD physics.
Nick Messite - Post Production Engineer
Nick Messite will present 'post-production and noise' on Friday, June 7th to the Workshop 101 class. Using primary programs like Isotope, Nick will help demonstrate how producers and podcasters can 'clean-up' recordings. He will be working with samples from Thursday's Workshop 101 recordings.
As an engineer, Nick's credits range from theater (RapunzarellaWhite, Voiceless, Get Got) to indie rock (Bulletproof Stockings, Empire State Express) to Classical (Jean Michel Goury) and Jazz (Learning Curve, Eliot Cardinaux).
A talent in his own right as a guitarist, pianist, bassist, and drummer, he has performed alongside some great musicians, including pop acts (Josh Groban) respected singer/songwriters (Hawksley Workman), jazz greats (Sam Rivers), and indie rock bands (Leland Sundries).
Tony Brewer, is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. From 1994-1998 he produced and directed HAYWARD SANITARIUM, a horror/thriller audio series distributed nationally on NPR Playhouse, and he taught and performed live sound effects at the National Audio Theatre Festivals in Missouri from 2001-2012. He has been the sound effects guy and co-writer of the WFHB Firehouse Follies live variety show in Bloomington since 2008, and has taught and performed at HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival in Kansas City since 2013. He won an ANGIE (named for Angela Lansbury) and was made a Kentucky Colonel for his live foley work 2008-2012 at the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro KY. In 2015 Tony received the inaugural Bradshaw Award (named for Firesign Theatre character Lt. Bradshaw) for Service to the Field of Audio Theatre by the American Society for Science Fiction Audio. His zombie-comedy audio play THE LAST BROADCAST won audience favorite at the 2016 HEAR NOW Festival. He has taught at Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College, Michigan University, and the Kansas City Art Institute, and he has performed with the Knoxville Opera, VoiceScapes, Otherworld Media, SueMedia, Mind’s Ear Audio, Ruth Eckerd Hall, IU Cinema, and Wounded Galaxies Festival, as well as in dozens of independent productions. Tony is also a member of CRICKET’S BONE CARAVAN audio troupe, sound designer for STAGES BLOOMINGTON, and one third of the poetry performance group RESERVOIR DOGWOODS. He frequently collaborates with the experimental music + field recording collective URBAN DEER.
Additional Workshop 101 Assistant Faculty
Butch D’Ambrosio, past Workshop 101 Director, will be on hand this year to work with the classes. Butch got his first rejection from MAD magazine when he was 12 years old. He was their youngest intern and the last one under Bill Gaines. Butch was also a contributing member of the Usual Gang of Idiots for a long while. His involvement in audio theatre goes back almost as far, having been lucky enough to hook up with certain people… then MRTW… now NATF. Some of his other interesting things are too long ago to be relevant, a short film, a season writing for a Sesame Workshop animated children’s show, years of involvement with local theatre groups, a sketch group, doing sound effects, spending five seasons at a RenFaire, etc.. Some more recent things include being a board member of the aforementioned NATF, writing for 24 hour play festivals, and creating now abandoned Twitter accounts focusing his dislike of Justin Beiber and the Royal Wedding in Haiku. He can be heard playing great music and complaining about something every Sunday night at 11pm eastern on http://live.streamwrhu.net.
For Brian Price and his Great Northern Audio Theatre partner, Jerry Stearns, 2018 was another banner year as their original production "The Old Cart Wrangler" won an Audie nomination. In 2017 they won an APA Audie for their feature-length drama, IN THE EMBERS, were awarded the Norman Corwin Award for a lifetime of Excellence in Audio Theatre, and released their newest CD, LOOSE WHEELS AND NARROW NECKS--monologues featuring David Ossman. Brian 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. He is also a Mark Time Grandmaster in good standing. www.greatnorthernaudio.com