Saturday, June 13, 2020
Jeff Kraus Performance Scholarship Mentor
Sean Pratt has been a working actor for over 30 years. He has been an audiobook narrator for 20 years (aka - Lloyd James), recording over 1,000 books in almost every genre and has received 8 Audiofile Magazine "Earphones" awards, 3 SOVAS nominations, and 5 "Audie" nominations from the Audio Publishers Association.
Sean is also the author of "To Be or Wanna Be - The Top Ten Differences between a Successful Actor and a Starving Artist," an actor's how-to book that talks about approached and behaviors that separate a thriving actor from a starving artists.
Currently, Sean coaches performers on audiobook narration technique, as well as teaching classes on and writes articles about the business of the Biz.
Death of My Wife
Jeff Kraus Performance Scholarship Mentor
Carol Monda is an award winning narrator and performer who brings 35 years of experience and devotion to the performing arts. Trained at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts she holds a Fine Arts degree in Drama from Catholic University. Carol's career was spent mainly on stage at theatres such as Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, and Manhattan Theatre Club, playing parts as diverse as The Snow Queen, Viola in Twelfth Night and Celimene in The Misanthrope.
Her voice-over work is equally varied with clients including ID Discovery, McDonald's, HSBC, The Guggenheim, UPIC, Tena, NY Historical Society, the AFL-CIO, CitiCorp, WNET, NYC-Arts and the Toronto, Detroit, Portland and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Carol has been the voice of the Turner Classic Film Festival for over 10 years and can be heard on more than 450 audiobook titles in 17 genres. These narrations for Audible, Blackstone, Blunderwoman, Brilliance, Deyan, Hachette, Harper, Highbridge, Macmillan, Metabook, Penguin Random House and Recorded Books, among others, have garnered Audie and Earphones Awards, Years' Best mentions and Audie nominations.
Carol brings her experience and passion to teaching and coaching. She has devised and taught classes in commercial and narrative VO, audiobook narration, voice and speech, acting, scene study, audition techniques, text analysis and accent reduction. She has served as an adjunct professor of Commercial VO and Narration at NYU's Digital Design and Film School and as an instructor of Voice and Speech III at Tisch School of the Arts. She was a director and teacher at the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC and Belvoir Terrace in the Berkshires. Carol has also taught extensively in and around Washington, DC., including classes at the Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts, Round House Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She has taught and paneled at VO Atlanta, VO Mastery, the NE Narrator Retreat, APAC and countless workshops. Currently, she directs and teaches voiceover at Edge Studio, The Voice Shop at CMD and Global Voice Acting Academy, and has a robust private coaching practice.
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
Known far and wide as an honest and moral community, the townspeople of Hadleyburg were proud of their reputation. When their children were still babies, they passed along the principles of honesty and kept them sheltered from temptations that might threaten their moral integrity. Unfortunately, because they were so concerned with Hadleyburg’s reputation they paid little attention to outsiders. When they accidentally offend a passing stranger, the town’s nineteen most well-respected members (known as the “Nineteeners”) find themselves led
into corruption by the stranger who has vowed revenge and wants to show them as immoral and dishonest people.
Jeff Kraus Performance Scholarship Winner
An actress and physical theatre performer for many years before becoming an audiobook narrator, Holly Adams began her VO career doing radioplays , which she still loves. Holly’s early childhood in the South before moving to the Midwest then Northeast means she has a range of natural dialects, and her theatre training enhanced her skill with them. A proud SAG-AFTRA member, Holly continues to divide her time between stage, circus, fim and VO work. No matter what she is doing she loves telling stories, and believes in the power of the arts to compel discovery, understanding, and transformation.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Written in 1865, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is full of wit, dry humor, and warm humanity, as an older 'garrulous' gentleman recounts the exploits of Jim Smiley and his magnificent frog. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Jeff Kraus Performance Scholarship Winner
Since she was five, Leslie has performed in local and regional theater – studying, then teaching ballet; singing and dancing her way through such venues as the Dallas Summer Musicals; outdoor summer stock musicals; roller-disco (that doesn’t date her at all); local Equity theaters and melodrama houses; even, working for several years as a magician’s assistant in the Renaissance Festival circuit.
During a 25-year hiatus Leslie’s life was then thoroughly filled raising two sons, and, through her jewelry business, developing and designing the world’s first line of fashion jewelry featuring braille. In 2010, she won the Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt People’s Choice Award, and American Printing House for the Blind Best Use of Braille award, for her original design, the Braille Alphabet bracelet.
In 2014, returning to her performance roots as a voice actor, Leslie worked as a volunteer audiobook and on-air reader for Austin Information Radio Services (AIRS/Dallas), North Texas Radio for the Blind/Reading and Radio Resources, as well as a live-performance/in-show (opera/theater/movies) describer. She is proud to have recently completed her first audio book, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, published by the fine folks at McMillan, and excitedly looking forward to more audiobook narration. (Oh, and as a medical narrator, words like acrocephalosyndactyly just trip off her tongue!)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
This novel, published in 1889, is the tale of a Yankee who is carried back in time to Britain in the Middle Ages. In it, Twain extols American ingenuity and democratic values in contrast to the superstitious incompetence of Arthur’s feudal monarchy.
Alice Anne English
Alice Anne English is an audiobook narrator and member of the HEAR Now board. She misses the chance to see her sister in KC this year, but is happy to be able to share a favorite piece of Twain.
What if Eve, the mother of all humankind, had blogged? What if she had shared her discoveries of the newly formed world, her experiments as the first scientist, and her travels as the first explorer?
Friday, June 12, 2020
Born in snowy Michigan, I’ve always loved creating things. At my 4th grade birthday party I wrote a play and made all my friends participate in it. (No performance = no cake.)
Comedy is my main thing; I also do voiceovers, TV and film. Notable roles include a harried employee on Stevie TV; being the voice of Google Pixel 4’s online help; and voicing a princess in an upcoming animated film. My comedy podcast, Ex Pat, is out now.
When I’m not creating, I’m playing in a dodgeball league or geeking out over tabletop and video games.
Recollections of Joan of Arc Part One
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Part One. France and England are at war,
and Joan’s village of Domremy has been destroyed. In this chapter, Joan receives her divine
commission to save France.
Larry Oliver has been a working professional Voice Over and Narrator for nearly 10 years. In addition to having over 50 audiobooks under his belt, narrates e-learning, training and documentary projects as well as commercial projects and explainer videos for many clients who are household brands here and abroad. He can be heard in various audio-drama/podcasts, and video games.
To Woman an Irregular Toast
My reading: To Woman: An Irregular Toast was delivered January 11, 1868 to a room full of journalists at their annual anniversary dinner gathering in Washington DC, The Washington Correspondents’ Club. This appeared in the Washington Star shortly after the event. One can hear Twain’s continuing evolution relative to Woman.
Dan Ware has been a professional journalist and communicator in Albuquerque, New Mexico for more than 20 years. His work includes radio and television news, public relations, educational programs, copy writing and voiceover. An active member of local community theater scene, he has had roles in plays such as Deathtrap, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, M*A*S*H*, Black Coffee, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Under Milkwood. With his wife Rhonda, he currently helps co-host Radio Theater on Albuquerque public radio station KUNM.
Advice to Little Girls
Advice to Little Girls, written by Twain in 1865, is a sharp, sardonic twist on traditional advice given to children about how to behave. Whether or not he intended actual little girls to heed his advice, it’s clear that he deeply respected children and was one not to talk down to them. Rather, he wanted them to learn and think for themselves.
Byron Wagner has been doing voiceover since age 13, engineered and produced records with Springsteen, Midler and Dylan in the 80's, and implemented and patented the first commercial ISDN codec in '92. He enjoys crafting memorable results for global audiobook clients from his studios in Los Angeles and Ra’anana, Israel, and travels extensively. His recent narration titles include "Brave Genius", a covert WWII history of two best friends in the French Resistance who eventually became Nobel laureates in unrelated fields, "River Rules", a small-town environmental suspense novel, and Al Roker's "Storm of the Century: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900". He's just directed and recorded celebrity author Rob Angel (the creator of Pictionary) for Rob's new autobiography, "Game Changer".
The First Woman in Nevada (1:30)
Everyone finds Mark Twain's east coast humor funny, of course but he also spent considerable time in the southwest. His accounts of life there can be touching as well as humorous.
Buying Gloves in Gibraltar (3:00)
Here is another of Mark Twain's droll satires that display his (and our) human weaknesses, particularly the pride of a young man when confronted by unexpected compliments from a lady.
Speech on the Babies (6:57)
Back in 1879, Mark Twain didn't have a PowerPoint presentation, and he didn't need it. Here is a speech, about babies, of all things, given at a dinner where Civil War hero and future president Ulysses S. Grant was the guest of honor. As you hear it, you can almost hear the laughter getting louder and louder.
A relative newcomer to audio drama and production, Rhonda Sigler-Ware is thrilled to be part of 2020’s Hear Now Festival. As an educator for almost 20 years, Rhonda has always focused on the importance of the arts in education, and has been an active participant in community theater, both on stage and behind the curtain. She currently volunteers as one of the hosts of Radio Theater on KUNM - Albuquerque with her husband, Dan.
A Murder, A Mystery, A Marriage
A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage was written by Mark Twain in 1876; however, an authorized edition was not published until 2001. It is a short story that details the intentions of simple farmer, John Gray to marry his daughter, Mary off to the richest family in the town of Deer Lick, Missouri. A will and the sudden appearance of a foreigner derail his plans and lead to murder.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Rob Alvey has a unique and uncanny resemblance to the elder version of Mark Twain and has performed original material on Mark Twain in humorous and entertaining lectures for charitable events over the last decade in NY. His commentaries include personal perspectives on being mistaken for Samuel Clemens as well as observations Mark Twain would make on today's society. Rob WAS a scientist with the USEPA and an adjunct professor with York College in NYC.
Teri Clark Linden
Teri Clark Linden is an American Actress, Voice-Over Performer and Audiobook Narrator living in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with her husband, son, 2 German Shepherd Dogs and 2 cats. She serves on the Ohio-Pittsburgh SAG-AFTRA Board, the Audiobook Publisher Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee and is a Juror for the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Voice Arts Awards. When not using her voice for performance, she can be heard cheering for her son at his hockey games. This is Teri’s first Hear Now Festival and she could not be more enthusiastic about her premier venture into Mark Twain’s stories and spoken word performance.
Eve's Diary Part 1
EVE’S DIARY is a comic short story by Mark Twain. It was first published in the 1905 Christmas issue of the magazine Harper’s Bazaar, and in book format in June 1906 by Harper and Brothers publishing house.
Steve White has spent most of his adult life behind a microphone. He graduated with a communications degree from Appalachian State and ventured into radio and TV. He worked as a journalist for radio and
television stations in North Carolina before transitioning to voiceover. Steve has produced more than 60 audiobooks in a variety of genres. He’s never been much for awards, probably due to the fact he’s never won any but he loves the challenge of delving into new characters. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, their two boys, and a pair of beagles.
Originally published in 1893, The Californian’s Tale contrasts the promise of Manifest Destiny from years past with the harsh realities of the present. All that remains in a once vibrant area are some ramshackle cabins and a few remaining men too tarnished by failure to go back home. Our narrator happens upon one of these ‘living dead’ who is anxious for his wife’s return from a long journey.
A Multiple Audie Finalist, Earphone Awards and SOVAS winner, Hillary Huber has narrated over 500 audiobooks spanning a variety of genres. She particularly enjoys thrillers and historical fiction. She has a BA in English Literature and is a voracious reader and listener of audiobooks. Having been raised in conservative Connecticut and hippy Hawaii has provided Hillary with a unique perspective. She now splits her time between Santa Monica and NY. Most of that time is spent in a small 4x4 cell… er, booth!
In which Huck and Tom gaslight Aunt Sally!
As an avid consumer of words, Lisa has always loved absorbing all sorts of stories and knowledge. This, along with an interest in language and puzzles, led to Philosophy and English degrees before a career in business.
Once she discovered narrating audiobooks from a home studio was a thing, she dove in. Prior acting, singing, and sound experience helped to establish a solid foundation.
When not narrating or honing her craft, she can usually be found hanging with cats and a book or meandering through the woods.
In Defense of Harriet Shelley
What horrors caused Percy Bysse Shelley to leave his first wife? In Defense of Harriet Shelley is Mark Twain's gallant attempt to counter the published account of Shelley's abandonment of Harriet. This excerpt delineates the rationale the biographer states for the abandonment and Twain proceeds to discuss and discount each.