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Thursday, June 7
 

9:00am

2018 HEAR Now Festival Store & Office
T-shirts, Festival Guides, Maps and more can be found at the HEAR Now Festival store.

Thursday June 7, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Communicating Through Story-telling: Raising Our Voices and Extending Our Vocal Lives
Limited Capacity seats available

Technological advances in the fields of communication and performance have, for the most part, served us well. But recent developments have many people in the arts suddenly wondering: might the very technologies we've been using to enhance our skills eventually replace us? With the exponential development of computer softwares that are replicating human expression (vocally, physically, and emotionally), performers face the very real possibility of being absorbed, altered, and perhaps, in time, altogether erased.

Tuning Our Instruments:
It is imperative for us to continue developing our skills, expanding the capabilities of our instrument, and finding the nuances and shades of expression that are uniquely human. We want to discuss the relevance of real experience vs a virtualized one. Does it matter? "The Matrix" moment for the performance arts is upon us and we must address it before we find ourselves catapulted into a future that favors cost-saving commercial enterprise over real human exchange, connection, and performance.

This 2.5 hour session will be a workshop for participants interested in expanding their relationship to the spoken word and addressing the concerns that new technology brings. During the session we will challenge established patterns (vocal, physical, and emotional) that prevent us from furthering our overall expression; discover ways to move through roadblocks, preventatives, and conflicts that limit the creative process; and open up our understanding of, and agility with, words and language, so that we can identify the vocal energies that create and enhance our communication.

Participants will have the opportunity to have a one hour private follow-up session with Geof during the Festival from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

There is the possibility that a small group of artists from this session might perform The Pledge of Allegiance at the Saturday night closing showcase -- AUDIO Tonight!

Participation in this program is included with the purchase of any HEAR Now FULL Festival Pass or Featured Artist Festival Pass, or can be taken alone for a fee of $50.00 for the session. HEAR Now Festival performers are also welcome as their schedules and space allows. 

Space is limited for this program so be sure to reserve your space today!

Geof Prysirr is an educator, mentor, and coach in the fields of Acting, Communication Arts, and Business Management Within The Law. He has taught at over forty academic institutions, worked with dozens of corporations, and coached thousands of actors and artists. He leads workshops/seminars, gives private instruction, and works within a diverse community of lawyers, performers, artists, children/adolescents, sales associates, teachers, and corporate professionals. Whether working with individuals or in a group setting, whether developing professional or personal communication skills, he is known for his entertaining, playful, and captivating style.

Thursday June 7, 2018 10:00am - 12:30pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
NATF presents Workshop 101 at the HEAR Now Festival. This workshop is a crash course in audio theater. In three and a half days, NATF's instructors will take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works. Participants will create or adapt a script that will be performed, directed and acted by the Workshop 101 participants on the final day of the festival. Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.  Over the last three decades NATF, and its faculty, have been producing audio theater workshops nationally. Workshop 101 reflects that knowledge in a tight program that will give participants better understanding on how to create their own audio theater projects.


Workshop 101 meets daily from 10:15am - 5:00pm.

Kc Wayland of Wayland Productions leads the group.


Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer

SFX Artist / Writer
Workship 101 Faculty, 1917 6/10, AUDIO Tonight! 6/10Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught at IndianaUniversity, Michigan University, and Kansas City Art... Read More →
avatar for Bob Kaliban

Bob Kaliban

Actor
Workshop 101; MC nightly Celebrating Mark Twain!; ShakesRumble 6/9Bob 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... Read More →
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Great Northern Audio Theatre
Workshop 101 Faculty; Podcaster Roundtable 6/9
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC 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... Read More →

Thursday June 7, 2018 10:00am - 4:45pm
Simpson House 4509 Walnut 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 7, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Workshop 102: Connecting Creators and Audience
Workshop 102 meets daily from 10:00am - 5:00pm.



Thursday June 7, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

12:00pm

Virtual Reality Demo
Thursday June 7, 2018 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Holliday Inn Lobby 1 East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

12:00pm

PODCAST PALOOZA BEGINS
PODCAST PALOOZA on-line programs! Running June 7 - August 1, 2018.

While at HEAR Now network and meet with other featured festival artists who are being heard on this year's Podcast  Palooza's GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE pages.

NATF Playhouse Featured Artist's PLATNIUM PAGE opens Monday June 11, 2018 and runs through August 1, 2108.

Thursday June 7, 2018 12:00pm - 11:59pm
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room
  • For Program Information: www.hearnowfestival.org

5:15pm

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 7th, from 5:15pm-6:00pm, and running through Saturday, June 9th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor Cafe Caliban.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2018’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!; ShakesRumble 6/9Bob 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... Read More →

Thursday June 7, 2018 5:15pm - 6:00pm
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 6th annual Festival with examples of INNOVATION in the world of audio story-telling. New technologies and story-telling techniques will be highlighted.

 MC/Host: Angela Elam
“The Sound of Future Reality  - When Literary Classics, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality Meet.”
Presented by Dr. Ken Perlin, the Oscar-winning founding director of New York University’s Media Research Lab, as well as a computer science professor at the school.

Thursday June 7, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

9:00pm

Mark Time Awards
David Ossman and Phil Proctor, along with special Firesign guests, present the 22nd annual awards for best audio theatre production in English.

Moderators
avatar for David Ossman

David Ossman

David Ossman is a comedian and a character actor (Firesign Theatre, A Bug’s Life, The Tick) having received 3 Grammy nominations for his work with Firesign.
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Philip Proctor

Firesign Theater
Mark Time Awards - Thursday, June 7 9:00pm / NATF Playhouse - Friday June 8, 12-1:30pm / AUDIO Tonight! - Saturday June 9Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre, although his career... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer

SFX Artist / Writer
Workship 101 Faculty, 1917 6/10, AUDIO Tonight! 6/10Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught at IndianaUniversity, Michigan University, and Kansas City Art... Read More →
avatar for Rich Fish

Rich Fish

Mark Time Awards 6/7; Blood Cotton - National WWI Museum 6/9Richard Fish has worked in audio theatre since 1970. He’s an actor and musician who became a writer, producer, director, teacher, engineer, Foley artist, journalist, broadcaster, publisher, and salesman.He helped found... Read More →
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Melinda Petersen

Workshop 101 Performance / Casting FacultyMelinda Peterson has been a professional actor for over 45 years and after slogging through 20 of them, she was introduced to audio theatre when she played all 17 of the female roles in Proctor & Bergman’s Power which aired on NPR... Read More →
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Brian Price

Great Northern Audio Theatre
Workshop 101 Faculty; Podcaster Roundtable 6/9
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Jerry Stearns

Great Northern Audio Theatre



Thursday June 7, 2018 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 7, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

12:00am

Midnight Listening -- Nairobi Jack: The Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani
Nairobi Jack Rackham has a boatload of debt and not enough business coming in to pay it off. Can the Martin Expedition help him and Dusty Jim Slayback out of their jam? Or is the threat of the Zandari too much for the intrepid explorer?

The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company was founded in 1984 by radio personality William L. Brown and actor/director Patrick Stansbury. They incorporated ARTC as a non-profit educational corporation, dedicated to the production and distribution of quality audio drama.



Friday June 8, 2018 12:00am - 1:00am
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room
 
Friday, June 8
 

8:00am

NATF Future Festival Planning Meeting
All those who participate in the June 2018 HEAR Now Festival event, hosted by the National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF), are welcome to give input into the organization's plans for our 2019 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 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Holiday Inn Restaurant / Breakfast Room

9:00am

Narrator'sNarrators of the Round Table: The Audiobook Anti-Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Hosted by P.J. Ochlan and featuring Scott Brick, Steven Jay Cohen, Tavia Gilbert, Dion Graham, Neil Hellegers, Eric Martin, Robin Miles, Donna Postel, and Julia Whelan 
Join Audie Award winner and Deyan Institute co-founder P.J. Ochlan as he presents an experimental and innovative twist on the traditional “panel” with an extraordinary all-star lineup of guests. In a candid conversation, these audiobook luminaries will openly discuss the changing audiobook world, and the creative and technical challenges they face. Sit in on this unique opportunity to engage with virtually all of our special guest narrators.P J Ochlan of the Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology in Los Angeles hosts a roundtable for all interested audio performers and narrators. This session is open to your questions and areas of interest including voice performance and narration training. PJ will be joined by guests narrators.



Moderators
avatar for PJ Ochlan

PJ Ochlan

Narrator / Producer / Educator
Blood Cotton 6/9; ShakesRumble 6/9; AUDIO Tonight 6/9An 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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brick

Scott Brick

Narrator / Educator
Mark Twain Mentor; A STORY WELL TOLD: CELEBRATING THE HUMAN VOICE 6/9Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones... Read More →
avatar for Steve Jay Cohen

Steve Jay Cohen

Spoken Realms
Workshop 102 (Connecting With Your Audience) Lead FacultySteven has been telling stories his whole life. Professionally, since 1991.A narrator, engineer, director, and educator, he work swith students holistically; helping them find an authentic read, streamlining their production... Read More →
avatar for Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

Workshop 101 Faculty; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice  6/9Winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed narrator of more than 500 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the... Read More →
avatar for Dion Graham

Dion Graham

Voice Actor / Director
Director Blood Cotton National World War One Museum and Memorial 6/9Dion Graham from HBO's The Wire, also narrates A & E's The First 48. An award-winning actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series... Read More →
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Neil Hellegers

Voice Actor / Producer
Director ShakesRumble 6/9; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice 6/9Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company... Read More →
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Eric Martin

Narrator's Roundtable 6/8, Producer's Meet & Greet 6/8 & Producer Pitch Panel 6/9 Eric Martin is the Earphones and Audie Award winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks. He narrated and directed the NY Times Monthly Bestselling Audiobook Stinker Lets Loose, also starring Jon Hamm... Read More →
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Robin Miles

Voice Actor / Director, Voxpertise
Blood Cotton - National World War I Museum and Memorial 6/9; ShakesRumble 6/9With more than 200+ audiobook titles, director and Golden Voice, Robin Miles, seems born to do voice work and brings tremendous talent and experience to both sides of the glass. Her awards include multiple... Read More →
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Julia Whelan

Voice Actor
A Story Well Told; Celebrating the Human Voice 6/9, Host AUDIO Tonight! 6/19Julia 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... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

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 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

9:15am

NATF Playhouse: Traveling With Gina's Ghost
Traveling with Gina's Ghost
Many years after the event, a fatal car crash comes back to haunt the sole survivor.
Bill Chessman and Suzan Lorraine of Four Eyed Jacks will present this work.
 


Friday June 8, 2018 9:15am - 9:45am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

9:45am

NATF Playhouse: Salmon's Run
Salmon's Run
Meet Salmon Warzynski, your typical American twenty-something, back in the States after that standard, middle-class, post-graduation trek through Europe.

He never meant to hurt anybody. He only wanted to throw away his cigarette butt. He didn't want to litter. He had no idea what was in that trash can, and he certainly didn't think it would explode, destroying Manhattan's Fulton Street Train Terminal in the process. But it did.

Now, with the NYPD, the CIA, the FBI, the mainstream media, and a band of homegrown terrorists all scrambling to catch him, Salmon must run--run for his life...

Nick Messitte will present this work.


Friday June 8, 2018 9:45am - 10:15am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

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! 6/10Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught at IndianaUniversity, Michigan University, and Kansas City Art... Read More →

Friday June 8, 2018 9:45am - 3:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00am

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
NATF presents Workshop 101 at the HEAR Now Festival. This workshop is a crash course in audio theater. In three and a half days, NATF's instructors will take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works. Participants will create or adapt a script that will be performed, directed and acted by the Workshop 101 participants on the final day of the festival. Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.  Over the last three decades NATF, and its faculty, have been producing audio theater workshops nationally. Workshop 101 reflects that knowledge in a tight program that will give participants better understanding on how to create their own audio theater projects.

Workshop 101 meets daily from 10:15am - 5:00pm.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer

SFX Artist / Writer
Workship 101 Faculty, 1917 6/10, AUDIO Tonight! 6/10Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught at IndianaUniversity, Michigan University, and Kansas City Art... Read More →
avatar for Bob Kaliban

Bob Kaliban

Actor
Workshop 101; MC nightly Celebrating Mark Twain!; ShakesRumble 6/9Bob 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... Read More →
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC 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... Read More →

Friday June 8, 2018 10:00am - 4:45pm
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Workshop 102: Connecting Creators and Audience
Workshop 102 meets daily from 10:00am - 5:00pm.

4pm - 5pm - Meet and Greet for producers and Saturday Pitch Panelists at Holiday Inn Ballroom



Friday June 8, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
All Soul's Education Center Downstairs 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Virtual Reality Demo
Friday June 8, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holliday Inn Lobby 1 East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:30am

NATF Playhouse: Deck the Halls 2: Even Hallsier
Deck the Halls 2: Even Hallsier
Deck the Halls 2: Even Hallsier is a 4-part sequel to Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!)
Last year, Emma met Trip and fell head-over-heels in love. This year, Trip’s plan to propose blows up in his face when his father announces a plan to steal the girls’ wedding business to keep his own hotel chain afloat.

Paula Deming, co-founder of Sassquach Radio, producer of Deck the Halls, and star of Deck The Halls, will present this original work.


Friday June 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

11:00am

NATF Playhouse: The Misadventure of the Disobliging Cadaver (A Holmes Mystery)
The Misadventure of the Disobliging Cadaver
Internationally renowned sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusty cohort in crime-solving, Dr. Watson, discover that sometimes murder can be downright funny!

Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray of The Petaluma Radio Players present this Holmes adventure.


Friday June 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

11:30am

NATF Playhouse: Things To Do With A Wall
Things To Do With A Wall
A satirical and lyrical collage of resisting … THAT wall. Scrawl your name on it, mock it, weep at it--from Borges and Kafka to Humpty Dumpty and our original repartee, Cricket's Bone Caravan psychoanalyzes, vandalizes, and tears down the walls that divide us. Composed originally for live performance at the Fourth Street Festival in Bloomington, this studio recording was created specially for the Hear Now Festival.

Cynthia Wolfe of Loose Lit Media (WFIU-FM) shares this work.


Friday June 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

12:15pm

NATF Playhouse: Celebrating Phil Proctor
Come celebrate the many works of Phil Proctor with HEAR Now. Philip is best known as a voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre, although his career has spanned TV, films and games too! From beginning his career at a very early age to helping co-found the thrice Grammy nominated Firesign Theatre, Phil's work has ranged from film and TV to hundreds of voice overs, including a 14 year run as Howard Deville on animated Rugrats series.

This session will also launch Phil's new podcast series based on his memoir Where's My Fortune Cookie? At 12:30 central time, The PLANET PROCTOR podcast, featuring Episode 1 of Where’s My Fortune Cookie?, will be uploaded live as part this tribute to Phil and his work.
Festival attendees at the session will meet Phil and hear the first Fortune Cookie episode going live. Online listeners will be able to ‘chat’ with him as the program is uploaded or listen anytime thereafter.


Friday June 8, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

2:00pm

NATF Playhouse: The Dracula Radioplay Experience
The Dracula Radioplay Experience"Bram Stoker's Dracula, performed as radio play, complete with voice actors, sfx, and music, and released in podcast format. Follow along with the story, as it progresses through time."

Now, where we differ from traditional readings and reinactments of the book, is that in the original novel the voices, personalities, and experiences of the characters are not always in correct calendar order. They are revealed as they perceive the events. This way the listener is able to experience the the journal entries of that date in 'realtime'.

Join Bonnie Bogovich and Liz Rishel of Cryptic Canticles for a sampling of this series.


Friday June 8, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

2:00pm

Binaural Theater
Among the artists whose work will be heard in binaural are Tom Lopez of ZBS and Tony Winner Gareth Fry of Broadway's The Encounter.

Friday - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday - Noon - 5:00pm

Making this year's binaural listening special will be dedicated wired headphones for the audience. Curated by Marta Olko (NYU PhD student in sound design) the program has been created to give audience members an opportunity to hear drama, sound design, and music via the more immersive binaural listening experience.
The Binural Theatre is available to those with an ALL ACCESS (or FEATURED ARTIST) pass. Tickets are $5.00 for the general public and can be purchased on-line in advance or at the door
        Special thanks to Sennheiser-Neumann for their additional support of this program.

Friday June 8, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

2:15pm

NATF Playhouse: Time Trip
Time Trip!

An original Sci-fi serial following the adventures of Private Trip Timeskipper as he trips through time. An unfortunate accident in Dr. Meira Bitterman's lab hurls Trip into the quantum plane. Now he must find his way back home with the help of Friends and Family, or remain lost in the void of time forever.

Join Orlando Segarra and Gabe Templin as they share Private Trip Timeskipper's tale.


Friday June 8, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

2:45pm

NATF Playhouse: Brad Lansky And The Result War
Brad Lansky And The Result War
The Rogue Planet missed Earth by a few thousand kilometers and quickly receded into the blackness of space.

The Sleepers, the smartest form of biological life ever encountered, showed no interest in Earth and shunned all communication, even with GAIA.

The massive object deflected Earth inward, toward the Sun.
Earth’s new orbit is elliptical - a colossal shock for every creature.

For those who cling to life, the new normal means long dismal winters, punctuated by short summers of searing heat.
Worst of all, the new orbit is chaotic, because it gets too close to Venus.

All of humanity is anxiously looking at GAIA to restore certainty, and with it, hope.

Join Dieter Zimmermann as he shares the newest installment in the Brad Lansky series.


Friday June 8, 2018 2:45pm - 3:10pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

3:10pm

NATF Playhouse The Legend of Belladonna - Natural Born Outlaws
The Legend of Belladonna - Natural Born OutlawsShe is known by many names; Deadly Nightshade, The Devil’s Daughter, Belladonna. Taken in as a girl by the legendary outlaws known as the Wolf Pack, Annabelle Stark becomes a woman to be reckoned with and a legend in her own right. When her husband Joshua is gunned down in cold blood by former friends, Belle and the Wolf Pack hit the trail in search of their own brand of justice.

Along the way, they enlist the help of some unlikely allies; U.S. Marshal Ben Davidson and Deputy Marshal Zeke Warren. But much to their dismay, the trail of revenge takes them closer and closer to the criminal mastermind, Vasquez. According to legend, Belladonna cannot be killed. Will the legend prove false?

Scott McCormick from Graphic Audio will present this production.


Friday June 8, 2018 3:10pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

4:00pm

NATF Playhouse: The Tale of a Pie, from The Uncommercial Traveler
The Tale of a Pie, from The Uncommercial TravelerThe Uncommercial Traveller is a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences written by Charles Dickens. According to Dikens, a pie is not always just a pie.

Although a solo voice read by JJ Reap the variety of characters created would make you think this was a multi-cast production.

Join narrator JJ Reap for this entertaining reading.


Friday June 8, 2018 4:00pm - 4:10pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

4:00pm

Producers Meet & Greet
Producer's Meet & Greet  is for Workshop 101 & 102 Participants
and Podcast Palooza Producers (as space allows)
This is your opportunity to meet with representatives from Author's Republic, Blackstone Publishing, Findaway Voices, and SAG-AFTRA, as well as experienced producers like Eric Martin. Share a refreshment and learn who to talk to when presenting your work.

This session is followed up by a more formal Pitch Panel, Saturday, June 9, from 3:00-4:30 in the Holiday In Board Room.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Jay Cohen

Steve Jay Cohen

Spoken Realms
Workshop 102 (Connecting With Your Audience) Lead FacultySteven has been telling stories his whole life. Professionally, since 1991.A narrator, engineer, director, and educator, he work swith students holistically; helping them find an authentic read, streamlining their production... Read More →
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC 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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Barney

Bryan Barney

Blackstone Publishing
At Blackstone Publishing Bryan -Oversees audiobook production at Blackstone Audio-Casts and produces approx. 900 titles per year-Does In-studio direction and engineering-Mixing & Mastering for advanced projects
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Richard Larkin

SAG-AFTRA
avatar for Kelly Lytle

Kelly Lytle

Findaway Voices
Kelly leads author and partner services for Findaway Voices, an audiobook creation and distribution platform from Findaway. He works closely with independent authors and small to mid-sized publishers to connect them with a community of world-class narrators, create audiobooks... Read More →
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Eric Martin

Narrator's Roundtable 6/8, Producer's Meet & Greet 6/8 & Producer Pitch Panel 6/9 Eric Martin is the Earphones and Audie Award winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks. He narrated and directed the NY Times Monthly Bestselling Audiobook Stinker Lets Loose, also starring Jon Hamm... Read More →
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Darren Spears

General Manager, Author's Republic
Darren Speers is the General Manger of Author’s Republic, where he directs strategic partnerships and oversees day-to-day operations. Darren has worked in the audiobook industry since 2012, where he first began as a content ingestion associate for Audiobooks.com. After several... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Findaway Voices - Will Dages

Head of Findaway Voices, Findaway Voices
Will Dages is Head of Findaway Voices and is excited to talk about audiobooks!


Friday June 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

4:00pm

ABR AWARDS - REHEARSAL
If you are presenting at the ABR Audiobook Awards, please join our technical crew at Bragg Auditorium for the rehearsal for the show.

This is a CLOSED REHEARSAL for the ABR AWARDS host and presenters only. For more information contact producer Samantha Desz.

Thank you for your understanding.



Friday June 8, 2018 4:00pm - 6:45pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

4:10pm

NATF Playhouse: Bad Egg
Bad EggElena is an adventurer who has hired a guide, Sneedly, to take her to Ulna, a village in the middle of nowhere. Sneedly proves to be a terrible guide, often relying on a box of magic eggs that never hatches the animal spirit that he wants. Both of them have things to hide from each other - particularly Elena, who refuses to explain the reason for her visit to the village, which makes Sneedly very curious....

Host Catherine Rinella of Midnight Audio Theatre (from WCBE 90.5 FM out of Columbus, OH) shares this original tale.

Friday June 8, 2018 4:10pm - 4:30pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

4:30pm

NATF Playhouse: Take it or Weave it
Take it or Weave it
War is afoot in the realm and sisters Hildegard and Prunella are merely trying to support their family as rag and bone collectors--amid fierce competition with an unscrupulous rag-and-bone conglomerate. That all changes when a stranger gives them an item that soon even the highest powers are trying to recover. The king’s wizard wants it. A band of smelly ruffians want it. And the sisters need it to change the fortunes of their struggling family...

Join writer and producer Ted Wenskus of Disturbing Frequencies (out of Rochester, NY) as he presents this tale of magic, mischief, and mayhem.



Friday June 8, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
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 7th, from 5:15pm-6:15pm, and running through Saturday, June 9th, guest narrators read selections from Mark Twain at Prospero's Books (1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO) in their 2nd floor Cafe Caliban.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2018’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!; ShakesRumble 6/9Bob 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... Read More →

Friday June 8, 2018 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

6:30pm

Friday Night Family Fun
The Otherworld Balloon is a live performance that uses the transporting power of sound, voice, and music to explore other worlds— whether of the past, the present, the future, the mythical, or the purely imaginary.  Through books, writers, and the special collections of this magical Library of the Air, we’ll use full strength imagination to fuel the journey. 

David Ossman, comedian and character actor (Firesign Theatre, A Bug’s Life, The Tick) will host the first voyage of the balloon, as it takes off with the letter A for Adventure. The Otherworld Balloon will fly us from the skies above Kansas City to the Sky-lands of the Maori with Amelia Earhardt and Bessie Coleman, to a steamer crossing the Atlantic with Langston Hughes, to the farthest corner of the unknown Oz with Princess Ozma and her Wizard.  All aboard!  The Otherworld Balloon lifts off at the Truman Forman Auditorium, for Family Fun Night, June 8, 6:30 p.m. on the dot. The show will be recorded for future broadcast/podcast with live audience participation in making sound effects. Arrive early to get a good seat and practice your part.  

The Otherworld Balloon is a production of Otherworld Media, an award-winning producer of programs for children and families since 1981. This performance is made possible in part with support from the 2018 HEAR Now Audio Festivals (www.hearnowfestival.org).

Moderators
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Judith Walcutt

Other World Media
Corwin Award Winner Judith Walcutt brings Thursday night's Mark Time Awards & Friday Night Family Fun to this year's HEAR Now Festival.



Friday June 8, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

7:30pm

ABR AUDIOBOOK AWARDS FINALISTS COCKTAIL PARTY
Limited Capacity seats available

ABR AudioBook Listener Awards finalists and presenters meet at Simpson House for a pre-awards Cocktail Party.

General HEAR Now Festival Pass holders are welcome as space allows.


Thanks to GOLD Sponsor AUTHOR'S REPUBLIC


Friday June 8, 2018 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111

8:15pm

ABR AudioBook Listener Awards
Audiobook Reviewer (ABR) has announced finalists for the 1st annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards competition, the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in independently published audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Winners will be revealed at tonight's awards ceremony hosted by internationally acclaimed bestselling author, Jeff Strand.

ABR Finalists will be given priority seating at this event.


Speakers
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Samantha Desz

Producer ABR Audiobook Awards Friday June 8, 2018 8:15pm Bragg Auditorium.



Friday June 8, 2018 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00pm

HEAR Now After Party - Celebrating Audio Fiction
Festival guests and attendees with ALL ACCESS PASSES are welcome to join us at Simpson House after the 1st annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards.

Thanks to Findaway Voices for sponsoring tonight's party. 

Friday June 8, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday June 9, 2018 12:30am
Simpson House 4509 Walnut St Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Saturday, June 9
 

9:00am

PODCAST PALOOZA & The State of Independant Audio Fiction
This panel features a lively discussion led by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns of Great Northern Audio Theatre will discuss the state of producing as an independant.

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
avatar for Brian Price

Brian Price

Great Northern Audio Theatre
Workshop 101 Faculty; Podcaster Roundtable 6/9
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Jerry Stearns

Great Northern Audio Theatre

Saturday June 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

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 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Salon C 1 E 45th St Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Workshop 101: The Dramatic Podcast
NATF presents Workshop 101 at the HEAR Now Festival. This workshop is a crash course in audio theater. In three and a half days, NATF's instructors will take participants through the basics of writing, directing, producing and performing audio theater works. Participants will create or adapt a script that will be performed, directed and acted by the Workshop 101 participants on the final day of the festival. Not only will participants get the opportunity to interact with their accomplished teachers, but they will also get to meet many professionals throughout the field, who can become valued contacts.  Over the last three decades NATF, and its faculty, have been producing audio theater workshops nationally. Workshop 101 reflects that knowledge in a tight program that will give participants better understanding on how to create their own audio theater projects.

Workshop 101 meets daily from 10:15am - 5:00pm.

Moderators
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Tony Brewer

SFX Artist / Writer
Workship 101 Faculty, 1917 6/10, AUDIO Tonight! 6/10Tony Brewer is a poet and sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He has taught andperformed for the National Audio Theatre Festivals since 2001, and has taught at IndianaUniversity, Michigan University, and Kansas City Art... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 10:00am - 4:45pm
All Soul's Education Center Downstairs 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Workshop 102: Connecting Creators and Audience
Workshop 102 meets daily from 10:00am - 5:00pm.

2:30pm - 4pm -  Pitch Panel



Saturday June 9, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:00am

Virtual Reality Demo
Saturday June 9, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holliday Inn Lobby 1 East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

11:00am

A Story Well Told: Celebrating The Human Voice
Scott Brick, Julia Whelan, Tavia Gilbert, and Neil Helligers read from their favorite authors, with host Geof Prysirr.

Moderators
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Geof Prysirr

Communicating Through Story-telling: Raising Our Voices and Extending Our Vocal Lives THURSDAY 6/7 10am-12:30pm / A Story Well Told: Celebrating The Human Voice Saturday 6/9 11am - 12:15pm Technological advances in the fields of communication and performance have, for the most... Read More →

Speakers
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Scott Brick

Narrator / Educator
Mark Twain Mentor; A STORY WELL TOLD: CELEBRATING THE HUMAN VOICE 6/9Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones... Read More →
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Tavia Gilbert

Workshop 101 Faculty; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice  6/9Winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed narrator of more than 500 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the... Read More →
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Neil Hellegers

Voice Actor / Producer
Director ShakesRumble 6/9; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice 6/9Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company... Read More →
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Julia Whelan

Voice Actor
A Story Well Told; Celebrating the Human Voice 6/9, Host AUDIO Tonight! 6/19Julia 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... Read More →



Saturday June 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library

12:00pm

Binaural Theater
Among the artists whose work will be heard in binaural are Tom Lopez of ZBS and Tony Winner Gareth Fry of Broadway's The Encounter

Making this year's binaural listening special will be dedicated wired headphones for the audience. Curated by Marta Olko (NYU PhD student in sound design) the program has been created to give audience members an opportunity to hear drama, sound design, and music via the more immersive binaural listening experience.
The Binural Theatre is available to those with an ALL ACCESS (or FEATURED ARTIST) pass. Tickets are $5.00 for the general public and can be purchased on-line in advance or at the door
        Special thanks to Sennheiser-Neumann for their additional support of this program.

Saturday June 9, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Sennheiser Listening Room

1:00pm

Blood Cotton
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 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
National World War I Museum 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:45pm

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 dress rehearsal.

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

Saturday June 9, 2018 2:45pm - 5:45pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

3:15pm

Producers Pitch Panel: Best Way For My Work To Be Heard
Producer's Pitch Panel is for Workshop 101 & 102 Participants
and Podcast Palooza Producers (as space allows)
This is your opportunity to present your work for feedback.Workshop participants are given priority in presenting their programs, with additional producer presentions as time allows.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Jay Cohen

Steve Jay Cohen

Spoken Realms
Workshop 102 (Connecting With Your Audience) Lead FacultySteven has been telling stories his whole life. Professionally, since 1991.A narrator, engineer, director, and educator, he work swith students holistically; helping them find an authentic read, streamlining their production... Read More →
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Kc Wayland

Workshop 101 Lead FacultyKC 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... Read More →

Speakers
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Bryan Barney

Blackstone Publishing
At Blackstone Publishing Bryan -Oversees audiobook production at Blackstone Audio-Casts and produces approx. 900 titles per year-Does In-studio direction and engineering-Mixing & Mastering for advanced projects
avatar for Richard Larkin

Richard Larkin

SAG-AFTRA
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Kelly Lytle

Findaway Voices
Kelly leads author and partner services for Findaway Voices, an audiobook creation and distribution platform from Findaway. He works closely with independent authors and small to mid-sized publishers to connect them with a community of world-class narrators, create audiobooks... Read More →
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Narrator's Roundtable 6/8, Producer's Meet & Greet 6/8 & Producer Pitch Panel 6/9 Eric Martin is the Earphones and Audie Award winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks. He narrated and directed the NY Times Monthly Bestselling Audiobook Stinker Lets Loose, also starring Jon Hamm... Read More →
avatar for Darren Spears

Darren Spears

General Manager, Author's Republic
Darren Speers is the General Manger of Author’s Republic, where he directs strategic partnerships and oversees day-to-day operations. Darren has worked in the audiobook industry since 2012, where he first began as a content ingestion associate for Audiobooks.com. After several... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Findaway Voices - Will Dages

Findaway Voices - Will Dages

Head of Findaway Voices, Findaway Voices
Will Dages is Head of Findaway Voices and is excited to talk about audiobooks!


Saturday June 9, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Holiday Inn Board Room

5:15pm

Celebrating Mark Twain at Prospero's Books
Each night, beginning on Thursday, June 7th, 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 Cafe Caliban.

With support from SAG/AFTRA, 2018’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!; ShakesRumble 6/9Bob 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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brick

Scott Brick

Narrator / Educator
Mark Twain Mentor; A STORY WELL TOLD: CELEBRATING THE HUMAN VOICE 6/9Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones... Read More →


Saturday June 9, 2018 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

6:15pm

Booksigning with David Ossman & Phil Proctor
The book signing will happen in the Main Lobby outside Bragg Auditorium.



Saturday June 9, 2018 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

7:15pm

ShakesRumble
Director Neil Hellegers leads the HEAR Now Festival's Shakespeare Company: Scott Brick, Robin Miles, Tavia Gilbert, Julia Whelan, P. J. Ochlan, Samantha Desz, Donna Postel, and Delaney Cinnamon.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 7:15pm - Bragg Auditorium Lobby

More than 400 years after they were first quilled, the plays and poems of William Shakespeare are part of the fabric of our literary and performance culture, ranging from movies to plays to coffee mugs to memes. This is all the more of a phenomenon considering that originally, the only way to witness these stories was in person, being directly addressed by the original company themselves. As part of the Hear Now Festival's continuing celebration and exploration of how the spoken words of William Shakespeare reach us, through means both classic and modern, we are getting back to that Direct Address...and then, to paraphrase a bit, we shalt prepare to Rumble...!
Yea, verily! Prepare thyselves for the dramatic event of the year, as the Company of actors deploy an array of soliloquies for your entertainment...and also for domination. Juliet v Henry V! Richard III v Hamlet!! Lady McB takin' out punks like so many damn'd spots! Come to Kansas City for the 2018 Hear Now Festival for the First Annual ShakesRumble!! More details to follow!

Moderators
avatar for Neil Hellegers

Neil Hellegers

Voice Actor / Producer
Director ShakesRumble 6/9; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice 6/9Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brick

Scott Brick

Narrator / Educator
Mark Twain Mentor; A STORY WELL TOLD: CELEBRATING THE HUMAN VOICE 6/9Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones... Read More →
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Tavia Gilbert

Workshop 101 Faculty; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice  6/9Winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed narrator of more than 500 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the... Read More →
avatar for Robin Miles

Robin Miles

Voice Actor / Director, Voxpertise
Blood Cotton - National World War I Museum and Memorial 6/9; ShakesRumble 6/9With more than 200+ audiobook titles, director and Golden Voice, Robin Miles, seems born to do voice work and brings tremendous talent and experience to both sides of the glass. Her awards include multiple... Read More →
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PJ Ochlan

Narrator / Producer / Educator
Blood Cotton 6/9; ShakesRumble 6/9; AUDIO Tonight 6/9An 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... Read More →
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Julia Whelan

Voice Actor
A Story Well Told; Celebrating the Human Voice 6/9, Host AUDIO Tonight! 6/19Julia 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... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Samantha Desz

Samantha Desz

Producer ABR Audiobook Awards Friday June 8, 2018 8:15pm Bragg Auditorium.




Saturday June 9, 2018 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

8:30pm

AUDIO Tonight! A Storytellers Cabaret
MC Julia Whelan with special guests David Ossman and Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theater.

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
avatar for Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan

Voice Actor
A Story Well Told; Celebrating the Human Voice 6/9, Host AUDIO Tonight! 6/19Julia 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... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

10:00pm

HEAR Now Dance & After Party - Celebrating Our Audio Artists
Festival guests and attendees with ALL ACCESS PASSES are welcome to join us at CONOVER CAFÉ -- right down the hall from Bragg Auditorium for a drink, a nosh, dance music and lots of networking.

Thanks to Blackstone Publishing for sponsoring tonight's After Party.

Saturday June 9, 2018 10:00pm - Sunday June 10, 2018 1:00am
CONOVER CAFÉ (next to Bragg Auditorium) 4501 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
 
Sunday, June 10
 

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 2018 Norman Corwin Award for Excellance In Audio Theatre caps off the festvities.


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.

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Allen

Cynthia Allen

HEAR Now Festival Director
HEAR Now Festival DirectorShe has been the NATF / HNF Festival Director for over 5 years, assisting program development, fund-raising and helping coordinate Festival event activities. For over 16 years, she has been a new media professor at New York University, teaching such courses... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marjorie Van Halteren

Marjorie Van Halteren

2018 Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio TheatreThe Corwin Award will be presented to Marjorie on Sunday, June 10, at the Festival's Closing Brunch where she will be performing a new work created just for HEAR Now called The Butterfly's Cough, inspired by Fred Allen, who once... Read More →


Sunday June 10, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom One East 45th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111