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The Ghastly Impermanence: Around the Audioverse

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It’s been awhile.

I’ve spent a lot of the last year listening, but not much writing about audio drama. I aim now to catch up.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the year listening to German language Hörspiel, particularly the SWR2 Tandem series which deserves an entry of its own. I’ve also stayed in tune with Polish, Swedish, Irish, and British audio drama, as well as the collective efforts of the African Radio Drama Association. My thoughts on those matters will surface soon, as well as some thoughts on audio drama books and such, and a personal narrative of mine from sitting on a panel about audio drama for the Dramatists Guild a little while back.

For now, though, I am taking it easy and sticking with the subject of American audio drama. Specifically, the Audio Verse Awards.

The list of 2016 Audio Verse Award winners debuted a couple weeks ago. I have spent the intermediate time listening to both winners and nominees and forming my thoughts. While I certainly have opinions on the matter, for the time being I will simply pass on their list of winners without comment. Comment will come soon enough.

Here you go.


The 2016 Audio Verse Award Winners

Music

Best Original Composition in a Short form Production
Return Home Theme by Kori Celeste

Best Original Composition in a Long form, Small Cast Production
The Kraken by Sara Fairchild

Best Original Composition in a Long form, Large Cast Production
Rainbow Magic Kittens Theme by Ruth Weber

Audio Engineering

Best Audio Engineering of an Original, Self-contained Production
Catherine Rinella for Last Transmission

Best Audio Engineering of an Original, Ongoing, Short Form Production
Mischa Stanton for The Bright Sessions

Best Audio Engineering of an Original, Ongoing, Long Form Production
Mischa Stanton for Ars Paradoxica

Best Audio Engineering of a Fan/Adaptation Production
Roger Payton, Hannah Parsons, Eric Scull, Dan Granata for Improvised Star Trek

Writing

Best Writing of an Original, Short Form, Self-contained Production
Jim McDoniel for Last Transmission

Best Writing of an Original, Long Form, Self-contained Production
Meredith Powell Carroll and Ted Wenskus for Take It or Weave It

Best Writing of an Original, Short Form, Ongoing Production
Lauren Shippen for The Bright Sessions

Best Writing of an Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Ongoing Production
Kelsey Leigh, Jack Pevyhouse, Achitha Sanganeethy, and Shannon Sawyer for Jim Robbie and the Wanderers

Best Writing of an Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Ongoing Production
Daniel Manning, Mischa Stanton, Julian Mundy, Tau Zaman, Danielle Shemaiah Pointer and Eli Barraza for Ars Paradoxica

Best Writing of a Fan/Adaptation Production
Nicholas Arganbright for The Magically Unauthorized Misadventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

Shows

Best Original, Short Form, Self-contained Production
Last Transmission

Best Original, Long Form, Self-contained Production
Jim Nolan, Private Eye

Best Original, Short Form, Small Cast, Ongoing, Comedic Production
Welcome To Night Vale

Best Original, Short Form, Small Cast, Ongoing, Dramatic Production
The Bright Sessions

Best Original, Short Form, Large Cast, Ongoing Production
Our Fair City

Best Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Ongoing, Comedic Production
Hello, From the Magic Tavern

Best Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Ongoing, Dramatic Production
Wolf 359

Best Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Ongoing, Comedic Production
Wooden Overcoats

Best Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Ongoing, Dramatic Production
Ars Paradoxica

Best Original Anthology/Variety Show
Uncanny County

Best New Original, Short Form, Small Cast, Ongoing Production
The Bright Sessions

Best New Original, Short Form, Large Cast, Ongoing Production
It’s All Been Done Radio Hour

Best New Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Ongoing Production
The Penumbra Podcast

Best New Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Ongoing Production
Ars Paradoxica

Best Fan/Adaptation Production
The No Sleep Podcast

Acting

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original, Short Form, Self-contained Production
Christina Yoho as Professor Raleigh in Last Transmission

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Self-contained Production
Ella Polischeck as Amber in Scary Ride

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Self-contained Production
Nicole Greevy as Sally in A Thing for Machines

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original Ensemble Role for a Short Form Production
Lauren Shippen as Sam in The Bright Sessions

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original Ensemble Role for a Long Form Production
Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs as Captain Isabel Lovelace in Wolf 359

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original Supporting Role for a Short Form Production
Bridget Farmer as Narrator in Return Home

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original Supporting Role for a Long Form, Small Cast Production
Michaela Swee as Hera in Wolf 359

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original Supporting Role for a Long Form, Large Cast Production
Amber Lee Connors as Emma Grayson in The Elysium Project

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original Leading Role for a Short Form Production
Julia Morizawa as Dr. Bright in The Bright Sessions

Best Performance of an Actress in an Original Leading Role for a Long Form Production
Emma Sherr-Ziarko as Renee Minkowski in Wolf 359

Best Performance of an Actress in a Fan/Adaptation Production
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King in Improvised Star Trek

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original, Short Form, Self-contained Production
Jordan Shear as Samuel in Last Transmission

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Self-contained Production
Zane Austin as Nathan in Scary Ride

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Self-contained Production
Andrew Kaempfer as Orson Welles in The Boy Who Cried Martian

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Ensemble Role for a Short Form Production
Briggon Snow as Caleb Michaels in The Bright Sessions

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Ensemble Role for a Long Form Production
Chris O’Connor as Jeff Gibson in Geek By Night

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Supporting Role for a Short Form Production
Forrest Orta as Buddy in Return Home

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Supporting Role for a Long Form, Small Cast Production
Zach Libresco as Warren Kepler in Wolf 359

Best Comedic Performance of an Actor in an Original Supporting Role for a Long Form, Large Cast Production
Derek Elwood as Martin Mann in MarsCorp

Best Dramatic Performance of an Actor in an Original Supporting Role for a Long Form, Large Cast Production
Matt Shipman as Nick Landon in The Elysium Project

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Leading Role for a Short Form Production
Jeff Heimbuch as Jonathan Barker in Return Home

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Leading Role for a Long Form, Small Cast Production
Zach Valenti as Doug Eiffel in Wolf 359

Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Leading Role for a Long Form, Large Cast Production
Felix Trench as Rudyard Funn in Wooden Overcoats

Best Performance of an Actor in a Fan/Adaptation Production
Matt Young as Capt. Julius Valentine Baxter in Improvised Star Trek

Thus spake the Audio Verse listeners. Me? I have other ideas–but that is for next time.


Omar Willey was born at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Seattle and grew up near Lucky Market on Beacon Avenue. He believes Seattle is the greatest city on Earth and came to this conclusion by travelling much of the Earth. He is a junior member of Lesser Seattle and, as an oboist, does not blow his own trumpet. Contact him at omar [at] seattlestar [dot] net