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$195.00 an Hour? What???

Contributed by Kathleen Mulligan on 09/24/13 

 Award winning audio book performer to give workshop on recording audio books on Monday, September 30 at 4pm in the Dillingham Center.

 If you have ever been curious about the world of audio books, join us in the Department of Theatre Arts for a workshop with award winning audio book performer Malcolm Hillgartner and his wife Jahnna Beecham (who  directs audio book recordings.) The interactive workshop will be held in Dillingham studio 4 from 4-6 PM on Monday, 9/30. IC community members interested in individual work with the team should sign up in the basement of Dillingham on the "Audition Notices" board (8 slots available) and prepare  a piece of fiction (approximately 500 words)  that preferably contains dialogue.  All are welcome to observe. Bring your questions! Feel free to come late or leave early, if necessary.


"Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner met while acting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, were married onstage in Seattle and have built a life together in the arts. They have worn many hats: actors, directors, authors, producers, composers, audiobook narrators and playwrights. Their musicals Chaps!, Dogpark, Holmes and Watson Save the Empire, and They Came from Way Out There have been produced by Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Barter Theatre and many others. They have  written 130 novels for children and young adults, including the best-selling series The Jewel Kingdom, Bad News Ballet and Love Letters. They produced, scripted, and Jahnna directed, The Ruby Princess Runs Away, which won Best Picture at the 2001 Burbank Int’l Children’s Film Festival. They’ve also written weekly columns for Sesame Street Parents Magazine, PC games for Trilobyte/Virgin Games, and Parents and Teachers Choice Award-winning learning programs for Hooked on Phonics. Jahnna continues to direct professionally, while Malcolm is an Earphones and Audie Award-winning narrator of over 95 audiobooks. (Just this week he received an Earphone award for the book, Kissinger by Walter Isaacson.) They have raised two children throughout it all and have never stopped acting on the stage. Most recently they appeared as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Michigan. They live in Ashland, Oregon and are currently at Smith College developing their new musical adaptation of Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin's children's book, The Doll People"

This workshop is made possible through grants from the Department of Theatre Arts Guest Artist Fund and an Educational Grant Initiative



Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kathleen Mulligan at or (607) 274-3927. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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