Audio Under the Stars

a summer-long audio festival

2019 Season Dates and Themes

Join us for our 2019 season!

All shows are 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on the lawn at the Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

Night and Day

The world seems different once the sun goes down. Join us at twilight on the summer solstice for an evening of stories about circadian rhythms, midnight adventures, metaphorical darkness and literal sunlight.

Friday, June 21 (Rain date: July 5)

Super/Natural: Stories of Science and the Unknown

From medicine to mysticism, we share stories that explore the boundaries of what we know about the world around us. Expect tales of weird science, dramatic breakthroughs, the power of belief and the allure of the unknown.

Friday, July 26 (Rain date: August 2)

Appetites and Desires

We explore how our needs, both physical and emotional, bring us together and, at times, pit us against each other. Join us for an evening of delicious stories about food, hunger, ambition, and passion.

Friday, August 23 (Rain date: August 30)


This project was supported by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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2019 Call for Stories

Audio Under the Stars, Durham’s summer-long outdoor audio festival, is looking for story pitches and stories for the 2019 season. Submit as many stories as you’d like. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Thursday, February 28.

***Attention North Carolina based producers!!!***
All story pitches and stories submitted by North Carolina producers will be considered for funding thanks to a grant from the Durham Arts Council. If your pitch is selected, we will work with producers to develop their stories during March and April. The deadline for completing these stories will be at the end of May.

What kind of stories are you looking for?

We’re looking for true stories that focus on human relationships with strong characters, a narrative arc, and a clear sense of what’s at stake. Stories can run between 4-12 minutes. We are happy to consider both story pitches (an idea for a story, not yet produced) and already produced pieces. You can submit a story based on our 2019 themes or submit to our miscellanea category.

Ready to pitch?

You can share your story idea or produced story by answering a few simple questions on this form.

The deadline to submit is midnight on Thursday, February 28. Pitch as many stories as you’d like!

Questions? Email us at audiounderthestars@gmail.com.

Here are our themes:

Night and Day
The world seems different once the sun goes down. We’re looking for stories that highlight that contrast, either literally or figuratively. Think lunar cycles, circadian rhythms, morning routines, midnight adventures. From metaphorical darkness to actual sunlight, we want to hear about how time of day affects mood and meaning.

Super/Natural: Stories of Science and the Unknown
From medicine to mysticism, we’re looking for stories that explore the boundaries of what we know about the world around us. Tales of weird science, dramatic breakthroughs, surprising moments from history, and human connections made possible through science are all welcome, as are stories about mysteries, exploration, and the supernatural.

Appetites and Desires
How do our needs, both physical and emotional, bring us together? When do they pit people against others vying for the same resources? We’re looking for stories on food, hunger, ambition, and passion on a personal scale, and as part of larger systems.

Miscellanea
Got a great story or pitch that doesn’t fit the above themes that you think we need to hear? Send it along and we’ll consider it for future AUTS shows.

2018 Season Dates & Themes

All shows are 8pm-10pm on the lawn at the Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, 27705

Connections: Lost and Found

Friday, May 25 (Rain date: Friday, June 1)

 

Awkward

Friday, July 27 (Rain date: Friday, August 3)

 

Superstars: Five Years of Favorites

Friday, August 24 (Rain date: Friday, August 31)

We’ll see you on the lawn! As always, send your questions and comments to audiounderthestars@gmail.com

Call for Pitches: Local Stories for Audio Under the Stars

Audio Under the Stars, Durham’s summer-long outdoor audio festival, is looking to commission compelling local audio stories. If your pitch is selected, we will work with you to develop your story idea or pitch into a produced audio story that will be played at Audio Under the Stars in the 2018 season. Thanks to a grant, we can offer producers $200 upon completion of the story.

What does local mean?

Local, to us, means showcasing the work of producers who live in North Carolina, whether or not your story takes place here. We are always interested in stories about the South that show the richness and complexity of the region. We would especially like to hear the work and the voices of people who are often under-represented in public radio.

Local stories have always been a priority in past seasons, and are among our most popular pieces. You can listen to three examples here:

On the Bus

Pod of Safety

Simple Dreams

Each story hinges on the personal connections between the main characters, and each brings the listener into a world they might not otherwise ever know.

What kind of story ideas are you looking for?

We’re looking for true Southern stories that focus on human relationships, with strong characters, a narrative arc, and a clear sense of what’s at stake. Stories can run between 4-12 minutes. We are happy to consider both pitches and pre-produced pieces.

Ready to pitch?

Pitch us with ideas no later than midnight on Friday, December 22. We will work with producers to develop their stories during January and February. The deadline for completing stories will be at the end of March.

You can share your story concept by answering a few simple questions on this webform.

“Celestial Storytime for Adults”

Audio Under the Stars co-founders Jenny March and Elizabeth Friend sat down with Anita Rao on WUNC’s The State of Things to talk about how AUTS began and where it’s headed (hint: we want be an incubator for local and regional audio story production.)

We were joined by audio producer Trish Tolbert, who shared her experience crafting a piece and hearing it played at AUTS.

Hear the full interview (16 minutes) here.

Listen to Trish’s story, Simple Dreams:

Simple Dreams from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo.

Metamorphosis: Stories of Transformation and Change

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Join us for the first show of our 2017 season!

Metamorphosis: Tales of Transformation and Change
Friday, May 26 (Rain date: Friday, June 2)
8-10 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 West Pettigrew Street, Durham
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Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics. Food and beverages will also be available on-site for purchase.
In case of rain, shows will happen on the stated rain date. Please check our Facebook page for real time updates on weather.

Announcing the 2017 season

It’s hard to believe it’s almost time for our fourth season of Audio Under the Stars. We’re back in 2017 with stories of transformation, life and death, deception, and wildness. Join us! All shows run 8-10 pm. and are at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, located at 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC.

Audio Under the Stars presents

Metamorphosis: Stories of Transformation and Change
Friday, May 26 (Rain date: Friday, June 2)

Skin and Bones: Life, Death, and Everything in Between
Friday, June 23 (Rain date: Friday, July 7)

Deception
Friday, July 28 (Rain date: Friday, August 4)

Wild
Friday, August 25 (Rain date: Friday, September 1)

That’s a Wrap for 2016

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It was another incredible summer for Audio Under the Stars. Four shows, (mostly) great weather, and so many awesome folks! We had a blast sharing stories with you under the stars, and we couldn’t have done it with you. Thank you for coming, and stay tuned for details on next season’s lineup!

In the meantime, you can listen to our selection of local stories on our SoundCloud page.

Destination Unknown: Trips, Travels & Unexpected Journeys

Join us for stories of travel and transformation. We’ll explore sea voyages, hidden tunnels, big dreams, and what it means to leave it all behind.

Friday, June 17, 8-10 pm (Rain date: Saturday, June 25)

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

For the latest updates, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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New Season Starts May 27

Bad Advice & Second Chances

Friday, May 27, 2016 8-10 p.m.

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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