Audio Under the Stars

a summer-long audio festival

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Nine years ago, Audio Under the Stars made its debut in Durham. From that first night to today, we’ve been awed and humbled by your enthusiasm and unwavering support.

We’ve been a little quiet lately, but want to let you know we’ve been busy behind the scenes. After much reflection on the past few years, we realized we needed to step back from live events for a moment and spend 2023 focused on strategic planning.

We’re looking to build relationships with potential funders, audio producing organizations, venues, and local volunteers to make sure AUTS is sustainable in the future. If this is you, (or if you’d like to contribute in another capacity), please reach out to us at We are already laying the groundwork for events in 2024 and would love to add more voices to that conversation.

We always treasure audience feedback, so if you have ever taken a moment to dream big AUTS dreams, we’d love to know what you imagine. (And if you’re so inclined, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.

Thank you for sharing your ears, your company, and your hearts all these years. We can’t wait to listen with you again soon.

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)



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

“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.

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)

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

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