A headshot image of a young woman with brunette hair, wearing a white t-shirt with headphones around her neck. Her hands are clutching the headphones and her fingernails are painted pink.

This course is an exploration of audio drama, from writing and ideation to production. Through the sessions, we’ll explore writing for the ear, translating theatrical works to the podcast format, and develop skills unique to telling stories in this form. The work will include: in-class writing and listening assignments, discussions on how to tell stories through sound, and some audio production and sharing of work. The course is geared to writers and producers curious about exploring audio drama as a new medium for their work.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants may be asked to write and read material aloud throughout the course and to do assignments between classes. As this is a virtual class a reliable internet connection is ideal. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, and are interested in taking the class, please note it on your application. We are committed to finding an alternate way to facilitate your learning and participation in the class.

To Enroll

Please contact: with a brief description of your experience with audiodrama/podcasting/audio projects and what you’re hoping to get out of the course.

The application deadline for this course is: 5PM on April 2nd, 2021.


Equity/Artist Rate – $50*

Regular Rate – $75

* This artist rate is available to anyone who self-identifies as an artist and/or is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. 

Note: This cost has been reduced from our standard course rate to reflect the economic difficulties many are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also honouring the value of the work of the artist-instructor. 

Dates & Times

4 Sessions from 2:00pm – 4:00pm EST

  • April 10th
  • April 17th
  • May 8th
  • May 15th


Pippa Johnstone is an audio storyteller with a background in theatre. She has produced three seasons of her own podcast, Word Bomb, with TVO, associate produced PlayME, CBC’s audio drama podcast, and works as a story producer with Pacific Content. She has directed several audiobook titles for Penguin Random House, and recently independently produced and narrated the audiobook Watermelon Snow. She runs collective creation in the summer with the Young Company at the Blyth Festival, and is a technical advisor at Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone.

She holds a BFA in theatre from UBC, and an MA in Media Production from Ryerson.