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Synesthesia Theatre

Stories you watch with your ears. A professionally-produced full-cast audio drama podcast presenting 8-12 part serials across a variety of genre and story types, featuring some of Chicago's premier vocal talent.
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Synesthesia Theatre is a podcast project from Burning Brigid Media featuring an anthology series of audio plays, along with interviews with the talent behind the voices.

May 15, 2017

We could use a boost to our publicity, and the Chicago Reader's "Best of Chicago" nominations are now open. The Reader's "Best of Chicago" is an annual special issue of the paper, profiling the "Best of" in various categories, as voted on by their readership. We would really appreciate it if you would nominate Synesthesia Theatre for Best Podcast. Multiple nominations are necessary as only the top four make it to the next round of voting! Nominations close May 19 at noon CT. You do NOT need to live in Chicago to vote. You can nominate us at burningbrigid.com/vote.

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Mar 25, 2017

The outtakes reel for Synesthesia Theatre season two, Cold Reboot, is now available exclusively to our supporters on Patreon.

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Mar 7, 2017

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Meet the cast of Cold Reboot as we discuss the production and behind-the-scenes. In this episode: Amanda Meyer, Kathryn Palmer, Kat O’Connor, and Michael Coorlim.

Show Notes Episode 11

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Synesthesia Theatre is only possible due to support from listeners like you. Want to help us make Season 3 a reality? Support us on Patreon:

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Our cast's upcoming projects:

Amanda Meyer

Kathryn Palmer

Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. Synesthesia Theatre is a Burning Brigid Media production, copyright © 2017. All rights reserved.
Feb 21, 2017

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Meet the cast of Cold Reboot as we discuss the production and behind-the-scenes. In this episode: Chanda Davetas, Ruth Kaufman, C.J. Julianus, Kat O’Connor, and Michael Coorlim.

Show Notes Episode 10

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Synesthesia Theatre is only possible due to support from listeners like you. Want to help us make Season 3 a reality? Support us on Patreon:

Support Synesthesia Theatre

Our cast's upcoming projects:

Chanda Davetas

Ruth Kaufman

Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. Synesthesia Theatre is a Burning Brigid Media production, copyright © 2017. All rights reserved.
Feb 7, 2017

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Erica confronts Georgia for answers about her forgotten past in this heart-pounding conclusion to the Synesthesia Theatre production of Cold Reboot.

Show Notes Episode 9

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Our cast, in order of appearance: Erica Crawford, played by Kat O’Connor Security Guard, played by Jennifer Lenius Georgia Matthews, played by Chanda Davetas Reporter, played by Susan Victoria Thomas Scott Morris, played by Bill Bullock Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. If you like what you hear, please consider clicking on the Support Us button. We'll be your best friend.

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Jan 24, 2017

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Erica and Kate decide to work together to get back at Dae for all that trouble he's caused them. The scamp!

Show Notes Episode 8

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Our cast, in order of appearance: Erica Crawford, played by Kat O’Connor Veer, played by Tommy Malouf Waitress, played by Jennifer Lenius Yeong Dae, played by Archy Jamjun Metra Announcer, played by Bill Bullock Dozing Man, played by Peyton Brown Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. If you like what you hear, please consider clicking on the Support Us button. We'll be your best friend.

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Jan 10, 2017

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Erica turns the tables on her secret "admirers," and comes closer to learning a valuable lesson.

Show Notes Episode 7

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Our cast, in order of appearance: Zehra, played by Susan Victoria Thomas Erica Crawford, played by Kat O’Connor Yosef, played by Vincent Truman Danny, played by Sean Daniel Francis Punga, played by Bill Bullock Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. If you like what you hear, please consider clicking on the Support Us button. We'll be your best friend.

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Dec 27, 2016

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Erica and Ruamano concoct a wacky plan that's so crazy that it just might work.

Show Notes Episode 6

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Our cast, in order of appearance: Ruamano, played by Kathryn Palmer Erica Crawford, played by Kat O’Connor Punga, played by Bill Bullock Grandfather, played by C.J. Julianus ChicagoNet AI, played by Ruth Kaufman Dr. Kozlow, played by Sean Daniel Francis Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. If you like what you hear, please consider clicking on the Support Us button. We'll be your best friend.

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Dec 13, 2016

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Erica nabs a follow-up interview that promises to solve all of her problems! Unfortunately it doesn't go quite as expected.

Show Notes Episode 5

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Our cast, in order of appearance: Ruben, played by C.J. Julianus Erica Crawford, played by Kat O’Connor Adam's Rib AI, played by David Collins-Rivera Adam's Rib Manager, played by Joyce Porter Chris, played by Jennifer Lenius Nurse Carol, played by Amanda Meyer EMS Dispatch, played by Susan Victoria Thomas Dale, played by Bill Bullock Ruamano, played by Kathryn Palmer Punga, played by Bill Bullock Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. If you like what you hear, please consider clicking on the Support Us button. We'll be your best friend.

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Nov 29, 2016

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Erica drifts through the world in a daze, desperately grasping for someone or something to help pull her from dissociated confusion.

Show Notes Episode 4

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Our cast, in order of appearance: Nurse Carol, played by Amanda Meyer Erica Crawford, played by Kat O’Connor Detective Mitchem, played by Peyton Brown Taxi AI, played by Bill Bullock Ruamano, played by Kathryn Palmer Mrs. Karaiti, played by Joyce Porter Scott Morris, played by Bill Bullock Enzo’s AI, played by Vincent Truman ChicagoNet AI, played by Ruth Kaufman Hospital AI, played by Kathryn Palmer June Collins, played by Jennifer Lenius Yeong Dae, played by Archy Jamjun Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. If you like what you hear, please consider clicking on the Support Us button. We'll be your best friend.

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Nov 15, 2016

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It's blasts from the past as Erica reconnects with Georgia and Baxter, remnants from her previous life. Her date with her ex takes a strange turn when an unexpected stranger barrels into her life.

Show Notes Episode 3

Cold Reboot was adapted from the novel by Michael Coorlim. Produced by Kat O’Connor and Michael Coorlim. Associate Producer is Bill Bullock. Our cast, in order of appearance: Erica Crawford, played by Kat O’Connor ChicagoNet AI, played be Ruth Kaufman Baxter Collins, played by Sean Daniel Francis Yeong Dae, played by Archy Jamjun Georgia Matthews, played by Chanda Davetas Lonnie, played by Sean Daniel Francis FBI Agent, played by Susan Victoria Thomas Waitress, played by Jennifer Lenius Bartender, played by Joyce Porter Synesthesia Theatre theme music by Stav Drieman. Learn more at StavMusic.com. Questions? Comments? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Like this episode? Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes, and tell your friends. It keeps us high in the rankings so more listeners can find us. Want to write for us? Find out more here. Join our mailing list for news, announcements, and an exclusive audio drama download. If you like what you hear, please consider clicking on the Support Us button. We’ll be your best friend.

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Synesthesia Theatre is a Burning Brigid Media production, copyright © 2016. All rights reserved.
Oct 24, 2016

700+ nominations have been tabulated, and voting is now open for the 2016 Audio Verse Awards. We are incredibly pleased that our hard-working cast and crew have gotten this recognition. And we would love your support in seeing us through the next steps! Voting is open to the public, and the first round of voting has begun, and closes at 11:59pm PDT on November 6. During this time YOU have a chance to make your voice heard. If you thought Iron Horses Can't Be Broken was exceptional in any of the categories below, then let the internet know and vote at audioverseawards.net!

Vote for Our Cast & Crew!

Please read the voting instructions carefully, and be aware that since there are many categories to vote for, and you must vote in every category, voting will take around 30 minutes. If you'd like to review nominees in categories we're not up for, you can check out their master list of nominations, or their nominee showcase, both with links to the shows.

We were nominated in these categories:

  • Best Original Composition in a Long form, Large Cast Production: Synesthesia Theatre theme music
  • Best Original Anthology/Variety Show: Synesthesia Theatre
  • Best New Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Ongoing Production: Synesthesia Theatre
  • Best Audio Engineering of an Original, Ongoing, Long Form Production: Kat O'Connor, Michael Coorlim, and Bill Bullock for Iron Horses Can't Be Broken
  • Best Writing of an Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Ongoing Production: Michael Coorlim for Iron Horses Can't Be Broken
  • Best Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Ongoing, Dramatic Production: Iron Horses Cant be Broken
  • Best Actress in an Original Ensemble Role for a Long Form Production: Amanda Meyer, as Florence Bartleby Kat O'Connor, as Sarah Bartleby
  • Best Actress in an Original Leading Role for a Long Form Production: Deborah Craft, as Iron Horse Song Marshall, as Aldora Fiske
  • Best Actor in an Original Ensemble Role for a Long Form Production: Bill Bullock, as Parker Doug Schuetz, as Luther Koning Sean Francis, as Chester
  • Best Actor in an Original Leading Role for a Long Form, Large Cast Production: C.J. Julianus, as Governor Robert Koning James Sparling, as Alton Bartleby
Whew, that's a lot! Five finalists in each category will move on to the Finals based on the number of votes they receive, and the last round of voting will also be open to the public for a final two weeks. There are lots of nominees for the first round, so competition will be stiff. As always, you can also support us by telling your friends about us, about Iron Horses and Synesthesia Theatre, and about the voting periods for the Audio Verse Awards. We think it would be great for our cast and crew to get some well-deserved recognition. Thank you!

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Sep 16, 2016
Show your support for Synesthesia Theatre! Nominate our team members for the Audio Verse Awards here: http://www.audioverseawards.net/site/nominate/

Our Team

Iron Horses Can't Be Broken wouldn't have been possible without these talented artists: Written by: Michael Coorlim Audio engineering: Kat O'Connor, Michael Coorlim, and Bill Bullock Synesthesia Theatre theme music composed by: Stav Drieman Iron Horses Can't Be Broken cast: Iron Horse: Deborah Craft Alton Bartleby: James Sparling Robert Koning: C.J. Julianus Aldora Fiske: Song Marshall Florence Bartleby: Amanda Meyer Parker: Bill Bullock Luther Koning: Doug Schuetz Sarah Bartleby: Kat O'Connor Brother Schubert: Caleb Probst Clive Stone, Mr. Riley: Vincent Truman Diane: Joyce Porter Chester, The Pekwin: Sean Francis Bright Rabbit: Adriana Klisch Father Dalton: Collins Yearwood You can also support us by rating and reviewing on iTunes or anywhere else you found us. Reviews and ratings improve our rankings, which helps new listeners to find us. Thank you so much for your support!
Aug 2, 2016
Here are the highlights:
  • The Iron Horses Can't be Broken Gag Reel has been released for our patrons on Patreon dot com
  • Iron Horses Can't Be Broken has wrapped up. If you want to follow the characters further, you are welcome to check out the other Galvanic Century books and audiobooks written by Michael Coorlim.
  • Season 2, Cold Reboot is finishing up post-production and will begin in one month. It is not related to Iron Horses, but is a cyberpunk thriller. It stars many of the same actors.
  • You can help us defer the costs of production and get cool swag by donating to Synesthesia Theatre's Patreon. It's the best and simplest way to support us.
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