Immersive Audio Workshop: September 2-5, 2018

What does it mean to be immersed in an audio story?  This three-day intensive will explore new ways of defining and creating immersive storytelling through technology, events, editing, sound design, and reporting techniques.

Led by multimedia producers Josephine Holtzman and Isaac Kestenbaum, the class will cover: creating site-specific audio such as soundwalks and installations; analog techniques for virtual reality and augmented reality; putting on a successful event; binaural recording and sound design; and creating media that engages the other senses to tell a story.  The intensive will also include instruction on how, as an outsider journalist, to make respectful and deep connections in communities that aren’t one’s own.

The class will be taught through a combination of lecture, hands-on exercises, discussion and workshopping.  Students will conceive their own short immersive piece by the end of the intensive.


About the Instructors:


Josephine Holtzman is a multimedia storyteller, producer and journalist.  She has conceived and produced multi-platform shows for NPR Music, the Guardian US, and the Sierra Club. Her creative projects include an exploration of childhood memories through oral history, and a collective storytelling examination of the NYC commute. She holds a Bachelors in American Studies from Vassar and a Masters in Media Studies from The New School.  She’s also an alum of the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies. 



Isaac Kestenbaum is an audio producer, designer, illustrator and journalist. He is the former Production Manager at StoryCorps, and has also worked for Cowbird and The GroundTruth Project.  He is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. He’s also worked as a farmer, a newspaper reporter and a commercial lobsterman.


Together, Isaac and Josephine have led storytelling intensives for AIR and UnionDocs.  As producers, they have created many immersive audio projects including Winters Past, which examined global warming through site specific audio tours, and Frontier of Change, a multimedia project that won the 2017 Online Journalism Award for Audio Digital Storytelling.  They’re also co-creators of the NPR StoryLab reporting project Inter(Nation)al, which examines the legacy of treaties through radio, video and animation. They’re currently working on a pilot for an original podcast series set in Alaska. 


Enrollment in this workshop is open to all skill levels. The cost to attend is $500 and includes room and board in Monson and access to our studios. Space is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first served basis. For more information or to sign up today, email: or call (207) 997-2070. You must be 18 or older to participate.