Thank you to all who attended the 2019 APA Conference!

With 600 attendees, 2019 was the best attended APAC ever. Planning is underway for the 2020 conference to be held at the Javits Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 27 (program details still to come).

In the meantime, you can review the information below to see what was on this year's conference agenda.

2019 Conference Schedule & Fee Structure

Early Fees: Members: $275 | Non-Members: $375
Standard Fees:
Members: $375 | Non-Members: $475
Cancellation policy: $50 fee before May 1, 2019. No refunds May 1 or later.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

REGISTRATION OPENS: 8:00 AM (Speed Dating Participants Only)

8:30 – 9:45 AM Production Track: Narrator Speed Dating
Pitch yourself directly to casting directors and producers in one on one short conversations. Speed Dating is open to current APA members who have not participated in a Speed Dating event in the past two years. This session has limited availability, and is closed as of March 31, 2019.

Coordinator: Caitlin Garing (HarperAudio)



10:00 – 11:15 AM
Business Track: Welcome and Member Meeting followed by
Keynote Address: Nicholas Quah, Writer, Niche Media Entrepreneur, and Podcast Guy

Learn more about Nicholas Quah here.

concurrent with
Production Track: Breaking Down Dialects [Masterclass]
This interactive workshop teaches a set of technical steps to break down the process of dialect acquisition systematically.

Taught by Siiri Scott, the Head of Acting and Directing at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. Introductions by narrator Piper Goodeve.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Business Track: Bringing Audio into the Conversation – How Influencers Spread the Word
For years, publishers have used well-connected people on the ground to create buzz for books. Now, more and more, audiobooks are becoming a part of that discussion.

Hear from a panel of influencers, including book club leaders Janet Schneider (Librarian, Long Island Reads) and Tara Cibelli (McGraw-Hill Education), along with BookTuber Monica Watson about how they incorporate audiobooks into their work. Moderated by Samantha Edelson (Macmillan Audio).

concurrent with
Production Track: Audiobook Conversations [Workshop]
Hosted by narrators Pam Almand, Emily Lawrence, and Greg Tremblay this round-robin discussion with top industry professionals will cover a variety of topics including post-production needs, taking your career to the next level, audiobook etiquette, and getting better gigs.

Discussion leaders include: RC Bray, Ramon de Ocampo, Andrew Eiden, Joel Froomkin, Jeffrey Kafer, Katherine Littrell, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Amy McFadden, Natalie Naudus, Sean Pratt, Ann Richardson, Paul Ruben, Teri Schnaubelt, and Adam Verner.

concurrent with
Production Track: Building a Sustainable Career and Quality of Life
This session is recommended for advanced level narrators.
Narrators Angelo Di Loreto, Neil Hellegers, Melissa Moran, and Gabra Zackman will presents tips on working for bigger/more publishers, structuring your time, and creating a healthy, sustainable career. Moderated by narrator Andi Arndt.

12:30 – 1:45 PM Lunch: Sponsored by OVERDRIVE

1:45 – 2:45 PM
Business Track: Bringing Audio into the Conversation – Audiobooks in the Classroom
While the popularity of the audiobook format has made headlines lately, especially among avid adult listeners, we have not heard as much from educators. Until now. Colleen Cruz and Shana Frazin (both from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project) will speak to how they utilize audiobooks in their classrooms, in their lesson planning and to encourage a love of literature, and what the industry can do to support these efforts. We may even experience a sample lesson or two! Moderated by Amy Metsch (Penguin Random House Audio).

concurrent with
Production Track: Director Diagnostics [Registration is closed as of March 31]
Director Diagnostics is your chance to get to know and be directed by directors, producers and publishers who cast narrators for projects. You will have 2-3 minutes of reading time and get immediate feedback on your performance.

Director Diagnostics is only open to current APA members on a first-requested first-served basis during the registration process. We hope to accommodate all requests as we have for the past two years.

You may select both Director Diagnostics and Speed Dating; if you are selected for Speed Dating you will be automatically removed from the Director Diagnostics list.

Coordinator: Narrator Laura Jennings

concurrent with
Production Track: Post Pros and Talent: How It Works
Post-production professionals Justin Marra (The TreeCave), Troy Otte (Featured Audio), Brendan Solorz (ACX-Audible), and Alex Trajano (Audible) discuss their process and how narrators can make their work shine. Moderated by narrator Karen Commins.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Business Track: Follow up on the Consumer Survey Presentation
Ralph Lazzaro, Chief Digital Officer for Findaway, will lead a Q&A session with Tom Webster, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Edison Research on the latest data for spoken-audio trends.

concurrent with
Production Track: Using Archetypes to Fuel Character Choices [Masterclass]
In this workshop, Hall of Fame and Audie Award-winning narrator Vikas Adam, will utilize Archetypes as a tool of deconstruction to infuse the characters with a life so that they are easy to recognize. Introductions by narrator Piper Goodeve.

concurrent with
Production Track: Do You Know Who I Am: Networking with Publishers
Networking strategies: what it is and what it isn’t. Panelists Suzanne Elise Freeman (narrator), Cary Hite (narrator), Nick Martorelli (Penguin Random House Audio), and Anne McCarty (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books) will share pointers from the basic follow-up email to building a long-lasting working relationship with other audiobook professionals. Moderated by narrator Lauren Ezzo.

4:15 – 5:15 PM
Production Track: Understanding POV [Masterclass]
P.J. Ochlan presents how understanding POV can enrich a narrator's performance. He'll cover basic types of POV, how to recognize them, and ways to apply them to your craft. Introductions by narrator Andrea Emmes.

concurrent with
Production Track: Listeners’ Lounge
Sit back and listen to some of the year’s best performances as select APAC attendees perform excerpts from award-winning audiobooks. Hosts: Eric Martin, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Megan Tusing, and Elizabeth Wiley. Performers: Vikas Adam, Joel Leslie Froomkin, Derek Perkins, Sean Pratt, Nancy Wu, and Gabra Zackman. Emerging Talent Performers: Danielle Cohen and Kat Littrell.

concurrent with
Business Track: Keynote: Jonathan Fader, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Fader

When NFL superstars, MLB players, firefighters, and success-driven workers of any stripe want to improve their performance, they turn to Dr. Jonathan Fader. The 2-season Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants, and 9-year team psychologist for the Mets, Fader is an upbeat and reassuring authority who speaks on creating a habit-based, positive mindset for success. Author of Life As Sport, Fader has advice to help everyone reach their full potential.

5:15 PM Networking Reception sponsored by DRAGONFLY FM

Director diagnostics and narrator speed dating criteria


This session is open to current APA Members only. You must indicate your interest by selecting Director Diagnostics when you register for APAC. This opportunity is offered on a first requested, first served basis. The number of narrators offered entry is dependent upon the number of directors interested in participating. Those selected for the Director Diagnostics session will receive an email confirmation by May 15th. If after registering for APAC you do not receive a registration confirmation and survey via email, please email

Please note: You may not participate in both Director Diagnostics and Speed Dating. If you indicate interest in both and are chosen for Speed Dating you will not be invited to a Director Diagnostic Session this year.


This session is open to current APA Members who have not participated in Speed Dating for the past two years. You must indicate your interest by selecting Speed Dating when you register for APAC. Your conference registration confirmation email will include instructions on how to submit a demo along with a written list of works you have narrated. If after registering for APAC you do not receive a registration confirmation via email, please email

Your materials must be submitted by April 5th so they can be screened by a panel of producers. If your demo is chosen you will be entered into a lottery for available spots. Available spots will be determined by the number of producers, casting directors and publishers able to attend the session. Eligible samples will be evaluated and the final list of participants selected no later than May 1.