The Penumbra Podcast is creating radio plays for a new generation
680

patrons

$4,169
per episode
In case you haven’t heard of us, The Penumbra Podcast is a twice-monthly series of free audio dramas that present genres you know in ways you might not expect. Our main series follows Juno Steel, a wise-cracking, depressive, bisexual Private Eye in Hyperion City, Mars... but alternating with that series are one-shot short stories encompassing genres like horror, Western, and fantasy. In the worlds brought to you by The Penumbra, you'll meet a diverse cast of characters, like a crafty genderqueer bandit, a talkative disabled knight who uses a horse instead of a wheelchair, and an uptight but effortlessly cool lesbian agent of the space FBI. We believe that everyone deserves to see themselves represented in stories, and we're doing our part to make that happen. 

We’ve loved bringing you all of our creepy, clever, queer, and crazy stories so far with The Penumbra, and with your help we know that we can bring you even higher-quality episodes from a cast and crew more dedicated than ever.

We have three essential goals for the money we gain from this campaign, centering on The Penumbra’s core values. Those goals are: to improve what we already make, to expand our offerings, and to support the beautiful artists that put this little show of ours together.

Improve
Right now, the materials we have to make The Penumbra are functional… but that’s about it. We record in the dining room of a creaky old apartment with a few entry-level microphones and all of our mixing is done with free audio-editing software. It works. But we know we can do better.

High on our list of priorities are:
  • Specialized microphones and other materials for use in recording our own sound effects.
  • Improved software for mixing our episodes and music.
  • Improved recording equipment and (perhaps) time rented out in a recording studio, in order to bring the best sound quality we can possibly manage.

Expand
We’re an ambitious bunch of dreamers at The Penumbra, and there are so many ways in which we can make our production bigger and better than ever!

Here are some ways we hope to expand:
  • Make Season Two longer and stronger and better than ever, featuring two mainline series (Juno Steel and Second Citadel).
  • Commission more original music to accompany our episodes.
  • Look into ways to expand our audience, find sponsors, and make The Penumbra self-sustainable.
  • Hire more staff or pay existing staff to create episode transcripts for us.
  • Pay our actors, creative team, and management team for the many hours they put into creating this show.
  • (At a big, big, big, big stretch): Release episodes on an accelerated schedule.

Support
Supporting our artists is the core value of The Penumbra. When Sophie and Kevin first started this project, this was one of the foundational thoughts – before Juno Steel, before our genres, before we were even settled on the idea of a podcast, there was this: we want to pay our artists.

At The Penumbra, we believe the extent to which American culture expects artists to produce art for free is unacceptable. We want to fight this cultural tide, and you can help us do it.

By default, you receive episodes of The Penumbra for free, and there is no shame in that! We’ve settled on this model as the most effective way to reach the widest audience. But if you’ve listened for a while and you enjoy what you’ve heard – if the performances charm you, if the writing grabs you, if the sound design creates a world you can really dive into, or if you find yourself humming our music from time to time – please consider supporting the people who make that art. If you think our artists are worth your time, we hope you will ask yourself how much money that time is worth. Thanks!
Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per episode
$2 or more per episode 146 patrons
Hey, thanks!
We appreciate you jumping on board, and we want to thank you -- over and over and over again! You'll receive a thank-you on our website which will be linked to in each episode's show notes for as long as you support at this level.
Pledge $4 or more per episode
158 patrons
Get episodes early!
Can't wait another second for our next adventure? At this level you could receive each episode 2 days early -- on Sunday instead of Tuesday. Whoa! Plus: our thank-you in the shownotes.
Pledge $7 or more per episode
$7 or more per episode 53 patrons
Read our scripts!
Ever wonder what the actors get to see? At this level you'll be sent a .pdf of each episode's script on the day that episode airs, including lines that were cut, stage directions, and the ridiculous notes Kevin and Sophie write to keep the actors on their toes. We get up to some nonsense, let me tell you.
(Please note that these are working scripts and not transcripts, and as a result they are not accurate to the actual episodes and therefore not a suitable support for our fans with hearing and processing disabilities. Where available, transcripts are available in each episode's description, and we are working on making the rest.)
Pledge $10 or more per episode
$10 or more per episode 269 patrons
The FULL Penumbra experience

You'll receive the rewards to all levels below this, as well as commentary recordings released after each episode, in which some of our creative team and/or our actors goof around about the process behind making the episode.

PLUS! Access to behind-the-scenes exclusives, like lost episodes, unused scripts, audition tapes, and more!

Pledge $30 or more per episode
$30 or more per episode 17 patrons
The Conductor's gratitude

Want to be immortalized in an episode of The Penumbra Podcast? The Conductor will personally thank you BY NAME at the end of each episode! 

Goals
$4,169 of $6,000 per episode
Our production just keeps getting bigger and better! We've been able to start up with a merch operation, live shows, and so much more, and it's all because of you. Next we're looking to:
- Hire a recording engineer to help make our recording setup better than ever.
- Learn from our live show operation and potentially expand on it.
- Inch closer and closer to paying our actors, creative crew, and management crew for all the many, many, many hours they put into this.
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In case you haven’t heard of us, The Penumbra Podcast is a twice-monthly series of free audio dramas that present genres you know in ways you might not expect. Our main series follows Juno Steel, a wise-cracking, depressive, bisexual Private Eye in Hyperion City, Mars... but alternating with that series are one-shot short stories encompassing genres like horror, Western, and fantasy. In the worlds brought to you by The Penumbra, you'll meet a diverse cast of characters, like a crafty genderqueer bandit, a talkative disabled knight who uses a horse instead of a wheelchair, and an uptight but effortlessly cool lesbian agent of the space FBI. We believe that everyone deserves to see themselves represented in stories, and we're doing our part to make that happen. 

We’ve loved bringing you all of our creepy, clever, queer, and crazy stories so far with The Penumbra, and with your help we know that we can bring you even higher-quality episodes from a cast and crew more dedicated than ever.

We have three essential goals for the money we gain from this campaign, centering on The Penumbra’s core values. Those goals are: to improve what we already make, to expand our offerings, and to support the beautiful artists that put this little show of ours together.

Improve
Right now, the materials we have to make The Penumbra are functional… but that’s about it. We record in the dining room of a creaky old apartment with a few entry-level microphones and all of our mixing is done with free audio-editing software. It works. But we know we can do better.

High on our list of priorities are:
  • Specialized microphones and other materials for use in recording our own sound effects.
  • Improved software for mixing our episodes and music.
  • Improved recording equipment and (perhaps) time rented out in a recording studio, in order to bring the best sound quality we can possibly manage.

Expand
We’re an ambitious bunch of dreamers at The Penumbra, and there are so many ways in which we can make our production bigger and better than ever!

Here are some ways we hope to expand:
  • Make Season Two longer and stronger and better than ever, featuring two mainline series (Juno Steel and Second Citadel).
  • Commission more original music to accompany our episodes.
  • Look into ways to expand our audience, find sponsors, and make The Penumbra self-sustainable.
  • Hire more staff or pay existing staff to create episode transcripts for us.
  • Pay our actors, creative team, and management team for the many hours they put into creating this show.
  • (At a big, big, big, big stretch): Release episodes on an accelerated schedule.

Support
Supporting our artists is the core value of The Penumbra. When Sophie and Kevin first started this project, this was one of the foundational thoughts – before Juno Steel, before our genres, before we were even settled on the idea of a podcast, there was this: we want to pay our artists.

At The Penumbra, we believe the extent to which American culture expects artists to produce art for free is unacceptable. We want to fight this cultural tide, and you can help us do it.

By default, you receive episodes of The Penumbra for free, and there is no shame in that! We’ve settled on this model as the most effective way to reach the widest audience. But if you’ve listened for a while and you enjoy what you’ve heard – if the performances charm you, if the writing grabs you, if the sound design creates a world you can really dive into, or if you find yourself humming our music from time to time – please consider supporting the people who make that art. If you think our artists are worth your time, we hope you will ask yourself how much money that time is worth. Thanks!

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Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per episode
$2 or more per episode 146 patrons
Hey, thanks!
We appreciate you jumping on board, and we want to thank you -- over and over and over again! You'll receive a thank-you on our website which will be linked to in each episode's show notes for as long as you support at this level.
Pledge $4 or more per episode
158 patrons
Get episodes early!
Can't wait another second for our next adventure? At this level you could receive each episode 2 days early -- on Sunday instead of Tuesday. Whoa! Plus: our thank-you in the shownotes.
Pledge $7 or more per episode
$7 or more per episode 53 patrons
Read our scripts!
Ever wonder what the actors get to see? At this level you'll be sent a .pdf of each episode's script on the day that episode airs, including lines that were cut, stage directions, and the ridiculous notes Kevin and Sophie write to keep the actors on their toes. We get up to some nonsense, let me tell you.
(Please note that these are working scripts and not transcripts, and as a result they are not accurate to the actual episodes and therefore not a suitable support for our fans with hearing and processing disabilities. Where available, transcripts are available in each episode's description, and we are working on making the rest.)
Pledge $10 or more per episode
$10 or more per episode 269 patrons
The FULL Penumbra experience

You'll receive the rewards to all levels below this, as well as commentary recordings released after each episode, in which some of our creative team and/or our actors goof around about the process behind making the episode.

PLUS! Access to behind-the-scenes exclusives, like lost episodes, unused scripts, audition tapes, and more!

Pledge $30 or more per episode
$30 or more per episode 17 patrons
The Conductor's gratitude

Want to be immortalized in an episode of The Penumbra Podcast? The Conductor will personally thank you BY NAME at the end of each episode!