The Townies Podcast®

From Kim Maxwell Studio

Welcome to The Townies Podcast: Something like a mix between The Moth and Prairie Home Companion... if Lake Woebegone were real.

A home-grown kind of storytelling podcast.

About The Townies Team

KIM MAXWELL, Creator, Producer: Kim Maxwell is the Founder/Executive Director of The Townies, Inc. She is a producer, director, writer, mother, teacher, wife, Founder/Principal at Kim Maxwell Studio and Creator/Producer of The Townies Podcast. She is Co-Founder of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, serving as Board Member and Director of its Youth Program for 20-years. Kim is also Co-Founder and served as co-Artistic Director of Theater 150 for 11-years.

Kim’s transformative style of teaching has inspired absolute beginners and professional actors alike. With her compassionate guidance, students undertake the fulfilling and transformative process of discovering, developing and performing their own stories. From preteens to senior citizens, Kim’s students, over a thousand in number, have gathered in living rooms, theaters, and even detention centers throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to share their stories and have their voices heard.

KEN EROS, S1 &2 Co-Producer, Studio Engineering & Mixing: A California-based producer, engineer and mixer, Ken is also a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter for the trip-hop band Green Man. His studio and production skills have helped several artists attain Grammy® nominations, including Truth, by Robben Ford (“Best Contemporary Blues Album”- 2007), and Be Bop Your Best, by Red Grammer (“Best Musical Album for Children” - 2005). When not reading technical manuals or nerding-out completely in the studio, Ken can be found walking along Ojai’s Shelf Road, and doting on his dogs.

Lily Brown enjoying a namaste moment at The Townies Podcast launch party on March 4, 2017 at Topa Mountain Winery.

LILY BROWN, S1 & 2 Co-Producer, Staff Writer & Website Designer: Lily is an actress, writer and director with a degree in Spanish, Drama and Political Science from Bennington College. She serves as the Managing Director and Head of PR & Marketing at Kim Maxwell Studio in Ojai and as Co-Producer of The Townies Podcast. She was a staff writer and video content creator at the Bennington Free Press for four years. Since graduating, she has been in numerous productions at Kim Maxwell Studio and starred in the world premiere reading of “Dry Land” by Ruby Rae Spiegel at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. In 2017 Lily attended THREAD at Yale, a highly selective multimedia storytelling program offered each summer at Yale University.

Asa Learmonth, senior at Bennington College, sipping coffee from a Kim Maxwell Studio mug during a Townies Podcast meeting.

ASA LEARMONTH, S1 Co-Producer: is a recent graduate of Bennington College where he studied theatre and philosophy. Growing up in rural Vermont, podcasts have intrigued, entertained and captivated him from the ripe young age of fifteen, and he feels lucky to have this opportunity to help The Townies Podcast come into fruition in any way he can. 

Beautiful local Ojai witch, Emma Bailey lights sparklers at The Ghostlight Project event at Kim Maxwell Studio.

MOLLY ALLISON, Managing Director: Molly laughs too easily at poor jokes, is extremely prone to injury, is a farmers market junkie and a Townie herself. A UC Santa Barbara Environmental Studies grad, she spends her extra time working for sustainability-oriented businesses and probably talking too much about the importance of sustainable fishing practices. Molly attributes her best qualities to her twin brother, Robin, a theoretical mathematics smarty-pants and all around good soul. She has a great appreciation for people who can laugh at themselves and can get others to do the same, which has led her to Kim Maxwell Studio.

RAIN PERRY, Theme-Song Writer/Performer: Rain's “Beautiful Tree” was the theme for the CW Network’s Life Unexpected, on which she also had the surreal pleasure of appearing as herself. She has released four albums on her own Precipitous Records, as well as writing and touring a solo play about her childhood called Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide For Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads, directed by Kim Maxwell. She just released The Shopkeeper, her first film.

*Theme song recorded and mixed by Martin Young, mastered by Mark Hallman at The Congress House.



CLEO CHARPANTIER, Intern: Cléo is a tried and true Californian: After having grown up in foggy San Francisco, she moved to sunny Los Angeles for college where she is entering her senior year at Occidental College as a philosophy major. Cléo has a deep appreciation for a well told story, something she learned from her mother. A self-proclaimed public radio nerd and podcast fanatic, she is excited to be spending the summer working on The Townies Podcast along side the rest of the team. 


OLIVIA LOORZ, Intern: Olivia is a writer interested in Folk and Fairy Tales and how these types of surreal narratives can be carried into modern literature. She studies Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz where she runs Chinquapin Literary Magazine and works as an intern for the Creative Writing Department. Her work can be found in Matchbox Magazine and "Anthology: The OPC Youth Workshop 2006-2016". She works hard to maintain the aesthetic of an academically inclined bear who just woke up from a nap.

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