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: Mrs. Maxwell's transformative style of coaching has inspired beginners and professional actors for over 30 years. With her compassionate guidance, students undertake the fulfilling and transformative process of discovering, developing and performing their own stories. From preteens to senior citizens, Ms. Maxwell’s students, over a thousand in number, have gathered in theaters, detention centers and living rooms throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to have their stories heard. Kim is also a community activist. She has also volunteered hundreds of hours to community organizations ranging from public and private elementary, junior and high schools to multiple local non-profits.

KEN EROS, 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, 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. Also while at Bennington, Lily was chosen to participate in the Sitcom Performance Lab where she worked collaboratively to create, produce and perform 7 episodes of a widely-attended, live, sitcom-style show, presented weekly.

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, Co-Producer & Writer: 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. 

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CAROL COHEN RAMSER, Managing Producer: Carol spent years as a gypsy magazine photographer before she tried on the producer hat.  Since then, she has produced hundreds of widely seen images, commercials and documentaries.  When she’s not helping artists realize their vision or babying avocado trees on her ranch, she can be found trying to expand the universe.

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

MARISSA UTZ, Administrative Assistant: Marissa was, is and probably will forever be a Minnesotan at heart. Born and raised in Elk River, MN, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Global Studies and Social Justice. After 5 years of living, traveling and working abroad she somehow made her way to California and 4 years later… she’s still here!  When not making super dry jokes in the office, you can find her spoiling her lil’ husky, training jiu jitsu, enjoying the outdoors and drinking coffee.. LOTS of coffee.

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.