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Voice star Eliza Jane Schneider explores the voices of the people in her award-winning play and new podcast

Podcast kickoff - live performance

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Portland, OR – Eliza Jane Schneider, renowned voice artist and dialectologist, is proud to announce the upcoming launch of her Freedom of Speech podcast, accompanied by a dynamic live performance and community discussion on January 6th, 2024, at the progressive Alberta Abbey in Portland. This event, deeply rooted in current cultural and social issues, is poised to amplify a rich archive of diverse American voices and experiences.

Originally an award-winning one-woman play, Freedom of Speech has been transformed into an epic podcast format. It is based on Schneider’s 30 years of dialect research around the world, capturing over 7,000 interviews that reflect a diverse range of perspectives and experiences, offering a candid look into the complexity of contemporary society. Eliza Jane Schneider is establishing her voice as a welcome female answer to Studs Terkel and Alan Lomax, interweaving comedy, music, and pathos to entertain while tackling the issues most shy away from.

The event on January 6th, deliberately coinciding with the anniversary of the insurrection, marks a pivotal moment in advocating for inclusive and comprehensive dialogue. Schneider’s work in Freedom of Speech serves as a vital platform for all voices, fostering conversations around representation, identity, and unity through the power of storytelling.

The live performance at Alberta Abbey, coupled with a panel discussion, will feature distinguished guests:


  • Sean Cruz, Executive Director of the Jim Pepper Native Arts Council, and Co-Author with Winona LaDuke of The Militarization of Indian Country, who will kick off the event with performers including:
    • Gary Ogan, the board Chairman and Musical Director of the Jim Pepper Native Arts Council and Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee, (performing two of his original songs)
    • Rosa Linda, Indigenous/Chicana Singer/Song-Writer from Portland Oregon.


  • Rosa Linda and Sean Cruz will be sticking around and joining the panel.
  • Katrina Holland, Strategic Engagement Officer and Interim Director of Housing Programs at Urban League Portland.
  • Joe Bazeghi, Director of Engagement of Recovery Works NW, treating substance use recovery and wellness.
  • Jefferson Smith, host of the “Democracy Nerd” podcast and former Oregon state lawmaker.
  • Stephen Robinson, aka “theplaytyperguy” Independent Journalist and Podcaster who recently had Eliza Jane on his Podcast Speaking Freely (check it out here).
  • Norman Turrill, President, Governance Coordinator of League of Women’s Voters of Oregon.

For those unable to attend in person, the event and play will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook, ensuring accessibility to a global audience.

Schneider, celebrated for her roles on Comedy Central’s “South Park” and her extensive Dialect Database, combines her passion for dialects, storytelling, and activism in this latest endeavor. Her dedication to cultural diversity and inclusivity shines through her commitment to preserving dialects and amplifying the voices of underserved communities.

Tickets for the January 6th event are available at $25 for early birds til Xmas and $35 for general admission, with artist discounts. The podcast will launch simultaneously on https://www.patreon.com/elizajaneschneider, and the live performance will be available for streaming.

For tickets, streaming details, and more information, please visit www.FOSplay.com.

About Eliza Jane Schneider:

Eliza Jane Schneider is an acclaimed voice artist, actor, musician, playwright, entrepreneur, writer, activist, producer, dialectologist, and celebrity coach. She brings over three decades of experience in the entertainment industry to her multifaceted career. As the CEO of Vox Pop Entertainment and Competitive Edge Voice, she has been instrumental in helping actors find their unique character voices and break into the world of animation and video games through her online school, and reverse-engineering her Dialect Master Class to help ESL speakers thrive Pygmalion-style on a world stage. Eliza is renowned for voicing the female population of Comedy Central’s South Park for five years. Other animation titles include Curious George:The Royal Monkey, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King of the Hill, and The Cleveland Show. Game titles include Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, and Assassin’s Creed. Her passion for dialects and accents led her to travel six continents, recording thousands of people speaking English in their native dialects for her extensive Dialect Database. As a committed activist, she’s devoted to preserving dialects and amplifying the voices of underserved communities. Eliza’s journey of curiosity and exploration has led to her latest endeavor, the “Freedom of Speech” podcast, where she takes audiences on a global voyage to give voice to people from diverse backgrounds, bridging cultures, and sharing the stories of those who’ve as yet been unheard.

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Alberta Abbey Show information

WHEN: Saturday, January 6, 2024 · 8pm PST

Where: Alberta Abbey
              126 NE Alberta St
              Portland, OR 97211

Tickets – $25 Early Bird, $35 General Admission on the day – artist discount available

All ages are welcome, but content may be mature for some audiences; viewer discretion is advised. Free parking is available in the lot across the street until it is full.

Alberta Abbey is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nurturing the arts in NE Portland by amplifying the creative voices of underrepresented communities.


Eliza Jane had conversations with thousands of people from around the world in her ambulance and byeond, and only a fraction of those ended up on stage.

Freedom of Speech – The Podcast takes Eliza Jane’s work of person-to-person dialect study to the next level. 

In each episode, Eliza Jane dives into  why people speak as they do, both with a deeper look at those conversations recorded in the ambulance and new experiences, with the help of her special guests. As she looks at what makes each of us unique, maybe she’ll find more about we all have in common. 

Freedom of Speech – The Podcast launches January 6th, 2024.

Watch this space for episodes, or find it wherever you listen to podcasts.

Join Eliza’s Patreon to support the podcast, and gain access to early episodes, extended interviews, and more!