This is an audio company.

This is an art company.




WE MAKE AUDIO FACTS AND AUDIO FICTIONS (A.K.A. PODCASTS). WE MAKE PERFORMANCES AND EXPERIENCES. WE MAKE FILMS AND ONE DAY WE WILL MAKE TELEVISION 

FOUNDED AND DIRECTED BY KAITLIN PREST IN COMMUNITY WITH HER FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.





This is what we sound like.









YOU ARE INVITED

AN EVENING OF AUDIO REVELRY, performance, dance party and overall celebration of Mermaidhood.


NOVEMBER 20, 2019  |  8 P.M. - 2 A.M.
  DYNASTY TYPEWRITER
2511 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90057










The company will be bringing three new podcasts in 2020.




1.

ASKING FOR IT

FEBRUARY 2020

A queer, contemporary take on the Goldilocks tale: about love, music, intimate partner violence and breaking the cycle of abuse. Writer/Lead Producer: Drew Denny. Executive Producer/Editor: Kaitlin Prest. In partnership with CBC Podcasts

2.

APPEARANCES

MAY 2020

A drama about one Iranian American family doing their best to hide their true selves from each other. Creator: Sharon Mashihi. Executive Producer/Editor: Kaitlin Prest. In partnership with Radiotopia.

3.

CAN'T TELL [yet] 

JANUARY 2020

Working with Phoebe Unter and Nicole Kelly on something badass. Find out as soon as we can tell here. In partnership with Radiotopia.








We tell the truth and question the truth. We value beauty and magic as highly as any other thing we need to be alive.







OUR ARTISTS



KAITLIN PREST
Founder & Queen of Mermaid Palace


You might know Kaitlin Prest as the creator of two critically acclaimed podcasts The Heart, and The Shadows. You might know her from the uncritically acclaimed fuck-you-in-the-face radio show and podcast Audio Smut. You might know her from falling asleep to a dreamscape in an opera house in Amsterdam, or a shadow puppet play at the AGO in Toronto, or a bath you took in Copenhagen. You might not know Kaitlin at all. Kaitlin is an artist who decided to start a company.

Mermaid Palace gets its namesake from Kaitlin Prest’s bedroom in the 4 story hippie house where she and Sharon Mashihi lived from 2012 to 2018. Where Audio Smut and The Heart were predominantly produced. It is where dreams of this company were born, and where a creative practice amongst friends was developed.

︎ ︎ @kaitlinprest

SHA / KA
Collaborators & Best Friends


The framework of the company was inspired by a framework for artmaking invented by Sha and Ka.




SHARON MASHIHI
Artist & Vice Queen of Mermaid Palace


We call her the director of people and culture. Sharon Mashihi is known for being an editor on The Heart (Radiotopia) and Bodies (KCRW), for being a founding member of an artist residency in upstate New York called SMT, and many wonderful artistic interventions. Sharon is creating a new fictional show called APPEARANCES, based on her award-winning documentary: Man Choubam (I am Good).




PHOEBE UNTER / NICOLE KELLY
Propagandists & Collaborators


After meeting at a clothing optional house party in Mexico City, Phoebe Unter & Nicole Kelly became creatively entangled future ex-art wives. Their collaboration began as co-hosts of bitchface, an audio zine. NK & Phoebe have also collaborated on other happenings and projects, like: CUNT POWER: Dyke Ranch, a temporary lesbian separatist retreat during the rage-filled summer of 2016; TRIAGE, a publication & pop-up clinic in response to late stage capitalism; and zines including Solidarity Is Still For White Women and You Are Not An Intersectional Feminist. PU/NK are working on a new secret project with Mermaid Palace. Launching in 2020.

︎ @bitchfacepodcast
︎ @soft__disaster
︎ @no_such_thing_as_a_good_guy




DREW DENNY
Queer Femme Traumedienne


Drew Denny is a writer/director, musician and performance artist whose works range from queer action movies to singing through a giant pink Pegasus in an effort to feminize the microphone. Her film Momster premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2019, and she's currently adapting her drag queen nun documentary Queer Habits for narrative TV.

At Mermaid Palace Drew is working with Kaitlin Prest writing and producing her first foray into podcasting: ASKING FOR IT. Drew's band HIPS, a collaboration with Christina Gaillard, performs in and scores the series.

︎ @dangitdrewdenny






ARTISTS / PRODUCERS / OTHER GENIUSES WHO ARE PART OF THIS COMMUNITY AND HELPED IT GET TO BECOME REAL.


JEN NG - Art Director & Designer

SAM MASSEY - Photographer 

ELKA KARL / DADASCOPE - Publicist

ARIEL HAHN - Web Developer & Archivist

CHIQUITA PASCHAL - Artist & Editor

RIDER ALSOP - Poet, Producer & Sound Designer

ALLIE PINEL - Assistant Producer & Launch Coordinator

AJ MOULTRIE - Assistant Producer

MITRA KABOLI - Advisory Board

MO LABORDE - Assistant Producer

CAITLIN THOMPSON - Advisory Board

DYLAN GAUCHE - Artist & Advisory Board

MOOJ ZADIE - Artist & Advisory Board

SARAH ROSE - Organizer & Advisory Board 

ALLISON LIGHT - Business Advising

BIANCA GRIMSHAW - Legal

KERRI HOFFMAN/PRX - Fiscal Sponsor

ALEXANDRIA FISK - Collaboration Therapist





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