Maya Goldberg-Safir

Maya Goldberg-Safir (@mayags) is Third Coast's artistic director.

Responsible for co-leading & collaborating on Third Coast's artistic programming, marketing/publicizing efforts, Maya loves building relationships in the audio community. She has been at TCIAF since 2013, and has worked with the organization as an intern, Social Media Strategist, and Artistic Associate. She also performs as one of Third Coast's licensed Podcast Therapists, offering podcast "prescriptions" to audiences in Chicago and beyond. Maya is active in the community of Chicago independent radio producers. A native Californian, she re-located to the Midwest after graduating from Middlebury College.


The Sitter Dispatch

Straight out of college, Maya was living in her cousins' attic and was working a part-time, unpaid internship. Then she took a job as a nanny that turned out to be nothing like she'd expected.

Maya Turns 26

Whether she likes it or not, things are about to change.

S-Town Hall

On April 11, 2017, Third Coast held a public discussion in Chicago to discuss S-Town , the most-buzzed about podcast of the year, from Serial Productions and This American Life .


2017 Provocations

A series of short talks from producers who hope to dare and ignite.

2018 Provocations

Join us on the opening night of Third Coast for Late Night Provocations: a series of short talks from producers who hope to dare and ignite.

Every other fall, the Third Coast stretches its wings, embraces a film festival model (minus the popcorn - too noisy) and presents the Third Coast Filmless Festival - a celebration of sound, story, and the art of listening.


To kick off 2019, Third Coast invited producers whose narrative audio work we’ve never featured before, to send us the best story they’ve made recently. We called it the Producer Index Challenge.


Podcasts have been shown to rejuvenate your commute, enliven your dishwashing, and bring the best of audio storytelling straight to your ears. But... how do you choose? Do you hear about new podcasts daily, but just can’t get them to your ears?


Third Coast International Audio Festival, or Third Coast, is an independent nonprofit arts organization based in Chicago, serving a global community of storytellers and makers. Since our founding in 2000, we have steadfastly advocated for the medium of audio, the art and craft of sonic storytelling, and the people who build our world in sound.