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The Diarist is a psychological drama exploring the alluring side of power and sexual attraction. Andrea Davies hopefully enters the paradoxical world of 1950s womanhood but she soon veers into an increasingly menacing extramarital affair with Richard Hayes, a dominant ad executive. However, the Diarist is no 50 shades of gray, more like a Hitchcock Love Story with a dose of David Lynch. The story starts innocently enough but soon turns bizarre as the inner worlds of the characters are revealed. The Diarist immerses listeners into the 1950s world of Madison Avenue advertising. Secrets are exposed, darkness descends, and for Andrea all roads appear to lead to a harrowing fate.

Created by: Donna Barrow-Green, Co-Produced by Donna Barrow-Green, Beth Ricketson, Ryan Bowen . Starring: Beth Ricketson, Ryan Bowen, Corrine Elena, Darlene Sorenson, Eric Schniewind, Nikki Flynn, Heather Dowling, Pierson Rintz, Shelly Bryant, Emerson McRaven
Sound Engineering by Donna Barrow-Green & Ben Green. Creative consulting: Chad Thumann.





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 After completing Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, Andrea Davies takes a position at a large New York Advertising firm, admittedly there to find a husband and secure a life as a well-to-do, country club socialite.Andrea becomes increasingly drawn into her boss Richard Hayes' bizarre personal life. She begins to assume the role of his wife and mother of his young daughter. However, a parallel reality continues back at his apartment where his psychotic wife moves in and out of insanity. Things are not always as they seem in this neo-noir thriller. The Diarist, explores the darker side of the human psyche and the terrifying consequences of indulging in base desires.The story unfolds in serialized episodes available on iTunes or where ever you get your podcasts.
Word on The Diarist

Andrea’s story is engaging and it is interesting to watch her story unfold over the episodes, to watch Andrea grow and change and make her choices or mistakes. You may not agree with her choices or where she ends up but it is wonderful to listen to it all happen. 5/5 typewritten stars.
                                                       ~ Podcast Candy Review

The Diarist is what you get if Mad Men and Jane Eyre marry and have a baby, where a secretary becomes the personal assistant to a prickly and strange ad executive and falls in love. It’s about regular people in the 1950s making bad decisions. The voice leads in particular are instrumental in creating a haunting story about people that could have been happy.
                                                                 ~ Bello Collective

Great production. Great voice acting. Great writing. Great story. I was hooked right away. Listen, you fool!
                                                   ~ iTunes reviewer Ken2082

I am fully addicted to this story.... Anytime characters give the listener such a strong response, it's probably safe to say it's an interesting story.
                                                  ~ iTunes reviewer queensimone1908

I love everything about this.... Bravo!
                                                  ~ iTunes reviewer ponhiki

This show is a delight. It is about a young woman finding her way in the world. Foley effects and acting make this truly a radio play which I feel advances podcasts to the next iteration. Please check it out! You won't regret it.
                                                ~ iTunes reviewer Eric Hunley

This podcast is my new guilty pleasure.
                                                ~ iTunes reviewer mamaminimalist

AWESOME music, fantastic voice acting. Audio book lovers, Mad Men fans, and all lovers of story should check this out!
                                               ~ iTunes reviewer Old School Ninja


Lynchian Mad Men ..... great binge material... 

~ iTunes reviewer Monkeywright



 Creator, Cast, and Crew


Donna Barrow- Green

Creator/Producer/ Co-Director

Donna Barrow-green is a writer, researcher, and college instructor.  She has authored eight novels and several other books. Two of her novels were on Wattpad’s featured list  (2016, 2017). Her books have over 100,000 reads on Wattpad. Her 2013 full-length play If There Are Any Heavens won the Hillsboro Artists Repertory Theater’s Promising Playwrights Competition. Her full-length play Love Is Enough won The Portland Civic Theater Guild’s 2014 Fertile Ground Festival competition.   Donna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter, and two sweet doggies!!


Beth Ricketson

Actress (Andrea Davies), Co-Producer, Co- Director

Beth started acting late in high school and immediately fell in love with it. She is a native of Southern California, growing up in Fullerton, then spending over a decade in Los Angeles, but is finally home in Portland, Or. Beth was a longtime member of The Eclectic Theatre Company in North Hollywood, where she co-adapted, produced and performed in an adaptation of Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die. In Los Angeles, Beth also performed at several other theaters including The Blank, Zombie Joe's, and A Noise Within. She is a member of Playback PDX and is honored (and having a blast) to be performing in The Diarist. A typical crunchy Oregonian, Beth loves hiking and all things nature as well as reading, sketching, and generally being arty. She works as an actor and a special educator. 


Ryan Bowen

Actor (Richard Hayes), Co- Producer

As a young teen Ryan was drawn to the theatre, performing in numerous musical and dramatic productions. He left his native Oregon to study theatre in Boston and returned to study film and work on film sets.. He is a long time member of the improv troupe Playback PDX and is thrilled to be a part of the talented cast and team of The Diarist. He is an excited entrepreneur founding and running a couple of successful local businesses. In his free time, Ryan enjoys hiking, reading, guitar and traveling the world with his wife and youngest daughter.


Corrine Elena

Actor (Margaret Hayes, Lucy)



Darlene Sorensen

Actor (Mother, Ellen)


Eric Scheiwind

Actor (Father, Steven Morris)


Nikki Flinn

Actor (Velvet Maude, various)


Nikki Flinn is a professional actress and teaching artist residing in the Pacific Northwest.  She enjoys voiceover work and is thrilled to be working on The Diarist.  Some of her work can be viewed at


Pierson Rintz

Actor (Consierge, Doctor, various)

Professional musician and music teacher, Pierson Rintz, is excited to be a part of this project.  Pulling from his past vocal experience as a singer, voice artist, and actor, he enjoys the challenge of voicing a variety of characters for the series.



Heather Dowling

Actor (Elizabeth, Various)

Shelley Bryant



Emerson McRaven

Actor (Various, Trailer)


Ben Green

sound engineering & design


Chad Churmann

Creative Consultant