Atlanta Radio
Theatre Company

Membership FAQ

Do you hold auditions?

Occasionally. But, more than that, we invite you to be a regular part of our ongoing operations. Our weekly rehearsals are open to anybody who wants to participate, and if you show up — and if you can read a script — you’ll probably get cast. We hold outside auditions when we’re looking for some additional voices or some specific talents that might be in demand. Keep an eye here for announcements of those kinds or contact us to learn how to be a member!

What do you need?

That depends. What can you do?

No, seriously. We are in most dire need of technical and production staff. Experience is a plus, but not necessary: If you want to learn how to run a sound board, how to set up and break down a sound system, or how to mix pre-recorded voice and music tracks, we’ll be happy to train you. And we don’t even charge for it.

It’s an unequaled opportunity for actors, as well. Only in audio can a middle-aged man who looks like Santa Claus get cast as a romantic lead (“Country of the Blind” and “Throne of Shadows”) or a vicious gunslinger (in our live production of “All Hallows Moon”).

Where do you get your scripts?

Generally, we write them ourselves. We are fortunate enough to have attracted the attention of a number of professional writers in the Atlanta area, or with close ties here, like Jerry Ahern, Brad Linaweaver, Gregory Nicoll, Gerald W Page, Brad Strickland, and Wendy Webb. In addition, our first head writer, Atlanta playwright Thomas E Fuller, also taught creative writing for Georgia State University: He, and our other established professionals, nurture and encourage a new generation of writers like Ron N. Butler, Daniel and Clair Kiernan, Henry Lee Forrest, William Alan Ritch, Terry Sanders, Kelley S. Ceccato, Dave Schroeder, and Daniel Taylor.

I have an awesome idea for a script!

That’s fantastic!  We’d love to hear it.  But here’s the thing: writing for audio is different from any other kind of writing we’ve ever come across.  It’s more story-driven than most television or movies and has a lot less narration and exposition than most books.  You can’t lean on special effects, sight gags, or body language.  Everything has to be conveyed in the voice or the sound effects.

Because audio drama is not written as often anymore, it’s rare to find someone who can write it well right out of the gate.  Therefore, we have an extensive workshopping process where we will listen to a reading of your script and offer you feedback and suggestions.  A successful writer for ARTC will take that constructive criticism and be prepared for a rewrite or two or more before they can expect it to be performed.  We’ve workshopped some interesting concepts into really amazing audio dramas in the past and we’d love to do it with yours as well!

Does one have to live in the Atlanta area to work with ARTC?

Pretty much, yeah, you do. We’re aware that there are many talented people elsewhere. We’re aware that it’s possible to record voice tracks in various remote locations and edit them together later. For rare situations, we’ve done that. In general, though, we perform in the same manner as traditional “old-time radio”: We gather the actors in the same place at the same time, and read through the script in real time, as if we were in front of a live audience. (Which, often, we are.) We prefer to be able to physically assemble the cast for our regular Wednesday night rehearsals as well. That limits us to easy driving distance from Stone Mountain, GA (where we rehearse). Write to us for times and directions.

What about writers?

This goes for writers as well.  We’ve tried our workshopping process with writers who aren’t actually present, but the process is usually a dialogue between the company and the writer, and that’s a lot harder when they aren’t physically present. We get asked periodically about whether we accept scripts from outside writers. The process for doing so is as follows: If you are local to the Atlanta area and are available to come to our Wednesday night rehearsals, contact us and we’ll send you directions. After you’ve introduced yourself we’ll set up a time for you to bring your script in.

If you are NOT local, please prepare a one-page synopsis of your story and a one-page sample of dialogue you’ve written. Contact us and let us know of your intention to submit and we will send back instructions for how to submit those samples. If your story intrigues us and your storytelling style fits in with our own presentation style and capabilities, then we will invite you to submit the entire script for consideration and then we’ll go from there. There will almost certainly be revisions requested, so be prepared for that.

On the other hand, if you have a script you want produced and are looking for a production company for hire, contact us and we’ll negotiate rates for the production!

What do you pay?

We don’t, generally, although a lot depends on what you can do for us. ARTC is a small-press audio publisher, as well as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, and the money we raise from sales of our productions through mail order or download goes back into the organization to help pay for publicity and fund future productions. Payment for individuals is rare and usually modest.

Do you ever anticipate paying?

Someday, we hope. Our contracts allow for the possibility, and break down the percentage points up front against the day that there is actually some cash left over to divide up. Someday we’d love to have an actual employee. You can help us towards that goal with your purchase or you can make a donation!

I want to be involved! Who do I contact?

Please see the About Us page for all the contact information you might ever want!