- Do you hold auditions?
- Not in the generally accepted sense. But 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.
- 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. *ahem*
- It's an unequalled opportunity for actors, as well. Only in audio can a middle-aged man who looks like Santa Claus (like the author of this page) get cast as a romantic lead (as I have done in "Country of the Blind" and "Throne of Shadows") or a vicious gunslinger (in our live production of "All Hallows Moon"). But you haven't heard it, because the tapes haven't been released, because we need production staff. (See above.)
- 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 tape 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 us at
for times and directions.
- What do you pay?
- We don't, generally. ARTC is an all-volunteer "community theater" (or are we "small-press audio"? We haven't decided), and the money we raise from tape sales goes back into the organization to help pay for publicity and tape production. Neither our writers, nor our actors, nor our production team are paid for their work.
- 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.