In this episode’s cast spotlight we feature Daniel Taylor who plays Professor William McKinley Martin, the instigator of the expedition to the Malatezi Escarpment!
Daniel began with ARTC in 1988 as Foley artist, creating and performing live sound effects for stage and tape productions, beginning with Dragon*Con 2 (The Dunwich Horror, in which he likes to say he played the title role). His name appears in the sound effects credits of most of ARTC’s early releases.
This whetted his appetite to write. In addition to creating and writing the popular series Bumpers Crossroads, he currently concentrates on adaptations, such as Robert A Heinlein’s Solution Unsatisfactory, Henry Lee Forrest’s Special Order and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde. He has also worked with Thomas E. Fuller to create audio versions of Mr. Fuller’s stage plays Throne of Shadows and An Atlanta Christmas.”
He continues to be dazzled by the calibre of people with whom he associates through ARTC.
ARTC Executive Producer David Benedict was interviewed on Voyage ATL!
Today we’d like to introduce you to David Benedict.
David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC) was founded in 1984 by radio personality William L. Brown and actor/director Patrick Stansbury. They incorporated ARTC as a non-profit educational corporation, dedicated to the production and distribution of quality audio drama.
To procure funding, Mr. Stansbury persuaded the Citizens and Southern National Bank (as it was then known, later part of NationsBank, now Bank of America) to sponsor a weekly, one hour program on WGST-AM — and Mr. Brown turned his spare bedroom into a recording studio. Atlanta playwright Thomas E. Fuller (now better known as one of the authors of Wishbone books for young readers) was enlisted as principal writer, and numerous actors from the local theatrical community joined this exciting new venture.
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Welcome to the first episode of Nairobi Jack and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani! For this series, we’re going to feature a member of the cast in each episode. Today’s featured performer, Eric Lang, who portrays Nairobi’s trusty partner in adventure (sidekick just doesn’t do him justice), Dusty Jim Slayback!
Through the magic of radio, Eric debuted with ARTC by playing a nimble-fingered mechanic (Dusty Jim Slayback in Nairobi Jack Rackham and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani) despite the fact that in reality he has trouble replacing the batteries in his t.v. remote. A former English teacher, Eric is now a professional film and theater actor. Favorite performances around town include Francis in Forever Plaid (Marietta Theatre Company), Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple (Magari Theatre Company) and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Tavern). Eric is represented by Kathleen Schultz Associates, and his website is ericdlang.wix.com/elang.
Look for more performer features as the series goes on! And remember, the Centauri Express will come to you twice each month now on the second and fourth Thursday…barring disaster.
Thanks, everyone, for a great Dragon Con! We had some amazing shows and made some new friends.
Our next show will be at Monsterama, where we will reprise The Brides of Dracula and may bring some new surprises as well! Stay tuned for more details! The Blood is the Life