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What ARTC means to me – Brian Phillips

It’s our 30th Anniversary! All this year, we’ll be periodically posting stuff about what ARTC means to our members. If any of you want to chime in, send us a note! We’d love to hear about what kind of influence we’ve had on the lives of our listeners!

To get things kicked off, here’s a bit from one of our actors and writers, Brian Phillips:


I was the creative director for the Philco Radio Players, a troupe that I had joined when I answered a newspaper ad for voice talent.  This began a long and happy association with that group as well as a fellow named Robert Drake.  Robert, in turn, asked me to come along with him to dinner, which is where I met David Benedict.  David let me know about the weekly ARTC practice sessions.

At this time, Philco was dormant and I was anxious to do more radio theater.  ARTC provided with me with the outlet to do this,as well as write scripts, one of which, “Night Call”, was performed at DragonCon.  There is nothing like listening to a large audience laughing at what you wrote.
Working with ARTC is wonderful.  Not only are the people talented, but we share many of the same literary experiences, so rehearsal is much like doing a party piece for relatives.
Over the years, I’ve been able to play various roles, which I enjoy, because in radio, it’s what you sound like, not what you look like.  Some of the roles I’ve played a reporter, a bratty kid, an alien who sounds like he’s from the UK, a military man, an egotistical scientist, a henpecked Southern husband, all through the writing of Kelly Ceccato, H. Beam Piper, Ron Butler and Theodore Sturgeon, to name a few.  It’s been a great deal of fun and I hope to do more!
Thank you, ARTC!
 – Brian Phillips