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Audio Theater Workshop – From Surround Sound to Narration, June 23 – 30, 2007 May 22, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Out Basket, >> Radio Drama.

The National Audio Theatre Festivals will host the 26th annual Audio Theater Workshop in West Plains, MO, June 23-30, 2007.

This unique audio arts training week is dedicated to all areas of audio production, with a look toward future technology. Beginners to experts of all ages are welcome.

Work with the best . . .

The 2007 Audio Theater Workshop will include concurrent Foundation Classes in all aspects of audio theater production including: writing, performance, recording, mixing, sound design, directing and much more.

The 2007 ATW will include a live theater performance on Friday, June 29, 2007, which will be broadcast and webcast as well as recorded. Show elements will come from workshop classes and participants and will include narrators, Improv Sketches, an NATF Script Competition winner’s play and more.

Some of what you’ll find at the 2007 ATW: Participants attending the weeklong workshop will be able to take classes in audio performance and production.

Special Programs include:

  • A Narrator’s Track hosted by Grammy and Audie-winning audiobook producer/director Paul Ruben. William Dufris, known to many as the voice of Bob the Builder, will be on hand to work with narrators on demo reels. Limited to 20 participants.
  • Improv and character development workshops.
  • Sound Design and Sound Effects sessions.
  • Production of a new audio play from the NATF Script Competition.
  • Field Recording and Audio Art. Award winning audio producer Dwight Frizzell will create “Sonic Force” for the NATF workshop audience – a composition for voice and machine which uses the sounds of A-10 Warthog fighter engines to tell the human stories of the pilots and their jets. Some additional field recording will be done at the conference for this play.

Registration, housing, and more

Register now through June 8th for $450. Late registration from June 9-23, 2007 is $500. Registration, housing and travel forms are attached. Housing for the workshop varies from limited low-cost shared dorm rooms ($170 for the week) to affordable hotel rooms in West Plains. Participants can spend $350.00 for the week in a shared hotel room with a shared bath at the West Plains Ramada Inn (rate of $50.00 per person/per night – includes sales and hotel taxes) or $448.00 for the week in a private room/bath at the Inn (rate of $64.00 per person/per night – includes sales and hotel taxes). All housing must be arranged through NATF. Workshop participants and staff will fly into Memphis, TN, on Saturday, June 23, 2007. The NATF shuttle will leave Memphis at 2:00pm and arrive at Southwest Missouri State University in West Plains by 4:30pm. The return bus leaves West Plains at 8:30am Saturday, June 30, 2007. All workshoppers are asked to please book return flights from Memphis departing after 2:00pm. Shuttle service to and from the Memphis airport is $70 round trip.

Visit http://www.natf.org/ for workshop Registration and Travel Forms.


An Opening Reception featuring a buffet will be served on Saturday, June 23rd. The 2007 ATW schedule has been structured to allow more flexibility for lunch and dinner with cast and crew, so the ATW staff will only be serving breakfast daily for a cost of $9.00 per day for seven days (Sunday 6/24 – Saturday 6/30). This includes all tax and tips. That’s $63.00 for all breakfasts. All participants and staff must attend breakfast daily. Meals are paid for once all registration information has been confirmed.

NATF Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available to help offset part of the registration fee. See the Scholarship Application Form for deadlines and details.

Funding for ATW 

The Audio Theater Workshop is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance. Special thanks to Southwest Missouri State University.

Contact information and details

Sue Zizza
(516) 483-8321

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