The National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc. began in 1979 as the Midwest Radio Theatre Workshop, and is a fully-qualified 501(c)(3) non-for-profit corporation based in Missouri. The mission of the NATF is to serve the advancement of audio theatre and evolving media arts through education and presentation. NATF currently incorporates the learning skills once offered at it's annual week-long workshops into the HEAR Now Festivals Workshop 101 program. Click here for information on Workshop 101.
Over the years, instructors and special guests have included David Ossman, Phil Proctor, and Peter Bergman of the Firesign Theatre; Tom Lopez of the ZBS Foundation; Otherworld Media’s Judith Walcutt; Roger Gregg of Ireland’s Crazy Dog Audio Theatre; Yuri Rasovsky; Charles Potter; Sue Zizza; Simon “Arthur Dent” Jones; Richard Fish; and successful audio book narrators Barbara Rosenblat, William Dufris, Mirron Willis, and Kathy Garver.
Many hundreds of participants have gone away from the Workshop, exhausted and inspired, with a strong sense of both the accessibility of the art form and of its enormous possibilities. Scores of new audio theatre groups and efforts have emerged all over the country as a result of the Workshop. As we enter the second decade of the millenium, NATF is greatly encouraged by the opportunities opened up by the internet, along with the increasing interest in voice acting for various arts, and is working to grow, move, and expand its scope.
As stated, the NATF is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. That means we are community. We are also not underwritten by any large corporations. IF NATF is to grow, we need your help, we need your membership, and we need your support.
Correspondence can be sent to:
National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc.
PO Box 227
Carle Place, NY 11514
Board of Directors
President: Sue Zizza (Hempstead, NY)
Vice President: Peter Gregg
(St Paul, MN)
Treasurer: Ellen Stewart
Secretary: Rozanne Divine, (Kansas City, KS)
Steve Donofrio - Harrisburg, MO
Alice Anne English - Rockville, MD
Jeff Hays - Kansas City, MO
Kendra Murray - Petaluma, CA
Larry Oppenheimer - Vallejo, CA
Charlie Potter - Malden, NY
Renee Pringle - Washington, DC
Ralph Scott - Petaluma, CA
HEAR Now Festival Director: Cynthia Allen
Advisory Board Members
Charlie Potter (Chair)
The Firesign Theatre
Roger Gregg- Crazy Dog Audio Theatre
Tom Lopez- ZBS
Brian Price- Great Northern Audio Theatre
Don Priest - Community Radio - Fesno, CA
Ben Taylor - Recording Engineer - Tempe, AZ
Randy Thom- Skywalker Sound
Vanessa Whitburn- BBC
Robin Whitten- Audiofile Magazine