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An Alternative to Your Zoom Readings

As theaters have closed due to the pandemic, radio has become another popular alternative and a way to share dramatic works with audiences across the globe. 

Those looking for additional exposure and another way to engage in theater besides Zoom or live-streaming should look towards getting their plays on the radio platform! Audio has become an increasingly favored form of entertainment in quarantine, providing needed breaks from screen and reading time. 

Radio allows for increased accessibility, which also leads to increased exposure for you. While Zoom readings or live-stream performances are a great way to create an interactive experience for those you wish to share your work with, radio publicizes your work even further, ensuring that your work is shared with new audiences. 

Unsure where to start? Check out some of the places to submit that we’ve suggested below, and see what their guidelines for submissions are. Perhaps you already have a completed script that meets the requirements! 

Some of these places may require that your script already be in “radio format,” which means it shouldn’t have any stage directions or visual cues. If your script isn’t already formatted as such, you can very easily remove those elements. Make sure you check for this, as some won’t accept stage plays at all, so make sure you don’t automatically disqualify yourself. You can include sound effects and music cues (such as stings and transitions). Be sure that it’s easy to distinguish the sound effects from the music. 

However, there is no industry standard for the formatting of radio plays, so try to follow the specific guidelines to the best of your ability and just go for it! 

It can be intimidating to navigate through uncharted territory, but the possibilities are truly endless! Just think – you could be pioneering a brand new landscape for theater. So get started and put together your radio play today!

Places to submit: 

BBC

Lakes Area Theatre

American Radio Theater

Radio Theater Project

20th Century Radio 

Shoestring Radio Theatre

Petaluma Radio Players

Wireless Theatre Company

RTÉ Radio Drama

Broadway Podcast Network

 

P.S. Looking for more submission opportunities? We offer an updated list each month on The TheaterMakers Studio! Click here to give it a try for 3 days FREE!

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