Raven Radio Theater "Live"

Unique Conference Keynote Presentation

Return to the golden days of radio as twenty or more volunteer conference participants recreate an old-fashioned “live” radio drama broadcast, circa 1940, complete with period microphones and an assortment of engaging, hand-operated sound effects directed by Joe McHugh. This popular presentation can be scheduled as a keynote of luncheon/evening banquet event. Rehearsal time for the volunteer readers and sound effects' crew is approximately one hour. A selection of entertaining original scripts is available or a new script can be commissioned which addresses the theme of the conference. A refreshing change from the traditional keynote presentation.


• all audio mixing and recording equipment

• a variety of imaginative hand-operated sound effects

• original radio drama script

• experienced radio drama direction

• professional recording of the performance

• large screen slide show to enhance script


“The Raven Radio Theater was a big hit with cast members and audience alike and our membership thoroughly enjoyed watching their peers have so much fun. Joe and Paula McHugh have always shown high levels of professionalism, quality work and interaction, and follow-through to the commitments made.”


~ Mack Armstrong, Ed.D. Assistant Executive Director, Professional Development, Washington Association of School Administrators

The Raven Radio Theater Provides:

“Everyone loved the Raven Radio Show. I really appreciated the McHughs’ cooperation and willingness to provide us with such a unique opening session; it set the pace for the conference and contributed to everyone’s enjoyment of the weekend.”


~ Bebs Chorak, Deputy Director, Youth for Justice Conference

To book The Raven Radio Theater for your upcoming conference:

email a request: info@ravenradiotheater.org

The Raven Radio Theater of the Air, is a unique opportunity for your organization to put on an old-fashioned radio play, complete with period microphones and a variety of hand-operated sound effects, a wind machine, thunder sheet, crackling campfire, ringing telephone, and of course, coconut shells for the sound of galloping horses. And the best part is that Raven Radio Theater plays are performed “live,” not by professional actors, but by twenty or more members of your own organization who have volunteered to be part of the fun. There are even moments in the play when the audience is prompted to join in as a cheering crowd or an angry mob. 

And the beauty of these Raven Radio Theater plays is that no memorization is required on the part of the volunteers. As it was during the golden age of radio, cast members read from scripts while the six to eight members of the sound effects team respond to a series of cue cards held up by the sound effects’ director. That means the cast and sound effects team are ready to perform with as little as one hour of rehearsal. That’s right. One hour. It’s all thanks to the years of experience the Raven Radio Theater brings to the design of this unique activity, a design that guarantees that anyone, including those with no theatrical experience, can enjoy the pleasure and excitement of this form of collective storytelling. Following the show the Raven Radio Theater will provide your organization with a professional audio recording of the performance.  

The Raven Radio Theater was created by Joe and Paula McHugh in 1990. During the performance, Joe directs the readers with hand gestures while mixing in music and pre-recorded sounds, such as night time crickets or a raging river. Paula teaches and directs the sound effects team. And let me tell you, there’s a lot of laughter coming from the sound effects table as they learn how to imitate the turning of wagon wheels, the crack of a whip, and the approach of hurried footsteps.

We were very pleased with the McHugh's, Raven Radio Theater radio play team-building exercise. Their understanding of cultures, communication and how people learn is unique and very important in today's fast-paced world.”


~ Bebs Chorak, Deputy Director, Youth for Justice Conference

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