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What is a radio theater troupe? The Pocket Radio Theater is a loose collection of voice actors, writers, and sound engineers that produce and release audio dramas. Our audio dramas are like old-time radio serials, or like watching a movie blindfolded. We use sound effects and music to make up for the fact that there is no video. You can listen to our podcasts in the car, but if you really want to appreciate the soundscapes, throw on a pair of nice headphones, sit in a comfy chair, and close your eyes.

Most of our podcasts are episodes in a long-running serial called “The Bootleggers”, which follows the hijinks of a collection of gangsters, smugglers, prostitutes, and upstanding citizens of Rochester, NY in the year 1921. The characters are recurring and there is an overarching story, but if you want to listen to just one episode you won’t be too confused.

There are also some other podcasts that are stand-alone stories, that have nothing to do with the bootleggers. We try and make them as different in tone and type of story as possible.


The Pocket Radio Theater was founded in February of 2013 by Karl Sparks, and has been recording radio dramas for two years now. Composed largely of University of Rochester Medical Center graduate students, the dramas are recorded on campus and released through iTunes and this website. There will be at least one new episode released on the 15th of every month.


Would you like to be a part of the PRT? Have Questions? Contact the site admin and artistic director Karl Sparks at karlsparks@pocketradiotheater.org

About Karl Sparks


Karl Sparks is the literary alter ego of Biophysics PhD candidate Karl J. P. Smith. Karl is the creator and artistic director of the PRT. He writes, produces, directs, edits, and publicizes the podcast. He also is co-director of The Bench Warmers Podcast, along with Madeline Sofia.

Here is his CV. Here is his linkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/karljpsmith. Email him at karlsparks@pocketradiotheater.org. Check out his twitter @10centstories.

He believes in make the world a stranger, more whimsical place.