Lance Roger Axt was creator of the audio theatre production company Play it by Ear Productions, and served as Producing Director from 2002 through 2010. During that time he produced the following world-premiere radio one-acts for the award-winning Play it by Ear anthology series “We Have Ignition:” The Field by Elizabeth Benjamin (winner of the 2004 Ogle Award for outstanding Fantasy, Horror, or Mystery audio theatre piece); The Love Song Of… by Lynn Rosen; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Chaz by Robert Grady; and Turn to Stone by Stephen Tesher (which he also directed). He also produced a show of original five-minute radio plays called You Have Five Minutes… which was recorded before a live audience in Albuquerque, NM in 2009. These works have aired on community radio stations across the country, on podcast series, and have been heard by literally thousands of listeners around the world.
In addition, Lance produced a live re-creation of Norman Corwin’s legendary audio essay We Hold These Truths at the Canterbury Woods Auditorium in Pacific Grove, CA (2005), followed by a series of old-time radio re-creations in Pacific Grove through Play it by Ear under the banner of “Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear” the following year at coffee houses and retirement homes through to Play it by Ear’s end and the creation of The AudioComics Company, for which he is producer, director, and actor.
Lance has been a proud member of the National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc. an organization dedicated to promoting contemporary audio theatre, since 2002; Lance has been a Board Member since 2009, was elected to Vice President in 2011, and has been a regular attendee at the NATF’s Audio Theatre Workshop in Missouri, where he performed in the audio dramas Homefront, Thar’s a Yankee!, Sonic Force, and Histories, and directed the world premiere of Knocking on Heaven’s Door (written by comics legend JM DeMatteis) at the 2011 ATW. Lance also produced the NATF’s “Audio Art of Animation” workshop in Hollywood where acting students worked with leading directors and actors related to animated film and television, is developing an audio playwrights retreat in Big Sur, CA, and is one of the co-creators of the Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre (the only award of its kind in America honoring life achievement in audio theatre/radio drama), and serves on the Nominating Committee.