CFRC Launches Shortwave Theatre Festival

Published on: 2022/11/01 - in Releases

RELEASE — Love good stories? Looking for some free theatre broadcast live to your living room? Join CFRC 101.9 FM and local theatre collective Cellar Door Project during their collaborative presentation of the second Shortwave Theatre Festival on CFRC’s airwaves from November 1st-6th 2022.

Tune into CFRC 101.9FM and join us for a week long festival of free radio theatre programming without ever leaving your house! Shortwave Theatre Festival features four original plays written, performed, directed and produced by emergent and seasoned artists with Kingston connections in addition to presentations from our partners at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Single Thread Theatre Company.

“Following the tremendous success and community support for Shortwave 2020, we’re so excited to provide another opportunity for campus and local artists to share their creativity with the entire community,” says Dinah Jansen, CFRC Executive Director and Shortwave Theatre Festival Executive Producer. “Shortwave artists have worked collaboratively for over a year to develop and produce original, locally relevant radio theatre performances that are freely accessible through broadcast and podcast. There’s really something for everyone in this year’s program including children. CFRC is proud to continue collaborating with artists to find new ways to reach new and wider audiences.”

Generously supported by City of Kingston Arts Fund, the Dan School of Drama and Music, and the Robert H. Black Residency Program, the Shortwave Theatre Festival company has worked over the past year to produce a free, accessible autumn entertainment experience for listeners in Kingston and worldwide.

This year’s festival plays are complemented by some rebroadcasts from the CFRC theatrical vintage vault, two student-made radio documentaries, and episodes from the 2022 Thousand Islands Playhouse Podcast hosted by Allison Hess and Sophia Fabiilli. We invite listeners to safely enjoy the Shortwave Theatre Festival from the comfort of their own homes with some buttery popcorn and a mug of hot apple cider!

“Cellar Door Project is overjoyed to have partnered with CFRC on the second ever Shortwave Theatre Festival” says Mariah Horner, artistic producer of Cellar Door project, and Shortwave Festival Director. “This year’s shows really look closely at the magic of ordinary life. We’re so excited to continue to support artists with different experience levels in creating new pieces of drama. I think it’s vital for the theatre ecosystem in Kingston to continue to experiment with different forms. Even better that the program is free!”

Through the first week of November, CFRC will broadcast original performances and additional programming locally on 101.9 FM, Cogeco Cable 282, and via stream at

For more information and the complete schedule, visit