Fall 2021

Past Events

August 22, 2021
August 21, 2021
August 20, 2021
August 19, 2021
September 19, 2021
September 18, 2021
September 17, 2021
September 16, 2021
September 15, 2021


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
(enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)

New World Radio poster

Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program is proud to present New World Radio directed and co-written by Kelly O’Donnell '21.


Co-written by O'Donnell and alum Greg T. Nanni '21, New World Radio is a tech-themed radio show featuring special guests, fun games, and Sci-Fi re-enactments. This week features futurologist Miranda P. Scully and one of our most anticipated re-imaginings. Can Miranda survive the Dystopia Improv Zone? Tune in to find out. After all, we are all in this together.


Stream Online

Performed in the Flexible Performance Space at the Lenfest Center for the Arts from August 19–22, the presentation will be available to stream online September 15-19, 2021. To watch this production, you will need to create a Five OHM account at the link below. Once you make your account you can click "Thesis Productions" to get to New World Radio's page


Kelly ChickIsaiah Dodo-Williams (student), Sam OgilvieNatalie PernickNatasha Thweatt, and Enzo Veiga.


Production Team

Director Kelly O’Donnell '21
Producer Katherine Daugherty (student)
Playwright Greg T. Nanni '21
Dramaturgs Danielle Feder '21 & Cristina (Cha) Ramos '21
Company Manager Joanna Pisano (student)
Production Stage Manager Robbie Armstrong '21
Assistant Stage Manager Eszter Zador (student)
Set Designer Yi-Hsuan (Ant) Ma
Assistant Set Designer Marissa Todd
Lighting Designer Hamilton Guillén
Costume Designer Stine Dahlman
Foley Designer Kelly Drake
Props Coordinator Liv Rigdon (student)

About the Director

Kelly O'Donnell '21 (Director & Co-Writer) is a NYC-based director living in Astoria, Queens. Prior to grad school, she co-founded Flux Theatre Ensemble where she directed 13 of their productions including Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood and Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz, Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams, World Builders by Johnna Adams, and Jane the Plain by Corinna Schulenburg. She has also directed productions at schools such as Temple University, NYU Tisch, Lafayette College, and The Lee Strasberg School. She's directed many developmental workshops of new plays including Tiny Houses by Stefanie Zadravec at New Dramatists Playtime Lab and Kodachrome by Adam Szymkowicz at Portland Center Stage JAW. Fun fact: For five years, Kelly worked at Google where she was deeply ingrained inside a brave new world.

Directing Thesis Interview: 'New World Radio'

For her thesis production, Kelly O’Donnell '21 directs a devised, brand-new, brave new production, New World Radio, inspired by radio drama and questions about our future.

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