We are a completely independent production, and we create our own original stories. Many of our actors perform and teach at Magnet Theater in New York City. Our stories are directed and sound designed by Jonathan Mitchell, who has been making radio for over 20 years.
Our stories have been broadcast all over the world, and featured on public radio programs like This American Life, All Things Considered, Planet Money, Studio 360, and Snap Judgment.
We're a founding member of Radiotopia from PRX.
THE TRUTH makes movies for your ears: short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Each story is different, and usually 10 to 20 minutes long. We take you to unexpected places using only sound. For best results, use headphones!
Praise for the Truth
- “I know of nothing else in the audio-sphere like The Truth — and nothing smarter, more entertaining, consistently surprising or beautifully produced, either.”
Kurt Andersen, novelist and host of Studio 360
- “What makes Jonathan Mitchell’s audio-fiction program so captivating is how incredibly well-executed it is, and how unquestionably modern it feels.”
Patrick Caldwell, The Daily Dot
- “With his crazy amalgam of skills, Jonathan Mitchell is one of the few producers capable of creating the next revolution in audio storytelling.”
Jad Abumrad, host and producer of Radiolab
- "The stories from The Truth have made me laugh and cry, they’ve left me speechless, and they’ve pushed me to contemplate the meaning of life. What creator Jonathan Mitchell and his team are able to do with audio is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Patricia Thang, Book Riot
- “Radio drama done right”
Roman Mars, host and producer of 99% Invisible
- “Alchemical magic”
Pete Naughton, The Telegraph
- “I’ve been bingeing on The Truth podcast. REALLY well done. Highly recommended.”
Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3 and Coco
- “The Truth is kino AF.”
Anonymous 4chan user
Who We Are
JONATHAN MITCHELL (writer, director, producer) has contributed a wide range of work— documentaries, fictional stories, non-narrated sound collages, and original music— to all sorts of programs: RadioLab, Studio 360, This American Life, All Things Considered, Planet Money, and PBS’s Nova, to name a few. His work has won many awards, including the Peabody, Third Coast Festival, The Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Award, and the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio. He studied music composition at University of Illinois and Mills College.
DAVY GARDNER (writer, associate producer) is a New York City-based writer, improviser, and director. He is a writer for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater's Maude Night on the team, The Foundation. He is the creator of the digital sketch show, Season Two Show, and has written for The Truth Podcast, UCBT's Sketch Cram, Chloé Productions, and Boogiemanja, among others. He taught writing and comedy at the School of the New York Times. For more visit: DavyGardner.com Instagram: @DavyGardner Twitter: @DavyGardner
JAYMES JORSLING (writer, performer) Currently he is an Artist-In-Residence at Brown University, working on his play Tripping Over Roots. This is part of a trilogy: “Insufficient funds!” which addresses where America is headed, unless fairness and freedom become as inalienable as they are obliged to be. Commissions & awards include: Duke, NPR/WNYC/Greene Space, Eugene O’Neill Conference fellow, UCross residency, Lower Manhattan Community Council Fellowship, finalist for the Lark Playwright’s Week. Jaymes has also worked in ABC’s EyeWitness Newsroom, and on the graveyard shift in Bellevue Hospital’s ER.
CHRIS KIPINIAK (writer, performer) Chris Kipiniak is a writer and actor. He co-created the comic Behemoth from MonkeyBrain Comics, and has written multiple titles for Marvel Comics. He wrote many plays and short films (several produced, and many no one's produced). Chris is also an audiobook narrator with over 50 titles on Audible.com. As an actor he's appeared on Broadway, off-broadway, regionally and internationally; films; on TV in Mr. Robot, Delocated, The Good Wife, etc.; and in a Polish commercial with Kevin Spacey. Follow him (Chris, not Kevin ...) on twitter at @ckipiniak.
LOUIS KORNFELD (writer, performer) is a teacher and ensemble member at NYC's Magnet Theater. He can be seen regularly performing there with house improv team The Boss as part of Thursday Night Out, as well as Theory of Everything and MegaLou. Louis has appeared in countless other shows at Magnet and elsewhere, including The Armando Diaz Experience, Tiny Spectacular, and a stint touring with The Second City onboard the NCL Gem. He still hopes you're enjoying your cruise.
DIANA McCORRY (writer, performer) is a Brooklyn-based writer and producer. She graduated from The New School University in 2014 and now produces independent content with Dogfish Pictures and Greyshack Films. She has written several screenplays, the most recent of which, The Man Who Invented Mars, was a finalist in the 2015 Sundance Screenwriters Lab competition.
ERIC MOLINSKY (writer) is the creator and host of Imaginary Worlds, a podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. His work has also appeared on The New Yorker Radio Hour, Studio 360, Marketplace, unFictional, 99% Invisible, WNYC and NPR. A long time ago, he used to work as an animation storyboard artist in Hollywood, and he still sketches people on the subway using his iPhone. But don't tell anyone, he tries to be sly about it.
LILA NEWMAN (writer, performer) is a NY actor and writer who has worked in Chicago, Edinburgh, London, and Moscow. She contributes to Live from Here with Chris Thile on American Public Media. From 2013-2017, Lila wrote for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Screen work includes Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House on Amazon, opposite John Goodman. Stage includes the WTF, Manual Cinema, Everyday Inferno, the Second City, iO Chicago and UCB NY. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA from Drama Centre London. Lila also enjoys playing the banjo, much to her neighbor's dismay. www.lilanewman.com.
JOSH PERILO (writer) After attending North Carolina School of the Arts, Josh Perilo moved to New York and was almost immediately cast in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Corpus Christi, directed by Tony award-winner Joe Mantello. He then turned to writing and performing alternative comedy at the UCB Theater, which has included several long runs in the award-winning sketch group Mr. A$$, Talk Show with Jake Fogelnest, Sketch Show, and a one-person show, Most Likely to Sleep With His Briefcase, amongst others. He has also appeared on Late Nite with Conan O'Brien and Chappelle Show.
BECCA SCHALL (writer, performer) is an actor and writer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a B.A. in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College and studied at the British-American Drama Academy in London. She has written, performed, and directed at the Magnet Theater with sketch teams Fat Kids, Enemy Planet, Baby Shoes, The Misses, and Dinosaur Jones. Her solo character show, "SCHOOLED,” has played to sold-out audiences in both NYC and Seattle. She is also a writer for Reductress. Becca enjoys crossword puzzles and generally being a decent human being. www.beccaschall.com.
SARAH ROSE SISKIND (writer) Sarah is a comedy writer who hails from Oakland, CA and resides in Brooklyn. She writes for the show StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson on NatGeo and Netflix. Previously, she served as Head Writer and Senior Correspondent for On Harvard Time, the world's oldest college comedy news show and Humor Editor for the Harvard Political Review. She worked in LA for Sleepy Hollow on Fox but moved East when she realized she hates sunshine and health. She once performed a birdcall on the David Letterman show but she doesn’t like to talk about it. Yes, that is her prom picture.