Judith Kampfner, Director of CIM
Born in Singapore, Kampfner has lived and worked in Australia, UK and America. She began her radio career in the drama department of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and then worked on contract at the BBC producing and presenting features and long form documentaries particularly for BBC World Service.
After moving to Chicago, she freelanced for all BBC networks as a producer, presenter and reporter and sports commentator. American clients followed: WBEZ. NPR and PRI shows such as Performance Today, The World and All Things Considered.
She moved to New York to a job as senior producer for the pilot phase of Studio 360 and then became arts producer for WNYC for six years hosting and producing regular segments for Morning Edition.
She was invited to establish an independent company to produce plays and documentaries for BBC radio – Corporation For Independent Media – CIM and returned to the UK to establish the company which now is based in New York.
CIM has an established niche at the BBC for authentic American shows as well as for international radio. Kampfner has recorded dramas in Sydney, New York, Chicago, London, and Manchester and made documentaries across America as well as Indonesia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Moscow, Czech Republic, Spain and India.
As a dramaturg and editor, Kampfner enjoys working closely with playwrights and guiding their writing for audio. She likes to work with actors through improvisation where they contribute lines, idioms and ideas from their native language and culture. In ‘Drone Pilots’ this was with a Pashtu community group, ‘In the Shadows’ had a cast of Spanish speakers and Moscow Prodigal, Circus Train and Target Audience had a repertory company of Russian actors.
As a writer she’s written radio dramas and adapted stage plays and novels for radio. Her play about Henry Darger has had readings with three companies in Chicago and New York and was workshopped by members of Lookingglass Theater. She is currently working on a new radio play and a libretto.
She is represented by International Performing Rights, Ltd.
Kampfner is on the Board of Directors of Composers Concordance and is a member of Audio UK, Radio Academy, and the League of Professional Theater Women.
Some artists who have hosted or appeared in CIM shows:
Rosamund Pike, Alan Alda, Lindsay Duncan, Simon Russell Beale, Mike Daisey, Tracy Letts, Anthony Sher, Stephen Merchant, Amy Morton, Patrick Malahide, Robert Powell, Roger Moore, Rupert Graves, Jack Klaff, Josh Hamilton, David Rasche, Jennifer Van Dyck, Suzanne Bertish, Yasen Peyankov, Troy West, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Paul Lazar, Alan Arkin, Amy Warren.
John Berger, Michael Cunningham, Joyce Maynard, Alice Sebold, Simon Van Booy, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Adam Gopnik, Simon Winchester, Nathan Englander, Audrey Niffenegger, T.C Boyle, George Pelecanos, Ntozake Shange, Susan Orlean, Geoff Dyer, Alan Ayckbourn, Louis Nowra.
Steve Reich, Margaret Leng Tan, Nigel Kennedy, Gavin Bryars
Rachel Whiteread, Anish Kapoor, Eduardo Paolozzi.
Peter Brook, Nick Hytner, Kwame Kwei Armah, Baz Luhrmann.
Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (The Kitchen Sisters), Jad Abumrad, Robert Krulwich, Ira Glass.