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Summer Voice Acting Classes


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 24, 2007

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Hand PrintWhile many kids and teenagers may be singing the refrain "School's Out For Summer", there are still workshops and classes going on in the world of voice acting for you to participate in.

If you are craving professional development, check out some of these courses being offered in the final days of June, and the months of July and August, 2007!

Just because your kids, nieces, nephews or grandchildren have ditched their books for the next couple of months doesn't mean that you have to do so too!

We've consolidated many of the learning opportunities going on in the next couple of months here on VOX Daily to give you an idea and preview of how you could be spending the Dog Days of Summer.

For simplicity's sake, here is your Summer 2007 Voice Acting Workshop Schedule in chronological order:

June 30, Fort Myers, FL - Welcome to the World of Voice Over - Randy Thomas

June 30, NYC, NY - Voice Over Immersion - Joan Baker

July 7 (4 classes starting on Saturday July 7), Boston, MA - Voice-over Toolbox - DB Cooper

July 7 (free seminar), Sherman Oaks, CA - All About Voice Over - Becky Bonar

July 9 (free seminar), Sherman Oaks, CA - All About Voice Over - Becky Bonar

July 14, Los Angeles, CA - Voice-over Workshop - Rodney Saulsberry

July 21-22, Los Angeles, CA “ "Silly, Serious & Subtle" An Animation, Interactive & Audiobook Character Voice Event - Pat Fraley

July 21, NYC, NY - Voice Over Immersion - Joan Baker

July 21-22, Dallas, TX - The Business of Voiceovers & Voiceover Techniques for Today's Worldwide Marketplace - Bettye Zoller

July 23, Dallas, TX - Character and Cartoon Voice Techniques - Bettye Zoller

July 28, Dallas, TX - Singer's Workshop - Instructor: Bettye Zoller

August 4-5, Buffalo, NY “ 56 Slick Tricks/9 Critical Skills Event - Pat Fraley

August 11, San Francisco - Voice Over for Teens - Elaine Clark (Voice One)

August 11, Los Angeles, CA - Voice-over Workshop - Rodney Saulsberry

August 17, Los Angeles, CA “ Dan O'Day Radio Summit - Pat Fraley participating

August 18, NYC, NY - Voice Over Immersion - Joan Baker

August 26-27 Calgary, AB Canada - Creating Voices 1 (Private/demo sessions Aug 24 or 28 near sold out) - Deb Munro


If you know of any other classes going on that are not mentioned here, send me an email at stephanie@voices.com and I'll gladly update this page :)


About the Instructors

Joan Baker

Joan is the author of Secrets of Voice-Over Success: Top Voice-Over Actors Reveal How They Did It. She's been teaching and lecturing nationally for over 12 years and is one of New York's top coaches and voice-over professionals. Clients include HBO, Olay, NBC Sports, ABC News, Learning Annex, Nickelodeon, and American Express. Joan is also available for private coaching.

Becky Bonar

Becky Bonar has been an award-winning writer/producer/director for radio commercials and promos since 1984, both with Dick Orkin and The Radio Ranch, and as a freelance talent. Also, Becky is a voice over actress, currently with the William Morris Agency, where, prior to returning full-time to the Ranch, was a Booth Director for two years. Becky Bonar has taught in various workshops in the Los Angeles area, and is looking forward to developing an acting-based curriculum for the new school.

Elaine Clark

Elaine Clark is an award winning actor, director, producer, certified teacher, playwright and the author of the quintessential voice-over book, There's Money Where Your Mouth Is, in addition to being the owner/founder of Voice One. As an actor, she is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having performed in hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials, industrial narrations, video games, cartoons, film and made for television movies. She also serves as an audio engineer, casting director, and multimedia & anime director.

DB Cooper

DB Cooper is a voiceover artist as well as a film and stage actor, director, and radio personality. She™s a staff commercial announcer for WBZ Radio and traffic reporter for a number of Boston-area radio stations. DB does character voices and sound effects for web comics and interactive games, is the call center voice for Northeast Utilities, and has provided voice for corporate video, web presentations, and television commercials.

Pat Fraley

Patrick Fraley has created the voices for over 4,000 characters, placing him among the top ten performers of all time to be cast in animated programs. He has taught voice over for 30 years and holds his workshops in L.A., San Francisco, and New York. His is the only character voice curriculum ever to be accredited at the university level. He holds an MFA degree in Acting from Cornell University, and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers of America.

Deb Munro

With over a dozen years in broadcasting, 5 years in animation/freelance voicing and over 6 years training in acting both on and off camera, Debbie Munro is able to offer a unique perspective into the Voice-Over industry. Debbie is able to incorporate her incredible training, her broadcasting degree, years in theatre and on camera acting, experience as a Casting agent and more into doing what she loves best, spreading her passion for this incredible industry.

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry is the author of the best sellers, You Can Bank on Your Voice and Step up to the Mic. The voice of Twix Candy Bars, Toyota Avalon and the Zatarain™s Jazzman, is also in demand worldwide for his voice-over coaching and commercial workshops. For more than two decades the Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate has given voice to many movie trailers such as, Finding Forrester, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Dumb and Dumberer, The Best Man, and Friday After Next. As an announcer, he has worked on the NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards television specials. Saulsberry, the voice of Joe Robbie Robertson on the cartoon series Spider-Man, resides in Agoura, California.

Randy Thomas

Randy Thomas is one of the most recognized female voices in America. Randy has the distinguished honor as the first and only woman to announce the biggest and most prestigious award show in the world not once but six times including her most recent return in 2005 for the 77th Annual Academy Awards. In 2006 Randy returned to the Tony Awards in NYC for her sixth consecutive appearance as announcer. The American Film Institute brought Randy back for her fifth time to announce their continuing series of œ100 Years...100 Greatest Movies. Randy can be heard daily on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider television shows from Paramount Television.

Bettye Zoller

Owner, voiceover professional and educator Bettye Zoller, with 35 years experience as a degreed educator (colleges and universities, workshops, private coaching and consultations) and 50 years as a professional performer. Bettye began at age five when she was signed as a contract player and went to school on the famous movie lot at MGM Studios in Hollywood. Bettye is the owner of Voicesvoices Educational Events and the Voicesvoices Recording Studio in Dallas. Bettye also is a professional audio engineer, producer and a Simon and Schuster audio author and narrator.

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    Do you have any free workshops for voice over in Florida? Didn't see any on your website. I was looking for beginners workshops in south Florida. Thank you.

    Posted by:
    • Bobby TroyAN
    • July 15, 2007 1:23 PM

      Hi Bobby,

      Thank you for your comment and question.

      I'm not certain if there are any free opportunities for training or informational sessions in Florida, however, I am acquainted with two Florida-based voiceover coaches, Randy Thomas in Fort Myers ( http://www.randythomasvo.com ) and Connie Zimet in Fort Lauderdale ( http://www.conniezimet.com ).

      You may wish to visit their websites to learn more about what they can offer you.



      Posted by:

        For the ones in Dallas, where are they held?

        Posted by:
        • Hannah
        • July 16, 2007 11:15 PM

          Hi Hannah,

          Nice to meet you and thank you for your comment and question.

          To find out more information about the workshops offered in Dallas (you're referring to Bettye Zoller's, correct?), you will need to contact Bettye Zoller directly for more information.




          Posted by:

            How do I attend the August 18, NYC, NY - Voice Over Immersion with Joan Baker? Where is it located and is it free to attend?

            Posted by:
            • Ayesha Hinton
            • August 17, 2007 1:45 PM

              Hi Ayesha,

              Thank you for commenting and it is nice to meet you.

              Here's some more information from Joan's site about the workshop in August on the 18th. The cost is $445. You reserve your seat by calling 212-669-0700. Be sure to ask for the Immersion Class.


              Hope that helps!



              Posted by:

                Hey where in Florida are there voice acting classes? I want to do voice over for anime cartoons like Asian cartoons. Can you help?

                Posted by:
                • Billy
                • September 6, 2007 2:59 PM

                  Do you have any programs in the Buffalo area summer of 08?

                  Posted by:
                  • Ivan Smith jr
                  • April 20, 2008 5:18 PM

                    It's better if our kids go for workshops during a "Summer" and also classes going on in the world of voice acting for you to participate in it will helped to enhance their ability.

                    by: matthew

                    Posted by:

                      Are you offering any progams for the summer of 2009?

                      Posted by:
                      • Elaine
                      • April 19, 2009 12:47 AM

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