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Schools and Coaches for Voiceover and Animation

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Schools and Coaches for Voiceover and Animation
Simply said, it's different. Acting without gesture and facial expression, using voice only, is a craft all its own and often requires specialized training. There are many schools and coaches in the major markets (Los Angeles and New York) as well the smaller regional markets that provide one-on-one instruction, group classes, and workshops. Following is a list of schools and coaches that offer voiceover/animation training.

ALABAMA

Marie Prater
2642 O'Neal Circle
Birmingham, AL 35226-2357(205) 822-8135
Fax: (205) 979-0912
Voice-over training in six bi-weekly in-studio classes, 12 hours in the studio.

ARIZONA

Maitlin Studio for the Arts
P.O. Box 10067
Glendale, AZ(602) 402-7740
www.matlinstudio.com

Lou Hunt - VO Coaching & Beyond!
Phoenix, AZ(480) 592-0059
www.voiceovercoaching.net

CALIFORNIA

Aliso Creek Productions
4106 W. Burbank, Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505(818) 954-9931
www.alisocreek.net
Technique: Voice-over classes for commercials and animation.  6-week classes with 6 students.  Specialization: Digital demo tape production and CD graphics.

Dan Balestrero
13700 Marina Pointe Drive, Ste. 623
Marina del Rey, CA 90292(310) 827-3500
e-mail: dan@masteringvoiceover.com
www.masteringvoiceover.com

Beverly Bremers' Voicercise
(949) 874-0616
www.voicercise.net
Voice-over basic training covering commercial, animation and narration techniques.  Also included are warm-ups, microphone technique, marketing and demo information.  Private lessons, professional workout, accent reduction, and demo production are also available.  Classes held in Orange County and San Diego.  Also teaches singing.

D'Marco
Spanish Voiceover(626) 458-3795
www.tinadmarco.com
Technique: Voiceover classes in L.A. produces Spanish voice-over demo. 

Delores Diehl 
The Voiceover Connection, Inc.
691 S. Irolo St. Ste. 212
Los Angeles, CA 90005(213) 384-9251
 www.voconnection.com/classes.html

Don Morrow Voice-Over Training
(203) 748-0378
CA Number: (323) 876-5645
www.worldwidevoiceovers.com
Technique: One-on-One training from active voice-over
performer with major credits with samples on website
mentioned above.  Specialities: Demos, trailers, promos,
commercials, narration.
Elaine Clark
Voice One
665 Third Street, Ste. 227
San Francisco, CA 94107(415) 974-1103
Fax: (415) 974-1105
E-mail: vone@aol.com
Author of "There's Money Where Your Mouth Is."

Huck Liggett/The Voicecaster
1832 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506(818) 841-5300
Technique: Voiceover workshops available on all levels including introduction, intermediate, audition/pro & animation.  Providing the tools to approach the copy, direction, and the audition process on a competitive level.  Specialization: Commercials, narration, industrials, CD-ROM, promos, infomercials.

James R. Alburger
VoiceActing, LLC
13639 Freeport Road
San Diego, CA 92129-3210(858) 484-0220
e-mail: info@voiceacting.com
www.voicecasting.com

Kalmenson & Kalmenson
Voice Casting & Education
Education Dept.
105 S. Sparks St.
Burbank, CA 91506(818) 377-3600
www.kalmenson.com
Technique: The actor's quest for excellence, establishing an individual's signature as a commercial voice actor. Specialization: voiceover casting, classes for all levels. 

Laura DiTirro McMillin
(310) 430-8733
Specializes in accent reduction for foreign actors. Also, as a dialectician, prepares actors who need to acquire a specific accent/dialect for a given role.  Works on location as well as gives private instruction.  The work is intensive and extremely rewarding, as the student acquires an entirely new facet to his/her talent.  My method involves the creation of a "phonemic blueprint" of a specific dialect, with which I will alter the "color" of the actor's script.  "My goal as a professor is to arm the student with information, experience and confidence he or she will need to give a stellar performance."
Leigh Gillbert 
(323) 692-5704
e-mail: leeleethevoguru@aol.com
Technique: Approaching the copy with an awareness of the product-getting to know the integrity of the client, then applying that to the copy. Specialization: Voiceover Commercial announcer and character, animation and promo. Produces and directs demos.

Louise Chamis
(818) 985-0130
Teaching adults and children the skills of selling product using subliminal suggestion.  Also working with students to create and shape cartoon and character voices using storyboards and pictures.  Teaching 32 years, recommended by agents.  The current voice of the Queen and the witch in all "Snow White" Disney projects worldwide.  Produces CDs.

Marc Cashman
Cashman Commercials
26136 N. Twain Place
Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381(661) 222-9300
(800) 789-RADIO
www.cashmancommercials.com/classes.html

Nancy Wolfson
Braintracks Audio
11693 San Vicente Blvd.
Brentwood, CA 90049 (310) 472-4480
E-mail: BraintracksAudio@yahoo.com
www.braintracksaudio.com

Rick Zieff's Unbelievable Fun Voice-over Class
West Hollywood Studio(323) 651-1666
e-mail: rickzieff@yahoo.com
Rick is a busy voice-over director, casting director, and actor.  Among his noteworthy credits are voice-directing the acclaimed animated feature "Steamboy" and Cartoon Network's "Gundam Force", casting the Oscar-winning animated short film "The ChubbChubbs!", and voicing everything from dogs to robots.  He teaches mike technique for TV and radio commercials, animation, narration, and audiobooks.  Rick emphasizes the importance of character development and text analysis, and stresses that making strong creative choices are essential at the microphone.  He will guide you through preparing a demo that will be your calling card to the voice-over world.  Rick's fun, fast-paced style makes him one of L.A.'s most sought after teachers. 
Terry Berland Casting
Voice-over Training(310) 775-6608
Technique: Creating a very real sound from your strengths, bringing something of your own to the copy and taking direction.

The Voiceover Connection, Inc.
Dolores Diehl(213) 384-9251
www.voconnection.com
Technique: Training for all phases, all levels directed by Dolores Diehl.  Voice-over Agents and Casting Directors at 3 studios: Hollywood, Valley Village, North Hollywood.  Call or e-mail for details.  E-mail: doloresdiehl@earthlink.net.  Specialization: Voiceover Acting, Commercials, Animation, Narration, Audiobooks, Interactive, Internet Drama/Comedy.

Voicetrax West
12215 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 205
Studio City, CA 91604(818) 487-9001
e-mail: vtw@voicetraxwest.com
www.voicetraxwest.com
Andrew Feliciano (Owner), Susan Palyo and Art Buttler (teachers).

CONNECTICUT

Edge Studio
1817 Black Rock Turnpike, Ste. 102
Fairfield, CT 06825toll free: (888)-321-edge
203 374-edge
e-mail: info@edgestudio.com

FLORIDA

John Burr Productions
7825 Kavanagh Court
Sarasota, FL 34240(941) 378-0021
`e-mail: info@johnburrproductions.com
www.johnburrvoice.com
Danielle Seadia
The Voiceover Company Boston and Orlando offices
Nationwide coaching services877-WE-VOICE
e-mail: studio@voiceimage.com
www.thevoiceovercompany.com
www.BeOnTheRadio.com
Top Hat Productions
P.O. Box 5686
Lake Worth, FL 33466-5686(561) 963-6442
toll free: (888) 794-0528
e-mail: info@tophatproductions.net

Voiceovers Unlimited
204 37th Ave. N., Ste. 405
St. Peterburg, FL
33704-1416(917) 363-3130
email: aaavoicecasting@aol.com
www.voiceoversunlimited.com
Now in its 28th year, Voiceovers Unlimited was the first training program in the NYC area devoted specifically to voiceovers and now offers them in FL as well.  Services offered include: private and group coaching.  Demo production.  Business coaching.  Seminars with industry professionals including agents and casting directors.  Master classes in audio books, character voices & medical narration.  Voice & diction training voiceovers.  Separate casting division. State of the art recording facilities at leading NY production company, Full House Productions.  Honest & realistic free evaluations available for those considering entering the voiceovers industry. 

GEORGIA

Judith Sullivan
The Communicating Voice
1040 Canter Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324-2503(404) 261-9778

KANSAS

Actor Training Studio
7457 Cherokee Drive
Prairie Village, KS 66208(816) 674-5601
email: andy@actortrainingstudio.com


MARYLAND/DC AREAS

John Burr Productions
4405 East-West Highway, Ste. 101
Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 654-3800
e-mail: info@johnburrproductions.com
www.johnburrvoice.com

Nancy Camp 
Voiceovers From Camp
Washington, DC (703) 521-4339
www.nancycamp.com
No beginners-only works with those who have some acting
and V-O experience.

MASSACHUSETTS

Danielle Seadia
The Voiceover Company Boston and Orlando offices
Nationwide coaching services(877)-WE-VOICE
e-mail: studio@voiceimage.com
www.thevoiceovercompany.com
www.BeOnTheRadio.com

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY

The Art of Voice-Overs with Steve Harris
241 E. 76th St.
New York, NY 10021(212) 517-8616
e-mail: theartofvoice@aol.comwww.TheArtofVoiceNY.com
(performer's resource directory east)
Professional, one-to-one, all-inclusive on-microphone voiceover training program for all copy and vocal styles/attitudes, audition performance skills, and recording session techniques, by national voice-over talent, Steve Harris (AT&T, ABC-TV, Disney,IBM, Kellogg's, KFC, Lotus, PBS, Pepsi). Specializes in spokesperson/announcer techniques, characters, animation, and all types of narration for audio books and corporate/educational media. Highly competitive professional digital demo reels produced in our state of the art studio for commercials, promos, and animation. Contact list and perpetual talent guidance and support also offered.

Catherine Marks
250 E. 73rd St., Ste. 17D
New York, NY 10021(212) 737-5911
Techniques: Coaching for voice-overs, including professional demo technique. Specializes: Acting Technique; Monologue/Audition/Coaching.
Charles Michel
350 W. 55th St., Ste. 8C
New York, NY 10019 toll free: 866-946-8642
(212)-582-9394
(866) WINVOICE
e-mail: charlesmichel@thewinningvoice.com
www.thewinningvoice.com

David Zema Enterprises, Inc.
Voice of Success Programs
135 W. 26th St., 2nd fl.
(between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001(212) 675-4978
e-mail: DavidZema@aol.com
www.DavidZema.com
Hours by appointment only! Techniques audition skills on microphone work, studio recording sessions, opening vocal range, and stylistic variety.  Specializes: All areas covered including: commercials, characters, narration, animation, industrial, corporate, books, documentary, etc.

Don Morrow Voice-Over Training
(203) 748-0378
CA Number: (323) 876-5645
www.donmorrowvoiceovers.com
www.vodon.biz
Technique: One-on-One training from active voice-over performer with major credits with samples on website mentioned above.  Also; an incredible total immersion home study course, no matter where in the world you may be. Specialites: Demos, trailers, promos, commercials, narration.
Ed Green
300 E. 57th St.
New York, NY 10022(212) 752-9123
e-mail: ed@edgreen.com
www.edgreen.com
Private one-on-one course for voice-over/narration/
promos/trailers.  Course also available by logging on to website.

Edge Studio
307 Seventh Ave., Ste. 1007
New York, NY 10007
Toll free: (888)-321-edge
(212)-868-edge
Marla Kirban
Marla Kirban Voiceovers
630 Ninth Avenue, Ste. 1104
New York, NY 10036(212) 397-7969
e-mail: marlajkirban@hotmail.com

On Camera…and off, Inc. - Larry Conroy
42 West 13th Street, Ste. 4D
New York, NY 10011-7922(212) 741-1444
e-mail: oncamoff@aol.com
www.larryconroy.com

One Destiny Productions/
Creative Media Design
250 5th Ave., Ste. 400
New York, NY 10001(212) 213-9420
e-mail: info@1destinyproductions.com
info@cmdnyc.com
Roy Yokelson – Antland Productions
686 E. Passaic Ave.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003(917) 642-9999
(973) 338-7338
e-mail: AntlandProds@aol.com
Also does voiceover demo production.

Weist-Barron
35 W. 45th St. 6th fl.
New York, NY 10036(212) 840-7025
We have a sound booth and offer VO I, training your voice and analyzing copy. As well as VI II preparation for recording your demo. The instructors are radio personality Batt Johnson and B'way, TV Commercial & VO actor Michael Ingram. We also offer several VO exclusive industry evenings throughout the year.

Voiceovers Unlimited
123 W. 18th St., 7th fl.
New York, NY 10011(917) 363-9877
email: aaavoicecasting@aol.com
www.voiceoversunlimited.com
Now in its 28th year, Voiceovers Unlimited was the first training program in the NYC area devoted specifically to voiceovers.  Services offered include: private and group coaching.  Demo production.  Business coaching.  Seminars with industry professionals including agents and casting directors.  Master classes in audio books, character voices & medical narration.  Voice & diction training voiceovers.  A separate casting division, AAAVoiceCasting.  State of the art recording facilities at leading NY production company, Full House Productions.  Honest & realistic free evaluations available for those considering entering the voiceovers industry. 

TENNESSEE

Actor's School Nashville Tennessee
1227 Lakeview Drive, Ste. 2
Franklin, TN 37067(615) 385-5181
www.actorsschoolusa.com/index.asp
Voiceovers: Introductions, Advanced, Character and Radio.

TEXAS

Bob Michaels
Dallas, TX (972) 243-6086
e-mail: bob_michaels@sbcglobal.net

WASHINGTON STATE

Michele Martines / Kathryn Luster
I am sound Studio
Bellevue, WA (425) 378-0223

Barbara Rey
Creative Talent Development
P O Box 482
Bellevue WA 98009-0482(425) 644-4317
e-mail: Barbara@creatalent.com
www.creatalent.com
Voiceover workshops, talent consultant and on-camera classes.

UTAH

Scott Shurian Voice Overs
Workshops
www.voscott.com/workshops.html

VIRGINIA

MineWurx Studio
(Fairfax, Virginia Location)
Easy access from all of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. ProTools - Adobe Audition - Source-Connect Network Quality Sound Isolation Commercial and Narration Demo Production.
e-mail: studio@minewurx.com
Studio Line: (703) 293-6213
ISDN Primary: (703) 273-3154
ISDN Secondary: (703) 273-3186

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