Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
I've been telling stories professionally for over 30 years, and I’m ready to tell yours with a voice that is warm, confident, and believable.
English (North American)
British, England - North West (Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire), England - Received Pronunciation (RP, BBC), German, North American, US New England (Boston, Providence), US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta), US South West (Texas)
Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+), Young Adult (18-35)
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television
ROBERT SMYTHE is considered one of Philadelphia's most creative and imaginative directors and producers. According to Philadelphia City Paper, his work “sparked the theater renaissance that continues to this day.” A recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as six Solo Performer Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, he has won six Barrymore Awards and received three additional nominations. A performer and teacher as well as a director and playwright, in 2011 he appeared on Broadway in The Little Prince, while Philadelphia Magazine named him “Best Professor” in their 2010 annual “Best of Philly” issue. He was the first artist to receive a commission from the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in 2008, and the resulting collaboration between him and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Stravinsky’s “l’Histoire du Soldat,” won the 2011 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Collaboration.
According to the Puppeteers of America, Robert is one of the most influential puppeteers in the United States, widely acknowledged to have changed perceptions about puppetry and theater. He was the founder of Mum Puppettheatre, Philadelphia’s largest small theater and the only regional theater in the United States dedicated to puppetry. He served as Mum’s Artistic Director for 23 years, and during that time he wrote and directed over 20 original productions using puppets, masks and human actors. Many of those shows were also performed on tours throughout Europe, Japan, and North and Central America, and collectively won thirteen Barrymore Awards.
In addition to his work for Mum, he has directed and designed puppet work for theaters throughout the region and across the country, including for the Arden Theater, the Wilma Theater, Interact Theater Company, and the Minneapolis Children’s Theater. He has created four original concert works with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Swan Lake won the 2003 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Collaboration of the Year. From the Ashes, his original play for masks and puppets, was named “Pick of the Fringe” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001 after winning three Barrymore awards. From the Ashes also won Robert’s first of his three Citations for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA-USA. In 2002 his choreography for Mum’s landmark production of Equus, was awarded both the Philadelphia dance community’s “Rocky” award and the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Choreography. He was the Director of the 2013 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America.
7 Barrymore Awards from the Philadelphia Theater Alliance
Northwestern University, Theater
BA, Wesleyan University, Theater
MFA, Temple University, Theater
Neumann TLM 102
Computer & Software
MacBook Pro with Cubase AI
Steinberg UR22 preamp
Email, FTP, Dropbox
Usually 24 hours; can be same day
My prices include:
° Recording, editing and provision of clean (zero background noise) WAV files normalized to 0.0 DB or per your specifications;
° Self-directed recording (no live direction from the client);
° Files saved and labeled separately, if needed;
° Pickups (changes in word stress or delivery, mistakes) and reasonable changes to the copy, but not extensive rewrites;
° Delivery of files via Voices.com, Dropbox or client's file service;
° Turnaround time of approximately 24 hours from final approval of the script, not including weekends (scripts over 3500 words can take longer).
We provided Robert with a challenging script filled with medical terminology. Much to our surprise, the read he delivered contained no mispronunciations or errors! The client loved his read & was very impressed that he got it in the first try! Would highly recommend!Matt Bjur, Master Communications Group, Minneapolis
Robert is an amazing talent to work with. He is friendly, has wonderful communication and high quality.Grant Thomas, Voices.com, New London, Ontario
First of all, from the client:Rob Kates, Kates Media, Philadelphia
“Chris and I both love how the videos turned out. He also sends along his compliments to the voiceover talent”—
A pleasure to work with. Professional and always had the files ready before my deadline. Communicated consistently throughout the process. Have used him numerous times and have been delighted with the results.Phil Swantek, MCCI Communications, Detroit
Great experience working with Robert. He paid attention to the aspects we wanted to emphasize and adapted his approach to produce the results we were looking for.Peter Atkinson, Business English Pod, Cyprus
Thank you for the prompt replies and care. This was a job well done :)Heba El Kest, Cairo
Robert was professional, courteous, and incredibly helpful. A pleasure to work with, and a job well done!Brendan Nahmias, A-Portal, Los Angeles
Great job! Fast turnaround. Fantastic quality!,Steven Ayres
Working with Robert was seamless. We will work with him again.Wayne Ferris
Superb, quick work!Mark Schaefer, Voices.com, New London, Ontario
The client said you have done an amazing job with excellent turnaround!Grant Thomas, Voices.com, New London, Ontario
Voice Over Clients
Business English Pod, Cyprus
Visuals Unlimited, US Virgin Islands
University of Missouri, Columbia
Avere Storage Systems
Resolution Media, Inc., Melbourne, Australia
Webb School of Knoxville
Neighbors Emergency Center, Houston
Rapid Learning Institute
Pixeom Personal Exchange Network
Illustrate It Digital Media Agency
Mort Crimm Communications
Master Communications Group
Fifth Third Bank
Next Gen Climate
Fractl Digital Marketing
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