48 Reviews

Robert Smythe

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

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Highlights

Friendly.
Knowledgeable.
Believable.

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.

Languages

English (North American)

Accent

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)

Voice Ages

Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+), Young Adult (18-35)

Special Skills

Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television

Experience

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.

Credentials

Education

7 Barrymore Awards from the Philadelphia Theater Alliance

Northwestern University, Theater
BA, Wesleyan University, Theater
MFA, Temple University, Theater

Studio

Microphone

Neumann TLM 102

Computer & Software

MacBook Pro with Cubase AI

Special Equipment

Steinberg UR22 preamp

Delivery Methods

Email, FTP, Dropbox

Turnaround Time

Usually 24 hours; can be same day

Service Description

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).

Testimonials

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:
“Chris and I both love how the videos turned out. He also sends along his compliments to the voiceover talent”—

Rob Kates, Kates Media, Philadelphia

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

eBay
Thomson Reuters
Loctite/Henkel NA
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
Phraxis, Inc
Master Communications Group
Fifth Third Bank
Next Gen Climate 
Fractl Digital Marketing 

Payment Terms

Payment to Robert Smythe is made through Voices.com SurePay®, our escrow service that guarantees your project is completed to your satisfaction. Pay securely by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal through Voices.com and when your work is done, simply download the final files, and release funds to Robert Smythe.

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Educational

Mastcom for Job #155200 Immunochemistry

Thank you!

Aug 6, 2018

Educational

Bayer Plc for Job #279872 ASP Study Set-up - GCL

May 8, 2018

Business

Voices.com (Jordan Blake) for Job #195272 Voices.com - Repeat Client - 15200 Words - Medical Learning Modules

Always a pleasure! A+++++

May 1, 2018

Internet Video

Voices.com (Agnes Kes) for Job #278329 Voices: Otoscan - male part

Apr 12, 2018

Educational

Voices.com (Jordan Blake) for Job #244235 Voices - Just for you Robert

Robert thank you for going above and beyond for this project! You wowed us all with your skill and professionalism. 5+ stars

Mar 14, 2018

Internet Video

Team PCS for Job #275415 ALEX Presentation A

Mar 8, 2018

Educational

Voices.com (Rob Mundy) for Job #244235 Voices - Just for you Robert

Robert, your level of professionalism/extremely fast turn around time/flexibility really helped make this project successful.
Thank you so much! I am looking forward to many more projects together :)

Sep 13, 2017

Internet Video

Voices.com (Rob Mundy) for Job #247075 Voices.com - Client Pickup Request Ref 182868

Incredible job!!! Thank you so much for all of your help!

Sep 11, 2017

Business

Voices.com (Rob Mundy) for Job #182868 Voices.com - 6 Medical Learning Modules - 7000 Words Each

Amazing work Robert!

Apr 7, 2017

Business

Voices.com (Rob Mundy) for Job #176219 Voices.com - 8 Medical Learning Modules - Professional & Technical

Stellar.

Nov 17, 2016

Business

Voices.com (Rob Mundy) for Job #195272 Voices.com - Repeat Client - 15200 Words - Medical Learning Modules

Robert was amazing to work with. This is part of a long running set of projects with the same client and not one second did his quality of work drop. Not a single decimal below 100% (100% being perfect quality). Hopefully, we get to work with Robert again

Nov 17, 2016

Educational

Quilez & Associates, Inc. for Job #207393 SMA Advance Care Planning and LDL Cholesterol Video Scripts

Great work. Very professional.

Nov 1, 2016

Business

Voices.com (Hailley Walter) for Job #202562 Voices.com - *Rush Auditions* Charity Event Video

Thank you! you did a great job.

Oct 7, 2016

Business

Voices.com (Kenneth Nielson) for Job #182868 Voices.com - 6 Medical Learning Modules - 7000 Words Each

Robert is a hands-down rockstar and we can't thank him enough for being this amazing to work with. We're really running out of compliments to throw at Robert at this point. 5 ++ STARS

Aug 16, 2016

Educational

Brett Smith - Director for Job #181576 Health Consent

Robert's work really speaks for itself. What someone may not know who simply hears the finished product, is that he works quickly, efficiently, and has a great natural grasp of the proper approach needed to deliver the style and pace you are looking for. I have used voices.com for over 7 years to find voice talent for my different productions, not only do I recommend Robert, but I will be using him again in the future. -Brett

May 14, 2016

Educational

Voices.com (Amber Hayes) for Job #176211 Voices.com - DE - Bill - eLearning Code of Business Conduct

Awesome job!

May 10, 2016

Business

Voices.com (Kenneth Nielson) for Job #176219 Voices.com - 8 Medical Learning Modules - Professional & Technical

Robert has been hands-down amazing to work with. A professional, a gentleman and a super cool dude all rolled into one. Top that with a "knack" for doing voice-over, and you've got yourself a project en route to success.

This is a large scale project that has so far demanded a lot of communication and a lot of time/work/effort. Robert has been the perfect colleague for this kind of project and we couldn't be happier that we have him on board.

We look forward to our continued collaboration!

5 ++ STARS

May 3, 2016

Internet Video

SC VideoPlasty SRL for Job #182313 iQueue for Surgery

Great work, thanks!

Apr 27, 2016

Educational

Mastcom for Job #163000 Immunochemistry Pickuplines

Nov 10, 2015

Business

Voices.com (Grant Thomas) for Job #159609 Robert - Tech Explainer

Great work on this project. Thank you!

Nov 9, 2015