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, Senior, Young Adult
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Radio
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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Rob Mundy for Job #176219 Voices.com - 8 Medical Learning Modules - Professional & Technical Stellar.Nov 17, 2016
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 againNov 17, 2016
Alberto Quilez for Job #207393 SMA Advance Care Planning and LDL Cholesterol Video Scripts Great work. Very professional.Nov 1, 2016
Hailley Walter for Job #202562 Voices.com - *Rush Auditions* Charity Event Video Thank you! you did a great job.Oct 7, 2016
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 ++ STARSAug 16, 2016
Brett Smith 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. -BrettMay 14, 2016
Amber Hayes for Job #176211 Voices.com - DE - Bill - eLearning Code of Business Conduct Awesome job!May 10, 2016
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 ++ STARSMay 3, 2016
Videofy Studios for Job #182313 iQueue for Surgery Great work, thanks!Apr 27, 2016
Matt Bjur for Job #163000 Immunochemistry PickuplinesNov 10, 2015
Grant Thomas for Job #159609 Robert - Tech Explainer Great work on this project. Thank you!Nov 9, 2015
Keri Hayter for Job #153673 Voices-Company Product Promo (Dr. Starkey) Fantastic Work Robert. Thank you for being so easy to work with!Sep 29, 2015
James Zelasko for Job #153445 Orange Rock Security Fantastic! Great work, fast turn around, flexible and accommodating.Sep 22, 2015
Sam Park for Job #153455 Voices - Seal Software - Job #142892 Pickup Thanks for an amazing job!Sep 22, 2015
Aug 13, 2015
Sam Park for Job #146884 Voices - Private - Engelsk VO (Non-Broadcast) Absolutely Amazing- Robert did a great job!Aug 6, 2015
Sam Park for Job #142892 Follow Up Job for #136234 Robert is amazing- He did an amazing job ensuring the project was perfect!Jun 18, 2015
Sam Park for Job #136234 Voices - Seal Platform Video Great Work!May 5, 2015
Jason McFadyen for Job #131523 Fifth Third. Case video read - 2min Thanks for your great work on this Robert. True professional!Apr 28, 2015
Grant Thomas for Job #129201 Voices - Medical eLearning Course (45mins) The client said you have done an amazing job with excellent turnaround!Feb 9, 2015