Robert Smythe  Philadelphia, PA, US

Robert Smythe
/ 5 20 Reviews
Robert Smythe

Robert Smythe

Robert Smythe: Authoritative, Trustworthy, and Friendly


I've been telling stories professionally for over 30 years, and I’m ready to use my experience as an actor, a playwright and a director to fully engage your listeners, your clients, and your audience with a voice that is warm, confident, and believable. This demo includes the following:1) a playful and high-energy opening greeting for a mobile phone app;2) a confident and friendly internet video introducing a new kind of hotel;3) an informative and authoritative web video about investment strategies;4) a fresh and exciting web ad for a new line of makeup that was also tied to social media;5) a conversational and inspirational intro for marketing-as-storytelling web promo;6) a friendly and high-energy intro for a web piece about the changing software developer market;7) an authoritative and knowledgeable narration for a documentary ;8) a warm and believable explainer video about the Internet of Things.My voice has been described as warm, confident, and pleasing. It is soothing, authoritative, and strong. My work sounds sincere, approachable, and trustworthy. Listeners find me reassuring, inspiring, and engaging. Resonant. Friendly and honest. My sound is trustworthy, relaxed and powerful. Professional. Interesting. People find my work convincing, with a sense of wonder. I’m avuncular: the guy-next-door, the father.


English (North American), German


Southern (Carolinas, Texas, Georgia), South Boston, British (Received Pronunciation, Manchester), Irish, Scots, German


Young Adult, Middle Aged

Special Skills

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


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


  • Microphone

    Neumann TLM 102

  • Computer & Software

    MacBook Pro with Cubase AI

  • Special Equipment

    Steinberg UR22 preamp

  • Delivery Methods

    Email, FTP

  • Turnaround Time

    Usually 24 hours; can be same day

Service Description

I deliver high-quality files to you within 24 hours, in any format you need. I can engineer a session, too, laying down tracks to give you what you need.


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

Robert is an amazing talent to work with. He is friendly, has wonderful communication and high quality.

Grant Thomas,

Client List

Henkel North America
Avere Systems
NextGen Climate
Swagger Films
Mort Crim Communications, Inc.
Fractl Digital Marketing Agency

Payment Terms

Hire Robert for voice-over work. Payment is made through SurePay, an escrow service that guarantees your work is done to your satisfaction. Send payment securely by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal through then download your files from the website.

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Next Steps

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1 / 5

The client said you have done an amazing job with excellent turnaround!

Feb 9, 2015
2 / 5

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
Feb 5, 2015
3 / 5

Great Work! Got it perfect from the very beginning. Look forward to working with Robert again in the near future.

Jan 26, 2015
4 / 5

Jan 16, 2015
5 / 5

Robert is an amazing talent to work with. He is friendly, has wonderful communication and high quality. Thanks again!

Jan 16, 2015
6 / 5

Great experience working with Robert. He paid attention to the aspects we wanted to emphasise and adapted his approach to produce the results we were looking for.

Jan 12, 2015
7 / 5

Thank you Robert! It was a great experience working with you yet again!

Jan 9, 2015
8 / 5

Great to work with, quick and professional!

Jan 8, 2015
9 / 5

Working with Robert was seamless. We will work with Robert again.

Dec 30, 2014
10 / 5

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.

Dec 22, 2014
11 / 5

Nov 26, 2014
12 / 5

Great Job!

Nov 26, 2014
13 / 5

Great working with Robert. A true professional. Completed work quickly. Will use him again and again..

Nov 17, 2014
14 / 5

Nov 10, 2014
15 / 5

Oct 29, 2014
16 / 5

Forgot to put on the 5 stars!

Oct 24, 2014
17 / 5

Robert was professional, courteous, and incredibly helpful. A pleasure to work with, and a job well done!

Oct 9, 2014
18 / 5

Great job> Fast turn around! Fantastic Quality

Oct 7, 2014
19 / 5

Superb, quick work! Thank you, Robert!

Sep 8, 2014
20 / 5

Thank you for the prompt replies and care. This was a job well done :)

Sep 2, 2014