Smooth and warm.
Powerful yet friendly.
Real with sparkle.
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.
English (North American), German
Southern (Carolinas, Texas, Georgia), South Boston, British (Received Pronunciation, Manchester), Irish, Scots, German
Young Adult, Middle Aged
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
Neumann TLM 102
MacBook Pro with Cubase AI
Steinberg UR22 preamp
Usually 24 hours; can be same day
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, Voices.com
Henkel North America
Mort Crim Communications, Inc.
Fractl Digital Marketing Agency
Hire Robert for voice-over work. Payment is made through Voices.com SurePay, an escrow service that guarantees your work is done to your satisfaction. Send payment securely by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal through Voices.com then download your files from the website.
To contact Robert Smythe about your project, request a quote today. We'll walk you through the process step-by-step. It's fast and easy.