Robert Smythe  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Robert Smythe
/ 5 34 Reviews
Robert Smythe

Robert Smythe

Commercial

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)

Accents

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)

Ages

Middle Aged, Young Adult

Special Skills

Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Radio

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

Client List

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

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.

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Next Steps

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.

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1 / 5
May 14, 2016

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

2 / 5
May 10, 2016

Awesome job!

3 / 5
May 3, 2016

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

4 / 5
Apr 27, 2016

Great work, thanks!

5 / 5
Nov 10, 2015

From
Matt Bjur
6 / 5
Nov 9, 2015

Great work on this project. Thank you!

7 / 5
Sep 29, 2015

Fantastic Work Robert. Thank you for being so easy to work with!

8 / 5
Sep 22, 2015

Fantastic! Great work, fast turn around, flexible and accommodating.

9 / 5
Sep 22, 2015

Thanks for an amazing job!

From
Sam Park
10 / 5
Aug 13, 2015

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Idea Device
11 / 5
Aug 6, 2015

Absolutely Amazing- Robert did a great job!

From
Sam Park
12 / 5
Jun 18, 2015

Robert is amazing- He did an amazing job ensuring the project was perfect!

From
Sam Park
13 / 5
May 5, 2015

Great Work!

From
Sam Park
14 / 5
Apr 28, 2015

Thanks for your great work on this Robert. True professional!

15 / 5
Feb 9, 2015

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

16 / 5
Feb 5, 2015

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!

From
Matt Bjur
17 / 5
Jan 26, 2015

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

18 / 5
Jan 16, 2015

19 / 5
Jan 16, 2015

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

20 / 5
Jan 12, 2015

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.

21 / 5
Jan 9, 2015

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

22 / 5
Jan 8, 2015

Great to work with, quick and professional!

23 / 5
Dec 30, 2014

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

24 / 5
Dec 22, 2014

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.

25 / 5
Nov 26, 2014

26 / 5
Nov 26, 2014

Great Job!

27 / 5
Nov 17, 2014

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

28 / 5
Nov 10, 2014

29 / 5
Oct 29, 2014

30 / 5
Oct 24, 2014

Forgot to put on the 5 stars!

31 / 5
Oct 9, 2014

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

32 / 5
Oct 7, 2014

Great job> Fast turn around! Fantastic Quality

33 / 5
Sep 8, 2014

Superb, quick work! Thank you, Robert!

34 / 5
Sep 2, 2014

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