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The Voice Actor's​ Ultimate Tool Kit

course dates: july 6 to july 19, 2021

application deadline: May 10

Take the plunge into voice-over! Learn performance skills, recording techniques, demo reel creation, casting tips and more.

  • This course will focus on providing you with everything you need to get your start doing voice-over and animation work, including:
    • One-on-one acting/performance coaching.
    • Hands-on recording and editing practice.
  • Receive expert guidance on “selling” your work and how to present your material so you get jobs.
  • This course will culminate in a public presentation of student work.


 

COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS

Undergraduate: DRAMA 420, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DRAMA 620, 3 units

MATERIALS FEE

None

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Performers who have completed a beginning-level voice class and are interested in expanding their vocal skills.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Download this PDF document: Vocal Sample Instructions.pdf​. ​Follow the instructions to record a sample of your voice reading the copy provided. This does not have to be a fancy recording; you can use a phone or a laptop to do this. The recorded sample may be in WAV or MP3 format. If you have specific questions about how to capture your voice sample for these purposes, please do not hesitate to contact Jane McKeever.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by May 10, 2021.

COURSE COORDINATOR

Professor Jane McKeever
(310) 776-1303


Guest Artists

Katie Von Till

Katie Von Till

Katie is thrilled to be the official voice of Disney's Snow White, the 4th since the inception of the character in 1937. Katie is a natural mimic and has voice-matched many celebrities including: Kristen Wiig, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Poehler and America Ferrara.

The LA Times proclaimed that Katie has "electrifying vocals that incinerate the house." She has sung with the likes of Dick Van Dyke, Kristin Bell, Zachary Levi, Vanessa Williams, Katey Sagal, Sean Hayes, Lea Thompson, Steven Weber and Vicki Lewis. Katie got her start in musical theatre and toured the US in the Broadway First National Tour of Little Shop of Horrors (Jerry Zaks, dir.). She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. Go Green!

​Gaby Santinell

Gaby Santinelli - gabysantinelli.com/

Gabriella “Gaby” Santinelli has an eclectic body of work which has taken her all over London, Europe, Far East Asia, Australia, and North America. In 2004 she won a best supporting performance Laurence Olivier Award for “Jerry Springer – The Opera.” Her other notable work includes 240 performances as opera diva Carlotta Giudicelli in “The Phantom of the Opera” (UK National Company), Robert Wilson and Tom Waits’ cult hit “The Black Rider,” and on screen acting alongside Colin Firth, Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, and more.

Philip Allen

Philip Allen – pgasound.com

Philip Allen is a sound designer, mixer and audio educator with more than 30 years of professional experience. He has designed permanent sound systems for the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City and numerous smaller venues. His television credits include sound system design and equalization for the 56th and 59th “Golden Globe Awards” and the 33rd “Academy of Country Music Awards.” On film, he contributed the sound design to the feature film “Soultaker.” As a theatrical designer, he has designed more than 100 theatrical shows, including “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” on Broadway, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Spamalot,” “Hair,” “Chicago,” “The Producers,” “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” and “Cinderella.” Allen created the BFA Sound Design and Voice Over Acting curricula at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, where he serves as an associate professor.

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