Our Instructors

Think of Edge as a top university: each instructor is recruited to teach their specialty, so you train with voice over industry experts matched to your voice, ability, and goals, while filling your resume with recognized experts’ names.  Our team of instructors at Edge can offer the most complete, trusted, and recognized voice over education.  Edge Studio is proud to exhibit an international team of voice over experts, who help you start, build, and grow your voice over business.  To find a coach who may be right for you, browse the profiles below:

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David Goldberg

Amy Selma

Art Bruder

Carolee Goodgold

Dan Friedman

Danielle Quisenberry

Ernesto De Villa Bejjani

Haneen Arafat Murphy

James Andrews, M.Sc.

Jay Snyder

Jean-Marc Berne

Jennifer Sims

Johnny Heller

Lara Hirner

Liz Drury

Malik Rashad

Nazia Chaudhry

Noelle Romano

Pen-Pen Chen

Simone Kliass

Siobhán O’Loughlin

David Goldberg

Owner and Founder of Edge, Booth Director, Private Coach, Class Instructor, Marketing and Business Coach

Locations: In Studio (NYC), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial, Corporate, Documentaries & Film, E-learning, In-Show (Broadcast) Narration, Inspiration & Meditation, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Narration, Promos & Imaging, Telephony & IVR (Interactive Voice Response), Tours

To schedule with David, please visit the Voice Over Training with David Goldberg page on this website.

A leading authority on voice-over and Chief Edge Officer of Edge Studio, David Goldberg has cast and directed thousands of voice-over productions. He has also coached innumerable voice actors, from beginners to top working pros and celebrities.

David says, “Although I don’t have a golden voice, I guess my ears work pretty well.”

Indeed. David’s ears are considered the best in the industry.

He’s known for an uncanny ability to provide super-quick yet precise direction. Because he sees things from all industry perspectives, many veteran voice actors rely on him as their mentor. David is also one of the most active directors and speakers, frequently illustrating his practical answers with fun anecdotes from his many years of experience.

Soon after founding Edge Studio as a music-recording facility in 1988, David added spoken voice recording to its repertoire. In response to many clients asking him for voice over guidance, David wrote the first edition of the ‘Voice Over Performance Guidebook’ in 1992.

Since 2000, Edge Studio has focused exclusively on spoken voice, and is now one of the world’s premiere voice over facilities.

Clients and agents rely on David Goldberg’s ability to pinpoint the right voice actor for their production. Voice actors rely on his ability to help them find their full potential, benefiting from his perception, straight-forwardness, production savvy, and those acute ears.

People and companies that David Goldberg has worked with at Edge Studio include: Nickelodeon, Disney, Pixar, Chrysler, The US Postal Service, Scholastic, IBM, The United Nations, countless radio stations, National Public Radio, ESPN, Discovery, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Eartha Kitt, Tom Brokaw, John Ratzenberger, Denise Austin, Mark Linn-Baker, and scores of leading Broadway and TV performers.

Edge Studio remains one of the country’s most acclaimed voice over facilities, known around the world as being the best in the industry for voice over production, casting, and education.

Amy Selma

Private Coach

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Animation, Commercial, E-learning, Narration, Video Games

Amy Selma is an award winning Bilingual Spanish / English voice over artist with a clear and true neutral accent. She has been described as light-hearted, friendly, and the happy go lucky girl next door.

Born in Mexico, but brought up by Belizean parents, she grew up speaking fluent English at a very young age.

You can find Amy’s voice in commercials, narrations, e-learning, and dubbing projects for clients like; The Disney Channel, The Latin Recording Academy, Microsoft, PEPSICO, Ford and Pfizer, to name a few.  She is also a three time nominated and winner of the One Voice Awards 2021 Outstanding Live Event Announcer (Voice of G*d). As well as being a working VO professional, Amy also volunteers and collaborates with La Industria Desde Adentro (LIDA), which has become the #1 Webcast dedicated to updating the Spanish-speaking community with the latest tendencies and valuable information in regards to the VO industry.

As a voice over coach, Amy specializes in commercial, narration, e-learning, animation and video games, in both English and Spanish.

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Amy Selma es una galardonada locutora bilingüe en Español / Inglés con un acento neutro claro en ambos idiomas, con una voz descrita como alegre, amigable y empática.

Nacida en México, pero criada por padres beliceños, tuvo la oportunidad de hablar los dos idiomas con fluidez a una edad muy temprana.

Puede encontrar su voz en comerciales, narraciones, e-learning y proyectos de doblaje para clientes como; Disney Channel, The Latin GRAMMY Awards, Microsoft, PEPSICO, Ford y Pfizer, etc. Y en el 2021 fue ganadora del premio One Voice Awards 2021 como Outstanding Live Event Announcer  (Voice of G*d). Además de ser una profesional de VO, Amy también es voluntaria y colabora con La Industria Desde Adentro (LIDA), que se ha convertido en el Webcast #1 dedicado a actualizar a la comunidad de habla hispana con las últimas tendencias e información valiosa con respecto a la industria de VO.

 Como entrenadora de VO, Amy se especializa en comerciales, narración, e-learning, animación y videojuegos, tanto en inglés como en español.

Art Bruder

Private Coach, Class Instructor, Home Studio Coach

Locations: In Studio (NYC), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial, In-Show (Broadcast) Narration, Narration

Art Bruder has had an impressive career in voice-over and the media industry. He has voiced countless commercials, promos and tags for major brands, as well as narrating corporate videos. He produces radio station imaging and is the voice for iRock Radio and other Internet radio stations and podcasts. Art has also worked extensively as an audio engineer and audio producer recording voice actors and musicians as well as writing copy. Art lives in Central Connecticut, and we’re proud to note that he got his start in voice over right here at Edge Studio!

Formerly, Art was the regional director at Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB), where he inspired and instructed many new students in audio production and voice acting. While instructing at CSB, Art produced a television show and a radio show with his students, utilizing industry standard equipment, software and hardware and techniques. He would take his students on video shoots for musician performances to give them a feel for the real world of broadcasting, and even organized trips for his students to attend the History Makers Awards shows.

Now, as a coach and instructor with Edge Studio, Art is always striving to give students a top-notch education. Teaching and coaching voice actors in both performance technique, as well as the technical aspects of voice over, is his passion.

Besides offering private coaching for students at Edge, Art also teaches various classes and webinars rooted in the production side of voice over, such as DAW for Beginners (focusing on the audio recording software basics of Audacity, ProTools, Adobe Audition, and Twisted Wave), Mics & Interfaces, Studio Acoustics, and also offers private DAW Consultations.

If you’d like to hear Art Bruder speak more about his coaching practices and background as a performer, click here to watch Edge Studio’s Ask Me Anything session on our Youtube Channel.

Art says it’s the best feeling in the world to get an email from a student who is excited to share their first gig and maintains that there’s nothing else like it.

Carolee Goodgold

Private Coach, Class Instructor

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Locations: In Studio (NYC), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Jingles & Music

Carolee Goodgold has earned a living singing and speaking for over 30 years! She has been called “the girl Robin Williams” because of her versatility and humor. She has recorded Jingles, Records, Song Parodies, Industrial Shows, Children’s Books, Anime, Audiobooks, Toys, Video Games, Workout Tapes, TV Themes, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks, Musicals and anything else one can sing or speak on!

Some of her clients include: Cheerios, IBM, Cingular, Dentyne, Verizon, Jell-O, Downy, American Express, Merill Lynch, Napier and many more.

She has sung with Carly Simon, Larry Gatlin, Rosie O’ Donnell, The Chieftains, Keely Smith and more. Carolee Goodgold has also written, performed, musically directed, and directed many corporate shows. Her anime credits include: Animation Runner Kuromi, Photon: The Idiot Adventures, and RG Veda.

Dan Friedman

Home Studio Expert, Private Coach, Class Instructor

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Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial, Home Studio Consultations, Narration

Dan Friedman lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC and is a husband and father of two boys. He attended five universities and had three majors before being introduced to audio engineering in 1994. Realizing his career dream, he ended his educational journey at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio finishing among the top 5 in his class. With over a decade in the voice over industry, he has produced, directed or provided his voice to thousands of audio productions.

In 2010 Dan published SOUND ADVICE-Voiceover From An Audio Engineer’s Perspective. A first of its kind in the industry, the book covers audio engineering and studio session etiquette as it relates directly to voice over talent. He continues to write a popular blog at his website: SOUND4VO.com. His ability to simplify often complex recording and audio concepts is unmatched in the voice over industry.

Dan was chosen to be among the top 10 “Most Influential Voice-Over Writers in 2011” in a Voice123 online survey and has been a featured guest at many voice over conferences and on industry webinars. In 2011, Dan began working with Edge Studio, providing editing, recording, and home studio classes as well as consultations to help new voice talent along with established professionals improve their business. He is highly regarded in the voice over community and his vast knowledge continues to educate our Edge Studio students every day.

Dan Friedman is an accomplished and experienced engineer, producer, director and author. He is also a successful voice over talent and has been heard on hundreds of local and regional television and radio campaigns as well as many corporate narrations. He has been the national voice for Moe’s Southwest Grill, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Hulu Plus. Other recent clients include: CW Network, WalMart, Hardees, IBM, McDonald’s and many more.

Danielle Quisenberry

Private Coach, Class Instructor

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Locations: In Studio (NYC), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Character, Commercial, Corporate, Documentaries & Film, E-learning, In-Show (Broadcast) Narration, Inspiration & Meditation, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Narration, Telephony & IVR (Interactive Voice Response), Tours

Danielle Quisenberry Producer/Director/Talent/Coach has contributed her voice to radio and television commercials, web and software narrations, corporate campaigns, industrial and documentary films, English as a second language tutorials, and telephone systems. Her client list includes Aetna Insurance, America Online, Fiat, McAfee, McDonalds, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, Panasonic, People PC, Timex, and Verizon. As a live announcer, she has voiced for The BAMKids Film Festival, Oldsmobile, Tyco Toys, and The Manhattan Amateur Classic (a top NYC dancesport competition).

Here at Edge Studio, Danielle Quisenberry is a voice director and private coach skilled at introducing acting techniques to new voice performers. She also works with professional actors who want to transfer their existing skills to the microphone, and broadcast professionals who seek her out to help them improve their voices, deliver compelling journalistic reads, and transfer their current skills to the medium. She specializes in working with authors and filmmakers who want to voice their own stories, helping them connect to the copy, and sound more professional quickly.

She is a terrific body language coach, too! A lifelong dancer, she is a seasoned faculty member at The Alvin Ailey School where she has been training the bodies of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates for 15 seasons. Her academic interests include acting methodologies, movement, the physical process of vocal production, and how advances in neuroscience affect teaching and adult learning in the arts. Former faculty positions include The American Ballroom Theatre, The TADA! Youth Theatre, The Public Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Steps on Broadway, and the New York Film Academy. In addition, she has been a regular guest artist at LaGuardia High School for Music, Arts and the Performing Arts, often known as the Fame school.
She holds a degree in Acting Performance from The University of Michigan and a certificate in Radio and Television Production and Performance from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.

Ernesto De Villa Bejjani

Private Coach: Spanish Language

Locations: In Studio (NYC), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial, Narration

A Mexican–Lebanese actor, Ernesto De Villa Bejjani began his career in 1984, completed his professional studies at the National School of Dramatic Arts at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, and since has worked as an actor, director, producer, acting coach and voice over coach.

Living in New York City since 2003, Ernesto has been directing at his theatrical company, 88 Performing Arts, produced several theatrical shows, like his play “Sofia’s Desire” and has conducted many acting and voice over workshops. During the last thirty years Ernesto has worked without stopping teaching acting and voice over classes. As a bilingual talent and coach, diction and accent reduction are one of his major assets. Besides coaching and acting, Ernesto casts and directs TV and radio commercials in Spanish for the United States market.

Some of Ernesto’s awards include Male Revelation Actor (2004) of the Year and Best Director (2013) from the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics. Also, he won the awards of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor (2008) and Outstanding Achievement in Direction (2013) from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

In his own words, “The act of forming voice over actors and professionals is my passion”.

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Un actor mexico-libanés, Ernesto De Villa Bejjani inició su carrera en 1984, completó sus estudios profesionales en la Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Ciudad de México, desde entonces se ha desempeñado como actor, director, productor, coach de actuación y locución.

Vive en la ciudad de Nueva York desde 2003, dirigiendo su propia compañía teatral, 88 Performing Arts, ha producido varios espectáculos teatrales, como su obra “El deseo de Sofía”. Durante los últimos treinta años Ernesto ha trabajado impartiendo clases de actuación y locución. Como coach de voice over bilingüe, la dicción y la reducción del acento son uno de sus principales puntos a desarrollar. Además, Ernesto es director de casting para comerciales de radio y televisión en español para el mercado de los Estados Unidos.

Algunos de los premios de Ernesto incluyen Actor Revelación Masculino del Año (2004) y Mejor director por su trabajo de “El deseo de Sofía” (2013) de la Asociación de Críticos de Entretenimiento de Nueva York. También, ganó los premios de Mejor Actor Masculino (2008) y Mejor Dirección (2013) de Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

En sus propias palabras, “La tarea de formar actores y locutores profesionales es mi pasión”.

Haneen Arafat Murphy

Class Instructor

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Haneen Arafat Murphy has been “talking for a living” for nearly 30 years. Since she began in radio in college, she’s had a love of working behind a mic and a natural curiosity to expand her skills.

From her first days as a freshman DJ at The University of North Texas (one of the nation’s premiere jazz schools), Haneen had access to world-renowned musicians and music. She honed her interviewing skills in conversations with many jazz luminaries. And through work at her first commercial radio station, in Dallas, she delved further into copywriting, news writing, commercial production, audio editing and music scheduling.

Upon graduation with a degree in Radio/TV/Film, she was recruited to help manage a fledgling radio network in New York, and by the age of 25 was heard daily on 16 radio stations across the country.

Later, while a program manager at Sirius Radio, she began to gather voice over clients within and outside the company, and eventually decided to make voice acting a full-time career.

Since then (and after completing her first professional demo at Edge Studio), Haneen’s voice has been heard on national TV and radio commercial campaigns for Ford Motor Company, the American Cancer Society, Walmart, Humana, TRESemmé, the Ad Council and others. She has been an in-flight voice for Delta Air Lines and Air Force One, and regularly voices political ads in the U.S. and Canada.

Her corporate narration credits include Neutrogena, Verizon, eBay, Oral-B, Bravo TV, Pitney Bowes, Broadridge, the 92nd St. Y in New York City, and many others. She also regularly voices medical, telephony and E-learning projects.

Haneen Arafat Murphy can still be heard every weekend on New York’s #1 radio station, WLTW 106.7 Lite fm, where she also hosts a weekly talk show/podcast with authors and local non-profits (under the stage name Nina Del Rio).

Haneen loves the challenge of voice acting, and is excited to help teach students to find their voice, in a career that never feels like work!

James Andrews, M.Sc.

Private Coach

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Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Character, Commercial, Corporate, Documentaries & Film, E-learning, In-Show (Broadcast) Narration, Inspiration & Meditation, Narration, Telephony & IVR (Interactive Voice Response), Tours

James Andrews is a veteran commercial voice actor whose talents are always in demand. James has voiced hundreds of television commercials for clients such as Lincoln, Toyota, BMW, Chevrolet, Wrigley’s, General Mills, McDonald’s, Samsung, TD Bank, Bosch, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and many more. He has also voiced dozens of corporate narration projects and e-learning modules and has done promo work for such prestigious brands as Smithsonian and Sundance Channels. He is also well known for his character and animation work, as well as a wide variety of dialects.

Such diversity is based on a background equally varied. James holds degrees in English literature and education, and has a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to becoming a voice actor, James worked as a speech-language pathologist for several years. James is a proud member of ACTRA.

James has also taught English literature and ESL at Columbia University and The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and at the University of Toronto.

Although his voice-acting career keeps him very busy, James found he missed teaching, and so he was thrilled when the opportunity arose to join the Edge Studio faculty and work with students again. His background in speech-language pathology completes the unique skill set that he brings to voice-over education. At Edge Studio, James coaches students in commercial and narration, as well as teaches the popular webinar, the Science of Speaking Like a Pro. In this class, James breaks down and demonstrates the importance of phonetics and the component sounds of the English language to help you speak like a professional voice actor.

James lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

If you’d like to hear James Andrews speak more about his coaching practices and background as a performer, click here to watch Edge Studio’s Ask Me Anything.

Jay Snyder

Private Coach

Locations: In Studio (NYC), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Animation, Audiobook, Character, Commercial, In-Show (Broadcast) Narration, Narration, Video Games

Jay Snyder is a classically trained actor who has performed leading roles on and off Broadway, television, and film. His expertise is bringing characters to life. For more than 10 years he has also done nearly every type of voice over work, including commercials (recent clients include Verizon, Coke, Six Flags, Cisco, and Absolut), audio books, documentaries, tours, industrials, video games, animated films and cartoons. Since he is happiest diving into characters and stories, it’s no surprise that so much of his work has been in animation and audiobooks. Best known as the voice for the two lead characters of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and central characters in Pokemon, Sonic X, Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Chaotic, and Huntik, Jay feels fortunate to have worked on well over 100 different movies and series and literally thousands of episodes and hours of entertainment. As a self professed geek, he’s also psyched to have worked on the current Batman: the Dark Knight Rises video game as well as the critically acclaimed Saints Row 2.

Even though not a week goes by without doing something in animation, as an actor his focus has shifted to audiobooks in the last few years. In that time he’s performed on over a hundred titles in various genres. Some of his favorites include Kurt Vonnegut’s wry Sci-Fi “The Sirens of Titan“, “Zoo” and “NYPD Red” two new titles from the prolific New York Times best selling regular James Patterson, and the CIA action/intrigue “The Gray Man” series which is currently in development for a film franchise starring Brad Pitt.

He has also directed VO for years, on many anime series, audio books, and video games. More recently he has become an Audio Producer, working for Marvel on their Marvel Knights Animation line. Jay Snyder’s first project for them was the “Astonishing X-Men”, a series written by Joss Whedon who also made the record breaking blockbuster film “The Avengers“. Next was “Iron Man: Extremis“, a story which has been confirmed as the basis of the next Iron Man film. After that came the best reviewed series from Marvel Knights, “Thor vs. Loki: Blood Brothers“. But perhaps more relevantly, Jay also audio produced an educational series for Disney/ABC News about World War 2 called “They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust“. Working with comic book legend Neal Adams, Jay helped to tell the tales you never knew about an era you thought you had learned everything about. As Audio Producer, he’s responsible for casting, directing, sound design, scoring, and the final mix. He does the casting and directing personally, and works side by side with a wonderful team of talented professionals who always do an outstanding job, providing clients with the best results.

Jay has also written for hundreds of shows, and is currently developing various animated series and films from adaptations to original concepts. Storytelling is his passion, and he loves every element of it, not just being the performer. Jay’s perspective is unique because he has experience with all aspects of capturing a performance. From the acting, to directing, casting, writing, and even the recording of a character.

So why does he teach if he’s so busy? Jay Snyder comes from a family of educators and says that coaching at Edge is wonderful because he genuinely enjoys providing people with whatever benefit his experience has to offer and he always learns something new from everyone he works with.

Jean-Marc Berne

Class Instructor

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Jean-Marc Berne is president of Berne Media Enterprises and a busy Voice Talent,  Audio Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Voice Over coach and a Bilingual International Professional Public Speaker. 

He is the Voice Acting Coach of the hit animated series THE OCTONAUTS, on The  Disney Channel. He created a series of workshops, including “Power Marketing For  The Voice Over Actor,” “Branding For Voice Overs,” “Spanish Voice Over Technique,”  “Dubbing For Video Game Animation” “Character Voices For Animation” and “Kids  Voice Over Technique.” He’s voiced, produced and cast hundreds of multimedia  projects in English, Spanish and French, and has been the creative consultant for  print and radio ads for HUD, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National  Alliance of Public Charter Schools, and the National Crime Prevention Council. His  list of commercial work includes Bud Light, McDonald’s, Western Union, VerizonTimberland, Pollo Loco, McKinsey, Pfizer, VNSNY, Xfinity, NFHA, HUD, National  Alliance of Public Charter Schools, Metro Cable, and Eclipse Gum to name a few. He  also narrated Zero Saints and Coyote Songs written by Gabino Iglesias, and  Pulitzer Prize and McArthur Genius Grant winner Junot Díaz’s audiobook Negocios, and Nobel Literature Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s audiobook, La Fiesta del Chivo

He’s spoken on stages and voice trained public speaking organizations in Dubai, Bahrain, Cairo, Dominican Republic and all over Canada and the U.S. 

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Jean-Marc Berne es el presidente de Berne Media Enterprises Inc. y un actor de voice over,  Productor de Audio, Cantautor, Entrenador de Locución y un Conferencista Internacional  Bilingüe Profesional. 

Él es el Entrenador Vocal de la serie animada THE OCTONAUTS, en El Disney Channel. Él ha creado una serie de talleres, incluyendo “Power Marketing Para El Actor de Voice Over,”  “Branding Para Voice Overs,” “Técnica de Voice Overs en Español,” “Doblaje Para  Videojuegos” “Voces De Personajes Para Animación,” y “Técnica de Voice Overs Para Niños.” Ha  narrado, producido y hecho el casting de cientos de proyectos multimedia en Inglés,  Español y Francés, y ha sido el consultor creativo de anuncios de imprenta y de radio para  HUD, la Alianza Nacional de Equidad de Vivienda, la Alianza Nacional de Escuelas Públicas Chárter, y El Consejo Nacional Para La Prevención Del Crimen. Su lista de trabajo comercial  incluye Bud Light, McDonald’s, Western Union, Verizon, Timberland, Pollo Loco, McKinseyPfizer, VNSNY, Xfinity, NFHA, HUD, la Alianza Nacional de Escuelas Públicas Chárter, Metro  Cable y Eclipse Gum, entre otros. También narró Zero Saints y Coyote Songs de Gabino  Iglesias, Negocios, la novela ganadora del Premio Pulitzer cuyo autor fue el ganador del  premio McArthur Genius Junot Díaz, y La Fiesta del Chivo, escrita por el ganador del  premio Nobel en Literatura, Mario Vargas Llosa. 

Berne se ha presentado en escenarios a través del mundo y ha entrenado a organizaciones  de conferencistas en Dubai, Bahrain, Cairo, República Dominicana, y en Canadá y los EEUU.

Jennifer Sims

Private Coach, Class Instructor

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Locations: In Studio (LA), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial, In-Show (Broadcast) Narration, Narration

With experience as both an ad agency producer and voice actor, Jennifer Sims brings a unique perspective to voice acting from both sides of the glass. Jennifer has produced/voiced hundreds of spots for clients such as Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, Vons, Cigna Healthcare, CVS, ABC Family and the OWN Network.

After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, Jennifer segued into a career in advertising, climbing the ranks of one of the top agencies in Los Angeles to become a commercial and radio producer. As a producer, Jennifer had the pleasure of working with top voice over talent including the legendary Don LaFontaine.

Jennifer now combines her love for both advertising and acting. As a coach with Edge Studio, she is passionate about helping fellow creatives find their own unique essence, coaching students with wit and warmth. At Edge, Jennifer  coaches commercial and narration and teaches the Investigate Voice Over (IVO) webinar. Jenn also instructs the performance-based Auditions 101 class, which is designed to help provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to ace their voice over auditions, stand out from the crowd, and land acting jobs. As a coach and instructor, Jennifer specializes in helping students deliver friendly and conversational reads.

In addition to a successful career as a producer/voice over artist, Jennifer is now an on-camera commercial actor, having starred in commercials for Uber, Snapchat and WebMD. She is also an accomplished improv actor at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.

Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her husband and Dexter, the most handsome dog in the world (well, according to Jennifer).

If you’d like to hear Jennifer Sims speak more about her coaching practices and background as a performer, click here to watch Edge Studio’s Ask Me Anything, and then subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up to date.

Johnny Heller

Private Coach, Class Instructor

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Locations: In Studio (NYC), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Audiobook, Commercial

Johnny Heller was named a Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – one of the highest honors in the audiobook industry – in 2019. He has recorded nearly 900 audiobooks in every genre. Heller is a 4-time Audie Award winner (with wins in 2005, 2009, 2019 and 2020) and a 14-time nominee. 

Johnny was named an AudioFile Best Voice 2009-2011, 2014 and 2015, a Publishers’ Weekly Listen Up Award Winner 2008-2018 and a multiple Booklist Editor’s Choice Winner.  A winner of over 30 Earphone Awards and 3 SOVAS Awards, Johnny was named one of the top 50 Voices of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine.

Heller has given voice to hundreds of commercial products and is a veteran of the world of stand-up comedy, improv, and professional theatre.

Johnny’s talents as an audiobook and commercial voice over coach have garnered him opportunities to teach all over the US as well as Canada and London. His game-changing Commercial voice over and Audiobook workshops are hugely popular and students keep coming back – saying, for example, “Each workshop I’ve attended has helped me become a better actor … and I can hardly wait for the next one.”

Johnny Heller loves the craft and understands the business, dedicating himself to both by educating others to the highest standard. It’s fun for teacher and students alike. Students say: “Best of all, he keeps you laughing way too hard to notice how quickly you’re improving.”

Lara Hirner

Vocal Care Coach, Speech Pathologist

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Lara Marie Hirner has unique skills that help voice-actors please more casting agents, impress more engineers, and book more jobs — especially long-form narration — by reducing abusive behaviors and techniques that contribute to vocal fatigue and throat discomfort, training proper coordination of breathing and speaking, decreasing mouth clicks and pops (which save editing time), and maintaining a healthier voice for a more lucrative and sustainable career.

There are definitely compromises voice actors are asked to make – long sessions that are demanding on the voice, certain affects (breathy, gritty, raspy…) that can, long term, damage your voice. Lara helps new and pro voice actors stay in business for longer and/or handle more work per day, by balancing good vocal health with the specific demands of voice over clients.

How? Combining her degrees as a Speech Language Pathologist, her experience as a professional voice actor (credits below), and her breathing techniques as a performance singer (credits below), she is happy to share her experience in the fields of performance, vocal pedagogy and therapeutic treatment with the Edge family to help foster a better understanding of the voice and how to best care for it when your career depends on it!

Lara Hirner is currently maintaining practice in Boston, MA. She graduated from Harvard University in June of 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as a participant in the Music Department’s Five Year Performance Program for voice. Theater credits include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Cunegonde in Candide.

In concert work, she performs as a frequent soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York City Ballet, the Juilliard Choral Union at Lincoln Center, the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and was featured at the Bernstein Festival Gala Concert at Sanders Theater. She was a 4 year member of the Marble Collegiate Sanctuary choir and continues to perform with her vocal jazz quintet, West Side 5. In workshops, masterclasses, and concert performances, Lara has worked with Jason Robert Brown, Steven Schwartz, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Cohen and the Boston Camerata, Christopher Hogwood, Robert Levin, and Judith Clurman.

In addition to her singing career, Lara has also appeared in several independent films and an animated feature which are currently in production. She maintains an active career as a voice over artist and has recorded three children’s audiobook series for Disney and the Smithsonian Institutution, and two audiobooks for Random House. She is also the voice of the online dating site, howaboutwe.com and regularly records teleprompts, children educational media and industrials for companies including WebSense, Chase, and EduJoy. She will also greet you on the Edge Studio voicemail system if you are ever calling after hours! She manages her voice over career with the help of Linda Weaver at Access Talent.

Lara currently holds Masters Degree Speech and Language Pathology from Columbia Teachers College and now practices as a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital inpatient team in Boston. During her training, she treated clients with a range of voice disorders and now provides vocal care consultations for professional voice users such as teachers, voice over artists, and singers.

Liz Drury

Private Coach

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial, Narration

Liz Drury is an alum of Durham and Bradford Universities in the UK, and has a PhD in Archeological Science. When her work on prehistoric chewing gum hit the headlines she was interviewed by a number of local and national radio stations. It was then she realized that a life behind the microphone might be for her. Her first taste of voiceover was a few years later during her time working as a presenter at a local cable TV station. However, it wasn’t until her husband’s job was temporarily relocated to the USA that she got the opportunity to train in voiceover properly, and she discovered Edge Studio.

Liz trained with Edge for about 6 months in 2013/14 and made her first demos at the Washington DC studio. She is now back in the UK where she works from her home studio for clients around the world. She primarily works in the corporate narration and e-learning sectors and some of the companies that have used her voice include Nestlé, JCB, Booking.com, Hilton, VW, Danone and many others.

One of the methods that Liz uses for marketing is business networking, and she has been asked to speak on this topic a number of times for voiceover audiences, including Edge students, and also at VOAtlanta.

In 2017 Liz Drury Voiceovers was picked out as one of that year’s top 100 UK small businesses by the Small Business Britain team. This resulted in a visit to 10 Downing Street, the residence of the UK Prime Minister. In 2021 she was named as one of the #ialso100 female entrepreneurs of the year (women who also do many other things besides run a business), and this led to a visit to the House of Lords.

Some of the ‘other’ things that Liz is involved with include two community theaters and her local church, and when she’s not in her booth or one of those places you can find her out running with her dog Marble.

Malik Rashad

Private Coach

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial

 

A gifted storyteller who brings words to life…Brooklyn, New York native son, Malik Rashad is an African American voice actor with an authentic sound and diverse range that universally resonates with students, clients, and brands. With over seven years of experience in the voice over industry and over a decade in music, he has the unique ability to bend voice over genres from urban to corporate, character to poetic, educational to sensual. His talent and versatility also show in his ability to provide a voice that spans anywhere from a teen/young adult to middle age. Malik has voiced countless projects and campaigns for major brands such as the NCAA, YouTube’s Celebrate Black History campaign, NYC’s Wear a Mask Contest, McDonald’s, Samsung, Ziprecruiter, Under Armour, Budweiser, VEVO, American Cancer Society, ESPN, the New York Historical Society, Morgan Stanley, NBC, TD Bank, and many more. He is currently the voice behind White Claw’s 2022 summer campaign. He has also voiced numerous podcasts and audiobooks, notably voicing many characters on the popular romance podcast, Meet Cute, which can be streamed on Apple Podcasts, and narrating the YA Audio for the superstar Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s audiobook Notes From a Young Black Chef

Aside from being an accomplished voice over artist actively working in the VO industry, Malik has worked extensively in many areas of the performing arts, including television, media, theater, film, and is a musician. Malik’s expertise in all of these areas make him a well-rounded coach who brings his experience to the table when working with students.

Malik Rashad believes in a quote the late great Maya Angelou once said “words mean more than what is set down on paper, it takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning” and truly brings that meaning to all of his work.

Nazia Chaudhry

Private Coach

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Animation, Commercial, E-learning, Narration

Nazia Chaudhry (Naz) is a 2-time Voice Arts Award nominated voiceover artist, and accomplished vocalist, actor, producer, and educator with a performance career spanning well over 25 years. From singing to selling, to the special way each story needs telling, this multi-faceted performer and brand voice is recognized as an industry leader of total vocal versatility and excellence from stage to screen, as well as behind the mic.

As an experienced voice and acting coach, Nazia Chaudhry is known for transforming budding and working artists into consistently confident and successful performers. She offers a distinctively comprehensive perspective to coaching from her diverse experience as both a well-rounded actor and musician. Holding an undergraduate degree concentrated in opera and a master’s degree in jazz voice, Naz has a vast knowledge of vocal mechanics, vocal health, and performance techniques that help her students effectively free the voice and actor within. With her experience as an actor on stage, on camera, and in voiceover, Naz coaches students toward the current trends in acting to master the subtle nuances of a stellar voiceover performance in the booth.

Naz is dedicated to providing curated talent solutions across most genres of voiceover and vocals for trusted global brands, and networks alike, such as IBM, Intel, TIME, Ford, McKesson, GlaxoSmithKline, Sirius XM, Pandora, NBC, CNBC, and PBS. Other voice acting credits include Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon International, ViacomCBS, Cartoon Network, Funimation, Audible, Dreamscape Media, RBmedia, Netflix, Paramount Plus, and many more. 

Naz’s debut jazz album, Time After, landed at #1 on the CMJ Top Jazz Adds Chart, while also topping on CMJ’s Top 40 Jazz Charts. You can hear her critically acclaimed debut jazz album on Pandora, iTunes, and other online streaming services. Naz has toured nationally and internationally throughout her career, and performed alongside GRAMMY Award-winning musicians Bobby McFerrin and Nestor Torres. She also performed with legendary actor/singers Clifton Davis and Harry Belafonte. Other singing credits include: The Kennedy Center, London Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra Atlanta, Georgia Symphony Orchestra Jazz, Rialto Center for the Arts, Woodruff Arts Center, and RFK Stadium. To learn more about Naz’s journey through the world of performance, go to NazVoice.com.

Noelle Romano

Class Instructor

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Locations: In Studio (LA), Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Noelle Romano believes strongly that “As a voice coach, you will never hear me say the words “you’re not getting it”. I consider it my mission to try different approaches, techniques, and exercises until something clicks. My coaching style involves a lot of dialogue between teacher and student, and I like to use my sense of humor to keep things light and fun, even as I challenge you to go further than you thought possible.”

When it comes to voice over, Noelle is very grateful to have had experience on both sides of the window. On the production side, she served as voice director and talent supervisor for the Emmy Award-winning PBS cartoon, “WordWorld.” She also directed various games and toys for The Backyardigans, Go, Diego, Go!, Dora the Explorer, as well as numerous children’s audio books for Scholastic. As Head of the voice over Department at Animation Collective, she oversaw the records and casting of nine shows produced for Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, and AOL kids. Her TV production career started as an assistant to the Director of Animation on the original Blue’s Clues, where she recorded her very first voice over—the role of Magenta’s mailbox!

As a talent, Noelle Romano has been a voice for AT&T‘s phone system for several years. Other voice over clients include the WNBA, Duracell, Acer, Hydralyte, Evol, Moe’s Southwest Grill, The Ohio Lottery, AAA, Volvo, Chevy, The National Archives, and many others. She graduated from NYU‘s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, and also trained in improv through Second City. As a live performer, she has four years of stand-up, and eight years of sketch comedy under my belt. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Andrew Feliciano, owner of Voice Trax West recording studio.

Pen-Pen Chen

Accent/Dialect Coach, Class Instructor

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: You. That’s been Pen-Pen Chen’s goal as she has worked over the years with voice actors, business personnel, and others at all levels of age and expertise. As a dialect and accent coach at Edge Studio, she trains voice-over professionals on ways to improve their diction and clarity, and gain neutral American English by eliminating various dialects and accents. She also continues to work with language in many other contexts, and is a bilingual voice-over artist herself.

Pen-Pen is President/CEO of Penguistics Solutions, LLC, her educational consultancy based in New York. Her clients include many notable people. For example, she has interpreted for Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. She trained translators, interpreters, and reporters for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing; advised on intercultural issues for Frontline News Service (“On the Frontlines: Doing Business in China”); and facilitated contract negotiations for executive movie producers. She even co-hosted a bilingual talk-radio show “Talkbox” on Beijing’s Radio 774.

Pen-Pen is also a lecturer in the Curriculum and Teaching and Bilingual/Bicultural Department at Hunter College, and an English language and curriculum consultant to the United Nations. She was recently named a TED-Ed Innovative Educator and has created TED-Ed lessons as well as the voice-over narration.

She also works a lot with children. Being a certified, licensed Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist and Evaluator in the NYC Department of Education, she conducts efficacy-based bilingual Mandarin Chinese-English evaluations for school-aged kids. Pen-Pen also serves on the Educational Education Advisory Board for Change for Kids and Yuming Charter School.

Pen-Pen Chen received her M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Columbia University, Teachers College, her M.A. in Chinese Language Pedagogy from Middlebury College, and her B.A in Linguistics and East Asian Studies from Bryn Mawr College. She is also a graduate of Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.

Simone Kliass

Private Coach: Portuguese Language

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Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Commercial, Narration

Holding a Drama degree from the Célia Helena Center for Arts and Education and a Business degree from the higher education institution and think tank Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Simone Kliass has embraced an entrepreneurial mindset to build a career as a leader in the Brazilian voiceover industry. She currently records for Globo TV, Sky Pay TV, LATAM Airlines, and the São Paulo International Airport, among numerous other enterprises.

As lead ambassador for Women in Voice, Simone leverages her industry know-how to advocate gender and racial equality. She’s a judge for the Sovas Voice Arts Awards, held annually in New York City, and vice-president of the Brazilian Extended Reality Association (XRBR), where she researches voice applications in virtual reality, augmented reality, and the Metaverse. In 2020 she narrated the Brazilian VR experience “The Line,” which won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media.

Prior to the pandemic, Simone traveled extensively to address audiences on topics ranging from voice branding to voice tech to voice for immersive content. She gave talks at SXSW and VO Atlanta in the United States, offered workshops at the VoiceOver Network in Europe, and took part in debates at the Rio2C, Path, HackTown, and Pixel Show festivals in Brazil. In 2022 she was invited to return to SXSW as a voice mentor.

Simone’s recording studio has been featured in the premier audio-tech magazine Sound on Sound. With a professionally engineered room-in-a-room isolation booth equipped with a 300-Mbps fiber-optic network, studio lighting, 4K cameras, a collection of industry-leading gear, and a full library of UAD plug-ins, this space delivers pristine 48kHz, 24-bit recordings to clients around the globe. Sessions are conducted via Source-Connect, Source Elements, and other software, while a customizable recording chain ensures professional results for every project she records.

Simone Kliass now coaches exclusively with Edge Studio, offering online sessions in Portuguese and English from São Paulo, Brazil. She tailors her one-on-one sessions to address the specific needs of each student – striving to give practical advice focused on identifying strengths and booking work in today’s competitive market.

Siobhán O’Loughlin

Community Relations & Social Media Manager

Locations: Remote (Zoom/Skype/Telephone)

Specialties: Social Media and Branding

Siobhán O’Loughlin is voice actor, performance artist, and social media enthusiast. She graduated from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, with a BFA in Acting, and worked with Bread & Puppet Theatre in Vermont as well as The Acting Company in New York City before she hit the road to tour her own performances. Her major hit is called Broken Bone Bathtub, which was featured PBS’s Emmy Award Winning Series Immersive.World, and of which she’s currently editing the feature length documentary.

She’s traveled the world as an artist and arts educator, emphasizing creating community in multiple ways: from intimate audiences of small numbers, to large lectures, group workshops, or stadium performances at Greenbelt Festival in the UK. Her work has been praised by The Houston Chronicle, The San Francisco ExaminerThe Stranger, The Minnesota Star Tribune, and The Baltimore Sun. Though she joined the Edge Team due to her experience in arts education, Siobhán believes whole heartedly in always being a student, and was trained in commercial, narration, and animation here at Edge Studio. (She’s got some really great demos).

In 2020, Siobhán’s work took a whole new form in the digital sphere, where she began running Edge Studio’s much beloved Ask Me Anything sessions, after maintaining her long running Zoom Theatre Series, Please Don’t Touch the Artist, which received acclaim from all over, including New York Magazine. She has incorporated this new skill set to also host Edge Studio Mixers as well as the brand new series, Home Studio Show & Tell.
Siobhán O’Loughlin has been part of the Edge Team since 2016 and is proud to be currently deemed the Manager of all things Social Media (come on over and visit us on FacebookInstagramLinked In,  or Twitter!) as well as Captain of the Edge Studio Alumni Group. You can schedule a social media and branding consultation session with Siobhán anytime. If you’re a casualaspiring, or full-time working voice actor, you’re part of our Edge Family, and we want to welcome you.