Meet the Instructors


Mike Kirby
Mike Kirby

Visit his website at http://www.mikekirby.ca

I am standing in front of the microphone, my TV voice-over copy on the stand just underneath. Through the wind screen I watch the TV monitor which is playing the commercial spot I will be voicing. Just beyond the glass sits my friend Jimmy the engineer, the ad agency guys, and Garth Drabinsky, who demands to be entertained. Who am I to disagree? That is my objective. I am an Actor. I am here to inform and entertain and make a whole lot of money in a very short time. And if I can accomplish all this there will be REPEAT BUSINESS. The session was for the Broadway run of 'Kiss of the Spiderwoman.'

Elizabeth Lennie
Elizabeth Lennie

ELIZABETH LENNIE was the Network Voice of TVO from 2007-2015 where she voiced several Promax award-winning promos. She is the narrator of the Gemini award-winning series Bathroom Divas for Bravo, and her voice-over clients have included Toyota, Lindt, IBM, Honda, Sick Kids, Multi-Grain Cheerios, Cashmere, Ontario College of Pharmacists, and narrations for Science North, The Hazelton Hotel, The Royal Amwaj and most recently the NFB documentary Correspondant du Grand Nord / Penpal in the Far North. She has produced for the stage and worked regularly as an actress from 1980-2014, most recently in The Goodwitch TV movies for Hallmark Channel. She recently narrated the part of Lesje in Margaret Atwood's Life Before Man, as well as various stories in Toronto Noir, The Dead Husband Project and Arvida.

Elizabeth is also an award-winning visual artist and her paintings are collected in Canada, USA, UK, Japan, Australia, Greece and the Netherlands. http://www.elizabethlennie.com

I had just been hired as the new promo voice of a Television Network. During a long recording session the new Director of Promotions, whom I've only met once, enters the studio and hands me 9 dense pages of narration text extolling the virtues of the station for an internal meeting and says "Oh, by the way, would you mind putting this down ?" 9 Pages.

Yikes! I feel on some cosmic level I'm being tested. I immediately get to work reading out loud for discovery, and marking the script, trying to speed the process as he waits, and after a minute or so he says "Anytime you're ready". With all my courage I say "As soon as I review the entire script I'll be good to go". I take the time to read the script though once, fully, and then as if surrounded by angels, record it clean. A miracle in the moment, but in retrospect the reinforcement of many hours of 'reading out loud practice' paying off under pressure.

The lesson? Take the time you need to prepare the copy. Don't let anyone push you into hurrying, but know that most of your prep is done out- side of the studio on your own time. Success is prepared- ness meeting opportunity, the courage to stand firm for what you need, and faith in yourself to deliver.

Jonathan Potts
Jonathan Potts

Jonathan graduated from York University’s theatre program and immediately began working in film and television. His first lead role was in the CBC’s blockbuster mini-series, Conspiracy of Silence. A huge hit in Canada, Conspiracy became an international hit when it was sold to the BBC in England and NBC in the U.S.

Jonathan has since performed in over 100 film and television productions, including Rupture, with Noomi Rapace; Len And Company with Rhys Ifans, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Imporium with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman and Still Mine along side James Cromwell. Jonathan also has recurring roles in Netflix’s Ginny And Georgia and GAC’s When Hope Calls. Jonathan’s reputation in film and television has been augmented by an extensive voice-over career as well. In a span of 35 years he’s voiced well over 1000 radio and television commercials and created characters for several cartoons, including Link in The Legend of Zelda, Officer Carl in Rusty Rivets and Salty The Sea Lion in Top Wing.

Deborah Burgess
Deborah Burgess

Deborah has enjoyed a varied career, beginning as a performer on stage and television, as well as commercial and voice over bookings from ad campaigns to industrial film and documentary narration. She then ventured to the other side of the mic, finding success as a documentary producer, director, writer and show runner on projects as diverse as Merchants of the Wild, Mantracker, Great Canadian Rivers, Great Canadian Parks, War Junk, and From a Place Called War. She’s been a Talk Show Host, News Reader, Entertainment reporter, and Audiobook narrator and Director. And she loves passing along her love of language and storytelling to the enthusiastic students of Voiceworx!

Megan Fahlenbock
Megan Fahlenbock

Megan Fahlenbock is a film actor, voice over artist and mindset coach. Her voice over credits are numerous - she has been the voice of many advertising campaigns such as Sears, Clear Blue and currently Milkbone. She was the voice of the Zone on YTV for years. Video games include X-Men Mutant Academy 2 and Starlink: Battle for Atlas. In Animation, she is best known for playing Jen Masterson on 6Teen, Gwen on Total Drama Island and Ace on Paw Patrol. Megan has been seen on the big screen since she was 16 years old so check her out on IMDB. She is currently on the hit Netflix series Ginny and Georgia. When Megan isn't on set or in the booth, she is a very busy hockey mom and coach. Her websites meganfahlenbock.com and megaplaycoaching.com are currently being revamped but she can be reached at megaplaycoaching@gmail.com.

Alumni

It has been our privilege to have the following actors / directors / producers / writers teach for Voiceworx and share their knowledge of the recorded voice industry.

  • Harvey Atkin
  • John Evans
  • Barry Flatman
  • Katie Griffin
  • Eva Almos
  • Ellen Ray Hennessy
  • Elva May Hoover
  • John Jarvis
  • Jeffrey Knight
  • Julie Lemieux
  • Sunday Muse
  • Doug Paulson
  • Jim Rankin
  • Susan Roman
  • John Stocker
  • Jessie Thomson
  • Debra Toffan
  • Susan Hart
  • Nicky Guadagni
  • Ron Rubin
  • Jeff Knight
  • Robin Ward
  • Karl Pruner


Voice work can be intensely exciting - just you and the microphone, a page of text and the wonderful sound of your voice in your head-sets.