The Voice Shop Coaches
Michael George has literally “done it all” when it comes to voice over. Having founded CMD in 1998, he has been an engineer, mixer, producer, director, casting professional, voice actor and of course a teacher. Michael's unique background allows him to approach the craft of voice acting with a more holistic sensibility. He believes the most important role of a voice over teacher is to help actors find their most authentic voice. Michael's voice has been heard all over the world - his credits include Evian, Kia, Hilton, Dannon, Coca Cola, Disney, Motorola, The NBA, KRAFT and Citibank.
Pete Rohan Is an audio engineer, audiobook producer/director and owner of Rohan Audio, an independent studio in NYC. He produces high quality audiobooks, provides consultations for home studio design, and develops and teaches workshops on home studio production. Pete is proud to have produced several audiobooks that have received or have been nominated for Audie and AudioFile Earphone Awards, including In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors; and Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America's Corporate Age.
Steve Tardio is a SAG-AFTRA professional voiceover artist with over 10 years of training and experience. Steve’s unique sound brought him into the world of voicing animated characters for animated shows/features, commercials, promos, audiobooks and video games. Steve’s credits include Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Harper-Audio, Fisher-Price Toys, Dannon Yogurt, Pepsi, Ford Motor Company, NBC-TV, Food Network, NBA-TV and Vevo.com. Steve feels improv is an important tool to have in your “voiceover actor belt”, especially in the world of animation, so Steve has been studying, coaching and performing long form and musical improv on various teams in NYC; with training from the Second City-Chicago, the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Peoples Improv Theater, Chicago City Limits and the Magnet Theater. Steve is also a musician and has played “Paul” in Beatles tribute bands!
Jayme Mattler has spent years working in voiceover as an engineer, director, producer, and voice talent. She has recorded over 700 audiobooks as an engineer/director and over 50 as a narrator. Her work in the industry led her to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation where she was one of the founding engineers at the EIF Voiceover Lab, coaching and directing actors on the art of voiceover. Over the years she has worked on audiobooks for Audible, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, Recorded Books, Harper Collins, and ACX. She has recorded two Grammy nominated projects, as well as many Audies award-winning and nominated books. At present, she is the NYC Producer/Director for Blackstone Publishing.
Michael Pomposello has been executing successful influencer marketing campaigns for small brands and the Fortune 500 for the past 5 years. He has seen it all and is eager to share his learnings to anyone who wants to get started as an influencer.
Jason Sasportas initially trained as an actor and screenwriter at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before making the shift to the business side of entertainment. He landed his first agency job at The William Morris Agency as an assistant, working for several theatrical agents, before joining their commercial department as booth director. It was there that Jason fell in love with voice-over, able to draw upon his acting and writing experience to effectively direct talent, interpret copy and make informed creative choices. When Jason learned that Stewart Talent, a boutique agency in NY, was looking for an agent to start up their voice-over department, he jumped at the opportunity. He got the job, built the department from scratch and for over a decade now has been successfully developing and nurturing the careers of his clients. While commercials are his main focus, Jason covers all areas of voiceover, including audio books, promos, documentaries, industrials, animated series and video games.
Jessica Schechter is the Director of Education for The Voice Shop as well as a VO talent for CMD. She has an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre from NYU. She has voiced spots for McDonalds, ADP, Ex Vivo Dynamics, Ohel Service Organization, and has recorded many broadcast PSAs. Jessica is a director member of The Actors Studio's playwright director's unit and teaches theater and public speaking. Jessica is co-producing and acting in the comedic web series "Soon By You". She is very excited to be a part of The Voice Shop team.
Gudrun Buhler has more than 20 years of experience helping singers, actors and voice over artists develop the tools they need to deliver with ease and consistently perform at their highest level. She has been working with the fabulous CMD team for over 5 years as a voice over talent and as a language supervisor. Trained as an opera singer and actress, her greatest passion is the voice. Gudrun's performance in her one woman show Mozart's Women won best singer, best play and best original play at the 2017 New York Theatre Festival. Gudrun holds a Master's degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.
Jacob Smith is a senior podcast producer at Pushkin Industries who works with Malcom Gladwell on Revisionist History and Broken Record. He previously worked on You Must Remember This, Family Ghosts, Empire on Blood and The Grift.
Carol Monda is a veteran actor of stage, TV and film, and a voiceover artist whose clients include Turner Classic Movies, McDonald’s, Discovery ID, The Guggenheim, NY Historical Society, HSBC, Red Cross, CitiCorp, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She is also an Audie-Award winning audiobook narrator of over 450 titles across many genres. She has designed and led classes in acting, voice and speech, scene study, audition techniques, text analysis, accent reduction, audiobook narration and a broad range of commercial and narrative voiceover. Carol has been an adjunct professor in both commercial voiceover and narration at NYU’s Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. Currently, she coaches, teaches classes and directs VO demos. Carol is a member of Actors’ Equity Assn and Sag-Aftra, where she serves on its National Audiobook Steering Committee.
Ernesto De Villa is a Mexican actor based in New York City. He began his career in 1980, completed his professional studies at the "National School of Dramatic Arts" at National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, has worked as an actor, director, producer and acting coach and Voice Over coach in New York city. He directs his own theater company, 88 Performing Arts Theatrical Company, with which he has made several theatrical productions, and some video productions. In addition, he teaches acting and voice over at 88 Acting Studio. Since 2005 he is member of the Spanish Repertory Company. At this present time is working as Associate Artistic Director at Teatro LATEA. In the Voice Over field he is casting director for Sticky Audio Labs, and coach of several professional VO actors.