Introduction to Voice Acting

This workshop goes through the basics of voice over technique and voice acting for microphone, including: how to use a studio microphone, studio etiquette, and working with VO text.

In addition the workshop outlines 'Alan Marriott's 5 Points' Technique ©' which breaks voice performance into five areas of study (Speed/Pace, Pitch, Tonal Placement, and Emotional Gesture).

This technique outlines a systematic approach to voiceing commercials, animation, video games and narration for a voice actor.

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1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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  • Alan Marriott


    Alan Marriott has been teaching and performing in Canada and Europe for more years than he'd care to admit. He trained first in theatre and improvisation with Vancouver Theatresports and Keith Jonhstone. He then continued his training at LAMDA.

    His work includes improvisation, voice overs, teaching, writing, and performance for stage, film and television. He has worked with and taught, among many others, Christopher Lee, Colin Mochrie, Jeremy Hardy, Steve Frost, Tony Slattery, Eddie Izzard, Pippa Evans, Ruth Bratt, Andy Stanton, Lenny Henry, Fay Ripley and Alan Davies.

    Alan's voice can be heard in many animation series world wide including Bob the Builder, The Secret Show, Bounty Hamster, Animal Stories, Lego Nexo Knights, Lego Star Wars, My Little Pony, Geronimo Stilton, Dinosaur Train, Martha Speaks and more. Alan is also an accomplished voice director and voice over teacher, directing six animated featurettes for BKN. Alan is currently the voice of Grand Sensei Dareth in Lego Ninjago.

    Alan has also appeared as a voice in many feature films including Asterix – The Mansions of the Gods (as Cacofonix), Planet 51, Boo-Zino and the Snurks, and most recently as 'Stan' in Norm of the North 2. Alan has also voiced many anime films such as, X, Violence Jack and Appleseed.

    For video games, Alan can be heard on the original PlayStation 1 games Jumping Flash 1, Jumping Flash 2 and on Dead Rising 2, Skate 2, Hot Wheels - Stunt Track Challenge, Head Hunter – Redemption, Space Channel 5 and many more. He is the voice of Grom the Paunch in WARHAMMER: Total War.

    Alan can be heard in countless commercials and trailers such as MBNA Credit Cards, many trailers for Warner Brothers Films (including Scooby Doo), Nickelodeon and FIFA.

    A list of Alan's former students includes Eddie Izzard, Alan Davies, John Sparks, Jake Arnott, Stella Duffy, Gordon Kennedy, Neil Ashdown, Fay Ripley, Ben Keaton, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Ruth Bratt, Phillip Pellew, Andy Stanton, Steve Roe, Abandoman and many more.

    For a full list of Alan's credits, check out his IMDb profile at: