For over 10 years D’Arcy Smith has been training and coaching actors in how to go to vocal extremes.
Now with the help of the V.C.T. team, they have developed training methods to help the actor achieve these sounds in the healthiest way possible, and satisfy the needs of the industry.
D’Arcy Smith is an Associate Professor of Voice, Speech and Dialects at The University of Cincinnati, CCM. He brings over 20 years of experience as a professional actor, coach and teacher of performers.
He was a resident voice, text and dialect coach at the Guthrie Theater and has worked as a teacher and voice/dialect coach in the United States, U.K., Canada and New Zealand. He has also worked as a voice and dialect coach with many professional theaters coaching over 90 professional productions.
He has used his vocal combat techniques in numerous professional productions and alongside fight coaches. He has trained extensively in a variety of voice techniques to help serve every level and voice type.
BFA, MA, CCC-SLP
Katelyn is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati: College Conservatory of Music's (CCM) Dramatic Performance Program. During her time as an undergraduate student she developed a deep interest and passion for all things voice and speech. Upon graduation, she was offered a position as Adjunct Faculty teaching Voice and Speech for CCM’s Nationally Ranked Musical Theater Program, where she discovered not only a passion for teaching in general, but an aptitude for vocal and dialect coaching as well.
Noting the unique challenges faced by performers, singers and public speakers, Katelyn enrolled in a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a focus in Voice Disorders.
At present Katelyn practices as a Voice Pathologist for UC Health’s nationally ranked ENT department, as well continuing to teach as Adjunct Faculty at CCM - often working to help students overcome vocal impediments in the process. Katelyn also works as a Freelance Vocal Coach specializing in accents, dialects and vocal projection. Her combined experience as performer, pathologist and teacher allows her to not only understand the intricacies of vocal issues on an anatomical level, but to passionately appreciate the uniqueness and importance of the voice as an art.
Voice Director and Casting Director
Kim Hurdon has been in the industry for over 25 years, has appeared on CBC radio and been quoted in The Globe and Mail as a voice specialist. She’s been dubbed “The Queen Of Voice” by ACTRA. Kim has cast thousands of commercials along with various animated series and video games. Her most recent casting and voice direction work includes: Peg + Cat, Max and Ruby, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Rusty Rivets, Assassin’s Creed:Syndicate and Far Cry 5. Kim also offers voice over classes, tutorials and produces voice demos and really … just loves everything “voice”!