• Each submission will receive 2 written reviews from our panel of voiceover professionals (see these names below).
• The top 90 performers will have a one-on-one meeting/audition with a voiceover casting director of thier choice. The higher you place in the showcase, the more likely you will meet with your first choice.
• If you are currently looking for a voice agent, you can opt in to have your submission sent to every voice agent in the city. The top 20 submissions looking for an agent will be sent.after the showcase.
• This voiceover showcase will be open for submissions July 1st to July 31st and is open to members 18 yrs and older.
• There are only 250 spots available.
• ACTRA Toronto will contribute $25.00 of the $45 showcase fee for each ACTRA Toronto member participant so that the subsidized cost of the showcase to ACTRA Toronto members is only $20. You will need a valid code from A2A before you can submit to the showcase. If you need a code and are a memeber of Actra Toronto, you can get one here.
• Once you have your code, head to your “Profile Page” and follow the link there to complete your registration. You will need the MP3 file link ready to secure your spot in the showcase.
We are really excited to have such a great line-up of Toronto Voice casting directors taking part! Each of them comes to the table with a diverse set of projects and backgrounds but all of them agree that fostering emerging talent is crucial to the life of our industry! We thank them for their generosity and donation of their expertise!
Sherry Dayton (CSA, CDC) and Michael Walters (CSA, CDC)
Daytime Emmy Award Nominees, Sherry Dayton (CSA, CDC) and Michael Walters (CSA,CDC) created Dayton/Walters Casting after having enjoyed a successful career together as part of the in-house casting team at the theatrical production company juggernaut that was ‘Livent’.
Since forming their partnership, Dayton/Walters has cast scores of projects for the commercial theatre, and film/television. Based in Toronto, Ontario, they offer a boutique casting house experience where producers and directors are provided personalized attention to detail.
Their strong background in theatrical casting led Dayton/Walters in 2005 to Nelvana, one of the world’s leading international producers and distributors of children’s animation. Since then they have been bringing fresh voice talent to an extensive and exciting slate of projects for clients that include Corus, SpinMaster, WildBrain, eOne Family, 9 Story and Breakthrough Entertainment. Their projects are currently airing on PBS, Treehouse, CBC, The Cartoon Network and on streaming services Netflix, Apple TV+ and Amazon.
Theatrical highlights include: Come From Away (Gander – Upcoming), Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Matilda the Musical, Once, Hairspray, The Producers (Original Canadian companies, Mirvish Productions), The Book of Mormon (Canadian Casting Consultant, Broadway and National Tours), Jersey Boys, The Toxic Avenger (Original Canadian companies, DanCap). Recent work on new Canadian musicals includes The Hockey Sweater (The Segal Centre/ N.A.C.) and The Louder We Get (Theatre Calgary). Selected animated feature film/ television credits include: Paw Patrol The Movie, Paw Patrol (series), Peanuts, My Little Pony, PJ Masks and Esme & Roy (2019 EMMY Award Nomination for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special).
Sherry and Michael are both members of Casting Society of America (CSA) and Casting Directors of Canada (CDC) and are committed to upholding and honouring the highest standards of professionalism in the casting field. www.daytonwalters.com
Kim Hurdon is a voice casting/director with over thirty years of experience under her belt, has appeared as a voice specialist on TV, radio and in print, and has been dubbed “The Queen Of Voice” by ACTRA. Kim is a judge for the Daytime Emmys for several animation categories. Her own animation credits include: Barney, Paw Patrol Spin Off: Rubble & Crew, Caillou, Riley Rocket, Hamsters of Hamsterdale, Super Wish, Red Ketchup, Molly of Denali, Ollie‘s Pack, Blues Clues and You, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, PURST: Agent Binky, Rusty Rivets and Max & Ruby.
Denise Oliver is a Toronto based animation voice actor, voice director, casting director, award winning coach and most recently a WGC writer. Over the past 25+ years, her career has been focused primarily on children’s television and animation. She has had the opportunity to cast, direct and coach countless new and seasoned voice actors where she prides herself on not only helping to build their skills but also their confidence. Over time, her passion for voice acting expanded into coaching, then directing, then casting directing and now she’s added writing to the menu.
Her voice can be heard on various beloved series. As an animation and podcast casting director and voice director, her work can be experienced on nominated and award winning series such as Denis And Me starring YouTuber Denis Kopotun, Happy House of Frightenstein, Gardenkeeper Gus as well as Mighty Express, Lucas The Spider and more. Her most recently released casting & directing series, “Gisele’s Mashup Adventures’ ‘ starring beloved TVOKids host Gisele Corinthios, can be seen on CBC Kids, CBC Gem and YouTube. She is currently casting and directing “Superbuns”, a new series all about the power of kindness (Yowza! Animation/NBC Universal). Wherever she is; whether it be in front of the mic, in the casting & director’s chair or by an actor’s side as they develop and expand their skills, Denise strives to lift spirits and foster a love of play. The opportunities she’s had to work in various positions of the industry give her a unique perspective and appreciation for the work she’s so grateful she gets to do. She has many people and mentors on the A2A Showcase panel to thank for that.
She looks forward to connecting with her talented peers during this exercise and wonderful opportunity.
Joanne has been casting and voice directing for over twenty- five years. She’s worked on such series asFranny’s Feet, Delilah & Julius, Undergrads, Julius Jr., Luna Petunia and Gemini award winner Angela Anaconda. Currently she is working on season 8 of Super Wings.
With an emphasis on comedy and storytelling for adult audiences, Lee is the Voice Director and Supervising Producer for Toronto animation studio Look Mom! Productions. Having started as a recording engineer and record assistant for such hit kid’s shows as Paw Patrol, Total Drama, PJ Masks etc, then done a short stint directing voiceover in the commercial world for Canada’s top brands, Lee brings a professional background to the amorphous and unpredictable world of adult animation. Lee has been fortunate to work with the wonderful talents of Rhys Darby, Jason Lee, K Trevor Wilson, and many others on award-winning work such as Gary and His Demons (Amazon Prime), Bigfoot (Mondo Media), Doomlands (Roku), and numerous short films currently finding success in the festival circuit abroad.
Susan Hart – Animation Voice Director
Susan has been directing voices for animation & games worldwide for over twenty two years. She has three Emmy nominations ‘Best Voice Director On An Animated Series’ and is proud of all the award winning productions she has been involved in. Her background experience is trained actor, vocalist, show producer, agent, film producer & distribution, tv-film casting director, acting teacher & coach.
She enjoys riding her bike, loves having her grand-dog hang out at record sessions and is grateful for being associated with so many amazing and talented people in the animation industry. More info – www.susan-hart.com
Marilyn has over 25 years of experience as a producer, casting director and voice director in the animation industry. Marilyn voice directed seasons two through four of the international megahit Paw Patrol, both seasons of Nickelodeon’s Corn & Peg, the irst season of Blue’s Clues and You, as well as season 6 of PJ Masks. She cast and voice directed Charlie’s Colorforms City for Netflix, both seasons of Nickledeon’s Top Wing, and the short animated film Escape from the Edge. Marilyn cast season four of the Emmy-winning series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood for PBS, Disney Jr.’s Dino Ranch, and over 150 child and adult characters for the PBS series Let’s Go Luna.
As producer, Marilyn has won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Preschool Program or series for Paw Patrol, two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Animated Program or Series for Corner Gas Animated, and a Gemini award for Best Animated Program or Series for Skyland. In 2017, Marilyn was a supervising producer on the Oscar-nominated feature film, The Breadwinner.
Nathalie is the proud mother of two amazing boys. She graduated from York University’s Acting Conservatory, and has been acting professionally on stage, screen, and from many soundbooths, from the age of 7. For the last 20 years, Nathalie has moved behind the scenes as well.
As an actor, Nathalie has appeared in lead and recurring roles in over 40 television and film productions. She narrates several audiobooks for Penguin Random House and ECW Press. She has also performed mocap and voices for the wildly popular Assassin’s Creed video game series and voiced an array of characters for many animated series over the years. Nathalie has voice directed animated shows for the largest animation studios in the world, including all 6 seasons of the 2019 Emmy and TCA-award-winning Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Emmy-winner Peg Plus Cat, and multi-award winner True and the Rainbow Kingdom. She recently directed Pinecone and Pony for AppleTV. She is currently directing 3 new shows for Spin Master with BBC and Treehouse. Recently, Nathalie has brought her directing talents to live-action television, directing multiple
shows including La Petite Mairesse, Amelie et Compagnie, and Nickelodeon’s award-winning Blues Clues and You seasons 1-5, for which she has also come on as Creative Producer
this season. Nathalie is set to direct her first feature film this fall in Northern Ontario.
The voice and face of your childhood. From Loonette the Clown to Lydia in Beetlejuice, Jubilee in X-Men to Claire Redfield in Resident Evil, Alyson has starred in some of the world’s most iconic roles and properties:
– Sesame Street’s Follow That Bird- My Pet Monster- Ewoks- Garbage Pail Kids- Clifford- The Big Comfy Couch- Resident Evil franchise- the original X-Men animated series- Beetlejuice, the animated series.
In the early 2000s, Alyson ran a private video game company and mocap studio exclusively for Capcom. Nowadays, she is one of North America’s most sought-after casting and voice directors for Disney, Netflix, Nickelodeon, and PBS.
We are incredibly grateful to have assembled such a diverse and qualified panel. We thank them for their generosity in sharing their knowledge.
For almost 30 years, accomplished actor David Berni, has been one of the premier voice-over talents in our industry. Known for his strong comedic and improvisational skills, David has starred in numerous animated series such as The Snoopy Show, Go! Dog! Go!, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs The Series, Rocket Monkeys, Hotel Transylvania The Series, Iggy Arbuckle, and many others. As well, David has voiced numerous tv and radio commercials, promos, and narration for brands like HBO, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Amazon, Toyota, McDonald’s, Doritos, Burger King, and countless others. For recognition of his work, David has been nominated for 4 Canadian Screen Awards and 4 ACTRA awards.
Anand is an award-winning actor, improviser, playwright, director, musician, teacher & puppeteer. Recently, he was in Mahabharata at Shaw Festival, Uncle Vanya at Crow’s Theatre, adapted/performed in Rohinton Mistry’s The Scream, at SummerWorks, and has performed at Second City, Stratford, VideoCabaret, and others. He is an accomplished film and tv performer as well as voiceover artist for video games and cartoons. He recently directed As You Like It for Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park, Low Pay Don’t Pay at George Brown theatre school, and 3 audiobooks with Penguin Audio (Swimming in the Monsoons and Mansions on the Moon by Shyam Selvadurai, and Tell Me Pleasant Things About Immortality by Lindsay Wong), and narrated novels, including Kill The Mall by Pasha Malla and Tell It To The Trees by Anita Rau Badami. He is artistic director of @N@f@N@ and creates digital content with Cardboard Dreams. Social media: HRH Anand Rajaram.
Cory is a Multi-Award Winning Voice Actor, whose work has been seen and heard by billions across the globe. He has been the voice behind characters in franchises such as ‘Transformers’, ‘Bakugan’, ‘Rubble and Crew’, ‘My Little Pony’, ‘Wild Kratts’, ‘Inspector Gadget’, ‘George of the Jungle’, ‘Total Drama Island’ and many more. Known for his wild character range and improv skills, Cory has been thrilled to voice villains and heroes alike. He is also a passionate advocate for his fellow voice performers and has fought to protect and ensure fair working wages and conditions, as well as helping create workshops for Diverse Performers in ACTRA, looking to find success in Voicing for Animation and Commercial work.
Bryn did her first job as a voiceover actor at the age of seven, playing the title role in Caillou. Since then she has voiced more than 100 animated characters on more than 60 series and films including Hotel Transylvania the Series, Total Drama Island, Grojband, Franklin and many more. She is currently working on series for Mattel, NBC, PBS and CBC. Bryn won the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance- Female Voice in 2019 and 2020, and was nominated for Best Voice Performance at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2018 and 2019.
Josette Jorge is a Filipinx-Canadian actor born in Vancouver where earned her Theatre degree from Simon Fraser University. She also trained at Second City and met her husband Fane while doing sketch comedy. Together they run Ivy Speech Arts Academy, an after school drama program for youth.
Voice credits include: Rubble and Crew, Transformers Botbots, Bakugan, Abby Hatcher, Kingdom Force, The Dog and Pony Show, Cyberchase, Ollie The Boy Who Became What He Ate, and a handful of video games for Ubisoft. Favourite on-camera TV and Film credits include Schitt’s Creek, Rabbit Hole, Run the Burbs, The Stanley Dynamic, Salvation, and the feature film Attic Trunk for which she was nominated for a Leo Award for best lead female performance.
Josette was also nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre award for her role in Play with Monsters and just concluded a multi-city world premiere of Kim’s Convenience creator Ins Choi’s latest two-hander play Bad Parent.
Katie was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. After attending The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, she came back to Toronto and hit the ground running. Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe, Katie’s film and television career has been an illustrious and fulfilling one up to now. Though she has had much success on-camera, her real accomplishments have come in the form of voice acting. Having been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her role as Sam Sparks in the animated series, “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs”, Katie continues to work dominantly in the world of animation. Though her biggest recognition comes from her role as Sailor Mars from the hit Anime, Sailor Moon, Katie has worked on many successful animated series, including Max & Ruby, Braceface, Totally Spies, Beyblade, Bakugan , Inspector Gadget , Care Bears, Total Drama, Go Dog Go, and many more. Katie currently resides in Toronto with her husband and two sons.
Julius is a CSA nominated voice actor, known for his roles on such shows as Bakugan, Paw Patrol, Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe, and Pinecone & Pony. He has upcoming animated shows that will be on HBO Max, Nickelodeon, Netflix, and Cartoon Network. He has also voiced for several brands such as Goodlife, Mastermind Toys, Bell, OLG and Petro Canada.
His TV work includes Kim’s Convenience, What We Do In The Shadows, CBS’ Ghosts, Netflix’s Wedding Season, and is on CTV’s Children Ruin Everything.
Linda Kash began her career at the Second City Theatre in Toronto, where she performed, directed and conducted workshops She has appeared in and directed a number of plays, films and television shows throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Russia and New Zealand.
Notable TV includes: Seinfeld, Fargo, Batwoman, Cybil, Third Rock From the Sun, Everyone Loves Raymond, Cadet Kelly, Monk, Degrassi, The Jim Henson Hour, Doc, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, She TV.
Notable Films include: Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show, Cinderella Man, Man of The Year, Are We Done Yet and Little Italy, 3 Ernest Movies. Notable Animation includes: Thomas The Tank, Cat in the Hat, Angela Anaconda, Timothy Goes to School, Almost Naked Animals, Madeleine, Dumb Bunnies, Scaredy Squirrel, Quads and Fugget About It.
Linda has also co-created several shows for TV including “Go Girl!” and “The Joe Blow Show” for The Comedy Network, which she also directed. More recent directorial projects include Colin Mochrie in “HYPROV” for Just For Laughs and the Edinburgh festival and she directed a season of Love It or List It.
Linda has taught acting, sketch writing and /or improv at: Humber College, Fleming College, Laurier University, and conducted workshops at Trent and Arizona State University. In 2008, co-founded a Performing Arts School called PAPA for kids and teens.
During Covid 19, Linda also co-created an adult online learning platform called klusterfork; offering unique access to the best in the entertainment industry.
Linda is best known as The Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel (a successful campaign which ran over 26 years) but her proudest work to date, by far, is her fabulous blended family.