Harry Shearer to Lead a Voice Acting Workshop at Loyola University

In line with their recent announcement of a new arts program aimed at students looking for a career in voice and audio industry, Loyola University in New Orleans will offer a free workshop on voice acting.

The voice acting workshop will be spearheaded by none other than Harry Shearer, Loyola’s Artist-in-Residence.

Harry Shearer, a veteran comedian, voice actor, writer and producer whose career spans for almost 60 years is most famous for his work playing various characters in one of the longest running animation series, The Simpsons.  Harry Shearer will be joined by Dave Willis of Cartoon Network.  Dave Willis, voiceover talent for almost 20 years, is best known for his work in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell.

This workshop is offered for free as part of the University’s efforts to draw attention to their new Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking degree.  Apart from the Fine Arts degree, other related classes are also being offered in Loyola’s University’s Honors Program .

The workshop will be held in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex of Loyola University’s main campus on Monday, 20th of October.  First part of the workshop will start at 1:30 PM till 3:00 PM and will be facilitated by Dave Willis, focusing on character conceptualization and voices that will fit the character.  Harry Shearer will then take over from 3:30 PM till 5:00 PM to give a voice acting workshop.  After which, Shearer will be joined by Willis to take part in a public forum which will start from 5:00 PM till 6:00 PM. Organizers will choose 25 participants to join the facilitators during each workshop.  The workshop is open to all University visitors.

According to Jim Gabour, also a Loyola Artist-in-Residence, “We think this joint appearance by two international stars who specialize in this incredible niche profession is a huge learning opportunity to both aspiring Loyola students and the community of professionals here in Louisiana. Plus it will be an enormous lot of fun.”

Those who are interested but are unable to join the actual workshop can view the public forum online via live stream by going to this link:  http://www.livestream.com/loyolauniversity.


Rana King

Rana King has presented marketing, sales, and writing seminars around the globe. She is also experienced in business-to-business copywriting and technical writing. She is also an accomplished voice actor with regular clients from around the globe.