Places please: How to work with voice actors

12:00pm-2:30pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

Leo Bloom: Actors are not animals! They’re human beings!
Max Bialystock: They are? Have you ever eaten with one?

This exchange between milquetoast Leo Bloom (yep) and theatrical con man Max Bialystock comes from Mel Brook’s classic comedy The Producers. While we don’t take as harsh a view as this, actors are a special breed. In this course veteran audio theater producer Sarah Montague will teach you how to assemble the best realistic cast for your project (no, Brad isn’t going to call you back). You’ll listen to examples from pieces with exemplary casts. From the Golden Age (really) to The Truth, Welcome to Night Vale, Desire, Homeland, The Handmaid’s Tale and others. And you’ll learn how to get the best out of your cast whether you are creating a single drama or a series.

*This class is capped at 12

Course Content:


  • Fantastic cinemascope? Bleh. Don’t think Hollywood first
  • Where to look, what to listen for
  • Casting inclusively


  • Performing in audio—what’s different?
  • What makes a strong text from the actor’s perspective
  • Reading vs. playing (audio books vs. plays)
  • How to create a sense of engagement/ensemble
  • Awareness of the medium (as in film much will get added later)—dress, working with mics; etc.
  • What we can learn from the Brits

Who's this class for?

Beginners, enthusiasts and newcomers to podcasting and radio fiction.

About Your Instructor

Sarah Montague

Sarah Montague is an award-winning veteran radio and audio producer of drama, documentary and features, whose work (with WNYC, NPR PRX, and other outlets) includes the radio and audio theater series Jazzplay; The Radio Stage; T is for Tom; Spinning Stoppard; and the plays The Fall of the City; Anaesthesia and That Deep Ocean. She is an associate professor at The New School where she teaches courses in audio theatre, documentary; and feature production. She is the producer of the long-running public radio spoken word series SELECTED SHORTS, and of the podcast Exiles on 12th Street for the New School’s Public Seminar initiative.

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.