Video Game Voiceover Mini-Class

If you’ve ever wanted to be one of those voices on your favorite game, then this mini class is for you! Warner Bros. Cinematic Director, Dominic Cianciolo (Mortal Kombat X, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and Kathleen Puls Andrade will take you through gaming scripts that will challenge your mouth, your voice, your mind, brain and body!

You’ll explore supporting your voice so you can last for an entire session no matter the vocal demands. You’ll learn great vocal, physical, and character warm-ups that keep your chops sharp. We’ll go over dialogue and monologues, learn and create backstories for various characters and get on mic as soon as possible to start working those characters.

You will learn:

Going from one vocal extreme to the other
Grunts and Exertions aka Efforts
Learn about ADR Wild Efforts (Grunts and Exertions)
Mic Technique
Create characters on the spot
Create character backstory
Meaty Monologues for Men and Women
Discuss Facial Capture
Learn why you have line after line of dialogue on spreadsheets
Go through line after line of different characters and pivot on the spot
The Business of Making and Voicing Videogames

This mini-class will give you a whole new perspective, character toolbox, and plenty of scripts, so when you’re not working a gig, you can still work on your craft!

Students will receive a copy of their recordings.


About the instructors: As a writer, director, and producer Dominic Cianciolo has worked in a broad range of styles and media, consistently demonstrating a commitment to storytelling excellence. In 2007, Dominic joined Chicago-based Midway Games as its Cinematics Director. As Cinematics Director, Dominic was creatively responsible for in-game cut scenes on a variety of Midway titles including Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. When Warner Bros. purchased Midway in 2009, he continued in an expanded role, co-writing and directing the in-game cinematics for the 2011 re-boot of Mortal Kombat.

Mortal Kombat‘s cinematics script earned him and his co-writers a nomination by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing in 2012. His contributions to their Netherrealm’s string of successful projects has continued with the co-writing and directing of the cinematics for 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat X. In addition to co-writing the story for this year’s hit Injustice 2, Dominic oversaw the writing and production of the game’s massive collection of in-game dialogue.

Kathleen Puls Andrade is a professional voiceover, actor, improviser, and writer with numerous voiceover, game, and on camera credits to her name. She has co-created and teaches the Beginning and Advanced Voiceover Programs at Second City Training Center, Chicago, and has taught voiceover for Discover Card, Baylor University, Bosco Productions, and Northern Illinois University among others. Several of her voiceover students have gone on to audition professionally and have been cast in several national and local commercials, industrials, games, and more.

She and her writing partner, Andrew Eninger, have been named semi-finalists for the Page International Screenwriting Awards and are in the Top 100 of Emerging Screenwriters for their original sitcom pilot, Fertile Ground. Her original solo comedy Journey to the Center of the Uterus™: Adventures Infertility!, a poignant comedy based on her own roller coaster experiences with infertility, premiered in Chicago and was featured on the PBS special Health Secrets: What Every Woman Should Know hosted by Paula Zahn.

Kathleen’s demos and more can be heard at She can also be seen regularly in Bible Bingo and Mrs. O’Brien’s Guide to the Golden Rule at the Royal George in Chicago and around the country.

Video Game Voiceover Mini-Class