Gin Hammond

Gin Hammond, Voice Specialist

Voice Specialist/Co-Founder

Classes include:  Voiceover Toolbox Workshop, Accent Reduction, Dialect Coaching, Demo Reel Production.  One-on-one Voice-over coaching.


Gin Hammond received her MFA from the A.R.T. at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, which she has taught in London, Cambridge, and Vancouver B.C., as well as at the Freehold Theater Lab Studio since 2007. She has taught public speaking at Freehold, privately, and also for corporate clients including Boeing. Hammond’s voice can be heard on commercials, audiobooks, and a variety of video games including Undead Labs: State of Decay, DotA 2, Aion, Halo 3 ODST. Directing credits include The Westerbork Serenade, (a Footlight Award winner which toured to the Netherlands), as well as Subprime! Inside the Heart of the Mortgage Meltdown, a Seattle Weekly “Pick of the Week.” She received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance in The Syringa Tree, and has performed in Russia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and England.

Shana Pennington-Baird

Vocal Instructor, Director/Co-Founder

Classes:  Voiceover coaching, Audition Prep, Singing, Public Speaking, Audiobook Narration, Editing, Home Studio Set Up

Shana Pennington-Baird has been working in the Pacific Northwest theatre scene for twenty years. After receiving a BFA in Theatre from Stephens College, she toured with the Missoula Children’s Theatre and settled in Seattle. A long-time veteran of Cabaret Productions, Shana is best known for her ability to quickly learn parody lyrics and perform on the fly. Shana’s voiceover clients include: Microsoft, Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, the Seattle Channel, South Lake Union Chamber,, Mountain Credit Union, Impossible Acoustic, and more.  Shana has worked with the Bathhouse Theatre, 5th Ave Musical Theatre, Oregon Cabaret, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Civic Light Opera, ACT Theatre, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Okoboji Summer Theatre, and Book-It Repertory. Shana has studied abroad with the Tuscany Project and is currently developing a solo cabaret show.

Dr. Stacey Mastrian

Classes: Singing (classical, musical theater, and other styles); Vocal anatomy, health, pedagogy, and technique; Singing audition prep; Diction for singing; Interpretation for singing

Dr. Stacey Mastrian has taught voice and related courses at American University, Peabody Conservatory of Music (Johns Hopkins University), Peabody Preparatory, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and University of Maryland College Park. Most recently she was Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Voice/Opera at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.   Dr. Mastrian has twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and has given much-lauded master classes, lectures, workshops, and performances at universities and schools from coast to coast in the U.S. and abroad, as well as maintaining a select private studio.  She received a 2016 Jack Straw Artist Award, has been a Fulbright fellow to Italy, and has sung at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NY, the Kennedy Center in DC, the Konzerthaus and Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, and Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

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Michael D. Blum

Classes:  Voiceover coaching, Audition Prep, Acting

Michael has been an actor and director since childhood. Over the years he has co-founded two Latino theater companies; La Compañía De Teatro De Alburquerque, Inc. in the 1980’s, and more recently Teatro Nuevo México, where he served as Co-Artistic Director for four years. His work has been seen as far afield as Europe, Mexico and South America, including a stint with the National Theater of Venezuela. He is also an award-winning voice talent in both English and Spanish, providing voices for advertising, theater, television, audio books and video games. Since arriving in Seattle a few years ago, he has worked with several theater companies including Balagan, Theater Schmeater, and GreenStage, for whom he directed “The Tempest.” He was most recently seen jumping onto the roof of a train in Pork Filled Production’s “The Tumbleweed Zephyr,” and decorating a cake on television. He occasionally regrets having chosen theater over sleep.

Heather Ward

Classes:  Singing — Private coaching, Jazz Masterclasses, Ear Training, Improvisational Training

Heather Ward was born and raised in Canada, in a family of music teachers and performers. She grew up in Ontario where vocal music and ear-training using the Kodaly solfege method began in elementary school. After a widely varied choral and musical theater education in high school, Heather was hired by her college as a solfege tutor when she went back to work on a BMus. Since then she has taught privately for many years. She ran a master class, created concerts and shows, and ran the House Band for the Little Red Studio. She has worked as musical director for elementary school musicals and middle school choirs, coached a high school jazz rhythm section, and lead theory and improv workshops for high school jazz choirs. Heather taught voice lessons and lead band classes and camps at the Seattle School of Rock, and currently teaches drama classes for children in Bellevue and surrounding area.

As a professional performer, Heather has sung jazz, blues, and pop/rock gigs for many years, performed in musical theater and musical accompaniment for other theatrical productions. She has been Alto Section Leader and a performer for over a decade with the Dickens Carolers in 4 part acapella quartets. She has worked with some of the world’s jazz greats in Jazz Orchestra Workshops in Vancouver BC, the Banff Center for the Arts International Jazz Workshop, Vocal Summit at Banff, Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Festival, and twice been a featured performer in the DuMaurier Jazz Festival at Vancouver.

Heather is actively involved with the Seattle theater scene and offers coaching in audition preparation and theater performance readiness. “Music is full of joy and deep emotion for me, and passing on this love to my students is one of my favorite experiences!”

Marianna de Fazio

Classes:  Public Speaking, Acting
Marianna comes to public speaking and presentation coaching from a unique background. Originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts, she received her BA in Theatre and German Studies from St. Louis University. She was granted a Teaching Fulbright to Austria, where she taught English and performed on stage for 5 years before moving to Seattle to pursue her graduate work. She holds an MFA in Performance from the University of Washington, and actively incorporates her love of language, speech and voice work into her coaching.  Marianna lives in Kirkland with her husband, Agastya Kohli.
She has coached presenters at various Microsoft conferences, including Tech Ready, Ignite and Strike, as well as the Tableau Conference 2016. Her private students range from lawyers to teachers to medical professionals, and more.

 Samara Lerman

Classes:  Voiceover Coaching, VO Acting, Kids VO Camps

Samara is a stage, film, and voice actor perhaps best known for her roles as the heroic Myriad in the cult fantasy film The Gamers: Hands of Fate, and as the enigmatic Assassin in the web series Journeyquest. She is drawn to characters who listen and find strength through vulnerability. On the festival circuit, Samara stared in the film Chasing the Sun which which following its lengthy festival circuit run had its television debut on PBS’ Seattle affiliate KCTS 9 and streamed on the SIFF Selects channel for Alaska Airlines.  She has worked on numerous film sets as the on set acting coach and has been teaching and coaching acting for over fifteen years. Samara’s voiceover clients include; Banner Bank, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Ditto, MultiCare, the Committee For Children and Microsoft.

Susanna Burney


Classes:  Voiceover Coaching, Audiobook Narration, VO Acting

Susanna Burney is a professional voice over artist, actress, director and teacher, who makes her home in Seattle. For over 20 years, her voice has been heard on radio, tv, promotional and training films, documentaries, and the web; as well as a number of computer games, including F.E.A.R. (Monolith, Sierra and Warner Bros.), Hoyle Casino and Kids Games, and most recently the multi-layered gaming and animation World of Chaldea. She has narrated dozens of audio books in a range of genres from non-fiction to romance, for BBC America, Harper Collins, Listen and Live, High Bridge, Brilliance and more. Her stage work has taken her to New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New England, Florida, Nevada, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Susanna is an instructor of Voice Over and Text Analysis at Seattle Film Institute, and a faculty member of Freehold where she also teaches Voice Over. She has also taught at Bellevue College, North Seattle College and Icicle Creek Center for the Performing Arts. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Boston University.


Guest Instructors for 2017:

  • Bob Bergen
  • Dave Fennoy
  • Scott Burns
  • Jamie Hunsdale