Join Recorded Books and a panel of award-winning narrators at ALA in Orlando for Stage to Page: A Stage Actor’s Approach to Bringing an Audiobook to Life. The event, moderated by Recorded Books marketing director Patrick Deering, features acclaimed narrators Amanda Leigh Cobb, Jim Frangione, and Graham Halstead, who will discuss their experiences in TV, film, and theatre, as well as the audiobooks they’ve narrated and the ways in which their acting experience translates into audiobook performance.
Amanda Leigh Cobb is a Broadway actress, teacher, and producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Hugh Jackman, Mike Nichols, Ethan Hawke, and Morgan Freeman. An Earphones Award winner for the bestselling Teen Harlequin novel Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, she is perhaps better known for her narration of Jayne Ann Krentz novels such as River Road, Trust No One, and All Night Long. Her background and range of accents lend themselves to many genres, from steampunk and romance to fantasy and crime fiction. Some of her favorite projects include multi-narrated collaborations such as the heartbreaking novel Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray and the incredible story of Japanese/American identity and family ties revealed in Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway.
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Jim Frangione has recorded over 100 audiobooks and is the narrator for J. R. Ward’s
Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries, the Bowser and Birdie stories, and many others. Jim is a New York City–based actor and co-artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, a new play development forum in Great Barrington, MA. He’s performed on TV, in many of the plays and films of David Mamet, with New York’s Atlantic Theater Company, on and Off-Broadway, and at many theaters across the country. (Fun fact: Jim’s sister Nancy Frangione played Cecile on Another World.)
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Graham Halstead is a professionally trained actor and voice artist, born and raised in Virginia and now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. As an actor, Graham has worked internationally in Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England, as well as back home at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in New York productions. He is best known for his TV role in TURN: Washington’s Spies. His voice is youthful, easy-flowing, and flexible, and it lends itself to many different types of storytelling. He can be heard on TV and radio voicing spots for Airborne and Allegra. He narrates the Life of Zarf middle-grade series by Rob Harrell, the White Flag of the Dead series by Joseph Talluto, and many others.
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The Stage to Page panel discussion will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 1:50 p.m., on the PopTop Stage at ALA in Orlando.