David Smukler

BFA (Carnegie Institute), MA (Columbia)

Professor Emeritus

Professor Smukler has been voice coach with major theatres and drama schools in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Netherlands.  His coaching experience includes classical theatre (Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival, Royal Court Theatre London, Canadian Stage Company), opera (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the English Opera Group), alternative theatre (the Open Theatre, Mump and Smoot, Pochsy).  He has served as dialogue coach on over one hundred and fifty works for film and television.  Recent coaching has included working on Norman Jewison’s Hurricane, Boondock Saints, Cover Me (a CBC series), and Remember Me, Resident Evil #2 and The Road to 9-11.  Recent coaching for the theatre includes Theatre and Company (Kitchener) and 4th Line Theatre Company (Peterborough County) and the Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival.  For the Royal Shakespeare Theatre’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Professor Smukler was the Canadian representative. Recent acting work includes film:  One Good Reason.  Recent stage work includes:  Sorin in The Seagull and Grandfather in Theatre Rusticle’s Peter and the Wolf.

Professor Smukler regularly conducts professional classes at Equity Showcase Theatre and leads workshops across the country.  He supervises the Voice Teacher Training Program in the Graduate Program.  He is the founder and director of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, which is held in Vancouver each year attracting actors, teachers and directors from around the world.