Directing & Teaching & Coaching
"Piper is by far the best audiobook teacher I’ve ever seen. Not only does she know how to deliver a terrific read, but she knows how to navigate the business, find one’s niche, and deliver a beautifully produced final product. And she communicates it all simply and brilliantly. Her status in the business is well deserved." - Andy Roth, Casting Director
I have directed a variety of projects for Audible Studios, as well as produced & directed the audiobook #SOBLESSED, by Annoying Actor Friend, with a cast that included Brian Dennehy, Alan Cumming, Krista Rodriguez, and Megan Hilty. Proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
I regularly teach Narration at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts (Stonestreet Studios) CAST events at Ripley-Grier, as well as offering private coaching. I've taught workshops, masterclasses and intensives at Syracuse University, NYU Grad Acting, Aurora University, Marymount Manhattan, ACX University, Weston Playhouse, That's VoiceOver at the Museum of the Moving Image, and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Voiceover Lab in NYC.
Other teaching includes: Brown University/Trinity Rep 3rd year Voice & Speech Fellow, The McCarter Summer Shakespeare Program, and 3 years as the Director of Education at the Weston Playhouse.
"To know Piper is to know passion for one's work. Her level of commitment to the theater and audiobooks is what you wish from any actor on any level, and she funnels that commitment into her teaching seamlessly. Her students are incredibly fortunate to have someone as passionate and talented as her to guide them at any level of their careers."
Current teaching: Intro to Audiobook Narration with The Voice Shop, June 7th, 5:30 to 8:30 pm via Zoom. Click the logo for more info & registration!
So you want to be a narrator?
I don't blame you! It's an awesome job!
If you can't take a class or do private coaching right now, there are plenty of ways to improve skills & study on your own. (One of the top things a good narrator has is curiosity & the ability to work hard on their own!)
Check out these helpful links to get you going.
Remember that this is a profession, a business, and a craft. You'll need to put a lot of time, energy and money into learning audiobook narration, and after that, if you love literature, words, reading, listening, researching, practicing, and being alone for most of the day, it just may be the job for you.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, Read by Saskia Maarleveld
Buried Deep by Margot Hunt, Read by Therese Plummer
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, Read by Nancy Wu
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Read by Bahni Turpin
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Read by the author
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Read by Claire Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher
The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Read by Kate Rudd