On Wednesday, Audible Inc. — an Internet giant in the world of selling and producing digital audiobooks, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers — teamed with Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) to put in motion a drive to enhance audio entertainment at their renowned school of performance. In other words, Ryerson students will now have a state-of-the-art performance training facility, companion sound studio and an annual scholarship fund to help the future writers and voice actors inside and outside of Canada.
The initiative will include an Audible acting and sound studio, audio-related coursework, and the Audible Scholarship, all in an effort to improve creative and innovated talent.
2017 saw a rise in audio entertainment, including podcasts and audiobooks. Learn how #Ryerson is partnering with @amazonca @audible_ca to continue the momentum: https://t.co/CdAUoFYRiY pic.twitter.com/PDMy4SgJiL— Ryerson University Alumni (@Ryerson_Alumni) January 12, 2018
Audible.ca launched in September 2017 and at that time committed $12 million over a three-year period to invest in resources and programs like this partnership with Ryerson. The “Audible Acting Studio,” will offer a 1,400-square-foot, acoustically-treated performance training facility and allow for professional-quality audio recordings for voice actors, the sound studio will include a Spring 2019 upgrade of the existing Rogers Communications Centre and the two sides will work together to enhance the performance acting curriculum in the areas of performance and production. Finally, Audible will create an endowment for a performance acting student who demonstrates exceptional talent in voice acting.
Charles Falzon, Dean of FCAD said of the deal:
“With our focus on developing strengths as an educator in audiobook production, we are excited to work with Audible now and in the years ahead to leverage their insight and connections in this flourishing multi-billion-dollar business for the benefit of our students. With Audible’s support, we will provide high-quality facilities to match a career-relevant education that offers unparalleled industry-connected learning opportunities for students.”
For the future voice actors and creative producers and minds of tomorrow, this is a huge step forward, providing an avenue to help students pursue their dreams as narrative storytellers, actors, and producers of Canadian content.