D'Arcy Smith

D'Arcy Smith


Professor of Acting

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Professional Summary

D’Arcy Smith is a Professor of Acting and Voice at CCM who specializes in training actors for digital mediums.

He teaches classes in Voice-over acting, Acting for the Camera, Acting for Motion Capture, Dialects, Voice for videogames and Vocal Combat: Vocal Extremes for the Actor.
As a voice, text and dialect coach he has worked on hundreds of professional theatrical productions. He was the resident voice coach at the Guthrie Theater and voice coach for numerous professional acting companies in the US, Canada and New Zealand including Actor’s Theater Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the Guthrie Theater, American Player’s Theater, Penumbra Theater, the Jungle Theater, Theater Latte da, Circa and Taki Rua. His teaching credits include workshops nationally as well as in the U.K., Canada, New Zealand and Malaysia.
He is the creator of Vocal Combat Technique(tm), a technique to help actors create vocally aggressive sounds in the healthiest way possible. His work in the area has been published in The Journal of Voice. He has helped hundreds of actors to go to vocal extremes including screaming, grunts, growls, etc. Smith was invited by the vocal health team for the US Navy in San Diego to find methods to help drill instructors better use their voices.

As a videogame voice director and coach he has worked with Riot Games, Ubisoft, 343 Industries, Ninja Theory and other game developers.



MFA: York University Toronto, Ontario, Canada, (Acting)

Research Support

Grant: #URC AHSS Faculty Research stipend FY18 Investigators:Smith, DArcy 05-01-2018 -05-31-2018 UC's University Research Council URC AHSS Faculty Research stipend FY18 Role:PI $16,275.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #R25073 Investigators:Smith, DArcy 04-01-2019 -03-31-2020 UC's URC Faculty Research Cost Support Awards Program Mitigating Disphonia, Pain and Vocal Handicap After Violent Videogame Voice Overs with Vocal Combat Technique Training Role:PI $7,500.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #R40216 Investigators:Smith, DArcy 07-01-2020 -12-31-2021 UC's Collaborative Research Advancement Grant Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams Testing the Efficiency of Vocal Combat Technique on Marine Drill Instructors Role:PI $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC