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Randye Kaye
Occupation voice actor, author, radio host, actress, singer
Nationality American
Alma mater SUNY Albany
Subject mental health, voice acting
Website
www.randyekaye.com

Randye Kaye is an American voice over artist, radio host,actress, singer, and author based in Connecticut. From 1990 she has been a radio personality on NPR affiliates WSHU-FM/AM, and was on air with STAR 99.9 FM from 1990 to 2005.[1][2] Kaye has voiced commercials for dozens of major companies, and has narrated a number of children's books for authors such as Gail Gibbons,[3] David A. Adler,[4] Jan Brett,[5] and Sarah Stewart.[6] She also narrated the audio version of Past Perfect, the 2007 novel by Susan Isaacs.[7][8] Kaye has announced the release of her first book, Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope, in September 2011.[9]

Early life[edit]

Kaye claims she first developed an inclination for performance while attending summer camp as a child, where she disliked sports in favor of theater. She also was influenced by her parents' collection of Broadway Cast albums. She began writing in high school as a columnist, and later began working on song lyrics. She later attended SUNY Albany where she graduated with a B.A. Kaye earned her way through college by singing and playing guitar at coffee houses, both her own original music and covers.[10]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

After college Kaye returned to theater and improv,[11] performing on tour and in New York City and Los Angeles. At one point she tap danced on-stage with Ann Miller. After becoming a mother, Kaye stayed regionally in Connecticut and New York City. She played Smitty's Mom in the Greatest Movie Ever Made by GMEM Productions, Joan in the Stamford, Connecticut rendition of The Guys, as well as various other theater roles.[10] In May 2011, she starred in a benefit cabaret in Westport, sharing the stage with Sarah Pfisterer and Raissa Katona Bennett of the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera, and Kristin Huffman of the Broadway show Company. She's also appeared in Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, and Nunsense, which was directed by Danny Goggin.[2] She is a member of SAG, AFTRA, the Actors' Equity Association, and Theatre Artists Workshop.[12]

Radio[edit]

From 1990 to 2005 Kaye was a Connecticut radio personality at STAR 99.9 FM,[1] and continues to be a part-time newscaster and classical music host on NPR affiliates WSHU-FM and WSHU-AM.[2]

Voice over[edit]

While pregnant with her first child, Kaye began her voice-over career as a way to continue acting.[1] She has voiced dozens of commercials and narrations, including for Burger King, Toshiba, Kyocera, Kohl's, Hilton, Priceline, Estee Lauder, Dove, Continental Airlines, Big Lots, Curad, Dannon, Verizon, Kohls,[10][13] Executone, MISTO,[14] and promos for ESPN and the Newborn Channel.[1][14] She has also voiced medical scripts, websites, and telephony for clients such as hospitals, pharmaceuticals such as Seroquel and Savella, and patient care such as CVS and Medicare.[1] Her voice can also be heard in video games and in live events[14] such as the Effie Awards, Echo Awards, and Connecticut Press Club.[2] She is a member of SAVOA (Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists).[12]

In 2011 she narrated the 40-minute, National Science Foundation founded documentary Ease the Quiet Storm.[15]

AudioBooks[edit]

Since the early 1990's Kaye has narrated dozens of children's books for several well-known authors, including the 1991 children's book Zoo by Gail Gibbons,[3] Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle,[11] the 1994 version of David Small's Imogene's Antler,[16] the 1997 audiobook of A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt by David A. Adler,[4] the 2001 book Hedgie's Surprise by award-winner Jan Brett,[5] and 2007's The Library by Sarah Stewart.[6] She has narrated numerous books for the Soundprints Wild Habitats series of children's books, starting in the mid-1990's.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

Randye Kaye is also the audiobook narrator of Past Perfect, the 2007 novel by Susan Isaacs.[7][8]

Teaching, lecturing[edit]

Kaye has taught acting, improvisation, and media awareness to children and adults,[1][23] Kaye also contributes articles to the publication Voice-Over Xtra[14], Technorati, and Holly Pinafore Magazine.[24] She is the main producer for the VIP interview department at Film Industry Mixer, a group of video production profesionals in Connecticut.[25]

Kaye is also a Connecticut state trainer for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and a diversity trainer/facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League.[9][24][10] She has been interviewed by both BlogTalkRadio[26] and Healthy Place.[9]

Edge Studio

Kaye is a voice-over coach and teacher for Edge Studio, an audio production studio and voice-over training company based in New York City and Fairfield, Connecticut.[2][27] Owned by David Goldberg, the company produces for Disney, VW, Microsoft, and National Geographic, and has trained clients from NPR, Associated Press, ESPN, Discovery, Lifetime, and radio stations such as CBS and Bloomberg Radio.[28]

Ben Behind His Voices[edit]

Kaye has announced that her first book, Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope, will be published by Rowman and Littlefield on September 16, 2011.[2] Represented by Claire Gerus,[29] it is available for pre-order.[2][9] The memoir is of her experiences with the onset of her son Ben's schizophrenia.[23] Her son, who developed schizophrenia at a young age and was hospitalized multiple times due to misdiagnosis, now has proper treatment.[12][9][11] Kaye claims her goal with the memoir is to help other families with resources and reduce the stigma of schizophrenia.[9][26] She frequently speaks to medical providers, legislators, and families on the experiences of mental illnesses.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Kaye lives with her husband in Trumbull, Connecticut, and has a son and a daughter.[1] She is a member of MENSA.[10]

AudioBook Narration[edit]

Novels[edit]

Children's books[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Randye Kaye". Edge Studio. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dallas, Marie (April 25, 2011). "Randye Kaye to Star in 'Broadway Babe for Brighter Futures'". Bridgeport Banner. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  3. ^ a b Gibbons, Gail (March 30, 1991). Zoo. Live Oak Media. ISBN 978-1595191175. 
  4. ^ a b Adler, David (September 1997). A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Picture Book of... Live Oak Media. ISBN 978-0874993998. 
  5. ^ a b Brett, Jan (2001). Hedgie's Surprise. Scholastic. ISBN 978-0439352772. 
  6. ^ a b Stewart, Sarah (July 31, 2007). The Library. Live Oak Media. ISBN 978-1595195708. 
  7. ^ a b Isaacs, Susan (February 13, 2007). Past Perfect. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 978-1423338901. 
  8. ^ a b Hansen, Katharine (November 18, 2010). "Storytellers Who Narrate Audiobooks". A Storied Career. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Kiel, Amy (May 17, 2011). "A Family Faced with Schizophrenia". Healthy Place: TV. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Home Page". Randye Kaye. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  11. ^ a b c "An Audiobook Narrator's Story: Randye Kaye". A Storied Career. December 11, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-18.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ a b c "Ben Behind His Voices". Rowman and Littlefield. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  13. ^ Kaye, Randye (January 29, 2010). "For Lifelong Clients, Apply Lifelong Learning...About VO & Everything". Voice Over Xtra. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  14. ^ a b c d Kaye, Randye (July 29, 2010). "'Just Give Us Five in a Row' - Prepare by Practicing Variety". Voice Over Xtra. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  15. ^ "Meet the Experts Featured in Ease the Quiet Storm". Ease the Quiet Storm. January 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-18.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  16. ^ Small, David (February 1994). Imogene's Antler. Live Oak Media. ISBN 978-0874993226. 
  17. ^ Burnham, Saranne. Three River Junction: A Story of an Alaskan Bald Eagle Preserve. Soundprints Wild Habitats. ISBN 978-1568994482. 
  18. ^ Bull, Schuyler (September 1999). Along the Luangwa. Soundprints Wild Habitats. Soundprints. ISBN 978-1568997780. 
  19. ^ Nagda, Ann Whitehead (December 2000). Canopy Crossing: A Story of an Atlantic Rainforest. Soundprints Wild Habitats. Soundprints. ISBN 978-1568994550. 
  20. ^ Lee, Evelyn (September 1998). Bluestem Horizon: A Story of a Tallgrass Prairie. Soundprints Wild Habitats. Soundprints. ISBN 978-1568995977. 
  21. ^ Nagda, Ann Whitehead (April 1999). Tiger Territory: A Story of the Chitwan Valley. Soundprints Wild Habitats. Soundprints. ISBN 978-1568997223. 
  22. ^ Fraggalosch, Audrey (April 1999). Northern Refuge: A Story of a Canadian Boreal Forest. Soundprints Wild Habitats. Soundprints. ISBN 978-1568996806. 
  23. ^ a b c "Biography of Randye G. Kaye". All American Speakers. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  24. ^ a b "Randye Kaye". Holly Pinafore Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  25. ^ "5th Annual Film Industry Mixer Production Team". Film Industry Mixer. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  26. ^ a b O'donnell, Candy (May 19, 2011). "Author Randye Kaye". BlogTalkRadio. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  27. ^ "Voice-Over Forecast for 2010: Hear Panel TeleConference Tuesday Night". Voice Over Xtra. January 8, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  28. ^ "Edge Studio Expands Staff & Classes Line-Up: Offers Evaluation/Placement Plan for Beginners". Voice Over Extra. January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  29. ^ "Claire Gerus Literary Agency". Publishers Marketplace. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 

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External links[edit]

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