Reader Bios - Part 2

 

John Hough

John Hough has a wealth of activities and experiences in his life to draw on, he served six years in the US Navy in locations such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Djibouti Africa and various locals in and around the Persian Gulf. He was also a police officer; he was educated to teach secondary education in Political Science and History; became a leader in Marketing and Sales for United Airlines and Happy Vacations and traveled to areas such as Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, the entire Caribbean and Mexico in that capacity. John and Tina, his wife of 31 years, have four children, ten grand children and two Labrador retrievers and now live happily as the proud owners of The Roosevelt Inn and Spa, once his old elementary school in Coeur d’Alene Idaho.

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 Xe Sands  

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration and performance. From poignant young adult fiction to powerful first-person narrative, Sands's characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate. Xe Sands Audiobooks

Phoebe Zimmermann

Phoebe Zimmermann is a Professional Voice Actress and Vocal Director living in Los Angeles and working all over the world.  Her voice can be heard in all mediums- television, radio, the internet, and even the Space Station- and she enjoys a distinguished career as a Radio Producer & Host.

www.phoebezimmermann.com

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Milton Bagby  

Milton Bagby is a veteran radio and television voiceover talent.  An original member of Nashville's renowned Actors Bridge Ensemble, Milton has played in everything on stage from Greek tragedy to Steve Martin comedies, as well as having done a turn or two in independent films.  Milton has written or edited three non-fiction books and his byline has appeared on dozens of national and regional magazine articles.  Is there a work of fiction in Milton's future?  "If so, " he says, "I know who will narrate it."

 

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Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper comes to audio books with over twenty years as an actor in various venues for stage, film and television. Those years were simultaneously spent voicing radio and television commercials, industrial presentations, political accusations and satires, and inanimate objects. After all these years, the book is still better than the movie. Steven Cooper Audiobooks

 

James Drury

James Drury is an actor who has worked successfully on the stage, screen and television. Born in New York, he made his professional acting debut at the age of 12 in a touring company of “Life With Father.” His film career began in 1954 when he signed a contract with MGM.  His most well-known role came in the series, “The Virginian.” He was also in the award-winning Sam Peckinpah film “Ride the High Country.”

Mr. Drury was a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve and participated in many recruiting films and public appearances for the Navy. He enjoys scuba diving, tennis, golf, snow skiing, sailing and horses. James Drury Audiobooks

Suzanne Niles

 

Suzanne Niles has carved out quite the amazing career in television, commercials and feature films that include JoJo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, Jagged Edge and The Fifth Floor. Major television appearances Dallas, Knots Landing, Highway to Heaven, Remington Steele and The Dukes of Hazzard. She has trained under masters in the business like Charles Conrad, Milton Kaselas and many more. Her incredible voice has been heard by thousands, opening for musical artists The Charlie Daniels Band, The Allman Brothers Band and Marty Robbins. Suzanne Niles Audiobooks

Colleen Patrick

Colleen Patrick, Writer-director-producer, lives by the words of Confucius: “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.”

She started writing early – a play at 10, editor of her school newspaper at 12, then thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and features, hundreds of television and radio news stories, features and documentaries as a print and broadcast journalist. Her work has appeared on CBS, ABC and NBC-TV and radio networks, the Associated Press, CNN and she has written two published books – THE 100% SOLUTION and MIND OVER MEDIA.

She produces, writes and directs feature and short films as well as documentaries and is a well-known camera acting coach and a writing coach.  Colleen developed and conducts seminars for the Artist’s Personal Business Plan. She wrote, produced and directed some 16 short narrative films, including LIFE AS ART, before tackling her first feature, The Whole Truth (http://thewholetruththemovie.com).

She is former President and International Liaison of Women In Film/Seattle and a member of the notable NYC Friars Club.

Colleen enjoys nature, Coronation Street, writing, singing, target shooting, x-country skiing, hiking, music of every stripe and meditating. She lives in a natural wood bungalow in North Seattle with her three dogs – Pomeranians, an Allie Cat and two chickadee families who nest in bird houses attached to her home.  An avid blogger, her website, http://colleenpatrick.com.

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Damon Abdallah Damon Abdallah has worked as an artist in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. Primarily a stage and film actor, he has also worked as a screenwriter, storyboard artist, director, composer, scenic designer/carpenter, stage manager, production assistant, puppeteer, and voice-over talent. He is an artist-in-residence at Interplayers, downtown Spokane, Washington's premiere professional theatre. Damon Abdallah Audiobooks.
Brian Holsopple

Brian Holsopple is a full-time voiceover professional with over 20 years experience in the field, recording commercial copy, training/eLearning and video narration, in addition to audiobooks. He has a number of audiobooks to his credit, one of which won Best in Category from Publisher’s Weekly.  He is also a singer/actor/performer, performing in theatrical productions and musical presentations for over 30 years… and still at it. Brian also records a cappella music, singing all of the parts himself. Brian Holsopple Audiobooks

Gerald Fierst, Reader for Books In Motion Gerald Fierst has worked in film, television and theater as well performing and recording in the US, Europe and Asia as a storyteller.  He is the recipient of two Parents Choice Awards for his recordings of world folktales.  He is the author of The Heart of the Wedding, a book of wedding stories and ceremonies.  He officiates at life passage ceremonies throughout the US. Gerald Fierst Audiobooks
Don Ranson During Don Ranson's career in broadcasting he has served both as anchor talent and manager.  As a freelance voice actor, narrator and producer he has been intimately involved in hundreds of hours of commercials, video and film productions.  
At present Don enjoys working primarily out of his own studio, accepting direction through phone patch or ISDN, and transferring data via the internet.
He holds the Gold award from the New York Film Festival. Don Ranson Audiobooks.
Jennifer Hille

Jennifer Hille wrote and directed her first drama at the ripe old age of nine.  A modern day version of the Good Samaritan, complete with roller skates across the chancel, her Sunday School teacher later noted the performance was one of the highlights of her Sunday School teaching career.  Jennifer went on to act in several productions, winning best supporting actress for playing a servant boy in the One Act Japanese Kabuki show, The Prayer Substitute.  With a Master of Arts in Teaching she loves to teach music and add the arts to regular curriculum, sing, compose songs,  pen scripts, act, and read stories with dramatic flair.

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Tom Taylorson Tom Taylorson is a Chicago-based actor with over a decade of stage experience ranging from outdoor and black box theaters to Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In that time he also built a voice over career. Tom now primarily works as a voice actor and can be heard in a multitude of national radio and television commercials, various websites, and video games. Tom is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, teaching Voice Over for Interactive Media. Tom Taylorson Audiobooks
Timothy Campbell Timothy Campbell is a multi-talented professional voice artist.  He has 35 audiobook credits to his name as both a producer and narrator, and has narrated several successful series for Audible.com, including the Joe Dillard Series by Scott Pratt and the Lang Reilly Thrillers by Greg Loomis.  His extensive knowledge of languages and dialects originates from his other full time career - professional opera singer.  He has performed with presitigious companies across the country, including Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Mill City Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera, and has three degrees in theater and music. Timothy Campbell Audiobooks
Author & Narrator Stan Lynde

Stan Lynde, Author of eight novels featuring the adventures of Deputy U.S. Marshal Merlin Fanshaw, Stan Lynde is a fourth-generation native Montanan and the creator, author, and artist of two highly acclaimed syndicated cartoon strips, Rick O'Shay and Latigo.

Stan passed away in his beloved Montana on August 6th, 2013. He was a great talent and beloved by all that new him.  He was a master story teller both in his story strip cartoons Rick O’shay, and Latigo and through his western novels, the Merlin Fanshaw series.  His work speaks for the values he and his fans held so dear.  As in his most famous syndicated cartoon strip Rick O’Shay “Happy Birthday Boss” Stan has gone on to be with the boss.  His death is grieved by his wife Lynda, family, friends and fans. Stan Lynde Audiobooks

Henry McNulty

Henry McNulty is an actor, music director, and pianist based in Spokane. Stage credits include My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, and Camelot, among others. He is a prolific musical director in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area working with various organizations including Spokane Civic Theatre and CDA Summer Theatre. A self-taught pianist, he holds a degree from Eastern Washington University, where he studied voice and music composition. Voice credits include a growing selection of audiobooks and several local projects. Henry McNulty Audiobooks

Ron Ford

Ron Ford is an actor, writer, producer and director with over a dozen movie titles to his name. In 1994 he wrote the horror hit "The Fear." That led to his becoming a hired gun for motion picture distributors looking for genre movies to fill their release schedules. Ron produced, wrote and directed an astonishing number of titles in less than a decade's time. Among them are "Hollywood Mortuary," "Mark of Dracula," "Tiki," "Witchcraft XI: Sisters in Blood," "The Crawling Brain" and "Vampire Resurrection." As an actor, Ron can be seen in "Home of the Brave," "Mozart and the Whale," "Addicted to Murder," "Killer Tomatoes Eat France," and many others. He is also a busy stage actor in Spokane, Washington where he now resides. Ron Ford Audiobooks

Mara Lynne Thomas

Mara Lynne Thomas is a professional singer, actor, and choral conductor with a coast to coast career spanning 35 years. She was an Artist in Residence for Interplayers Theatre and named Best Supporting Actress of the Year by the Spokane Inlander. She has appeared with the Spokane Symphony, The NW Bach Festival, Allegro, Zephyr, Mozart on a Summer’s Eve, Music in Historic Homes, and Cathedral and the Arts.  Thomas currently sings and conducts the Children’s Choir at St. John, the Evangelist Cathedral in Spokane, and will appear this summer for her 26th season with the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. She loves reading aloud to her young students as a teacher, and is pleased to now make a profession out of it! Mara Lynne Thomas Audiobooks

JOHN FORBES - Actor/Singer/Writer/Director/Producer John Forbes' theatre experience spans over 30 years, multiple continents including Europe, Africa & North America and both On & Off-Broadway. On Broadway he worked on Jackie - An American
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, Off-Broadway, he was one of the producers of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, helped develop The Great American Trailer Park Musical and as a lifetime member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre co-produced projects with Richard Dreyfus, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Lucy Arnaz, Chris Noth, Anne Meara, Mandy Patinkin and playwrights, Wendy Wasserstein, Horton Foote, Frank Gilroy, Craig Lucas, & Joyce Carol Oates to name a few! As an Actor he developed the role of William Booth in the original musical Blood & Fire (alongside Eden Espinosa) for the Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York City (Stephen Schwartz), other representative roles are playing King Herod in Who Do You Say I Am at CCC in Los Alamitos, CA (Director), Jo Bouillon in Josephine The Musical, in Amsterdam, Holland (2nd Ast. Director), Bruno in Christmas on Mars in Hollywood, CA, Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in San Francisco, CA and the One Man Musical called, Zacchaeus performed at the National Theatre of Uganda, Africa. He was thrilled to Produce, Write & Direct the opening festivities for the “Center of Hope’ in South Africa with His Majesty, King Goodwill Zweletini - a Center serving the HIV/AIDS community in the township of Bhekulwandle
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Michael Gilbert

Michael J. Gilbert  is a longtime music fan, singer, and songwriter who writes praise and worship songs. His career in broadcasting began decades ago in the small town of Libby, MT. and included numerous jumps around the country to places like Fairmont, MN, Gillette, WY, San Bernardino, Philadelphia and Salem Oregon as a radio host, news anchor, and salesman, especially enjoying producing commercials. He’s been married 40 years to the lady of his dreams & has 2 great kids. Michael J. Gilbert Audiobooks

Books In Motion reader Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy has an impressive resume covering his extensive experience on the stage, television, and in feature films. He now brings his vast experience to Books In Motion. Chris Kennedy Audiobooks

Dalen Gunn

Dalen Gunn began his acting career in the Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene theatre community. His core passion is creating and sharing stories that inspire people through the mediums of music, theatre, film and narration. This passion for story telling led him to attend the prestigious Circle In The Square Theatre School on Broadway in New York City and since graduation he has done over 200 performances as the role of Buddy Holly in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in theaters across the US. Some of Dalen’s New York acting credits include: The Narrator in Into The Woods, Dorn in The Seagull, Agate Keller in Waiting For Lefty, Steve in Welcome to The Moon, and The Cowboy in Out West.

Dalen has received training from world-renowned instructors in the areas of Scene study, method acting, Neutral Mask, Voice, Dialects of English, stage combat, audition technique and musical theatre performance.

As a child, Dalen was raised with audiobooks and he has always had a deep love for audiobooks as an art form. As an adult, Dalen battled with insomnia for twelve years. Listening to audiobooks became essential to maintaining his sanity until he eventually found a cure. For Dalen, the opportunity to explore and contribute to the art of story; telling in its purest form is not only a privilege and an honor, it is deeply personal. Dalen Gunn Audiobooks
Narrator Kevin Theis

Kevin Theis is a Chicago-based actor, director and writer.  With over 140 audiobook titles available on Audible, Kevin has worked in almost every genre:  biography, mystery, educational, thrillers, cookbooks, gardening and romance.  He has written and narrated his own novel, “Confessions of a Transylvanian” (which he created with co-author Ron Fox) and has two published plays as well.  Kevin performs in a variety of accents, from American to British, Russian to Irish, whatever you may require.  He has been nominated for four Joseph Jefferson awards for his acting and directing work. Kevin Theis Audiobooks

Narrator Ben McLean

Ben McLean has 15 years of voice over and studio experience.  He has worked a decade in broadcasting, as a morning show host.  From a very young age Ben has had a talent for character voices.  That, coupled with his love for production and a background in theater and communications, led him to the audio book experience. Ben McLean Audiobooks

Kelly Willis is a California Bay Area native. She is new to Washington as well as voice acting, though she holds a Degree in Drama from UC Irvine with several years of acting experience under her belt. Being a lover of audiobooks since childhood, Kelly is excited to join the ranks of professional voice actors that she has enjoyed listening to for so long. Kelly Willis Audiobooks