Joan Baker

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Theater Faculty


The Hartt School
Joan Baker Website

Joan, an American author, actor, voiceover artist, and on-camera host, is the Co-founder, CCO, and Secretary of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ (SOVAS™). Leading this international nonprofit, Joan spearheads the renowned That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo and the distinguished Voice Arts® Awards, hailed by Good Morning America as the Oscars of Voice Actors. Along with various initiatives providing invaluable training, education, scholarships, and career counseling for aspiring voice actors, Joan has worked with legendary talents such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Mark Hamill, Lily Tomlin, Muhammad Ali, William Shatner, Michael Buffer, Rosario Dawson, Ken Burns, Sigourney Weaver, and Laraine Newman.

A beacon in the voiceover community, Joan teaching role at Columbia University Graduate Voice Acting Class instructor and shares her VO expertise with students at New York University, Kentucky University, Actors Institute (NYC), and New York’s Professional Performing Arts School. Her mission imparts wisdom garnered from a career intertwined with teaching and advocacy.

As the author of "Secrets of Voice-Over Success," Joan has chronicled the career trajectories of top voice actors, contributing significantly to the understanding of this dynamic field. A recipient of multiple Telly Awards and Promax/BDA Awards, her voice resonates across prominent channels like ESPN, ABC’s The View, HBO, and Grand Theft Auto. On A&E, she graces screens as the charismatic on-camera host for Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet Interviews.

Beyond her professional accolades, Joan is a philanthropist at heart, featured in notable publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Hollywood Reporter for her commitment to giving back. From her Manhattan studio in the Ed Sullivan Building, she coaches students in the nuances of professional voice acting, from novice to seasoned pro.

Joan, a key curator in Spotify's Outside Voices season 3 took center stage at Cannes Lions 2022 alongside journalist Jemele Hill for the panel, 'Representation Behind the Mic: an Outside Voice Event.' Revered for her impactful conversation, Joan's commitment to diversity and amplifying voices in the global creative industry received accolades. As a trailblazer, her role continues to resonate, fostering meaningful change in the creative landscape.

Joan became a juror for The Television Arts and Science Emmys in 2022, embracing the opportunity to assess the exceptional work that came across her consideration. Engaging with the artistic brilliance of each submission has become not just a duty, but a source of genuine joy!

In late 2022, Joan embraced a new role as an adjunct professor at the Hartt Theatre Division at the University of Hartford, pioneering the institution's inaugural voice acting curriculum.

Currently residing in Weehawken, New Jersey, Joan continues to shape the voiceover landscape with her husband and business partner, Rudy Gaskins, embodying a commitment to excellence, education, and philanthropy.

"My Voice Acting class at the University of Hartford's Theater Department is a dynamic exploration of the art and craft of voice performance. Elevate skills, unleash creativity, and discover the power of your unique voice in a supportive and engaging learning environment."