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 producer-director & narrator

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      Judith West has collaborated on audiobooks ranging from stylish mystery to parenting, high-tech sci-fi to popular biography and history. Since 1999, she has produced, directed, narrated, abridged, and written for established audiobook publishers, as well as small publishers who want to market audiobook versions of their titles. Recent projects  include producing Dr. Michael J. Bradley’s multiple award-winning Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! (Audio of the Month for Sept. ’06, Audio Book News Service), narrating Joy Fielding’s popular thrillers Heartstopper and Mad River Road for Brilliance Audio, and scripting Listen & Live’s Audie-nominated abridgment of Hitler’s Scientists.

       An active Audio Publishers Association member, Judith has served on APA Conference panels  and developed APAC seminars subjects including  “Promoting the Listening-Reading Link to Families, Schools, and Libraries” and “Special Sales and Non-Traditional Markets for Audiobooks.” She’s also written for Audiofile magazine, the major audiobook industry and listener publication. In her custom-built project studio, Judith creates audiobooks for publisher clients, as well as coaching new and experienced voice actors in the art, craft, and business of narration.

            Judith holds what she affectionately refers to as “two degrees in Reading Aloud” from the University of Texas (B.A. & M.A. in Speech and Literary Performance/Oral Interpretation). She has worked with Chicago theatres in many capacities. As an actress, she created the role of Aunt Dahlia in City Lit’s Bertie and Jeeves adaptations, performed in Craig Figtree’s Noël Coward cabaret, and originated several roles in Christopher Cartmill’s acclaimed “Light” play series. She has also coached dialects and, as adaptor and director, staged numerous productions of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Judith’s active professional life has also included university teaching and extensive work with Encyclopædia Britannica as researcher, editor, writer, trainer, and special projects director. And she works to advance all areas of the publishing profession through her involvement with Chicago Women in Publishing (VP, Strategic Planning & Development, 2005-08 and 2009-10).       

             Judith lives with her rescued cats in a vintage Chicago bungalow off Devon Avenue, the most ethnically diverse street in the U.S. Fittingly, she counts ethnic cooking, travel, and antiques among her pleasures.



      e-mail Judith West
phone/fax 773.338.8813


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