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Robert Gontier

Robert Gontier


Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design


Robert Gontier (he/him) is a professor within the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. Currently, he leads both the Acting discipline and the Writing for Music Theatre stream within the program. He specializes in acting, voice and text, and writing for the stage. He has a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction in spoken Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London (UK) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Performance Acting from Ryerson University.  He has taught and presented in the United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States and across Canada.  He has also taught for the Canadian Opera Company, Royal Conservatory of Music – Learning through the Arts, and Young People’s Theatre.  His academic guest teaching credits include; The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and Ryerson University. He has presented at academic conferences, such as; VASTA, ATHE, and Song, Stage and Screen. Robert is an active performance coach and works with clients from performers to executives around the world focusing on communication skills. As a voice & dialect coach, he has worked for companies such as; Factory Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, and Theatre St. John’s. As a professional writer, works include; book and lyrics for Teddy Boys (presented as part of BEAM in London, England), Spork (Sheridan workshop), book and co-lyrics for both In Flanders Fields (Betty Mitchell nomination) and Central Park Tango (Playwrights Guild nomination) which was presented as part of the inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project. Robert is proud to be a past participant of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project where he was mentored by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Professional memberships; Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Playwrights Guild of Canada. He thrives working with individuals who are looking to discover the authentic power of their speaking and writing voices.

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