Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts - Musical Theatre
School of Performing Arts
School of Performing Arts - Theatre
604.984.4911 ext. 4911
Arbutus Building, room AR106
B.Mus., School of Music, University of British Columbia, 1993.
B.Mus. Transfer Program, Capilano College, 1990.
Sylvia Zaradic (B.Mus., University of British Columbia, 1993) went from dreaming of rock stardom to announcing the Olympics, directing ADR loop groups and voice coaching on movie sets.
Before she lent her voice to cartoon and anime characters in shows like My Little Pony and Ranma, before she became a Walla director and voice coach on film and television sets, and before she landed the coveted role of announcing the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, she was a 16-year-old girl with a dream. She wanted to be a rock singer.
Zaradic decided a formal education in music would help her get her voice heard. After graduating from the University of British Columbia's School of Music, she went off into the world to carve her own path that included singing in a Japanese nightclub, joining the Canadian Military (15th Field RCA) to be the lead vocalist for its 45-piece big band, performing in live theatre productions, and being part of the most sought-after ticket in the Jewish wedding and bar mitzvah circuit with the Klezmer-fusion world group Olam.
She then discovered the crazy, behind-the-scenes world of Walla/ADR voice over work. It was in this world that she was introduced to voice over work through a host of Anime bookings, from Matilda Arjan in Mobile Suit Gundam to the Water Goddess in Inuyasha. This led to more and varied cartoon and commercial gigs and eventually a career highlight: announcing the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic winners at Whistler Medals Plaza.
Zaradic learned she was not only good at voice over work but that she could teach others. While she continued to work as a voice artist, she also launched herself into teaching, coaching and directing. She cast and directed Walla teams for series such as Motive (CTV) and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Netflix), and has recently taken on the role of vocal and performance coach on movie and television sets like A Series of Unfortunate Events (also Netflix).
Throughout this time, she's remained active in live theatre, performing in musical productions throughout the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island and working as an instructor in the School of Performing Arts at Capilano University.
So here she is, almost three decades later still gigging, still teaching, and still occasionally dreaming of being a rock star.
I teach what I know and what I've experienced first hand in the ever-changing world of entertainment arts. As a working professional, I stay current and informed on what is happening in today's industry.
Outstanding Community Production, Large Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof, Ovation Awards, 2016.
Editors Choice Award, THAT MAN (A Dance Video) Julie Tomaino (Choreographer/Director), Sylvia M. Zaradic (Co-Director), Dance Magazine, 2014.
Nominee, Best Video, Period Piece, Sylvia M. Zaradic (Director), Lena D. (Performer/Composer), Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVA), 2013.
Best Song, Period Piece, Sylvia M. Zaradic (Director), Lena D. (Performer/Composer), Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVA), 2013.
Nominee, Best Lead Performance, Female, Victor Victoria, Ovation Awards, 2012.
Nominee, Best Musical Direction, Evil Dead: The Musical, Ovation Awards, 2009.
Nominee, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Les Miserables, Jessie Awards, 2009.
Nominee, Best World Album, Foreign Dreams, Olam, West Coast Music Award, 2004.