After 15 years of empowering young people to find their voices through drama, poetry, and literature as an award-winning speech and debate coach, Kirt Graves found his own voice as an audiobook narrator. He brings clarity, empathy, and humor to stories spanning dystopian sci-fi, urban & high fantasy, contemporary romance, and most significantly, young adult fiction that reflects his own experience growing up gay in the Midwest. As an adult with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and OCD, Kirt hopes to destigmatize mental health disorders and neurodiversity by reframing atypical thinking as a superpower rather than a disability. He is an advocate for the inclusive casting of human narrators in audiobooks. Off-mic, Kirt is a graphic artist, a political junkie, and a theater director.
Kirt preferred microphone is an AKG-C414 XLS and he records in a StudioBricks double-walled booth.
Editing and mastering completed using Adobe Audition and Izotope RX6.
Engineering assistance/instruction from Don Baarns
2023 - Narrator.life Open Studio, Cultivating Diverse Characters with January Lavoy
2023 - Narrator.life Open Studio, Short Form Narration/Journalism with Ron Butler & Janina Edwards
2022 - Andi Ardnt Master Class: Voice for Narrators
2022 - Narrator.life Open Studio, Middle-Grade Fiction with Vikas Adam
2019 - Johnny Heller Workshop w/ Jo Anna Perrin & Jayme Mattler