Stephen Shanahan

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The “Shannaz” read – noun : a natural, casual delivery which has been the cornerstone to a vast array of campaigns, from cars to telcos, banks to station-promos.  It’s why Shannaz has long been “the voiceover you book when you don’t want your script to sound like a voiceover”. It also explains his success in another area of VO’s … Voice Acting. if you’re looking for a sense of realism or a natural comic touch, his acclaimed acting skills will bring your scripts to life. That ability to make a script sound natural and relatable also lends itself to corporate, training and documentary narration.

Steve is one of the country’s most sought after animation voices, with credits including the Logie-Award winning “Tracey McBean”, the AFI-Award winning “Bottletop Bill”, the ABC hit “CJ The DJ”, and the plum role of B1 in the recent ABC series of “Bananas In Pyjamas”.

Since graduating from WAAPA in 1992, Steve has worked extensively for camera and stage, taking out the award for Best Actor at the 2003 Festival of Perth for his role in David Mamet’s “The Duck Variations”.

Steve got his start in radio writing and presenting comedy for ABC National, then spent 2005 as writer and presenter on the Breakfast Show at Perth’s 96FM. He has also written, directed and appeared in his own short films, two of which were shortlisted for Tropfest in their respective years. In the last few years he has written a comedy series based on his radio experience and continues to put pen to paper with several projects on the go.

Steve writes, plays and records music in his Marrickville studio, and has played in bands in both Perth and Sydney. His recent projects include an ear-splitting instrumental band, “The White Pointers”, as well as kids’ band ELECTRIC LUNCHBOX, which he started with his wife in 2010, and are now a 5-piece band with 4 dancers… the kind of thing he thought he’d never do, which is exactly why he is. He also works in Audio & Video-editing as well as Title Generation at the same studio. Indeed, Steve describes himself as a “Pro Plate-Spinner”.


So there, that’s what a “Shannaz Read” is all about.  Why not book him and confirm the rumours ?


  1. I’ve used Shannaz’ talents for a range of different jobs over the years. He has a friendly, everyman delivery, but his comic timing is also exquisite. He’ll suggest an idea in his humble way, and often it’s a good one. He has a great ear too and I value his opinion on takes. He makes my scripts better and you can’t ask for more than that.

    Mark Sharman - Copywriter

  2. Steve is great to work with and always leaves the clients happy.The sessions we do are usually cover a range of scripts & products, which can test a VO’s versatility. Steve always gives us the results we’re after.

    Greg Sinclair - ARN

  3. When you get to work with Steve, you know that you’re in the
    studio with one of the best in the Business. His ability to deliver,
    his attitude, his sense of humour and his professionalism make
    him one of Australia’s most sought after Voice Artists. Whether
    you need funny or serious, “real guy” or character, Steve is your
    man. If I think back to the best studio work I’ve done
    over the last 20 years, Steve was there.

    Brad Power - Stellar Entertainment

  4. I’ve used Steve several times and have always been happy with the result. Whether it’s a radio commercial or corporate video read, his experience as a voice over artist and in the studio, makes Steve a professional pleasure to work with.”
    Steve Samuel

    Ward 6, The Little People.

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