Teacher, casting director wrote manuals on subject

Voiceover artist Cynthia Songe, who can be heard in animated pics such as “Clifford” and “Stuart Little,” died May 19 following a brief illness in Arroyo Grande, Calif. She was 58.

Songe graduated from UCLA with a degree in theater arts. She performed in the Ensemble Studio Theater.

After taking a class from voiceover artist Susan Blu, Songe, who had a distinctive deep voice, switched to voicover acting, teaching and casting.

Other toons that Songe lent her voice for were TV toons including “Ben and Izzy,” “The Life and Times of Juniper Lee” and “Extreme Ghostbusters.”

Sometimes credited as Cynthia Songey, she guest-starred on “The Tick,” “Jackie Chan Adventures,” “Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles,” “The Mummy: The Animated Series,” “Jumanji,” “Men in Black: The Series” and “Special Agent Oso.”

She taught students to find their “signature voice” at Blupka Prods., a school she and Blu ran, and even contributed, with Blu and Molly Ann Mullin, to manuals on the subject: “Word of Mouth, a Guide to Commercial and Animation Voice Over Excellence” and “Word of Mouth: A Guide to Voiceover Excellence, Volume 3″ with Blu.

Survivors include her spouse, Blu, and a sister.

Donations may be made to Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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