Daws Butler was more than the greatest voice actor or a prolific writer. He was a kind and giving man, a teacher, who nurtured the talents of many who are now successfully working in show business today. From 1975 to 1987, Daws conducted acting workshops from the two-story garage he converted into a recording studio. A book of scripts Daws wrote for these workshops is available here.

Soon you will be able to HEAR some of Daws's workshop scripts performed for the first time on the radio, as well as rare recordings of "the Master" himself reading his own words. Later this year, XM Satellite Radio will begin airing the Joe Bevilacqua radio theater series: SCENES FROM THE DAWS BUTLER WORKSHOP.
More information on this soon!

Some of Daws' most successful students:

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Corey Burton, the voice of Captain Hook (Return to Neverland), Moliere (Atlantis: The Lost Empire), as well as various voices on Justice League, Batman Beyond, and Disney's House of Mouse. Does an amazing Paul Frees, not to mention Hans Conried and Don Messick.

Scenes for Actors and Voices

Book By Daws Butler & Joe Bevilacqua

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons), Rufus, the naked mole rat (Kim Possible), and Chuckie (The Rugrats), and many others.


Bob Bergen, the current voice of Porky Pig and other Mel Blanc characters, also, various characters in movies such as Finding Nemo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Iron Giant.


William (Billy) Simpson, comedian and music satirist heard on Dr. Demento and on CD as "Whimsical Will"


Joe Bevilacqua, veteran public radio dramatist and documentarian, and creator and voice of "Willoughby and the Professor".


What was a typical Daws Butler acting workshop like?
Read this excerpt from Corey Burton's foreword to the book "Scenes For Actors and Voices"
by Daws Butler

Scenes for Actors and Voices

Book By Daws Butler & Joe Bevilacqua


Stan Freberg The legendary satirist with which Daws worked from 1949 to 1958 (Time for Beany, St. George and the Dragonet).

Mark Evanier, writer, producer (Garfield and Friends) and friend of Daws Butler.

Keith Scott Long distance Australian student of Daws, the current voice of Bullwinkle and other characters.

Tex Avery The great Warner Brothers and MGM cartoon director who frequently hired Daws.

Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Daws did a number of unaccredited voices for Warner Brothers.

Dr. Demento For more than 30 years, one of the few places to hear comedy (or Daws) on the radio.

Hanna-Barbera Two sites dedicated to the studio that Daws helped build, voice by voice.

Jim Hawthorne Daws worked on his local TV show in the early 1950s. He was very big "cult figure" on Los Angeles radio and TV in his day, and he even did a few records. Many critics equate Hawthorne with Freberg as a satirist.

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