Penguin Random House Audio
Narrator Mentorship Program

The Penguin Random House Audio Narrator Mentorship Program is an initiative for actors new to audiobooks, offering them the opportunity to work closely with our team of producers to strengthen their craft and gain industry knowledge. Over a six-month period, mentees will forge a close relationship with their mentors and acquire a deeper understanding of the intricacies of audiobook production.

Through individual coaching sessions, mentees will be guided by their mentors, immersing themselves in the audiobook world and learning how to navigate it successfully. Working across multiple genres, mentees will have the opportunity to produce a demo sample, as well as prepare for and complete an audio audition. By highlighting each individual’s strengths, while also encouraging a broad reach across genres, we hope to widen the playing field for every actor who participates in the Program. We believe that publishing and casting should be entirely inclusive, and our hope is that the mentees who emerge from this Program will be representative of that belief.

Though we cannot guarantee that the Program’s participants will be hired, by our team, or other publishing professionals, it is our hope that the skills they develop during this mentorship will help pave the way for a successful career in audiobook narration.

The Program runs twice per year. Applications for the January 2022-June 2022 session will go live on Thursday October 21 and will close on Sunday October 31.


About the Producer Team

Currently, we are a bicoastal team of 18 audiobook producers, with over 150 years of combined experience. We produce approximately 1,800 titles per year and have garnered 17 GRAMMY® Awards and 98 Audie Awards®.


How to Apply

1. Fill out the application as directed. Please note that this session’s application requires that you include a link to a brief narration sample.
2. Submit the application prior to Sunday October 31, 11:59 EST.

Applications for the January 2022-June 2022 session are now closed. The next session will take place June 2022-November 2022.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the Narrator Mentorship Program?
It is our hope that this Program will benefit members of BIPOC and other underrepresented communities. Any actor who is interested in becoming an audiobook narrator or who is relatively new to the audiobook industry (less than 10 titles narrated) may apply. You must be 18 or older.
What are the Submission Guidelines for the Narrator Mentorship Program?
Please fill out the application and include a link to a narration sample. If you don’t have one, just grab a book you love and read for a couple of minutes. Amateur phone recordings are okay in this instance. We will not be evaluating the quality of the audio. We’d just like to get a sense of what you sound like!
Can I print and mail my application instead?
All applications are to be submitted digitally. If you are having technical issues with the webform please contact us at NarratorMentorship@penguinrandomhouse.com.
How will the Narrator Mentorship Program work?
Mentees will be paired with one of our audiobook producers, who will mentor them over a six-month period (June–November or January–June). Over the six months, the mentee will be guided in learning about audiobooks and the audiobook industry, with the goal of creating an audiobook demo sample, auditioning for a team of industry professionals, and launching an audiobook career.
Do I have to live in the United States to apply or to participate in the Narrator Mentorship Program?
No. As the Program is conducted virtually and audiobook narrators are located all over the world, we do not restrict applicants or mentees to living in the United States or being a U.S. citizen.
How many mentees will be accepted for the Narrator Mentorship Program?
For the January 2022-June 2022 session, 18 mentees will be accepted into the Program.
What are the criteria for being accepted to the Narrator Mentorship Program?
Candidates will be narrowed down based on their responses and the potential we hear in their narration sample. The top candidates will each participate in an interview before final selections are made.
What do I need to participate in the Narrator Mentorship Program?
You will need a computer or laptop and access to the internet. A valid email address is also required.
Will you confirm receipt of my application?
Once you have completed and submitted the application you will be taken to a page within Survey Monkey that will confirm your application was submitted successfully.
How will I be notified if I’ve been accepted into the Narrator Mentorship Program?
All mentees accepted into the current Program will initially be notified of their acceptance into the Program by email.
Will I be notified if I am not accepted into the Narrator Mentorship Program?
Yes, all applicants not accepted into the current Program will be notified by email.
Can I reapply to the Narrator Mentorship Program if I’ve applied previously?
Yes, all applicants not previously accepted into the Program are eligible to reapply for future sessions. However, if you are currently in the Program or have previously been accepted to the Program, you may not reapply.
If I’m not accepted into the Program is there a way for me to still receive guidance from an audiobook producer?
Yes! We will select some applicants, not accepted into the current Program, to participate in Quick Consultations with an audiobook producer. They will receive demo feedback and tips on creating a profile for our global online casting platform, Ahab. If you are selected for a Quick Consultation you will be contacted via email with the details.