I’ve worked with all types of clients. Generally speaking, they all seek to improve a certain skill – the ability to communicate more effectively. I help my clients: identify what areas of communication need improving, devise a plan of action, and complete training with them that allows them to obtain their communication goals. As an actor, a voice and speech trainer and a consultant, creatively helping others remains the unifying value that guides my work. I derive great satisfaction aiding a director’s vision, guiding a client to a stronger and flexibly dynamic voice or leading a workshop of professionals through methods of vocal sustainability and impactful communication techniques. My diverse and extensive training and experience provide a treasure of methods I draw from in my work. My creative inspiration allows me to pull from a variety of methods and theories to best teach and guide what is uniquely in front of me – you.
I possess 20+ years of experience as a Professional Performance Consultant, Educator and Theatre Artist, with demonstrated abilities in teaching acting, public speaking, voice production, speech, accent modification, text analysis, and heightened/rhetorical language. I have experience with leadership roles in arts organization, teaching and curriculum design in a range of educational settings: private consulting business, public university, private college, professional theatre studio, and theatre arts camps. I have served as a Vocal Coach at such professional theatres as Shakespeare Theatre Company, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Round House Theatre, Everyman Theatre and Rep Stage. I have designed Voice, Speech and Performance courses for government agencies (State Department) as well as global organizations (International Monetary Fund, International Association of Conference Interpreters). Other clients include actors, teachers, attorneys, government officials and corporate executives. I also enjoy working with students or young professionals who seek supplemental training to their formal programs. I am also an award-winning writer, receiving multiple research grants in humanities and history topics.
My education includes a Ph.D. from the Theatre and Performance Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, a M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and a B.A. from Illinois State University. I am also a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, one of the premiere vocal training techniques taught at Theatre Arts Training Programs and Universities in the United States.