Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Founder of the mVm Miller Voice Method®

Having spent forty years as a coach, trainer and teacher, Scott blends a lifetime of exceptional experience into his work with others. His diverse life paths include two sports at the professional level, a law degree from George Washington University, clerking at DC’s Public Defender Service, time as a producer, actor, director, a trainer of lead teachers, husband, father of three and training in counseling and holistic practices. He has been, for the last fifteen years, a Professor at NYU, Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program, considered one of the elite training programs in the world. These differing experiences and the approaches they provide have tempered a professional approach that is both accessible and specific.

Scott is the founder of the mVm Miller Voice Method® and through decades of field and scientific research has developed a transformational and repeatable way to embody presence and empathy for peak performances that sustain both the audience’s and speaker’s attention.

Scott has trained a wide range of professionals from Boardroom Executives and Managers at Fortune 500 companies to Oscar/Tony/Emmy Award winners/nominees to Olympic athletes to news anchors to the unheralded individuals simply seeking improvement and fulfillment. Scott has been received in corporations, theaters, law firms, sets, recording studios and workshops around the world training groups, teams and individuals from over fifty countries. His work is geared toward those who seek to discover, embody and/or sustain peak performance in their chosen lives.

Kristi Dana

Kristi Dana

Director of mVm and Certified mVm Teacher

Kristi Dana is an assistant professor of voice and speech at Southern Methodist University. She was a visiting assistant professor of voice and speech at SMU (AY 2018-2019), Penn State University (AY 2017-2018) and served as interim head of MFA Acting, Brooklyn College, CUNY (AY 2016 – 2017). Vocal coaching includes Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars and Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep. She is also an Equity actor and works regularly in small professional theatre in Dallas. Kristi was mentored by Scott Miller and Liam Joynt, hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts. She is certified in Knight-Thompson Speechwork and holds a Certificate of Completion from the Michael Chekhov Association. Her point of research, “Vocal Transparency,” investigates the efficacy of the integration of the Miller Voice Method and the Michael Chekhov Technique for actors. MFA, acting, Brooklyn College, CUNY; MA, theatre education, Emerson College; BA, theatre arts, Penn State University. Board Member, Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) (2018-2021).

John Patrick

John Patrick

Co-Founder of mVm Studio, co-Contributor to the Method & Master Trainer

John is Co-Founder of mVm Studio and JP Communication Consultants. He served as an associate professor, Head of Voice & Speech for the MFA Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Resident Vocal Coach for PlayMakers Repertory Company (2011 – 2018). JP has coached for the Guthrie Theater, Trinity Shakespeare Festival and is currently the Company Vocal Coach for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida (2012 – Ongoing). John taught for NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, NYU Steinhardt School; Southern Methodist University; the National Theater School of Finland at Helsinki; Queen’s College and the Lyric Theater in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Rutgers University, & New York Film Academy.

John was mentored as a teacher by Scott Miller hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts. As an actor he trained under William Esper, Deborah Hedwall, and Lloyd Richards at Rutgers University where he received his MFA. He received his BFA in Acting from TCU and also trained in the methodologies of Knight Thompson Speech (Erik Singer), Patricia Fletcher (Ms. Fletcher), Skinner & Linklater (Margaret Loft), and Fitzmaurice (Beth Maguire).

JP currently snow-shoes in Madison, WI with his wife, Erin, his teacher of unconditional love and correct usages of past-tense. Together they host two Resident Teachers of Patience, Hazel & Sebastian.

Liam Joynt

Liam Joynt

Co-Founder of mVm Studio, co-Contributor to the Method & Master Trainer

Liam Joynt is a faculty member at the Graduate Acting Program of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he teaches voice and vocal coaches. He is a founding member of the Miller Voice Method Studio. He is a Certified Teacher of the Knight-Thompson Speechwork, which is a skills-based approach to speech and accent training for actors. He has previously been on faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Maggie Flanigan Studio. He has taught in the BFA and BA programs at Rutgers University, where he also received his MFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts.

As an actor he’s worked in mega-budget and no-budget films, daytime and primetime TV, Off-Broadway and Regional Theater. He’s produced world premiere productions for many playwrights, including Lee Blessing, Samuel Brett Williams, and Lia Romeo; in addition to various film projects.

Liam now lives in Connecticut where he and his family of three beautiful ladies are quite fond of when the power is functioning in their charming farm house.

MVM Certified Teachers

Tania Chelnov-Snitow

Tania Chelnov-Snitow

Originally from Oakland, Tania is a graduate of Smith College and the Professional Actor Training Program at UNC Chapel Hill. At UNC she shadowed John Patrick as well as teaching MVM to undergraduates. She has assisted Scott at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio and was mentored by Scott and Liam Joynt, hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts. Other training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Moscow Art Theater School, Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. She currently lives in NYC with as many books as she can manage and her crazy cat Olga. Website: www.taniachelnov.com

Amanda Quaid

Amanda Quaid

Amanda has 15 years experience teaching speech, dialects, and language skills to actors and other speakers from around the world. Her approach to dialect work is holistic to the actor’s whole performance, using accents to support and stimulate the broader process of creating a character. In addition to her coaching on plays and films, she maintains a thriving private practice, is on faculty at HB Studio and Freeman Studio, and is featured as an accent expert on WNYC. As an actor, Amanda has worked on and Off-Broadway, regionally, and in film and television. For more, see amandaquaid.com.

Abbey Toot

Abbey Toot

Abbey is an actor, director and teacher, as well as Company Manager for PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC. Abbey is an adjunct professor of Acting at USCB and has taught at UNC Chapel Hill and UC Irvine. She coaches acting, auditioning, voice and speech, physical storytelling, acting for the camera, and she teaches piano and private voice lessons. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of California-Irvine, her BS in Theater Performance from the University of Evansville, and is one of the first certified teachers of Miller Voice Method. Abbey was mentored by John Patrick, hosted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is a member of VASTA. Additional training includes Fitzmaurice Voicework and The Emotional Body with Laura Bond. Breath and story telling are central to Abbey’s approach to music and to acting. After spending years acting in Chicago, Abbey is delighted to be back in the south where she enjoys long walks outside with her husband and their amazing rescue greyhound dog, Twyla.

Judylee Vivier

Judylee Vivier

A Fulbright scholar of South African origins, Judylee is an acting and voice teacher, actor and voice coach. Director of the MFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College, CUNY, other teaching includes RWCMD and RCSSD in the U.K., NYU, AMDA, Rutgers Newark, & Michael Howard Studios. Recipient of the Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award 2007 and Tow Professorship 2016-2018, she’s a 20-year member of VASTA and served twice on the Board of Directors. Judylee is committed to the release of the individual’s habitual psycho-physical holding patterns that inhibit the individual’s authentic expression. Training: BA Hons., MA, University of Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa; MFA in Acting, NYU.

MVM Associated Teachers

Tia James

Tia James

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s BFA and NYU TISCH Graduate Acting, she’s been focusing on Voice, Speech, Shakespeare, and Youth. Credits: Playboy of the West Indies (NYU Grad Acting), The Golden Drum Year (Radical Evolution), Superhero Clubhouse 2014, The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst Theater), Much Ado About Nothing (Two Rivers), The Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale (Public, Shakespeare in the Park), black odyssey (workshop, Denver Center), Civilization (All You Can Eat) (Woolly Mammoth), #NYC (Ugly Rhino). Television: Nurse Jackie; Treme. Directing: Julius Caesar (Dreamyard Shakespeare Ensemble) Alice in Wonderland, Saving Angels, Harriet Tubman (Cornelia Connelly Center). Upcoming projects: NEC Poetry Series and Dreamyard High School Ensemble.

Katie Honaker

Katie Honaker

Hi! I’m an actor, voice over artist, teacher, and mother. I worked with John Patrick in 2011 and was mentored by Scott, hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts. I teach Speech at Atlantic Acting School and I’m a proud member of SAG/AFTRA & AEA. This work profoundly affected my life as an actor, teacher and human being by keeping me ever curious about breath, perceptions, our brains and this job we call acting. You can hear me on radio for Home Goods, on TV for Cetaphil and KY (yes, the lube!) and in the audio book A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff.

Becca L. McLarty

Becca L. McLarty

Becca is an adjunct professor of Voice and Speech at Montclair State University. She has taught Voice and Speech at Brooklyn College and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Improvisation at PACE University, Marymount Manhattan College and Improvolution. Selected Acting Credits: Touring company member of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, Bible Adventure Park (TH/TW Project), Yvette and the Wild Shame (Columbia Stages), Twelfth Night (Bakerloo Theatre Project), Winesburg, Ohio (Arden Theatre). An actor, improviser, singer, teacher, and mother who holds a BA in Theater from Goshen College and MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, she lives in NJ with her wonderfully growing family.

Jeff Raab

Jeff Raab

Jeff has been a practitioner of the Miller Voice Method for nearly a decade, having studied with Scott and JP, and shadow-taught at NYU with Scott. He has performed as an actor all over the country in projects ranging from musical theatre to Shakespeare, has taught in numerous youth theater organizations in the New York Metro area, and is an international guest teaching artist with Burgh Healthy Hub in Australia. Jeff is also a musician and award-winning songwriter (NYIT Award, 12th Night) and was a founding member of Libra Theater Company. Education: GWU/Academy of Classical Acting (MFA) NYU/Steinhardt (BM), Dell’Arte International (PTP), and Circus Warehouse.