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. 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. MFA, acting, Brooklyn College, CUNY; MA, theatre education, Emerson College; BA, theatre arts, Penn State University.
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 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.
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.
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