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).
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.
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.
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.