Teachers 2018-02-23T12:36:31+00:00
Scott Miller
Scott MillerFounder of the 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 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.

John Patrick
John PatrickCo-Founder of MVM Studio, co-Contributor to the Method & Master Trainer
John is Co-Founder of MVM Studio as well as the Head of Voice & Speech for the MFA Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John serves as Resident Vocal Coach for PlayMakers Repertory Company and Company Vocal Coach for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida. John has also taught for NYU’s Graduate Acting Program & 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 lives in Durham, NC with his wife, Erin, his teacher of unconditional love and correct usages of past-tense. Together they host two Resident Master Teachers of Humility, Hazel & Sebastian.

Liam Joynt
Liam JoyntCo-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.

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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. www.taniachelnov.com
Kristi Dana
Kristi Dana
Kristi Dana is a visiting assistant professor of voice and speech at Penn State University (AY 2017–2018). She served as interim head of MFA Acting, Brooklyn College, CUNY 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.
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.
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.
Chris Keogh
Chris Keogh
Chris is an actor, teacher & business coach living in NYC. Experience Highlights: an MFA from the Professional Actors Training Program at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, an alum of the London Drama Program (Marymount/Fordham), former assistant & long term collaborator with Deborah Hedwall and her Studio (NYC), and was mentored by Scott and Liam Joynt, hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts, to learn the Miller Voice Method. He is student of Reiki & practices Transcendental Meditation (David Lynch Foundation).
Sarah Koestner
Sarah Koestner
Sarah has taught acting at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and New York Film Academy. She currently coaches privately in Manhattan. She was mentored by Scott, hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts. She earned her MFA in Acting at Rutgers University where she trained under William Esper, Lloyd Richards and Deborah Hedwall. She received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College where she studied the Linklater Technique extensively. Her teaching methodologies include: Miller Voice Method, Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Linklater and yoga.
Nikiya Mathis
Nikiya Mathis
Nikiya holds a BA from Temple University and an MFA from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program. She’s originated roles off-Broadway, including SKELETON CREW (Atlantic Theater), MILK LIKE SUGAR (Playwrights Horizons) and Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Public Theater). Her television credits include Braindead, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, The Night Of and The Blacklist. Nikiya has taught acting with Epic Theater, NJPAC, as well as a master class at Spellman College. She has also also continued to teach and train with Scott Miller through NYU’s Faculty Diversity Mentorship Fellowship.
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.
Ben Mehl
Ben Mehl
Ben taught Movement and Shakespeare’s Clowns at the NYU Graduate Acting Program, where he received his MFA and completed a teaching mentorship in Voice under Scott Miller and Movement under Jim Calder. Other teaching experience includes: New York Film Academy, Public Theater, Refugee Youth Summer Academy, New School. He is a member of the Actor's Center. Acting credits include: “The Good Wife” (CBS); The Government Inspector, School for Scandal (Red Bull); Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Comedy of Errors (Public); Habit (P.S. 122); The Crucible, Yentl (Cleveland Playhouse);Troublemaker (Berkeley Rep); Henry V (‪Two River Theater); Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown).
Christina Pumariega
Christina Pumariega
Christina has acted on Broadway, Off Broadway and across the United States. Her recent television and film credits include a recurring role on “Bloodline” (Netflix) and the film “Maggie Black.” She has voiced roles in the film “My Love Affair with Marriage,” and the video game “Just Cause 3.” Christina recently served as Professor of Voice at the Summer Conservatory for Actors and the Directing Workshop at Yale University's Summer Session. Voice training includes a fellowship to assist Scott Miller at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. Christina received her BA in Journalism and Theater at Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program.
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.
Jeff Raab
Jeff Raab
Jeff is a New York City-based theatre artist and educator. He is a practitioner of the Miller Voice Method, having studied with and shadow-taught at NYU Steinhardt alongside founder Scott Miller. He has performed as an actor all over the country in projects ranging from musical theatre to Shakespeare, has taught through numerous youth theater organizations in the New York Metro area, and is an international guest teaching artist at 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. Graduate of NYU Steinhardt, Dell’Arte International, and currently trains at Circus Warehouse.
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.