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Mary Irwin, Voice & Speech, Dialects and Shakespeare (1995)
Designated Linklater Voice Teacher; MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London; and BA (summa cum laude) from New York University.
Mary has served as Head of Voice and Speech in the School of Drama since 2001.  She has done voice, text, and/or accent coaching on close to 100 productions for UNCSA to date.  Mary has also taught at The Laura Henry Studio in L.A., and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.  She has been a guest teacher of Shakespeare text and Voice pedagogy at Sarah Lawrence College, taught and coached privately in New York, Los Angeles and North Carolina.  Mary was Voice and Text Coach for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons, coaching productions of The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Other dialect coaching includes Misalliance at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Dresser at the Clarence Brown Theatre, and Master Harold. . .and the boys and Noises Off at Triad Stage. Mary studied acting and/or voice with Lee Strasberg, Clyde Vinson, Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenburg and others. She has professional acting credits in theatre, television, and film.