Robin Christian-McNair

Our theaters are becoming more diverse. The stories we tell, the casting, the characters. We still have a ways to go but the theater is beginning to represent America-the melting pot. For so many years, speech training only taught accent reduction. Never looking at freedom of breath and body and seldom acknowledging a students cultural heritage. Often times, they were taught their accents were bad and wrong and they were only to learn the speech that was restricted to one specific culture and economic background. Our work at UNCSA embraces diversity, acknowledges the students accent and then begins to expand the flexibility of their accent. All the while, always always allowing freedom of breathe, body, and self expression.

My interest lies in training  actors in intelligible eloquence. Actors that speak from their heart and honor their cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of their play and character.

Career Highlights
  • Taught in the Actors Studio MFA program. Trained many actors that have gone on to have successful careers.
  • Chair of Voice and Speech program at Herbert Bergof Studio.
  • Assistant Professor at Purchase College Conservatory in the BFA Acting Training Program.
  • Assistant Professor in the Tepper Program at Syracuse University, New York City.
  • Linklater Designation, Joy of Phonetics Certification, Feldenkrais Certifiction
  • Ongoing private coaching of NY and LA Actors
Organizations
  • Actors Equity
  • Screen Actors Guild
Education

M.F.A. ActingRutgers University