Dialect & Vocal Coaching for Professional Theatres
Nancy serves as a Vocal and Dialect Coach for many professional theatre companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region such as Studio Theatre (The Children, Translations, Constellation, The Habit of Art etc.) Theater J (The Wanderers, Love Sick, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Everything Is Illuminated, Talley's Folly etc.) in DC, Olney Theatre Center (Carousel, Mary Poppins, Misalliance, Hay Fever, Once on This Island, Angel Street, Witness for the Prosecution, Charlie’s Aunt, Blithe Spirit), Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage-- as well as serving as the Resident Voice/Dialect Coach for the Annapolis Shakespeare Company for the past 10 years ( The Winter’s Tale, Oliver!, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Comedy of Errors, Kiss Me Kate, Blithe Spirit , The 39 Steps, Macbeth etc.)
Nancy's message: In the midst of this coronavirus pandemic, I have still been able to teach, mentor and perform! Through the magic of film, I have been involved in several 'virtual' performance projects, such as the upcoming feature film of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Selections from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters with Annapolis Shakespeare Company, The Classic Theatre of Maryland. Here is the link so you can watch this 26 minute presentation. I was music director and also acted in the production. I think it is quite moving and well done. https://www.capitalgazette.com/entertainment/ac-cn-spoon-river-video-20200823-c6atoh6ttvcvxgcvabhozwco4m-story.html
I also presented several monologues for an educational project, also with ASC, interviews as well. I just assisted Studio Theatre in DC with some dialect work for their audio recording of Kings. Finally, I was able to perform as part of the ensemble, playing Mrs. Fezziwig, the Charwoman among others in our adaptation of A Christmas Carol--and was shown virtually from December 21-January 18, 2021.
Next up: The Secret Garden for ASC, then Spoon River (full production), Midsummer Night's Dream as well as acting in A Servant of Two Masters, to be presented at historic Reynolds Tavern on Tuesdays throughout the summer!
Teaching & Coaching Locally and World-Wide
Voiceworks Studio is located in Severn, Maryland, where Nancy daily teaches private and small group classes. The training that she shares with clients is the Lessac Kinesensic Training for Voice & Body, originated by Arthur Lessac. It is holistic, fun, effective and based on sensory awareness, rather than on ear training, outside imagery or imitation. In July-August of 2019, she traveled to Sydney, Australia to lead the 2019 Lessac Australian Three Week Intensive, held at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Pictured above is a class during this past July/August 2019 workshop. Spring 2020: she led a Lessac 3 week workshop for acting and musical theater students at Stephens College in Columbia, MO from May 11-29--online!. It was very challenging, but extremely rewarding to work with 20 very talented and enthusiastic students through the zoom platform. Even now, she is teaching via zoom as well as in her private studio with social distancing/disinfecting and taking every safety precaution. Currently I am teaching a Dialects Class for the University of New Hampshire online.
International Teaching & Mentoring
Nancy traveled to Pretoria, South Africa to assist in leading the South African Lessac Intensive with Dr. Marth Munro, fellow Master Teacher in 2017, as well as twice visiting Sydney, Australia (2018-2019) to Co-Direct the Australian Intensive along with Certified Lessac Trainer Katerina Moraitis, Head of Voice at NIDA. Pictured to the left is the beautiful National Institute's main theatre building, housing 3 different performance spaces. She also mentors Lessac Practitioners who wish to become Certified in the training, one of which is located in Singapore.
photo: NIDA view of the lobby from Anzac Parade
Performances: Check Nancy's Calendar page for upcoming engagements!