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Louis ColaianniLouis Colaianni

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Master Designated Linklater Teacher
Founder of the Phonetics Pillow approach to speech.

Resident Voice, Speech and Text coach at Missouri Repertory Theatre.

Was a tenured Professor in the nationally ranked Professional Actor Training program at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Publications: The Joy of Phonetics and Accents; Bringing Speech to Life; How to Speak Shakespeare and Shakespeare's Names: A New Pronouncing Dictionary.

Editorships: Founding Associate Editor, Pronunciation, Phonetics, Linguistics, Dialect/Accent Studies, The Voice and Speech Review, a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal (Applause Books); Missouri Editor for the International Dialects of English Archive.

Education and Training: Master Designated Linklater Teacher, Studied with Kristin Linklater 1981 - 1987, Designated 1987; Member of Shakespeare and Company, taught at numerous month-long intensive workshops and acted in main stage productions, 1981 - Present; Other Acting credits include, The American Shakespeare Theatre and the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer; Attended Boston Conservatory of Music 1977 - 1979.

Other Professional Activities: Voice, Speech and Text coach at the Missouri Repertory Theatre, 15 seasons; Resident Voice, Speech and Text coach at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, 2002 and 2003 season; Lecturer on Voice, Speech, Phonetic and Text at conferences in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., 1992 - Present; Co-led Voice and Speech Trainers Association conference with Kristin Linklater - 1992; Taught workshop in Voice, Phonetics, Sound and Movement and Text in Europe and U.S.; Taught in numerous theatre programs including, Ohio University, Dartmouth College, Trinity Repertory Theatre/Conservatory (Ann Bogart, Artistic Director); Hunter College, The New Actors Workshop; American Conservatory Theatre, University of California - Santa Cruz; University of Pittsburgh and University of South Carolina.

Unions and Professional Organizations: Actors Equity Association (AEA), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Louis Colaianni is one of the foremost teachers of Linklater Voice Training and an authority in Speech, Phonetics and Shakespeare Performance. He has trained many actors and teachers in the US and Europe and many training programs carry on his original work. Colaianni approaches voice and speech as one seamless, indivisible subject. He champions the cause of non-standard speech in public and professional settings. Through the engine of the Linlater Voice Progression, which includes, Physical Awareness; Breath Awareness; Vibration Awareness; Amplification of Vibrations; Freeing the Channel for Sound: Jaw, Tongue, Soft Palate; Resonance; Power Breathing; Upper Resoncance; Range and Articulations; he guides individuals to reveal themselves, vibrantly and articulately. His active life as a coach in the professional theatre ensures that his philosophy is widely accessible and practical. Colaianni's books The Joy of Phonetics and Accents, Bringing Speech to Life, How to Speak Shakespeare and Shankespeare's Names: A New Pronouncing Dictionary are widely used in the theatre and the classroom. His unique approach to phonetics and stage accents is used by dozens of theatre shcools.

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