CERTIFICATION CLASS of 2012

Today we celebrate the hardy souls that have completed the first-ever Knight-Thompson Speechwork Certification Course. Those of you who have done a six-day workshop can, perhaps,  imagine the kind of focus and stamina it took to keep at it for three weeks. Please join us in congratulating them on their hard work!

Dudley & Phil

Andrea Caban


 Now based in Southern California, Andrea is an actor, writer, producer, private voice and speech coach, and a New York Innovative Theatre award-winning solo artist. She has performed her solos shows regionally and abroad (at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intimate Theater in Cape Town, Boise Contemporary Theater and New York’s P.S. 122, among others). Andrea is the dialect expert on HowCast.com.

Julie Foh 

holds an MFA in Voice and Speech from A.R.T.’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training and teaches voice, speech, and accents at Rutgers.  Coaching credits include Cardenio and Ajax in Iraq (A.R.T.); Nightlands (New Georges); Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Studio 42).  She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. 

Adrianne Moore 

is a freelance director and dialect coach and an associate professor of voice and speech at Utah State University. She is the resident dialect coach for the Salt Lake Acting Company. Other voice and dialect coaching credits include productions for Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Contemporary Theatre, Utah Festival Opera, Old Lyric Repertory Company and for the film The Saving of Sarah Cain. 

Joseph Papke

is a professional actor, speech/text coach, and theater educator in Minneapolis, MN.  He has worked for the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and St. Olaf College, among others.  He earned his MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.  www.josephpapke.com

Rockford Sansom


Freelance coach based in NYC. Performer: Broadway tours of 42nd Street (Asia), Wonderful Town (First National), among others. Coached and performed: Off-Broadway and regionally. Teaching: Seoul National, Shanghai Conservatory, Saint Leo, among others. He has trained in Fitzmaurice and Estill voice certification programs. Education: PhD, Capella; MFA, Central Florida

Erik Singer 


teaches voice, speech, accents, and text. He has played leading roles Off-Broadway and at many major regional theatres, and voiced numerous commercials, documentaries, animated shows, and audiobooks.  He is an Associate Editor for the Voice and Speech Review.  MFA: Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art; BA: Yale University.

Marina Tyndall


 is a freelance Dialect Coach based in London. She works as faculty Dialect Coach to BFA Acting students from Rutgers University Mason Gross at Shakespeare’s Globe Education and is a visiting lecturer in Speech, Accents and Phonetics at Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Bernard Vash


Flying Actor Studio, with James Donlon and Leonard Pitt.13 years with the American Conservatory Theatre. Edith Skinner, Anne Lawder, Timothy Monich.  Linklater Voice: 2009 observed Kristin Linklater at Columbia University. FitzmauriceVoice Teacher Certification Program. Dialect Coach: Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Teacher: Temple University, San Francisco State University.

Shannon Vickers 


is an Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg. She has coached professionally for Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, zone41 theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Shakespeare in the Ruins, The Citadel Theatre (Banff), and Canadian Stage.

Shannon earned an MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy at the University of Alberta. 

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