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Kathryn Cunningham

Assistant Professor - Voice and Speech

Biography

Kathryn Cunningham has been acting at Clarence Brown Theatre since 2013 and teaching at UTK since 2018. She joined the full-time faculty in 2020, and specializes in voice, speech, and dialects. As an actor, she has appeared on a host of stages in New York and across the country as well as in film and television. Her credits in the acting company at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival include Macbeth (Lady Macbeth); Twelfth Night (Maria); and Othello (Emilia) among others. Select stage credits include the Resident Acting Company (NYC), TACT/The Actors’ Company Theatre (NYC); NY International Fringe Festival; many productions at Clarence Brown Theatre; multiple seasons at Asolo Rep; and a long list of regional theaters across the country. Recent voice, text, and dialect coaching includes River & Rail Theatre; Southwest Shakespeare Company; and several productions at Clarence Brown Theatre. Her work has been published in the Voice and Speech Review, The Conversation, and the International Dialects of English Archive. She is a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork, studied with Patsy Rodenburg in London, and has extensive experience in Fitzmaurice Voicework. In early 2022, she will complete a graduate certificate in vocology from the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Lamar University and previously earned a distinguished certificate in vocal pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She holds an M.F.A. in acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and a B.A. in dramatic art & political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, and PAVA (Pan-American Vocology Association).


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