Louis Colaianni

LOUIS COLAIANNI is one of the nation’s leading teachers of Speech, Phonetics, and Shakespeare Performance.  He gives workshops and lectures internationally.  His unique approach to phonetics and stage accents is used by dozens of theatre schools.  Colaianni has served on the faculties of University of Missouri-Kansas City, Trinity Repertory Theatre/Conservatory, American Conservatory Theatre, University of California, Dartmouth College, University of Pittsburgh, Ohio University and University of South Carolina.  Colaianni has been Voice, Speech and Text Director for productions at Missouri Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Trinity Rep, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Repertory Theatre.  He studied voice with Kristin Linklater and Andrea Haring and became a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher in 1987.  He is the author of four books: The Joy of Phonetics and Accents (Drama Publishers, 1994), Shakespeare’s Names: A New Pronouncing Dictionary (Quite Specific Media, 1999), How to Speak Shakespeare (with Cal Pritner, Santa Monica Press, 2001), and Bringing Speech to Life (with Claudia Anderson, The Joy Press, 2002).

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