Teaching Faculty Louis Colaianni

Designated Linklater Voice Teacher
Author of the book The Joy of Phonetics & Accents


Advanced Voice Verse
DRA 433 - 3 credits
Exploring classical texts that challenge the actor emotionally. The class will cover a wide range of periods and will focus on clear diction and facility with complex spoken language


Louis Colaianni is a noted authority in Voice, Speech, Phonetics and Shakespeare Performance. He has written several influential books: The Joy of Phonetics and Accents; Bringing Speech to Life; How to Speak Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Names: A New Pronouncing Dictionary. His innovative approach to phonetics and stage accents is used in dozens of Universities and training programs. He is widely consulted as the inventor of Phonetic Pillows and his original physical approach to teaching and learning Phonetics. He has been Voice and Text Director for productions at: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Shakespeare & Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

For fifteen years was resident voice, speech and text coach at Kansas City Repertory Theatre (formerly Missouri Repertory Theatre); taught workshops in voice, phonetics, sound and movement, and text in Europe and U.S.; taught in numerous theatre programs including Vassar College; SUNY Purchase; The O'Neill Theatre Center; Columbia University; Ohio University, Dartmouth College, Trinity Repertory Theatre/Conservatory (Anne Bogart, Artistic Director); Hunter College, The New Actors Workshop, American Conservatory Theater, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Shakespeare & Company. He has acted with Shakespeare & Company, American Shakespeare Theatre, and New York Shakespeare Festival. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and The Players. His biography has appeared in Who's Who In The World and Who's Who in America.