Anne received her Masters with distinction from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and holds specialized certifications as an Associate Fitzmaurice Voicework® Teacher, an Alba Emoting Instructor, and Laughter Yoga Leader. Prior to coming to SMU, she taught at California State University-Long Beach, where she was responsible for redesigning the undergraduate and graduate voice and speech curriculum. Additionally, she has taught in the U.S. at Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and in the UK at Guildford School of Acting. She has worked as a voice/text/dialect coach for numerous theatres and professional solo performers throughout the US and in the UK (such as East West Players, Native Voices at the Autry, California Repertory Company, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Thin Air Theatre Company, and most recently the Undermain Theatre in Dallas) in addition to coaching privately.
Anne has been awarded numerous grants to research, publish, present and conduct workshops on the topic of vocalized lamentation rituals (in particular, Irish keening), with an emphasis on how these rituals model an approach to vocally communicating through heightened affective states onstage. Article publications include: “The Search for Irish Keening in the 21st Century”; “Bringing Lamentation to the Stage”; and “An Introduction to Coaching Ritualized Lamentation”. Most recent workshop, titled Laughing and Lamentation: Vocalization in Heightened Affective States, was presented July 2012 for the Fitzmaurice Voicework® Freedom and Focus conference in Vancouver, Canada, and August 2012 for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association conference in Washington D.C.
As an actor she has worked with a variety of New York theatres (such as HERE and New York Theatre Workshop) and with various television shows for ABC and NBC networks (including as a stunt double for All My Children) until her focus turned to working with regional Shakespeare theatres such as Colorado Shakespeare, Texas Shakespeare, and a two-year residency with Cincinnati Shakespeare (winning a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for her portrayal of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing). She has vocal coached or acted in 24 of Shakespeare’s plays and performed 31 of his roles. Anne also has been a voice-over artist for years, most recently providing narration for the feature documentary film, Kellie Coffey: I’m Still Here.
Anne is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.