Kristi Dana is a teacher, actor and vocal coach. In 2018-19 Dana was a visiting assistant professor of voice and speech at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. In 2017–18, she served as a visiting assistant professor of voice and speech at Penn State University. In 2016–17, she was interim head of M.F.A. acting, and graduate voice and speech teacher at Brooklyn College. Dana has also taught at Yale University's Summer Conservatory for Actors, Long Island University/Post, the College of Staten Island, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Dana is a certified teacher of Miller Voice Method and apprenticed with Scott Miller, hosted in part at the graduate acting program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is also certified in Knight-Thompson Speechwork and holds a certificate of completion from the Michael Chekhov Association.
Dana serves as a board member for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and has been active in the organization as an associate conference director, its focus group conference planner at ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) and is a past awardee of VASTA’s early-career leadership initiative. Dana has published in Voice and Speech Review and presented her work at numerous VASTA and ATHE conferences. As an actor, Dallas credits include world premieres of Matthew Paul Olmos’ so go the ghosts of méxico, part three and Gordon Dahlquist’s Red Chariot at Undermain Theatre and the world premiere of Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster at Kitchen Dog Theater. Her professional vocal coaching includes Liz Lerman’s tour of Healing Wars and Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep. Her scholarly and creative research focuses on how the intersection of the Miller Voice Method and the Michael Chekhov Technique assist the actor in developing deeply authentic expression, or “vocal transparency.” Dana holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College, an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Penn State University.
M.F.A. Acting, Brooklyn College, CUNY
M.A. Theatre Education, Emerson College
B.A., Theatre Arts, Penn State University
Voice for the Stage I, THEA 2305
Voice for the Stage II, THEA 2306
Voice for the Stage III, THEA 6207
Applied Voice II, THEA 6212
Voice for the Stage I, THEA 5207
Scott Miller, John Patrick, Liam Joynt & Kristi Dana (2018) Vocal Traditions: Miller Voice Method, Voice and Speech Review, 12:1, 86-95, DOI: 10.1080/23268263.2018.1435610
Judylee Vivier & Kristi Dana (2014) The value of mentorship: personal journeys inspired by the teaching philosophy of Chuck Jones, Voice and Speech Review, 8:3, 224-249, DOI: 10.1080/23268263.2014.966976
Board member, Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), 2018–21