Associate Professor, Head of Voice and Speech
Anne Schilling received her master’s degree with distinction from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and holds specialized certifications as an Associate Fitzmaurice Voicework® Teacher, an Alba Method Instructor (Certification Level 4), and Laughter Yoga Leader. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
Prior to coming to SMU, Schilling 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 U.S. and in the UK (such as East West Players, Native Voices at the Autry and La Mama Experimental Theatre, as well as the Dallas Theater Center, Undermain, WaterTower, Second Thought, and Contemporary Theatres in Dallas) in addition to coaching privately.
Schilling 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 (Voice and Speech Review, Taylor & Francis Online). Her most recent workshop, “Laughing and Lamentation: Vocalization in Heightened Affective States,” has been presented nationally in a variety of university theatre programs and for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association conference in Washington, D.C., and internationally in London, South Africa and, for the Fitzmaurice Voicework® Freedom and Focus conference, in Vancouver, Canada.
Additionally, Schilling co-teaches Alba Method certification workshops with Rocco Dal Vera, CL5 Master Alba Instructor. Since 2012, they have been leading workshops annually in New York City and Los Angeles, and periodically in London, England.
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. Schilling also has been a voiceover artist for years, most recently providing narration for the feature documentary film Kellie Coffey: I’m Still Here.