Allison Hetzel is an Associate Professor of Voice, Speech, and Acting at the University of Alabama where she teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate theatre programs. She also serves as a voice, speech, and dialect coach and acts in productions at UA. Allison vocal coached at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival during the 2011 summer season. Allison has created and performed a one-woman show inspired by the life and work of American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe, titled Considering Georgia O’Keeffe and has performed her one-woman show at the 2009 and 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as well as the 2010 East to Edinburgh Festival in New York City. Recent vocal coaching projects include Hell: Paradise Found (NYC Premiere) The Time of Your Life, Henry V, The Playboy of the Western World and Blithe Spirit. Additionally, she vocal coaches the on-air voices of Alabama Public Radio. Past directing credits at UA include The Miss Firecracker Contest and Our Town and she co-directs the New York City student actor showcase, Bama on Broadway each spring for graduating theatre students. She received her M.F.A. in Voice and Acting Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied voice and speech with Janet Rodgers. Prior to her graduate work Allison performed at the following theatres in Chicago, IL: Organic Theatre, Ivanhoe, Factory, and The Theatre Building. She has studied Classical Greek theatre with the Athens Centre of Greece where she performed in a touring production of The Trojan Women. She also performed in Darkly Beautiful at the 2002 International Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Romania, where she worked with the DAH Theatre Company of Yugoslavia. Allison has led voice and acting workshops in Georgia, Louisiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Scotland. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and continues her teaching with Arts n Autism.
MFA Virginia Commonwealth University; BA Viterbo College.
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