Laura Hitt works as a voice/dialect coach, teacher, actress, and writer. In 2007 she served as dialect coach for Neil Bartlett's direction of his new adaptation of Oliver Twist, co-produced and performed at the American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge MA), Theatre for a New Audience (NYC), and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Over the last couple of years Laura has worked as dialect coach on Equity and non-Equity shows at Zeitgeist Stage (dir. David Miller, Eliot Norton Award-winning production) and Boston Theatre Works (dir. Jason Southerland) in Boston, HERE Arts Center and NYC Fringe Festival (dir. Peter Wallace) in NYC, and Greenbrier Valley Theatre (dir. Cathey Sawyer) in West Virginia. With a strong commitment to experimental work as well as classical work, her training includes study in several approaches to the speaking and singing voice, movement, and body therapies. In addition to the Fitzmaurice Voicework, she has studied voice with members of the Roy Hart Theatre, Kristin Linklater, Alice Hermes, and classical voice with Jo Rodenburg. She is also a certified massage therapist. Laura has performed nationally in theatre, musicals, opera, and collaboratively created theatre. She has taught voice, coached, and/or lectured at Providence College, Brown University, Wheaton College, Western Michigan University, and Rhode Island College. Before moving to WVU she was on faculty at the Boston Conservatory, where she taught voice, dialects, and music theatre performance in the BFA and MM programs. Most recent publication (as author and editor): GREAT SPEECHES IN HISTORY: HUMAN RIGHTS. (Greenhaven/Gale, 2002).
MA Trinity Repertory Conservatory/Rhode Island College; BA Bard College.
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