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work with Cynthia

Cynthia tailors her dialect design to the production-- and specifically to each actor-- working from their own idiolect to transform to that of the character--helping the actor create a more truthful embodied performance.   

Cynthia has coached numerous actors privately for film, television and theatre. She works as a dialect coach for productions and coaches individual actors internationally. She specializes in accents and dialects of Latinx communities in both English and Spanish.

Some of Cynthia's theatrical voice and dialect coach credits include:    [Dialect Resume Upon Request]

  • Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles directed by Laurie Woolery (Yale Rep)

  • Laughs in Spanish  directed by Lisa Portes       (Denver Center)

  • Queen of Basel  directed by Cristina Angeles     (Hartford TheatreWorks)

  • Quixote Nuevo  directed by Lisa Portes            (Denver Center & Round House Theater)

  • Cymbeline    directed by Stephen Burdman         (NY Classical)

  • Walker: Independence (actress: Gabriela Quezada)   (CW

  • Orange is The New Black                                    (Netflix)

  • El Huracán   directed by Laurie Woolery               (Yale Rep)

  • Measure for Measure  directed by Alex Keegan  (Yale Drama)

  • Alice   directed by Logan Ellis                                (Yale Drama)

  • I Come From Arizona  directed by Lisa Portes     (Children's Theatre of Minneapolis)

  • The Affair                                                               (Showtime)

  • In The Heights  directed by Robert Kolby Harper (Phoenix Theater, AZ)

  • Shelter (Center for New Performance/CalArts) featured in American Theatre Magazine

  • The Long Road Today  (South Coast Repertory) featured in American Theatre Magazine

  • In the Heights directed by Oanh Nguyen            (Chance Theater, CA)

Some directors Cynthia has collaborated with: Laurie Woolery, Lisa Portes, Mina Morita, Shirley Jo Finney,Robert Kolby Harper, Nataki Garrett, Risa Brainin, Martin Acosta, Armando Molina.

      Fitzmaurice Voicework® is a comprehensive approach to voice training. It includes, as needed, work on breathing and the body, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu and prepared public speaking, text, singing, voice with movement, and presence. This unique path to the mastery of vocal functioning was originated by Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® is currently taught at Yale School of Drama, Harvard University/American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, New York University's Graduate Acting Program and in several of NYU's undergraduate studios, the University of California-Irvine, and many other institutions and theatres in the United States and abroad.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® explores the dynamics between body, breath, voice, imagination, language, and presence. Integrating physical experience and mental focus, the work develops vibrant voices that communicate intention and feeling without excess effort.

     Knight-Thompson Speechwork® is a highly effective, skills-based approach to speech and accent training for actors that places emphasis on developing the speaker’s detailed awareness of—and deep engagement with—the precise physical actions which make up speech. By combining a rigorous investigation of those actions with playful, experiential exercises, this work moves quickly and effectively past the usual interference that can make speech work difficult for many students. The primary guiding principle is curious, attentive interrogation—interrogation of what we’re doing physically when we speak; interrogation of what physical habits we may bring to the act of speaking that inhibit free and flexible expression; interrogation of what it is that makes speech intelligible or unintelligible; thoughtful investigation of what any text, moment, or medium might require from the actor in terms of skilled speech; interrogation of what, precisely, makes up what we call an ‘accent’; interrogation of what it is that allows actors to most efficiently, skillfully, and accurately adopt different accents.                   

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