Linda Brennan, PhD, is on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles, (Voice and Speech Department Chair), South Coast Repertory, and Theatricum Botanicum, where she teaches voice, speech and dialects, script analysis, and directs.
At the Academy, she has coached for over 250 productions, including Anna K, Arcadia, Dancing at Lughnasa, Kentucky Cycle, Major Barbara, A Midsum…mer Night’s Dream, The Three Sisters, and Top Girls.
Film and TV credits include American Pie, The Scorpion King (Universal), Sonny, That’s Life (CBS), The Hughleys (UPN), For the People (Lifetime).
Besides extensive individual coaching, Linda has coached extensively in the theatre including Streetcar Named Desire (South Coast Rep), The Crimson Thread (Pasadena Playhouse), Arms and the Man (A Noise Within), Old Times (El Portal Center for the Arts) and The Nibroc Trilogy (Actor’s Co-Op).
Linda has an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her doctoral research addressed her combined passions for the performing arts and the healing arts and resulted in “Demon in the Wings: Stage Fright in the Actor,” one of the first pieces of research to address stage fright in this population.
She has presented at ATHE (The American Theatre in Higher Education) on various topics, including Take the Valley Out of the Girl! and is a voice and speech consultant for several voice over groups in Los Angeles. She has presented at The Performing Arts Medical Association, Healthy Approaches for Performing Artists, and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Linda is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association), PAMA (Performing Arts Medical Association), and SAG-AFTRA. Her article, “T’s and Sympathy: Adventures in the Hollywood Dialect’s Trade” appears in the VASTA Journal, “Essays on Voice and Speech.”
“Everyone who does any talking at all for a living should meet with her!Oh, what she did to my tongue.
I’ll never be the same.”
-Heather Jane Hogan
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