Curator of the Drama Class
Mary is a highly gifted voice and speech teacher, dialect coach, and specialist in accent reduction. Mary has coached in television, film, and theatre, in projects as diverse as Netflix/Marvel’s Daredevil, to The King and I at Lincoln Center. She was Master Teacher and Chair of Voice and Speech at New York University (CAP21 Studio), on the faculty of New York University’s MFA Graduate Acting, and currently teaches in the MFA Drama program at Columbia University and New School for Drama. Her book/DVD/CDs Perfecting Your English Pronunciation, published by McGraw-Hill in 2012, has been released in 2014 as an app entitled Perfect English Pronunciation. This multi media set was also recently translated into Korean and released in Korea. Her television/radio appearances include interviews on Sinovision (Chinese television broadcast in China and the US), NHK-TV (Japanese television), and NPR radio. Mary is also a published playwright/screenwriter, and holds an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama.
Q & A
- What do you like?
- Tap dancing, detective stories and crosswords. Now then what was that other thing…
- What don’t you like?
- Car drivers and cyclists who make pedestrians feel frightened for their safety. Pink for girls and blue for boys… aaaaaaargh. Being tickled.
- What’s the best thing about being an artist?
- Knowing that tap dancing badly, lurking round corners wearing a detective’s trench coat and standing on top of your Yugo car are all legitimate ways of spending your time.
- If you could have any artwork in your house, what would it be?
- The Boyle Family’s Holland Park Avenue Study. Although possibly not the response they intended it was the first piece of art to make me laugh out loud.
- What’s your advice for young artists?
- There is more than one way to be an artist so stick to your guns.