Pamela Christian

Pamela Christian, Ph.D., is an associate professor emeritus and former director of graduate studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She is no longer engaged in full-time academia, but continues to teach B.A. and B.F.A. voice/speech, dialects and movement classes in the department. She also teaches workshops throughout the year in vocal performance and public presentation, and has worked extensively as a voice/dialect coach for stage and film with companies that include Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Actors Repertory of Texas, KingsIsle Entertainment, Focus Films, Mutiny Films and Screen Gems. 

Dr. Christian is an associate editor for IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive) where she publishes sound samples and voice analysis for online access. Her research includes hands-on study of accents for stage/film productions, and teaching voice and speech skills to diverse populations overseas such as in South Africa, Australia, Northwest Territories of Canada, South Korea, Poland, Romania and the Russian Federation where she was a Fulbright Scholar in 2004.

She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and has performed a number of leading roles in productions that include Mary Stuart, The Chairs, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Mirandolina, A Threepenny Opera, Dangerous Liaisons and her own solo script Anne Sexton: The Excitable Gift, developed through the use of the Sexton archives at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

As an instructor, Christian has received the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award 2003 and the Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award 2005.

Education:

  • Ph.D. - Performance Studies/Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • M.F.A. - Acting/Performance, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. - English Literature, Princeton University