Pamela Christian

Pamela Christian, Ph.D. is an associate professor of voice, speech and dialect studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She teaches graduate/undergraduate courses in the department, coaches students in production, and teaches workshops throughout the year for professionals in the area of speech performance and public presentation. She also works extensively as a voice/dialect coach for stage and film; previous work includes projects with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Actors Repertory of Texas, KingsIsle Entertainment, Focus Films, Mutiny Films and Screen Gems.

Dr. Christian is associate editor for IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive) where she publishes sound samples and voice analysis for on-line access. Her research includes on-site documentation of voice and dialects for performance, the study of voice as cultural practice and the use of performance as a research method. This work has been explored through diverse projects in South Africa, Australia, Northwest Territories of Canada, South Korea, Poland and the Russian Federation where she was a Fulbright Scholar in 2004.

She is a member of AEA (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, Dancing at Lughnasa and her own solo script Anne Sexton: The Excitable Gift, developed through use of the Sexton archives at the Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin.

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


  • Ph.D. Speech Communication-Performance Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • M.F.A. Acting, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. English, Princeton University
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Phone: 512-232-5313
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