Pamela Francesca Christian

Learn about Pamela Francesca Christian's research on the study of world accents for film and stage and her role as editor of the International Dialects of English Archive.

Associate Professor Emerita, Acting 1998 - 2016

Pamela Francesca Christian, Ph.D. is Associate Professor Emerita and former director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance where she primarily taught voice and speech skills to students in Acting, along with interdisciplinary classes in the department and across campus. She teaches workshops throughout the year in vocal performance and has worked extensively as a 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.

Christian is an associate editor for IDEA International Dialects of English Archive where she has published sound samples for online access. Her research focuses on the study and use of world accents for film and stage. This work is informed by her teaching of English-speaking skills, using interactive dialogues and performance techniques in diverse locations that have included South Africa, Australia, the 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 the 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.

In addition, she has devised a number of performance lectures with fellow actor Ev Lunning on a wide range of historical topics for the Neill-Cochran House Museum in Austin.

As an instructor, Dr. Christian has received Teaching Excellence Awards from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Fine Arts.


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

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