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Anne Schilling is an Associate Professor in the Division of Theatre at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where she is Head of Voice and Speech for the MFA and BFA acting programs. Prior to SMU, she taught at California State University–Long Beach, Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and in the UK at Guildford School of Acting. For two decades, she has worked as a voice/text/dialect coach for numerous theatres and professional solo performers throughout the US and UK, and trained and worked for years as a professional actor in New York and regionally – primarily with Shakespeare companies (member of AEA). She was introduced to Alba Emoting (Alba Method) in 2001 through Rocco Dal Vera (CL5), and earned her first Alba Certification (CL1) a year later. Since then she has trained with a number of Alba Master Teachers, such as, Roxane Rix, Nancy Loitz, Laura Bond, and Jessica Beck, in addition to working with many other individuals in the Alba community. From 2012-2015, she and Rocco Dal Vera co-taught annual Alba Certification courses in New York and Los Angeles and intermittent courses in the U.K. She incorporated Alba courses into the actor training curricula at SMU, and continues to teach courses throughout the U.S. Lamentation rituals have been a primary focus in her research (influenced and enhanced by the Alba work), and peer-reviewed publications include Bringing Lamentation to the Stage, An Introduction to Coaching Ritualized Lamentation, and The Search for Irish Keening in the 21st Century. Currently, she is co-author with lead writer, Juan Pablo Kalawski (CL5), on an article titled, Emotion-Specific Somatic Training Improves Emotion Recognition. She holds an MA with Distinction in Voice Studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, a Certificate of Acting from Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York, an Associate Teacher Certificate in Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and a Certification Level 4 (Teacher) in Alba Method.

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