Corinna May

Corinna May is a 30-year member of Shakespeare & Company, took her first Intensive in 1990, went on the education tour right afterwards, and has been working here ever since both as an actor (33+ roles and counting), and faculty member in and Education. Corinna has acted in N.Y., and regional theatre in classical, modern, and new plays, appeared in film, on television, in radio plays and audio books. She stars in the indie feature Split Ends, directed by Dorothy Lyman, & spent two years on the Broadway tour of The Graduate, with Jerry Hall, Linda Gray, Lorraine Bracco, Kelly McGillis and Morgan Fairchild as the various Missus Robinsons. TV includes “House of Cards” and “Law & Order”. Her one-woman play Dancing With The Czar was produced at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Mass. As a fight director, Corinna has staged fights for both classical and contemporary plays. She studied stage fighting with S&Co’s Founding Master Fight Teacher, BH Barry while training at Circle in the Square Theatre School, and then with her mentor, Shakespeare & Company’s Master Fight Teacher Tony Simotes. She has also trained with the Society of American Fight Directors and with Fight Directors Canada. Corinna is a Designated Linklater Method voice teacher and a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, one of only a handful of people in the world to hold both certifications. Currently serving as an adjunct assistant professor of Voice & Speech at the Actors Studio Drama School MFA program at Pace University, she has also taught at Smith, MIT, Syracuse University, a couple of SUNYs, Fordham, the National Theatre Institute and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School. Corinna is a lead trainer with the international consulting company, The Cornell Voice Advisory/Australia. Her own private coaching practice serves actors, teachers, lawyers, executives, politicians, academics and clergy. She is a proud Union member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, UAFP, Dramatists Guild; she’s a graduate of Barnard College, and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School. She has recently begun taking workshops in staging theatrical intimacy with Intimacy Directors International, and is passionate about helping to integrate this excellent and thrilling work into every aspect of the performing arts.

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