“Non-native English speakers and actors may feel self-conscious about pronunciation and afraid of being misunderstood. Grammar, vocabulary, and speech training help, but feeling like a native speaker requires more. In our Acting in English class we explore the subconscious connection to words, the musicality of speech, and the playfulness of communication. In this way you can find the full power of your voice in English. Drawing from the Linklater voice work and the stream of consciousness writing of Gertrude Stein, our workshop guides you toward an embodied connection to acting and speaking in English.” – Katya Pronin & Liz Eckert
Katya Pronin is a photographer and teacher who immigrated from the U.S.S.R. to the U.S. in 1979 with her immediate family. As a small child, learning the language of her new home came easily, but less so for family and many friends. Growing up in a multi-lingual and multi-cultural environment inspired her to travel, study language and art, and eventually get a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has been teaching in a variety of classrooms since 2003. Currently, she teaches Academic Writing and Language Skills at Parsons School of Design and Communicative Skills at the United Nations.