Gwendolyn Schwinke, MFA, is Resident Vocal Coach at PlayMakers Repertory Company in North Carolina and teaches Voice and Speech in the MFA program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also a Company Member at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, where she serves as Voice, Text and Dialect Coach and Training Faculty. Additionally, her work as a voice, text or dialect coach has been heard at Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Frank Theatre, Cheap Theatre, Atlantic Stage and in multiple university productions.
Gwendolyn has taught voice, movement and/or acting for numerous institutions including Coastal Carolina University, CAP-21, Binghamton University, University of Northern Iowa, Macalester College, St. Olaf College, Illinois Wesleyan University and The Guthrie Theater. In addition to being a Designated Linklater Teacher, Gwendolyn is a Certified Teacher of Colaianni Speech and Accent work. She is a Certified Feldenkrais Teacher and has taught The Feldenkrais Method in professional theatres, universities, fitness centres, senior centres and continuing education programs in the US and Czech Republic.
Gwendolyn has worked in professional theatre for over 20 years and is a member of Actors Equity. As an actor, she has performed with theatres including Red Eye Collaboration, Carlyle Brown & Company, Frank Theatre, The Playwrights Center, Old Creamery Theatre, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Pulse Ensemble Theatre and Atlantic Stage. She has directed professionally for venues including Atlantic Stage, The Playwrights Center, and The Walker Art Center. Her work as a playwright has been produced or developed by Red Eye Collaboration, The Seattle Repertory Company and off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre among many others. Excerpts from her plays can be found in Even More Monologues for Women, by Women; The Playwrights’ Center Monologues for Women and The Playwrights’ Center Monologues for Men, all from Heinemann, and in Best Scenes from New Plays from Meriwether Press.
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