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Micha Espinosa

Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Biography

Micha Espinosa is an artist, activist, teacher, and voice, speech, and dialect coach. She has performed, lectured, and taught voice, speech, and liberation practices around the world since 1992.  Professor Espinosa is a proud 30-year member of SAG/AFTRA (SCREEN ACTORS GUILD) and has performed in film, television, and regional theatre. As a performer, she has been privileged to work with film and theatre directors including Oliver Stone, Peter Patzak, Tina Landau, Les Waters, and Aaron Landsman, among others. As a voice and dialect specialist, she has worked with regional theatre companies, such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Milwaukee Repertory, Southwest Shakespeare, Arizona Theatre Company, Mixed Blood, Phoenix Theatre, and Coconut Grove Playhouse. She is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with an extensive background in Bikram, Kundalini, Ashtanga, and the Feldenkrais method. A Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, she serves as Director of Global Outreach and as a trainer for the Fitzmaurice Voicework Institute. She is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, in the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre and the program coordinator for the acting concentration in stage and screen acting. She is also an affiliate faculty with Arizona State University’s School of Transborder Studies. She has served as an officer for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA -since 2000) and is currently on the board. She served as VASTA’s conference director or co-director for five of the organizations national and international conferences.  The winner of the Outstanding Service to the Profession award she is especially proud to have coordinated the first bi-lingual voice conference in Mexico City and the first voice and speech trainer’s conference in Singapore. As an associate editor for the International Dialects of English Archive- Micha has contributed and analyzed over 20 dialect samples from all over the globe. She has published several peer-reviewed articles in the Voice and Speech Review, the Journal for Intergroup Relations, and was a contributing author for The Politics of Actor Training published by Routledge. She is the editor of the award-winning book Monologues for Latino Actors: A Resource Guide to the Contemporary Latino/a Playwrights and co-editor for Scenes for Latinx Actors published by Smith and Kraus. From 2013-2018, Professor Espinosa was the program coordinator and the somatic educator for the actor training program, Bali Taksu in Bali, Indonesia. She is a proud and active affiliate of Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s performance troupe - La Pocha Nostra. She received the ASU’s CLFSA Sangre de Arte Award for her mentorship of Latinx students. Professor Espinosa is passionate about social justice in actor training, global perspectives, women's rights, and the cultural voice.

Education

M.F.A. University of California, San Diego, Professional Theatre Training Program (1994)

American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1990)

 B.F.A. Stephens College, Performing Arts (1987)

Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor (2001)

Certified Master Teacher of the Fitzmaurice Destructuring/Restructuring Technique (1998)

Feldenkrais Training, Awareness through Movement (2000)

Patsy Rodenberg/Professional Voice Teacher's Course (1999)

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
THP 277Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370Seminar: Acting Concentration
THP 484Internship
THE 493Honors Thesis
THF 497Senior Project
THP 499Individualized Instruction
THP 590Reading and Conference
THP 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
THP 277Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370Seminar: Acting Concentration
THP 394Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
THP 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
THP 277Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370Seminar: Acting Concentration
THF 497Senior Project
THP 524Performance II: Acting & Voice
THP 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
THP 277Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370Seminar: Acting Concentration
THP 394Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
THP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
THP 377Acting: Voice and Speech
THP 394Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
THP 499Individualized Instruction
THP 590Reading and Conference
THP 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 498Pro-Seminar
THP 498Pro-Seminar
THP 499Individualized Instruction
THP 592Research
THP 598Special Topics
DCE 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
THP 277Acting: Intro to Voice
THP 394Special Topics
THP 499Individualized Instruction
THP 524Performance II: Acting & Voice
THP 590Reading and Conference
Honors / Awards

Latino Book Award-  Best Resource Guide  2015, VASTA Outstanding Service to the Profession, CFLSA Sangre de Arte Award, 2018,  Latino Book  Award- Best Academic Book 2019.

 

 

 

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