PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

  • MFA in Acting: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®

  • Member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)

  • Member of Actors Equity Association

  • Member of SAG-AFTRA

  • 15 years teaching at the university level

  • 15+ years professional acting experience: theatre, on-camera, voice-over

EXTRACTS FROM REFERENCES

“Jacqueline Springfield is an excellent instructor...she is noted for being extremely professional and having great expertise in performance training.”

 

"What I gained the most from Jacqueline Springfield's class was a deeper awareness of my own body and how it can affect my breathing or my performances. I had training in Viewpoints, Suzuki, Linklater, and a touch of Fitzmaurice before this workshop, but never in this depth."

 

"Jacqueline's workshop was a challenging and worthwhile endeavor, and from it I can take away an acute perspective on my body and breath and how to use them best."

 

“It is always a joy to serve on a committee with her because she is eternally upbeat, fun and enthusiastic!”

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

New York University- Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

  • Dialect and Accents for the Actor

Point Park University

  • Advanced Classical Acting 

  • Advanced Voice and Speech

  • Dialects and Accents for the Actor


American Musical and Dramatic Academy October 2015-Present

Instructor of Voice Production and Speech

           Development of speech, articuation, and projection for performance; use of the International Phonetic Alphabet

          

New York Film Academy - June 2012- June 2014

Instructor of Voice/Speech and Movement                                      

  • Development of speech, articulation, projection and movement for on-camera performance

 

Brooklyn College - January 2014- May 2013

Instructor for Introduction to Acting                                                     

  • Led students in exercises for vocal and physical freedom in performance, taught stage movement and blocking principles, monologues and scene work

 

Middle Tennessee State University -  August 2004 – May 2012                                                  

Associate Professor in Dept. of  Speech and Theatre (Non-Tenure track)

 

Courses Taught:

Voice for the Actor

  • Development of vocal technique for performance

  • Development of physical awareness and its effect on the voice

  • Fitzmaurice Voicework - Destructuring and Restructuring

  • Integration of vocal work and text

  • International Phonetic Alphabet

 

Fundamentals of Acting

  • Basic understanding and appreciation of the art and craft of acting

  • Vocal and physical freedom in performance

  • Applying basic scoring principles to text

  • Stage movement and blocking principles

  • Monologue and scene work

 

Theatre Appreciation

  • Relevant concepts and terminologies of theatre

  • Examining the historical and artistic contexts of dramatic literature

  • Critical analysis of dramatic literature and live theatre productions

 

Child Drama

  • Applying drama to the curriculum for elementary and secondary education

  • Adhering to state and national standards for Theatre Arts and other content area

 

Jazz Dance Techniques I

  • Beginning jazz dance skills

  • Body alignment

  • Musicality and quality of movement

 

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

  • Faculty Advisor for Alpha Psi Omega

  • Theatre Adjudicator for Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts

  • Speech and Theatre Department Recruitment Committee

  • Season Selection Committee

  • Search Committee for Costume Instructor

  • Search Committee for Technical Director

  • Search Committee for Dance Instructor

  • Search Committee for Lighting Instructor

 

University of North Carolina at Greensboro - August 1999 – May 2002

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Theatre

 

Courses taught:

Voice for the Actor

  • Vocal Technique  (Fitzmaurice Voicework)

  • Clarity of textual sense and diction

  • Projection for the stage

  • Structured breathing

  • Skeletal and vocal anatomy

  • Text work in prose and poetry

 

Acting I for BFA students

  • Development of physical and vocal freedom

  • Monologue coaching

Fundamentals of Acting

  • Body awareness and vocal development

  • Beginning improvisation

  • Stage movement and blocking principles

  • Monologue and scene work

  • Audition techniques

 

Playscript Analysis

  • Aristotelian elements

  • Progressions and structure of plot

  • Utilization of script elements for actors, designers and directors

 

Drama Appreciation

  • Developed, proctored and graded exams

  • Graded essays and play responses

  • Weekly tutoring with students

 

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Greensboro: MFA – Acting, May 2002

Middle Tennessee State University B.S. – Advertising, May 1997

Minors: Theatre and Sociology

 

CERTIFICATION

Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework 

 

TRAINING

Fitzmaurice Voicework: Catherine Fitzmaurice, Saul Kotzubei, Phil Thompson

Shakespeare and Text: Dudley Knight

International Phonetic Alphabet, and Dialects: Cynthia Barrett, Phil Thompson, Michael Barnes

Viewpoints,T’ai Chi Breath, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Neutral Mask, and Contact Improv: Marsha Paludan

Stage Movement: Marsha Paludan, Jeff Morrison

Stanislavski System, Meisner Technique, Contemporary Realism: John Gulley

Michael Chekhov’s Psychological Gesture, Period Styles: Jim Wren

Acting for the Camera: Marilyn Allen, Molli Benson

Non-Western Theatre (South and West African): Dr. Alan Cook, Dr. Martin Owusu, Dr. Pascal Young

West African Dance: Rossi Turner, Karen Roberts, Sulley Moro, Dr. Zelma Badu-Young

Dunham Technique: Theo Jamison                  

Modern Dance: Rossi Turner, Gina Desko                                                               

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

SAG Eligible (SAG)

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Voice and Dialect Coach - True Colors Theatre, Atlanta, GA 2018

     For production of Nina Simone: Four Women by: Christina Ham, directed by Michele Shay

Voice and Dialect Coach - Montclair State University 2018 Voice and Speech Coach

     For production of The Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White by Alice Childress, directed by Heather Benton

Voice and Speech Instructor - Black Arts Theatre Summer Intensive 2018

     Taught daily Voice and Speech class for 32 actors of color from across the country as part of a program created by Phylicia Rashad,       Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and Stephen McKinley Henderson, in partnership with Stella Adler Studio of Acting

Voice and Speech Coach - University at Albany, NY

      For theatre production of A Doll’s House

      Breath support, projection and clear articulation

      Coached students through the increased demands for heightened text

      Vocal and physical freedom in performance

Wildwind Performance Lab - Texas Tech University  2016, 2017

      Taught Voice/Speech workshops for undergraduate and graduate performance lab participants

      Guest artist for readings of new works by Basil Kreimendahl and Patricia Crespin

Voice/Speech/Dialects Coaching

Dialect Coach and Guest Performer – Tennessee State University and American College Theatre Festival

  • Coached actors in Congolese and Lebanese dialects

  • Played the role of Salima

  • Invited production for ACTF Region IV

  • Selected as alternate production for National ACTF at the Kennedy Center

 

Nashville Shakespeare Festival Teaching Artist

  • The Voice and Shakespeare’s Text

  • Pitch, Rhythm and Rate: Vocal Tools and Classical Text

 

Dialect Coach- Tennessee Repertory Theatre- Nashville, TN

  • Staged reading of Ruined

  • Coached actors in Congolese and Lebanese dialects

 

Vocal Coach- Shades of Black Theatre Festival- Nashville, TN

  • An introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework

  • Voice and Movement

 

Vocal Coach- Summer and Smoke- Middle Tennessee State University

  • Vocal Technique  (Fitzmaurice Voicework)

  • Clarity of textual sense and diction

  • Projection for the stage

 

Vocal Coach/Director-Dear Finder- Middle Tennessee State University

  • Coached actors in German, Polish, and Russian accents

  • Clarity and textual sense and diction

  • Projection for the stage

 

Vocal Coach/Choreography- Baby- Middle Tennessee State University

  • Projection for the stage

  • Projection for singing

 

Vocal Coach/Co-Director-Freshpersons Showcase-Middle Tennessee State University

  • Projection for the stage

  • Projection for singing

  • Clarity and textual sense and Standard American English

 

Selected Workshops, Conferences and Presentations

American College Theatre Festival 2010

  • Respondent for Irene Ryan Semi-Finalists

  • Co-taught workshop: Introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework®

 

Guest Artist American College Dance Festival Southeastern Conference 2010

  • Taught Workshop on “Voice and Acting for the Expressive Mover”, incorporating Fitzmaurice Voicework with elements of Viewpoints

  • Presented a 10 minute excerpt of original solo performance piece Going Back To Where I’ve Never Been

 

Adjudicator for Tennessee Governors School for the Arts 2004-2011

  • Auditioning high school students for admission into a pre-professional summer program in theatre

 

Guest Artist Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts 2009- Murfreesboro, TN

  • Performance of Going Back To Where I’ve Never Been

  • Taught West African Dance Workshop

 

Presenter at Southeastern Theatre Conference 2009- Birmingham, Alabama

  • “Shake, Blend and Serve”: Incorporating Fitzmaurice Voicework into the Undergraduate Curriculum

 

Presenter at Tennessee Theatre Association 2008- Dickson, TN

  • An introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework

 

Presenter at Southeastern Theatre Conference 2007- Atlanta, Georgia

  • “Improvisation through Commedia Dell’ Arte”

  • “University Scholarship Auditions”

  •  “How to Choose the Right Theatre Program”

 

Presenter at Southeastern Theatre Conference 2006 – Orlando, Florida

  • “Improvisational Melodrama OR The Long and Short of It”

 

Exploring Africa Through the Arts 2006- Middle Tennessee State University- African American Communication Course

  • Presentation on African culture as represented in Ghanaian dance, drumming and theater

 

Presenter at Southeastern Theatre Conference 2005- Greensboro, NC

  • “How to Be a Royal Fop: Movement and Mannerisms in Restoration Comedy”

 

Presenter at Southeastern Theatre Conference 2002- Mobile, Alabama

  • “The Black Box: Challenges Facing African-American Students in University Theatre Programs.”

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Roy Hart/Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop with Linda Wise

  • Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop with Catherine Fitzmaurice, Cynthia Bassham, Saul Kotzubei

  • Knight/Thompson Speechwork with Dudley Knight and Phil Thompson

  • Physical Theatre with Daniel Stein of Dell Arte’ International

  • Suzuki movement workshop with Jeffrey Frace’

  • Suzuki movement workshop with Jeremy Sher and Chuck Harper

  • Master Class with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

  • Master class with Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge- West African dance

  • Audition workshop with Casting Director Mike Fenton

  • Audition workshop with Anthony Rapp

  • African Culture Through the Arts, Ohio University, Dr. Paschal Younge-Director

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

      Distinguished Achievement in Performance –American College Theatre Festival 2011

     Significant Contribution to Student Development-Middle Tennessee State University, 2011

      Irene Ryan Award Nominee- American College Theatre Festival 1997, 2002

      Academic Service Scholarship, Middle Tennessee State University, 1993-1997

 

REFERENCES

   Angela Eckard

   Head of Voice Production and Speech
   The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NY Campus
   (646)-326-1177, aeckard@amda.edu 

   Diane Ciesla - Instructor/Showcase Director, American Musical and Dramatic Academy,

    484 West 43rd Street- Apt 18K, New York, NY 10036 

    (917) 566-4481, dciesla122@gmail.com

   Michael Legg - Artistic Director of Wildwind Performance Lab and Director of Performance Training Co. Actors Theatre of Louisville            (502) 584-1265 x3084, MLegg@actorstheatre.org

   Jeff Gibson

   Chair of Speech and Theatre

    Middle Tennessee State University

   1301 East Main St., Murfreesboro,TN 37132,    

   Jeff.Gibson@mtsu.edu, (615) 898-2641

   Catherine Fitzmaurice

   Founder of Fitzmaurice Voicework

   cfitzmauricek@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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