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Herberger College of the Arts School of Theatre and Film
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 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.