Sandi Massie has an extensive career as an actor, teacher, and vocal coach.  For over twenty five years, she has taught classes, both private and group, in voice, dialects, accent reduction, and speaking Shakespeare.  She began her training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and received a graduate degree in voice and classical acting.  Later, she earned her M.A. in theatre at California State University Los Angeles, and her M.F.A. in acting and directing at California State University Long Beach.  In New York City she taught at the American Academy of Music and Drama, the Actor’s Center, and New York University.  In Los Angeles she has taught at Long Beach City College, California State University Long Beach, and currently teaches at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pasadena City College, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and the Promenade Playhouse. 

Besides being a voice instructor and dialects coach for theatre programs and conservatories, Sandi has worked as a dialect coach for many Los Angeles theatres such as The Grove Theatre Centre, The Celtic Arts Center, The Open Fist Theatre, and South Coast Repertory Theatre.  She has been the dialect and speech coach for numerous films and television programs, most notably  American Idol, True Blood, and Huey Long.  She loves teaching actors “how to get an accent, and how to lose an accent.”

Sandi has trained in the Linklater, Rodenburg, Lessac, and Berry vocal methodologies.  She has taken Shakespeare & Company’s month intensive, and Patsy Rodenburg’s Levels I and II workshops.  Besides utilizing all of these systems, she has developed her own vocal techniques over the years, demonstrating exercises in relaxation, breath support, resonance, articulation, singing, accent reduction, and dialect training.  She has coached over 50 different dialects,  teaching actors the fundamentals of vowel and consonant changes, phonetics, placement, intonation, rhythm changes, and applied text, as well as the fundamentals of Standard American and General American speech.  Students have been successful in auditions, performance, presentations, and public speaking using these methods.

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