Kris Danford joins Penn State’s School of Theatre as Associate Professor of Voice and Speech. She comes to Penn State from the University of Michigan and has previously held appointments at Southern Oregon University, University of Iowa, and the University of West Florida. Kris’ professional work as a voice, text, and dialect coach includes coaching at theatres such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Stage, and Urbanite Theatre. As a professional actor, she has appeared at regional theatres around the country, including Asolo Repertory Theatre, Riverside Theatre, and Ashland New Plays Festival. In the realm of research, she is currently leading a multidisciplinary research study that utilizes theatre-based voice training as a potential tool for women in childbirth.
Kris holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, an MFA in Acting from the FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.