Liz Eckert

Head of Voice & Speech

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Education

Liz studied voice with Kristin Linklater for three years at Columbia University’s MFA acting program.  Struck by the effectiveness of the Linklater voice method’s elegant scaffolding as a guide for greater expressive freedom, she dedicated four years to a rigorous and comprehensive Designated Linklater Teacher training program.  Liz also draws from her acting and movement work with Andrei Serban, Niky Wolcz, and Anne Bogart.  She continues to learn every time she is in the room with her students.


Experience

Liz has been on faculty at Fordham University, Hunter College, The Linklater Center for Voice and Language, New York City Student Shakespeare Festival, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and HB Studios.  She has led workshops at Columbia Business School’s Advanced Management Program, Columbia School of the Arts, Barnard College,  World Economic Forum’s Global Fellows Program, LAByrinth Theater Company, University of Denver, Northern Colorado State University, and Sibiu International Theater Festival (Romania).   She has been a Resident Artist with Performance Lab 115, and has performed in numerous productions with three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Stolen Chair Theatre Company.


Philosophy

Every day I get to be in the room with artists who are surprised by their expressive possibilities.  I love the craft of acting because I love human beings; their frailty, bullheadedness, awkwardness, fears, flaws and triumphs.  The development of the actor cannot happen without the development of the self.  The Maggie Flanigan Studio provides a balance of rigor and support, which allows students the freedom to take risks without accepting shortcuts.

Voice and Speech for Actors

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A resonant voice and clear speech are defining characteristics of a well-trained professional actor. The Maggie Flanigan Studio strives to produce actors with range and nuance.  The human voice is an incredibly intimate and revealing part of our individuality.  If the goal is to create fully realized human behavior, then developing the voice is a core requirement to serious professional actor training.

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Teaching Philosophy

I learn so much from my students. I learn about empathy. I learn about the human capacity for change, and I learn about fears and working through fears. I love those moments where I’m surprised by a question a student asks and that makes me reexamine the way I’m teaching. I see it as a collaboration between me and my students.