Raife Baker

Voice and Dialects

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Education

Raife received his BA from Emory University in Theater Studies and Philosophy and holds an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater, and is a member of Actors’ Equity.


Experience

Raife Baker is an actor, director, and coach who teaches voice and dialects at Maggie Flanigan Studio, as well as being adjunct faculty at Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway at NYU.  At Tisch he teaches voice and speech to freshman, sophomores and juniors.  He is a recipient of the Tanne Award for Artistic Excellence and an NYIT award for Best Play for his 2012 production of Macbeth.


Philosophy

Teaching challenges me to continue to test and experiment with my own knowledge and techniques, and gives me the opportunity to work with exciting new artists with fresh and vital voices. Acting, as a way of life, is important because we need more truth-tellers and empathizers in this world. Good acting practices hone those skills. The focus on personal connection and honest embodiment at Maggie Flanigan Studio makes practicing craft a highly rewarding experience.

Voice & 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

My favorite part about teaching Voice at Maggie Flanigan Studio, specifically dialects, is that the students are coming in from their acting class with specific Meisner training that helps them personally identify with the work they’re doing.