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Theatre voice specialist earns fellowship

Jan. 30, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Micha Espinosa, assistant professor of theatre at Western Michigan University, has been named a fellow by the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

The fellows program connects qualified VASTA representatives with institutions and organizations in need of workshops, master classes and symposia. The purpose is to provide expertise in specific areas that may not be available in a given institution or organization.

Espinosa joined the WMU faculty in 2003 and serves as director of voice and speech for the theatre department. She has taught voice, speech and movement workshops nationally and internationally as well as performed in film, television, commercials and regional theatre.

A VASTA officer since 2000, she is a certified yoga instructor with extensive Feldenkrais training, an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and a trainer for the Fitzmaurice Voicework Teacher Certification Program.

Espinosa is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. She earned a bachelor's degree from Stephens College and a master's degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Not-for-profit educational institutions, conservatories, theatres and similar organizations are invited to apply to host a VASTA Fellow. Fellows work with the hosting body's students, staff or clients to encourage healthy vocal use, improve voice and speech skills, and learn about enhanced techniques.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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