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Trudie Kessler

Trudie is a Certified teacher of the Meisner Acting Approach, a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, and a specialist in the Lessac Voice method. She received her MFA in Directing from the University of California at Irvine in 1975, and taught acting, directing and voice at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for nine years prior to her arrival at The Theatre School in 1984. Some of her production credits in The Theatre School's Playworks and Showcase Series include The Last Night Of Ballyhoo, Ramona Quimby, The Fir Tree, The Diary Of Anne Frank, The Miracle Worker, and Scrapbooks, a touring show for young audiences about the difficulties of teen pregnancy. In addition, Trudie has directed over 20 plays for The Theatre School's Studio and Introduction to Performance Series. Trudie has pursued advanced training in acting and voice, studying with Master Teachers Kristin Linklater, Richard Armstrong, Kevin Crawford, Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade and Frankie Armstrong in Voice and Larry Silverberg in Meisner Technique. She received her Linklater Designation in 1991 and her certification in teaching the Meisner Acting Approach in 2009. Her area of expertise is in combining the Linklater and Meisner work to help actors fully own the words they speak. Trudie is a proud recipient of The Theatre School/DePaul University's 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award.​​​​​​​​​