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Deric McNish is an Associate Professor of Acting, Voice, & Speech, and the Director of the BFA Acting Program in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University. He earned a PhD from The University of Colorado Boulder and an MFA from Case Western and The Cleveland Play House. His work focuses on the scholarship of inclusive, accessible, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. https://dericmcnish.com
A three-year interdisciplinary collaboration applied acting, voice, and speech pedagogy to team-taught ESL classes in higher education. This case study resulted in improved speaking and listening skills. Several innovative acting, voice, and speech techniques proved useful in lowering the affective filter-inhibitions that impede learning-by improvi...
This essay presents accessible training methods for students with disabilities in college acting, voice, and movement courses. It presents teaching strategies selected from a survey of prominent professors, as well as from actors with disabilities that have worked professionally and completed an actor training program. This paper presents some valu...
This book weaves together cutting-edge research and practices from the fields of theater and TESOL. After providing an overview of how drama can be used in the language classroom, Gillette (a TESOL expert) and McNish (an expert in actor training) present a collection of resources teachers need to begin using drama, including practical classroom-tes...
Drama techniques for teaching oral academic communication.
Journal of American Drama and Theatre (JADT) review of Directing Shakespeare in America by Charles Ney.
Voice Studies: Critical Approaches to Process, Performance and Experience takes on the unenviable task of defining an emerging field, rife with fresh discourses and abstract theoretical concepts. What is “voice studies”? For those of us that work in practice or training, the act of studying voice has traditionally centered on performance and techni...
The purpose of this dissertation is to study training methods for students with disabilities in college acting courses. Although more than 19% of Americans live with some form of documented disability, this is a minority that is virtually non-existent on stage and screen. Able-bodied actors play nearly all of the available roles, a practice that...
Drama-based approaches to English language learning developed through an interdisciplinary collaboration. http://performingfluency.com Upcoming Book - Drama in the Language Classroom: What Every ESL Teacher Needs to Know by Carmela Romano Gillette and Deric McNish. University of Michigan Press. Anticipated release: March 2019.