Deric McNish

Deric McNish
Michigan State University | MSU · Department of Theatre

Doctor of Philosophy


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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.
Additional affiliations
August 2013 - present
Michigan State University
  • Managing Director
September 2010 - July 2013
University of Colorado Boulder
Field of study
  • Theatre
September 2005 - May 2008


Publications (13)
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...
Integrating the Stanislavski System into voice training.
Experience the power of hysteria in this performance activity designed to help students understand Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
This chapter looks at how actors reinvent themselves and start again throughout their careers. Interviews with professional actors explore the complex definition of success and how that definition evolves over time.
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Journal of American Drama and Theatre (JADT) review of Directing Shakespeare in America by Charles Ney.
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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...
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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...



Projects (3)
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Archived project
Drama-based approaches to English language learning developed through an interdisciplinary collaboration. 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.