Bio: Annette Masson is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech for the Department of Theatre & Drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor, MI. She teaches voice classes in the BFA Theatre and Musical Theatre programs, coaches all the main stage productions and works nationally and internationally as a voice or dialect coach for stage, film, business, and political candidates. Credits include productions with The Purple Rose Theatre, Indiana Repertory Company, Second City Comedy, and ART at Harvard, MA.
Annette was an Associate Director at The Drama Studio London at Berkeley, and has also taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her work includes elements of Lessac, Rodenburg, Skinner, Fitzmaurice, Linklater, Roy Hart, and Berry pedagogies.
Annette also consults with business, media, and political clients on Public Speaking and the Art of Presentation. She has worked with CEOs from Lilly, GM, and Polaroid. She conducts seminars with a wide variety of groups including the Medical Education Scholars Program at the U of M Hospital.
Annette has experience as a musical director, composer and arranger for songs for productions. She has researched the similarities and connections between speech and singing. She has recently worked with the LoVetri singing methodology in affiliation with the Departments of Speech Language Pathology and Otolaryngology at U of M.
As a producer, Annette took a production of Nilo Cruz’s
Lorca In A Green Dress to the Apostrof Theatre Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also performed in a wide variety of roles, from opera and cabaret, to a recent appearance as Gertrude Stein in a Dance concert choreographed by Peter Sparling.