Micha Espinosa

Herberger College of the Arts
School of Theatre and Film, Dixie Gammage
Tempe
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

Micha Espinosa is an Arizona-based artist, activist, teacher, and voice, speech, and dialect coach. She has performed, lectured, and taught voice and speech around the world since 1992. She is a proud 30-year member of SAG/AFTRA(SCREEN ACTORS GUILD), and has performed in film, television, and regional theatre. As a performer she has been privileged to work with film and theatre directors including Oliver Stone, Peter Patzak, Tina Landau, Les Waters, and Aaron Landsman, among others. As a voice and dialect specialist she has worked with regional theatre companies, such as: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Southwest Shakespeare, Arizona Theatre Company, Mixed Blood, Phoenix Theatre, and Coconut Grove Playhouse as well as clients chef and host - Lorena Garcia, network - Telemundo , and company - Hewlett Packard. She is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with extensive background in Bikram, Kundalini, Ashtanga and the Feldenkrais method. A Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Fitzmaurice Institute, Director of Outreach for South America, and a master trainer for the Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification. She is an Associate Professor of Voice and Acting at Arizona State University - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, in the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre and the program coordinator for the acting concentration in Screen and Film Acting. She is also affiliate faculty with Arizona State University’s School of Transborder Studies. She has served as an officer for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA -since 2000) and is currently on the board. She has served as conference director or co-director for five of VASTA’s national and international conferences. She is especially proud to have coordinated the first bi-lingual voice conference in Mexico City and the first Asian voice and speech trainer’s conference in Singapore. As an associate editor for the International Dialects of English Archive- Micha has contributed and analyzed over 20 dialect samples from all over the globe. She has published several peer reviewed articles in the Voice and Speech Review, the Journal for Intergroup Relations, and was a contributing author for The Politics of Actor Training published by Routledge. She is the editor of the award winning book Monologues for Latino Actors: A Resource Guide to the Contemporary Latino/a Playwrights and co-editor for the forth coming Scenes for Latinx Actors published by Smith and Kraus. From 2013-2018, Micha was the program coordinator and the somatic educator for the actor training program Bali Taksu in Bali, Indonesia. She is a proud and active affiliate of Guillermo Gomez-Peña’s performance troupe - La Pocha Nostra and the South American female performance, empowerment, and advocacy collective -Mujeres Poderosas. The proud recipient of ASU’s Sangre de Arte Award for her mentorship of Latinx students, her research, performance, and scholarship over the last twenty years examines and contextualizes the current climate with the training of actors of non-dominant groups. A Fulbright specialist, she is passionate about social justice in actor training, global perspectives, women's rights, and the cultural voice.

Education

M.F.A. University of California, San Diego, Professional Theatre Training Program (1994)

American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1990)

 B.F.A. Stephens College, Performing Arts (1987)

Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor (2001)

Certified Master Teacher of the Fitzmaurice Destructuring/Restructuring Technique (1998)

Feldenkrais Training, Awareness through Movement (2000)

Patsy Rodenberg/Professional Voice Teacher's Course (1999)

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370 Seminar: Acting Concentration
THP 377 Acting: Voice and Speech
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370 Seminar: Acting Concentration
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 524 Performance II: Acting & Voice
THP 598 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370 Seminar: Acting Concentration
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 522 Performance I: Acting & Voice
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370 Seminar: Acting Concentration
THP 394 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
THF 370 Seminar: Acting Concentration
THP 377 Acting: Voice and Speech
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
THP 377 Acting: Voice and Speech
THP 394 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
DCE 498 Pro-Seminar
THP 498 Pro-Seminar
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 592 Research
THP 598 Special Topics
DCE 598 Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
THP 394 Special Topics
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 524 Performance II: Acting & Voice
THP 590 Reading and Conference
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
THP 394 Special Topics
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 522 Performance I: Acting & Voice
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
THP 498 Pro-Seminar
DCE 498 Pro-Seminar
THP 598 Special Topics
DCE 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
THP 277 Acting: Intro to Voice
FMP 294 Special Topics
THP 387 Acting: TV and Film
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference