Dr Tara McAllister-Viel

Senior Lecturer
East 15 Acting School
Dr Tara McAllister-Viel
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Dr. Tara McAllister-Viel is Head of Voice and Speech at East 15’s Southend campus. She is also a researcher in Voice Studies and PhD supervisor for East 15’s newly established PhD programme. Her research areas include intercultural approaches to voice pedagogy, Korean p’ansori, and Anglo-American approaches to training actor’s voices. Her monograph, Training Actors’ Voices: Towards an Intercultural/Interdisciplinary Approach was recently published by Routledge (2019) as part of the Routledge Voice Studies Series. Additional recent publications include: book chapters in Intercultural Acting and Actor Training, Routledge (2019); Theatrical Speech-Acts, Routledge (2020); and Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond, Routledge (2020). Previously she led voice programmes for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2005-2012) and the Korean National University of Arts, School of Drama (2000-2002, 2004). She has been Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech review (2011-2017) and currently sits on the Board of the Korean Association for Voice of Performing Arts. She is a long-time member of the British Voice Association, Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association and Association for Asian Performance.

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Decolonizing voice pedagogy in UK acting conservatoires

Invited presentation, Theatre and Performance Research Association Performer Training Working Group, Theatre and Performance Research Association [TaPRA], Colchester, United Kingdom, 14/9/2022

Voices and Cultural Knowledge: building towards culturally responsive curriculum in acccent/dialect training

Invited presentation, Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference 2021, Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference Aug 2021, online, online, 8/8/2021

Key Note Speaker

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Breath use in Singing and Speaking, The Korean Association for Voice of Performing Arts 2nd symposium, Korea, Republic of, 4/2015


Journal articles (7)

Young Hwang, H., McAllister-Viel, T., Mills, L. and Reed, S., (2023). Editorial. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 14 (2), 81-85

McAllister-Viel, T., (2015). The Role of Breath in Training Actors' Voices: contemporary approaches in US and UK acting conservatoires. The Korean Association for Voice in Performing Arts Journal. 2 (April 2015)

McAllister-Viel, T., (2009). Voicing Culture: Training Korean Actors' Voices through the Namdaemun Market Projects. Modern Drama. 52 (4), 426-448

McAllister-Viel, T., (2009). (Re)considering the Role of Breath in Training Actors' Voices: Insights from Dahnjeon Breathing and the Phenomena of Breath. Theatre Topics. 19 (2), 165-180

McAllister-Viel, T., (2007). Speaking with an international voice?. Contemporary Theatre Review. 17 (1), 97-106

McAllister-Viel, T., (2007). Peer Reviewed Article Casting Perceptions: The Performance of Gender as a Career Strategy. Voice and Speech Review. 5 (1), 216-223

McAllister-Viel, T., (2001). Peer-reviewed Article A Cross-Cultural Examination of Breath and Sound Production in Pansori. Voice and Speech Review. 2 (1), 297-311

Book chapters (8)

McAllister-Viel, T. and Brown, S., (2024). Training Actors' Voices and Decolonising Curriculum: Shifting Epistemologies. In: Critical Acting Pedagogies: Intersectional Approaches. Editors: Peck, L. and Stamatiou, E., . Routledge. 9781032494081

McAllister-Viel, T., (2023). 'Embodied Voice' and 'Voicing Body'. In: Encounters with the work of Phillip Zarrilli. Editors: Jamieson, D., Clarke, A. and O'Reilly, K., . Routledge

McAllister-Viel, T., (2022). 'Embodied Voice' and Inclusivity: Ableism and Theatre Voice Training. In: Inclusivity and Equality in Performance Training: Teaching and Learning for Neuro and Physical Diversity. Editors: Whitfield, P., . Routledge. 188- 200. 9780367646806

McAllister-Viel, T., (2021). (Re)considering the role of touch in "re-educating" actors' body/voice. In: Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Editors: Kapadocha, C., . Routledge. 115- 129. 9781138360600

McAllister-Viel, T., (2019). The Role of 'Presence' in Training Actors' Voices. In: Intercultural Acting and Actor Training. Editors: Kapur, A., Sasitharan, T. and Zarrilli, P., . Routledge. 129- 146

McAllister-Viel, T., (2019). Transmitting voice pedagogy: Interweaving Korean p’ansori and contemporary modes of Anglo-American voice training.. In: Theatrical Speech Acts: Performing Language. Editors: Fisher-Lichte, E., Jost, T. and Jain, SI., . Routledge. 167- 167

McAllister-Viel, T., (2015). Training Actors' Voices: Towards an Intercultural/Interdisciplinary approach. In: Voice Studies Critical Approaches to Process, Performance and Experience. Editors: Thomaidis, K. and Macpherson, B., . Routledge. 1- 218. 1138809357. 9781138809352

McAllister-Viel, T., (2009). Dahnjeon Breathing. In: Breath in Action. Editors: Boston, J. and Cook, R., . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 978-1-84310-942-6

Reports and Papers (1)

McAllister-Viel, T., (2011). Selected Thesis and Dissertation Abstracts

Other (1)

McAllister-Viel, T., (2022).Book Review Sounding Bodies: Identity, Injustice and the Voice. Voice and Speech Review. 17(2),Taylor and Francis Group

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