Dr Tara McAllister-Viel

Senior Lecturer
East 15 Acting School
Dr Tara McAllister-Viel
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    +44 (0) 1702 328424

  • Location

    3rd GB, Southend Campus

  • Academic support hours

    research-based PhD supervision



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 (TBA); and Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond, Routledge (TBA). 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

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 (6)

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

Books (1)

McAllister-Viel, T., (2015). Training actors' voices: Towards an intercultural/interdisciplinary approach. Routledge. 1138088692. 9781138809345

Book chapters (4)

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. 438- 452

McAllister-Viel, T., (2019). Transmitting voice pedagogy through different embodiment traditions: Interweaving Korean P'ansori and Western Voice Training Modes in Contemporary Acting Conservatoires. In: Theatrical Speech-Acts. Editors: Fisher-Lichte, E. and Jost, T., . Routledge

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

+44 (0) 1702 328424


3rd GB, Southend Campus

Academic support hours:

research-based PhD supervision