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 (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

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 (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 (9)

McAllister-Viel, T., (2022). 'Embodied Voice' and 'Voicing Body'. In: 'Embodied Voice' and 'Voicing Body'. Editors: Jamieson, D., Clarke, A. and O'Reilly, K., . Routledge

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., (2021). 'Embodied Voice' and Inclusivity: Ableism and Theatre Voice Training. In: 'Embodied Voice' and Inclusivity: Ableism and Theatre Voice Training. Editors: Whitfield, P., . Routledge. 188- 200. 9780367646806

McAllister-Viel, T., (2020). Transmitting voice pedagogy. In: Theatrical Speech Acts: Performing Language. Routledge. 167- 187. 9781000032826

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., (2019). The role of "presence" in training actors' voices. In: Intercultural Acting and Performer Training. 129- 146. 9781138352131

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 (2)

McAllister-Viel, T. and Brown, S., Decolonizing voice training in Anglo-American actor training

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

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Academic support hours:

research-based PhD supervision