Presenter Profile

Rena Cook

Guest Artist, Oklahoma City University

Rena Cook is a Professor Emerita currently teaching voice at Oklahoma City University. She is also a TEDx speaker and author of four books on empowering the voice including Voice and the Young Actor, used in drama classes throughout the US & UK. She teaches directing on the University od Houston's Summer MA for Theatre Educators. She has served as voice, text and dialects coach for over 100 productions. She has an MA in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an MFA in Directing. Her guilty pleasure is voicing video games and animation.

Rena's Workshops

    Voice in Action

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Voice in Action: Play your way to a freer voice uses toys and props to illuminate the essential aspects of voice - breath support, resonance, open vocal tract, optimum pitch, articulation - leading the actor to grounded, authentic acting. The session builds to applying principles to text, demonstrating how voice work underpins all of acting. Cook, a favorite presenter at theatre conferences throughout the US, will bring her dowel rods, balloons, rubber bands, kazoos and Pringles tubes as she takes participants through a journey that is truly “Voice in Action.”