Corliss Preston

Corliss P.

Chicago, IL
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About

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Corliss delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 10+, males 13+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1986

I am an actress that has performed and taught the classics for over 35 years. I love it! I can help you with auditions, study structure, develop skills or simply reach a deeper understanding of your favorite texts.

I believe that the theatre is an arena where we learn about who we are. Acting is being present in the moment and we learn how to live our lives more fully through this study. Each actor has his own unique voice and relationship to the material. It is my job to help each student find their own path.


Corliss

Experience

Producer/Creator/Actress
Oct 2014 - Present
I Grant I Am A Woman

Successfully funded Kickstarter of a Shakespearean based CD for the female voice.

Currently working on the visual component to be added to the sound for installation.

Actress
May 1986 - Present
Regional theatres around the country including The Alley in Houston, Yale Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Theatre Center, Public Theatre (NYC), Manhattan Theatre Club, Arizona Theatre Company as well as the Utah, Oregon, Alabama and Santa Fe Shakespeare Festivals

Teaching Company Member
May 1994 - Oct 2010
Utah and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals

Teaching Youth and Elder Groups Shakespeare as they would attend the festival's seasons.

Acting Instructor
Sep 1986 - May 1996
New York University

Acting Instructor
Jun 1988 - Aug 1991
Harvard Summer School

Education

MA in Performance
Sep 1982 - Sep 1984
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol England
BA in Theatre
Sep 1977 - May 1981
Indiana University

Awards

Best Supporting Actress/Rose in DANCING AT LUGHNASA
Feb 1995
Arizoni - Arizona theatre awards

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Sep 1992

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Actors' Equity Association
Mar 1988

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Corliss P.

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Recording I GRANT I AM A WOMAN - Shakespearean based CD for 2 female voices.

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Cassandra from THE GREEKS at Houston's Alley Theatre

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Cleone Knox from  A YOUNG LADY OF FASHION at the Fulton Opera House

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Meg from ELEVATION OF THIEVES at the Denver Center

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Talk back at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for THE RIVALS

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6 Reviews

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Steve May 22, 2017
Voice Acting · In studio

I took a five-session Beginning Voice Acting class with Corliss in a professional recording studio. The critiques she gave me after every recording I made helped me to speak more clearly, and to increase the energy I was able to put into my recorded presentations. Without the critiques of my recordings, I would not have been able to improve my speaking ability. During the class, she made sure everyone in the class was made to feel welcome, and important. When I take the next level of the Voice Acting class series, I will be looking forward her critiques of my recorded presentations.

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Janet B. May 20, 2017
Voice Acting · In studio

I recently took lessons with Corliss and couldn’t have been happier! From the minute I walked in the door for the first lesson, Corliss was energetic and enthusiastic. I found her instruction relative to breathing techniques, warm up exercises and copy interpretation extremely valuable in helping me to relax and “think outside of the box,” which enabled me to think more creatively while also helping to identify my own areas of strength and those requiring further development. Corliss provided honest and supportive feedback, all within a fun environment that had me looking forward to the next lesson. I am truly looking forward to taking additional lessons with Corliss!

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Susan May 20, 2017
Voice Acting · In studio

Corliss clearly knows the business and the talent and techniques required to be successful. Her teaching style is warm, supportive, engaging and encouraging. I’ve benefited immensely from the relaxation and breathing techniques she’s taught me. She’s educated me on interpreting copy in ways that I wouldn’t have had the ability to come up with on my own. Her lessons have boosted my self-confidence by providing the tools and encouragement required to pursue a career as a voice actor. Corliss has truly been an inspiration!

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Dan Mar 23, 2017
Voice Acting · Online

I can't recommend Corliss highly enough as a teacher. As someone who is new to voice acting and the world of voiceovers, it's absolutely essential to find someone who can help you to tap into your creative impulses, get you out of your comfort zone, and teach you how to interpret copy in order to connect with your audience. Corliss has a very engaging, upbeat and energetic teaching style, and she gives honest feedback and concrete goals tailored to helping you improve your craft. Make no mistake, learning the art of voice acting takes work, but this process has really been fun for me, and I've enjoyed our lessons and I look forward to taking more lessons with Corliss!

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Michael V. May 3, 2016
Voice Acting · In studio

This was my first lesson with Corliss. I felt extremely comfortable working with her, and she has a fantastic personality. I could not have been happier with my lesson and the instruction, ideas, encouragement, and her commitment to working with me to get my voice over career started.
I am so happy I found her. She is a "pro' and she is super cool.

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Michelle S. Mar 18, 2015
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A gifted performer and teaching artist, Corliss Preston brings an unprecedented creativity to any endeavor she lays her hand to.

As a mentor, Preston's breadth of information, both stylistically and professorially will give an actor or student that extra edge they are looking for. Conversant in theatrical form: from Greek to Shakespeare to American Classic to Modern, and versed in a myriad of acting methods, her versatility and knowledge will inspire you!

Working with Preston always challenges me to go places I have never gone before. I have, under her tutelage, tried new acting techniques and acquired new tools that helped me to achieve the apex of performance. She will insist you are the very best you can be, and she will take the journey with you with humor and grace.

I highly recommend her as a coach, teacher and mentor.

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