Corliss Preston

Corliss P.

Chicago, IL

About Corliss P.

Corliss teaches: Females 13 and up
Males 15 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 1986
Last sign in: Yesterday


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.

Everything you need to know about me is on my website. Please take a look at


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May 1986 - Dec 2014
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

Please see my resume for more information concerning my professional experience at


Oct 2014 - Oct 2014
I Grant I Am A Woman

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

Listen to samples at:

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

Please see my teaching resume for more information at

Acting Instructor

Jun 1988 - Aug 1991
Harvard Summer School

Teaching Resume online at


MA in Performance

Sep 1982 - Sep 1984
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol England

BA in Theatre

Sep 1977 - May 1981
Indiana University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Supporting Actress/Rose in DANCING AT LUGHNASA

Feb 1995
Arizoni - Arizona theatre awards


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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2 Reviews on Corliss P.

Michael V. May 3, 2016
Voice Acting · In studio
Verified Student
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.
Michelle S. Mar 18, 2015
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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