Jennifer Juul Thomas

Jennifer J.

Christiansburg, VA
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Jennifer delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1999

I'm Jennifer and I'm looking forward to helping you embody your own unique, powerful voice online. I've worked with children, high school/college students, professional actors, educators, broadcasters, singers, dancers, executives, students with special needs, senior citizens, immigrants, ESL students, and refugees. A teacher since 1999 and a professional performer since 1989, I draw on a wide range of experiences and techniques to create individualized student plans. I employ Lessac, Berry, Linklater, and Skinner voice and body work in addition to my own teaching methods. I am based in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Virginia. I'm happy to answer your questions and help you grow in skill and confidence!

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Experience

Voice Coach
Sep 2017 - Present
Self-employed

I am in private practice as a voice and performing arts coach. I meet with individual students and offer workshops. I work with actors, singers, teachers, public speakers, ESL students, and anyone interested in improving their vocal presence. I work on diverse aspects of the voice, including accent adjustment, resonance, and diction.

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Dialect Coach
Jan 2004 - Present
Various

I provide education and support to performers engaged in learning a new accent, dialect, or other vocal energy in a theatrical production.

Professional Actor
Jun 1989 - Present
Various companies

I have performed professionally since 1989 in plays, musicals, improv companies, storytelling festivals, commercials, and film.

Associate/Assistant Professor
Aug 2005 - Jan 2017
Radford University

I taught acting, voice, and related subjects in the School of Theatre and Dance. I worked with a wide variety of students and colleagues in teaching, professional activities, and service to the University and the community.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Aug 2004 - May 2005
Marietta College

Engaged in teaching and service in a one-year position in the Department of Theatre Arts. Taught acting, voice, and related coursework.

Teaching Fellow
Aug 2002 - May 2004
University of Pittsburgh

Taught acting and musical theatre classes to University of Pittsburgh students and members of the community.

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2000 - Dec 2001
Illinois State University

I taught theatre courses and provided production support to the School of Theatre & Dance at Illinois State University.

Education

M.F.A., Performance-Pedagogy
Aug 2002 - May 2004
University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Theatre
Aug 2000 - Dec 2001
Illinois State University
B.A., Theatre
Aug 1988 - May 1993
James Madison University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Lessac Kinesensic Practitioner
Jul 2012
The Lessac Training and Research Institute

Completed over 300 hours of voice, speech, and movement training in Lessac voice and body work.

Awards

Tenure & Promotion
May 2011
Radford University
Directors Lab West Member
May 2009
Directors Lab West
MFA Teaching Award
May 2003
University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts
Fisher Thesis Award
Dec 2001
Illinois State University College of Fine Arts
Critic's Competition Region IV Winner
Jan 2001
American College Theatre Festival

Affiliations

Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Feb 2018

VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.

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American Theater in Higher Education
Aug 2006

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. The Association’s web site is www.athe.org.

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Actors' Equity Association
Aug 1997

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

A brief welcome and introduction to accent adjustment training.
Photo by Jennifer J.

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3 Reviews

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Robyn Feb 22, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio

Jen is great! Knowledgable and kind.

Courtney Feb 18, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio

She explains everything in great detail without any stress. Very nice and she really is invested in what you want to learn She knows her stuff and knows exactly what and how to help to make you more confident in any audition, or just more skilled in what you want to learn! Fantastic teacher!

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Brandon Feb 13, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio

Jennifer has been my consultant for any dialect or speech concern, that i come across in my acting. Due to her training, I was consistently cast throughout my college career, at Radford University School of Dance & Theatre. I now take lessons privately, in preparation for The Southeastern Theatre Conference in March.

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