Shauna Kanter

Shauna K.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

You will learn how to connect and open up to your emotional life, trust your instincts and gain confidence in performance. You'll learn how to stop your nerves and work with your nerves so they serve you and not strangle your talent. Having coached actors for many years, technique and performance are my specialities. You'll learn detailed exercises that will bring your individuality and passion to any script. You will learn how to let go of non-productive habits that impede your creative process and how to increase use your vocal and physical expressiveness. You will learn exercises and insights that will increase your ACTOR TOOLBOX so you are equipped to face rehearsals and performances.

I teach many styles of acting and have been teaching acting for over 25 years. I am the Artistic Director of Voice Theatre and have directed over 40 productions on 4 continents. Check out some of the videos at the bottom of my pictures!

In America I have taught acting at; New York University, Stella Adler Studio, Williams College, Bowdoin College the T. Schreiber Studio and in the UK at; The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Middlesex University and in London's West End at the Drill Hall Studio.

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

Teaching since:

Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher, playwright and the artistic director of Voice Theatre, a company she founded in Paris, in 1988. Since then she has have directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.

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I have taught acting and acting in many universities and professional theatre training programs on both sides of the Atlantic. I am currently a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts. I have led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. I have taught actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.

I am a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and College at Purchase where I earned a BFA in acting. My post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. I am published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors". This Spring I have been commissioned by Texas Tech University to write a new play.

My students experience improvements and change most weeks. You'll become the master of specific exercises that will unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance.
You will learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on your own.

I teach students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. I work out of my studio in the East Village in NYC, or in my home in Upsate, NY and online. I teach many different styles.

Here are a few of the schools I have taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!

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Teacher -- Director -- Artistic Director
May 1990 - Present
Voice Theatre

Off-Broadway: Birds on a Wire, (written/directed) Rattlestick Theatre, Retzach, 59E59 Theatre, Pushing Through, (written/directed), LA MAMA, Gaza Monologues, United Nations.

International; Pushing Though, Arches Theatre, Glasgow, Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh, Legacy, (written/directed), Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, UK, Klecks Theatre, Hanover, Germany, Olympia Theatre, Bordeaux, France, Cockpit Theatre, London. Warriors of Fate, (written/directed), Tel Aviv & Ramallah, Palestine. The Most Dangerous Time in Life, Expo 2000, Germany, Brecht on Brecht, Ashtar Theatre, Palestine, Family Cycles, Espace de la Grace, Paris. London; Sweet Love Remembered, Globe, Loveplay, Battersea Arts Centre, You Can’t Take it With You, Simmonds Theatre, After the Fall, Orpheus Descending, Mountview Theatre. Confusions, Vodka Pancakes and Opium, Bristol Old Vic.

Voice Theatre; Woodstock; The Skin of Our Teeth, All My Sons, End Days, Our Country’s Good, Hay Fever, Season’s Greetings, Lovers.

US regional: The Homecoming Project, (written/directed), Columbia Festival of the Arts, Women’s Minyan, JET Theatre-Critics Choice Award Best Director, Measure For Measure, Abilene Shakespeare Festival, Lovers & Master Class Festival of the Voice, Goiter on Rye, (written/directed), Louisiana Tech.

Teaching; Stella Adler’s, NYU, T. Schreiber Studio. The UK; Mountview Theatre Academy, Middlesex University, The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Guest directed; Williams College, Bowdoin College, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh.

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BFA in acting
Sep 1986 - Jun 1990
Carnegie-Mellon University and College at Purchase SUNY


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Post Graduate Directors Certificate
Sep 1993
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol. UK

Professional theatre training program in directing.


People's Choice Award - Best Director - Women's Minyan
Jun 2008
Jet Theater - West Bloomfield, MI

Photos & Videos

Group Voice with Shauna
Voice Class 2018

Voice Class Kingston, NY

The start of a group class-relaxation.

Freeing the voice is freeing the heart.

High School Workshops, Woodstock Day School.

Photo by Shauna K.

Sound and movement, Anahata Yoga Studio Voice Workshop, Kingston, NY

Explaining the importance of proper breath support.
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22 Reviews

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River A. Sep 30, 2019
Acting · In home

It's an amazing feeling when you find someone who is a master at the craft and can teach it too!

Shauna's previous extensive theatre training and instruction is UNDENIABLE. Because of this, she brings much more to the table than the average acting coach.

She made me realize there's SO much more than just breaking down a scene and creating a character. She made me think about where the character is going physically as well as emotionally, and why. I continue to grow and improve with each lesson with her. I'm so lucky to have found Shauna, and strongly recommend her to all actors.

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Tess May 18, 2019
Vocal Training · In home

Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️

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Gabriella May 17, 2019
Broadway Singing · In home

Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)

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Damien May 14, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

I came to Dhauna as an experienced actor looking to work on my vocals. We very quickly csme to the conclusion i was reverse breathing, a habit I may have picked due to stress. It was great having her input and she was very knowledgeable about the industry in New York (I only just moved here). Which felt like a nice wee extra:) we also worked on a monologue and again her thoughts incredibly helpful.

It was great workung with her and I hope to work with her again in the future!

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Rebecca Mar 16, 2019
Singing · In studio

Shauna really goes above and beyond with her teaching method - she gets right to essence of what's holding you back and breaks it down with compassion and humor. She has a deep understanding of her craft in a way that connects it beyond the voice to every aspect of life. I went further in two lessons than I thought possible!

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Jordana Jan 28, 2019
Acting · In studio

Shauna is an amazing, transformational teacher. She has knowledge of a range of performance genres, styles and techniques, and is an extremely supportive teacher. I have been learning from Shauna for several years now and plan to continue learning from her--I would highly recommend!

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Christa Jan 24, 2019
Theater Acting · In studio

Shauna gives me her full attention, focus and knowledge when working with me. She is very passionate about her work and has been immensly helpful to me. She asks me to come prepared and ready to work, so if you are looking for a teacher who will let you slack...that is not Shauna! Her instruction has given me greater skills and confidence. And she is immensly enjoyable to work with. I HIGHLY reccomend her.

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Alisa Jan 14, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Shauna can really help you learn to get in touch with your breathing. I discovered where the sound comes from deep within, and exercises to help me learn how to free the sound out. Getting out of your own way can be half the battle! Very relaxing and fun class.

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Susan Jan 14, 2019
Singing · In studio

If I had more stars I would still indicate the maximum. I have been working with Shauna for a while. I am a (very) amateur singer, but really wish to work on my voice -- I love singing and also consider doing so in public my last phobia. Shauna is so knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and empathetic. I feel far from being "pushed," I am instead treated with remarkable understanding of where I'm at vocally and what I need in terms of both technique and support. I feel very lucky to work with her; she's a joy!

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Jessica Jan 2, 2019
Acting · In studio

I can't recommend Shauna highly enough. She's very knowledgeable, very easy to work with (she's warm and approachable—she'll put you at ease right away), and she's also a lot of fun! She really understands actors, and, it's clear to me, loves working with them. She's also a terrific voice teacher, and a terrific audition coach. Take a lesson with her. You won't regret it.

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Megan Dec 26, 2018
Acting · In studio

Shauna Kanter is a master acting teacher for the beginner, intermediate, or seasoned pro. You have to put in the work, but she will guide you to discover the tools you have to be a truthful actor. She is intuitive, liberating, honest, tough, and compassionate. I wholeheartedly recommend Shauna to anyone looking grow as an actor.

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Chris Dec 23, 2018
Acting · In studio

The skills I gained as an actor studying with Shauna Kanter have never left my acting toolbox and feel as fresh in my mind today as when she first taught me. Shauna brought a whole world of new possibility to my acting, as I reached new heights with character physicality and also found new ways of accessing emotional depth within my character. Shauna always created an inspiring environment that felt safe to for me to push myself and not be afraid to fall. My experience with Shauna was inspiring and so valuable. Consider yourself lucky to have found her.

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stephen Dec 23, 2018
Acting · In studio

i have worked with shauna kanter as a student in acting and voice categories and have found her to be an exceptionally knowledgeable source of information and skill level. i would not hesitate to repeat my experience.

Dailza Dec 22, 2018
Acting · Online

Shauna is a fabulous teacher she taught me to trust my instincts and have much more confidence in my work as an actor. She is insightful, patient and smart. Her guidance was invaluable to me.

Robert Dec 22, 2018
Acting · In home

Shauna is a great human being and a teacher learned so much from her ... highly recommend her.

Ada Dec 19, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

I have taken a few classes with Shauna, the first two being acting classes, and the third a strictly-voice-oriented class. All have been great. The voice class I took with her was a group class that was only one session long, so I can't really comment on how effective the exercises were, as I believe one would need to practice more regularly to notice the effects! However, Shauna is a great instructor and I really enjoyed the class—especially learning some techniques that could be used in a routine vocal warm-up. The atmosphere was friendly and focused. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to improve clarity, volume, and connectedness in regards to their voice.

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Blair Dec 17, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Shauna is a terrific teacher who knows how to hold the space for a group of varied level students, in which each receives a rich educational experience. Her voice training class was fun, engaging and I received tools and tips I'll be practicing for a lifetime!

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Kate Dec 12, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Shauna is a generous and intuitive teacher, able to work with students at any level to gently help them find their voices. Her energy is infectious and positive, and she creates an environment in which you feel totally safe to explore your voice and possibility as an actor. I love working with her and would recommend to any student!

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Evan Dec 10, 2018

I have worked on a number of projects with Shauna and have always found her to be kind, hardworking, caring, and excellent at helping you progress throughout the process.

Robert Dec 9, 2018

Shauna has a deep understanding of the physiology of the human voice.
Her teaching helped my voice become freer, stronger, and infinitely more expressive.
Thank you

Lachlan Dec 7, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Shauna is a great teacher who offers very clear, constructive, and consistent help! Her background enables her to draw from a variety of disciplines in order to provide students with comprehensive and insightful feedback, which is invaluable in an instructor.

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~Kathy Dec 4, 2018
Vocal Training ·

Shauna is a consummate professional who knows the voice and can guide every student to it best individual sound. You can trust your voice with her knowledge
~Kathy Anderson of The School for Young Artists

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