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Kris Danford

Assistant Professor of Theatre & Drama


Kris Danford is a professional actor and singer, having performed in New York Off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Her performance credits include Hermione (The Winter’s Tale), Kathy (The Last Five Years), Eve (Searching for Eden), and Beline (The Imaginary Invalid) at Asolo Rep; Bess (The Fair Maid of the West) and Laura (Line of Descent, world premiere) at Riverside Theatre; and Emily (Go. Please. Go.) at Ashland New Plays Festival. She also works professionally as a voice, text and dialect coach. Recent credits include voice and text coach for Oklahoma at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, for Good People at American Stage and for Incognito at Urbanite Theatre. As an educator, Danford has taught voice and speech at Southern Oregon University, University of Iowa (primary voice instructor in the MFA actors), and was also head of the BFA Musical Theatre program at The University of West Florida.

Danford received her BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia and her MFA in Acting from the FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. She is also a certified associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. She holds memberships in Actors’ Equity Association and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

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