Micha Espinosa

Micha Espinosa is an Arizona-based artist, activist, teacher, and voice, speech, and dialect coach. She has performed, lectured, and taught voice and speech around the world. She is a proud 30-year member of SAG/AFTRA (Arizona/Utah board member), and has performed in film, television, and regional theatre. As a performer she has been privileged to work with film and theatre directors including Oliver Stone, Peter Patzak, Tina landau, Les Waters, and Aaron Landsman, among others. As a voice and dialect specialist she has worked with regional theatre companies, such as: The Old Globe,  Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare, Mixed Blood, Phoenix Theatre, and Coconut Grove Playhouse as well as clients chef and host – Lorena Garcia, network – Telemundo , and company – Hewlett Packard. She is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with extensive background in Bikram, Kundalini, Ashtanga and the Feldenkrais method. A master teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Fitzmaurice Institute, and a master trainer for the Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification.

She is an Associate Professor of Voice and Acting at Arizona State University in the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre and coordinator for the acting concentration. She is also affiliate faculty with ASU’s School of Transborder Studies. She is the inaugural recipient of the of the Chicano faculty’s Sangre de Arte Award for her advocacy and promotion of Latinx students. She has served  the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA -since 2000) as an officer and and is currently on the board In 2017, she won the Outstanding Service to the Profession Award. As an associate editor for the International Dialects of English Archive- Micha has contributed and analyzed over 20 dialect samples from all over the globe. She has published several peer reviewed articles in the Voice and Speech Review, the Journal for Intergroup Relations, and was a contributing author for The Politics of Actor Training published by Routledge.

Editor of the award-winning book Monologues for Latino/a Actors: A Resource Guide to the Contemporary Latino/a Playwrights and the soon to be released Scenebook for Latinx Actors. She is an active affiliate of Guillermo Gomez-Peña’s performance troupe – La Pocha Nostra. Her research, performance, and scholarship examines and contextualizes the current climate with the training of actors of non-dominant groups. A Fulbright specialist, she is passionate about social justice in actor training, global perspectives, and the cultural voice.