Marie Ramirez Downing, Adjunct Theatre Arts Professor, California State University, Chico
M.F.A. Acting, The Theatre School Depaul University, B.A. Acting, CSU, Fresno
Marie specializes in Voice for the actor, public speaker and business professional. She currently teaches "Theatre Performance of Idenity, Theatre Politics Performance and Power, World Theatre, Movement, and Acting and Social Wellness at Chico State where she also coaches voice in the Theatre Department. She was also guest Voice and Speech Faculty at Santa Clara University in Spring 2017 where she taught Voice, Speech, and Presentation Skills. Marie was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement at Texas Tech University's School of Theatre and Dance for the 2014/2015 Academic Year. There she mentored and coached PhD, M.F.A., B.F.A., and B.A., students in voice, was the Voice and Dialect Coach on productions, and taught classes in Voice and Movement. Previously, she taught BFA and MFA voice classes at Roosevelt University and DePaul University's the The Theatre School.
Marie is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and has presented on panels and workshop presentations on Mexican American Heritage Identity and the Voice. Her presentation "My Spanglish Home life, Finding My Voice" focused on the expectations put on Mexican American Actress' that are not fluent in Spanish and the challenges of "code switching" to fit in with both cultures. In her performance piece at the VASTA Minneapolis Conference, "Voices of Wisdom, Spanning Generations", she paralleled her voice mentor in storytelling their personal voice journeys highlighting the similarities and differences two different ethnicities, cultures and a 30 year age gap had on their Voice and Profession. In 2017, she was the Assistant Conference Planner for the Chicago VASTA Conference and performed in the identity cabaret.
Marie has also presented Voice, Movement, and Speech workshops at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE) in both 2016 (Chicago), 2017 (Las Vegas) and is now the VASTA Focus Group ATHE Conference Planner for this year's 2018 Boston Conference.
Previously she presented voice worksops at the Southeastern Theatre Conference, The Western Academy of Management, and The KC American College Theatre Festival.