Ann Marie Pollard joined the Performance Area faculty at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film in order to serve as Assistant Professor of Voice, Movement, and Acting and as the Voice and Dialect Coach for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre in 2018. Prior to her roles at the University of Nebraska, she served as a dialect coach and voice instructor for the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Ann Marie also spent three joyful years teaching musical theatre voice and repertoire at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
While in the Chicago area she performed with First Folio Theatre, Aston Rep, Porchlight Musical Theatre, Provision Theatre, and Vox3 Ensemble. She wrote and curated regular “Side by Side Cabaret” performance revues with her dueling piano cabaret partner, Rachel Page. Ann Marie is a cross-over artist specializing in new works and interdisciplinary productions. Such credits include Peter Fischer’s O d’amarti, o morire, the title role in Astor Piazzola’s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires for which she also served as director and choreographer, and the premiere of Janice Hamer’s The Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic. Favorite performances include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. Favorite directing/choreographing roles include Cosi Fan Tutti, A Christmas Carol, and a one-hour devised documentary theatre performance created with eight acting majors at UNL called "As Free As That."
Ann Marie’s research has taken her into the classrooms of future schoolteachers and lawyers to provide presentation and preventative voice care training and to Singapore to present on perceptions of color and sound within the neurodiverse classroom.
Ann Marie coaches actors, lawyers, teachers, and business professionals - anyone who uses their voice to be heard, felt, and understood. An advocate of supporting all humans in feeling fully embodied and at home with their voice and gesture, Ann Marie happily offers consultations for presentations and voice care to faculty members at UNL.
Ann Marie is a Designated Linklater Teacher, a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and holds an MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and an MM in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. Learn more at annmariepollard.com.