Ann Marie PollardAssistant Professor of Practice
Area of Focus: Performance / Directing
Ann Marie Pollard joins the theatre faculty at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film to serve as Assistant Professor of Voice, Movement, and Acting and as the Voice and Dialect Coach for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. She comes to Lincoln from Cincinnati where she served as a dialect coach and voice instructor for the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati under the tutelage of D’Arcy Smith. Prior to her year in Ohio Ann Marie spent three happy 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 also 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 choreographer, and the premiere of Janice Hamer’s The Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic.
Ann Marie’s research has taken her into the classrooms of future school teachers 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 holds an MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and an MM in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. She is currently training to become a Designated Linklater Teacher. Read more at annmariepollard.com.