Voice and Speech
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116 Theatre Building
University Park, PA 16802



Henry (Hank) McDaniel is a professional actor, and voice coach from Memphis, TN. He teaches Voice and Speech for the BFA in Musical Theatre and Acting here at Penn State. Henry holds an MS in Education from Harding University, an MFA in Acting from Indiana University and MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. In his teaching Henry has been fortunate enough to train with and uses methodologies from Cecily Berry, Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenburg and Rocco Dal Vera. Hank’s work fuses training in a Meisner- based acting technique and the physicalization of voice; leading actors to engage in need-based momentary response to their voices while encouraging a relaxed and free instrument. Before teaching here at Penn State Henry taught Voice and Speech at Indiana University.


As an actor Henry has worked with Utah Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Festival Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare, Cardinal Stage Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Brighton Theatre Festival in Brighton, England and Theater Memphis. As a voice coach Henry has been seen most recently at Indiana Repertory Theatre in the production of Appoggiatura by James Still and the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon at the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble. Henry is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Voice and Speech Trainers Association and the Society of American Fight Directors.


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Address: Penn State School of Theatre, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802 USA.

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