• Kathleen Dunn-Muzingo

Kathleen Dunn-Muzingo

Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Voice & Movement


Kathleen Dunn-Muzingo has two certifications in actor training: Arthur Lessac Body-Voice Training and Louis Colianni’s approach to phonetics and dialect acquisition. She combines her teaching, performance work and professional coaching into a holistic approach for the actor of stage, film and new media.

She served as core faculty for the Lessac Institute for 15 years teaching alongside her mentor, Arthur Lessac. She has been a guest speaker/lecturer for Lessac Conferences across the United States. Her most recent workshops inclue Kent State University: Moving and Sensing the Phonetic Alphabet 2020, and Consonant Series: Play with Purpose for the Lessac Online Teacher Training Program.

As an actress, Kathleen co-founded the Open Fist Theatre Company in Los Angeles receiving Dramalogue nominations for her leading roles in The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Blood Moon, and Dusa-Stas-Fish and Vi. She has performed leading roles with The Evidence Room, Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare, Workshop 360 and at the Malibu Stages as Veronica in God of Carnage, starring A. Martinez and Pattie in Kimberly Akimbo, starring Katharine Ross.

Most recent stage/film credit is her role of Reagan in the Southern California’s Shakespeare’s Festival filming of King Lear.

Kathleen works with major TV and film studios as a voice and dialect coach in all areas of the performance process: from role preparation, to onset coaching into post-production. She was the key dialect coach for blockbusters: Marvel’s Avengers, Warner’s Pacific Rim, MGM’s remake of Red Dawn, 20th Century Fox’s Dragonball, and Sony Pic’s Green Hornet. She has coached entire TV seasons: The Last Ship Season 3, How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 and 2, The Shooter and Leverage. Her work with international stars can be seen in Shanghai, Green Hornet, and Make Your Move. Upcoming coaching projects: Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train and the ABC mini-series, Women of the Movement.

At USC, she serves as core faculty in the BA and BFA performance programs. Past Directing Projects: Love’s Labor’s Lost and Queen Margaret.