Kathleen Dunn-Muzingo is an associate professor of theatre practice in voice and movement studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She 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 fifteen years teaching alongside her mentor, Arthur Lessac. She has been a guest speaker/lecturer for Lessac Conferences across the United States. Most recent workshops: Kent State University: Moving and Sensing the Phonetic Alphabet 2020 and Consonant Series: Play with Purpose for the Lessac Online Teacher Training 2021. Currently she serves as a board member of Voice and Movement Studies at the Lessac Institute.
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 in the summer of July 2021, where professional actors and student actors filmed the project in ten days. Now streaming through September 2021.
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 has served as core faculty in the BA and BFA performance programs. She served as the director of BFA sophomore performance projects: Love’s Labor’s Lost and Queen Margaret. Kathleen is resident voice and speech coach for SDA productions and has coached over 60 productions for USC.
EducationMFA, Cal-State University, Fullerton
BFA, Western Michigan University