Natsuko Ohama is the head of the voice path in the MFA Acting program and a professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is one of the premier voice teachers in the country, trained under legendary master Kristin Linklater at the Working Theatre. Ohama is a founding member and permanent faculty of Shakespeare & Company Lenox, Mass., as well as a senior artist at Pan Asian Rep New York, a certified Joy of Phonetics teacher trained by Louis Colaianni and was the director of training at the National Arts Center of Canada. She has taught at numerous institutions all over the country, including the NYU Experimental Theater Wing, CalArts, Columbia University, the Sundance Institute, New Actors Workshop and the Stratford Festival. Recently, she taught in Stromboli, Italy, in Istanbul and at the Wooster Group Summer Institute in New York. She also has an extensive workshop and private teaching practice.
In Los Angeles, she has coached numerous productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and also at the new Wallis Annenberg Theatre in Beverly Hills. A Drama Desk-nominated actress, she has portrayed roles ranging from Juliet to Lady Macbeth from Hamlet to Prospero (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company) from the action film Speed to the cult series Forever Knight and American Playhouse on PBS. She has been seen on screen in Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Dogeaters as Imelda Marcos and last season appeared as Polonius in the LAWSC production of Hamlet at the Odyssey Theatre. Ohama’s play Geisha of the Gilded Age-Miyuki Morgan, was staged at the Ventford Theater in Massachusetts. As a director, her credits include the Press and FACE for Visions and Voices at USC. Learn more at www.natsukoohama.com.