Mavourneen Dwyer

Mavourneen Dwyer

Assoc Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-2362

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Mavourneen Dwyer currently oversees the voice component of the MFA actor training program at the University of Arkansas. She teaches Voice/Speech, dialects, and text to both graduate and undergraduate students. She also teaches acting classes to undergraduates and Period Styles and Shakespeare to the graduate actors. Mavourneen serves as Voice/Speech and Dialect Coach for UA Theatre Department productions. She coaches voice privately as well and presents workshops and master classes. Her exercise, “Painting The Text”, can be found in The Complete VASTA Voice and Speech Workout book, Janet Rodgers, ed.

Since her arrival in the UA Department of Drama in 1998, she has directed eight productions for the mainstage season. During the 2007-2008 academic year, she directed Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

Another highlight for Professor Dwyer is her leadership as a mentor for the London Studies “Theatre in Britian” course. For the last seven summers, she has accompanied a class of UA students to London where she has enriched a number of students lives by exposing them to the wonderful opportunities that are available to them through the theatre experiences in Britian.

Mavourneen is a member of VASTA (Voice & Speech Trainers Association), Actors Equity, ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) and serves as Associate Arkansas for IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive).

She believes, along with Cicely Berry, that the actor has a great mission to excite people with language.

Professional Activity:

Actors' Equity
VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers' Association)
ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education)
Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars) 
I.D.E.A. (International Dialects of English Archive), Arkansas Dialect Representative

Voice and Speech Training for Actors
Voice/Speech and the Alexander Technique
Clear speech and effective communication techniques for everyday living
Period acting styles, especially for Shakespeare's plays, English Restoration texts and ClassicalComedies of the 18th Century


Graduate Stage Speech
Undergraduate Speech
Graduate Acting: Period Styles
DRAM 4953: Theatre Study in Britain

Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama
M.F.A., Directing, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., English, Marianopolis College

Most recent Productions:

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - Director, Dialect and Company Voice Work
THE WINTER'S TALE — Director, Dialect and Company Voice Work 
THE MISER — Director, Dialect and Company Voice Work 
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN — Director, Dialect and Company Voice Work

Mrs. Alving in Ibsen's Ghosts at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
Madame Ranevskaya in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
Calphurnia in Julius Caesar at the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
Lady Politic Would-Be in Jonson's Volpone at the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
Claire Zachanassian in Duerenmatt's The Visit at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, Santa Maria, CA

Resident Artistic Director, Zachary Scott Theatre Centre, Austin, TX from 1981-1987

I have directed 70 productions for professional and educational theatre companies in the U.S. since 1972. Play styles have included musicals, American and British contemporary plays, Shakespeare and Classical plays, operas and operettas.

Recent conference presentations:

August 1998, ATHE Conference, San Antonio, TX
August 2000, ATHE Conference, Washington, D.C.
August 2003, ATHE Conference, New York City