Dianna Cortez is a New York City based actor, singer, director and voice/dialect coach. Some prominent clients include: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Zoey Kazan, and Jonathan Marc Sherman in Clive, directed by Ethan Hawke at The New Group Theatre, Sam Rockwell in the Broadway premiere of A Behanding in Spokane, and “Sex and the City” star, Kim Cattrall in the title role of Antony and Cleopatra directed by Janet Suzman at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool, England. She’s coached professional productions On and Off Broadway through the Schoenfeld Theatre, The Beckett Theatre, Luna Stage (in NJ) and Shakespeare On The Sound (in CT). She’s taught Master classes through the The Actor’s Studio, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Actor’s Workshop, Eastern Washington University. She has also taught in the M.F.A Program at The Boston Conservatory, the B.F.A program at Montclair State University. She currently teaches at The Linklater Center for Voice and Language, The Hagen Institute/HB Studio, B.A. Film/Commercial/TV/Voice Over program at PACE University, B.F.A Syracuse University/Tepper Semester, and Circle in the Square Theatre School. She is also member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Dianna is certified in Louis Colaianni Speechwork/Phonetic Pillows, and is a Designated Linklater Teacher.
“In 2nd year voice, students will reawaken their natural ability to speak responsively with the full emotional and vocal range by undoing tensions that have inhibited their vocal possibilities. The work is based on exercises developed by Kristin Linklater. They include work on physical awareness, relaxing for breath, developing resonance, freeing specific tensions in the jaw and tongue, toning the soft palate, and 3-4 octave vocal range and feeling play of consonants and vowels.”