Faculty

Bryn Austin

General Info

Titles

Assistant Professor of Theater

Specialties

Voice and Speech

I want my students to fall in love with the "muscularity" of spoken language—to not only hear sounds and words, but to feel and embody their inherent weight, texture, and movement. Together, we explore the potency of the sounds of spoken English: how they are made, what they offer us, and the myriad ways they can be shaped in rehearsal and wielded in performance.

Bryn Austin joined the Conservatory in 2009 and teaches voice and speech in the Theater Division, specializing in phonetics, accents, and dialects. In addition, she serves as an advisor for musical theater sophomore students and is a faculty fellow in the Enhancing Teaching through an Understanding of Diversity and Equity (ETUDE) program. Austin was named Outstanding Theater Faculty of the Year by the Conservatory in 2016.

Before coming to New England, Austin served as chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Austin was also a founding teaching artist in residence at the Department of Theatre Arts of the University of Pittsburgh, and she served as an adjunct at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University. 

Highlights of Austin’s work in educational theater include four years as producing artistic director of Shakespeare in the Schools, a regional touring theater company, and three years as a core company member of Stages in History, the resident acting company of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Internationally, Austin performed the role of Kunti in Karna and Kunti at the Interface Arts Festival in Kolkata, India. Recent professional performance credits include work with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Palace Theatre (New Hampshire), the Apron Theater Company/Next Stage Arts (Vermont), and the Winnipesaukee Playhouse (New Hampshire).

Austin is active as a dialect coach for professional and university productions as well as private clients. She has presented work and participated in panels at numerous national, international, and regional conferences and residencies and was selected to participate in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Leadership Institute. 

Austin earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in theater studies from Bryn Mawr College. 

Recent Engagements

  • Hold These Truths (Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 2017)—Dialect coach
  • Carousel (Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 2017)—Vocal coach
  • Side Show (Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 2017)—Vocal coach
  • Murder for Two (Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 2016)—Dialect coach
  • Marry Poppins (New England Youth Theatre, 2016)—Dialect coach
  • Peter and the Starcatcher (Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 2016)—Dialect coach
  • Spring Awakening (Boston Conservatory, 2016)—Vocal coach
  • The Threepenny Opera (Boston Conservatory, 2016)—Vocal coach
  • Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 2015)—Dialect coach
  • Top Girls (Apron Theater Company/Next Stage Arts, 2015)—Actor