Gayle Murphy

Gayle Murphy


MFA (Theatre Performance) York University
BFA (Drama) University of Calgary
VASTA (Voice and Speech Teachers Association member)

Gayle Murphy is an Associate Professor of Voice in the Theatre Program at the University of British Columbia. She has also taught at the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, Langara College’s Studio 58, and SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

She voice coaches actors for stage, television and film; and has led voice workshops in Bangkok for the Phatravadi Theatre, in Toronto at the Maggie Bassett Studio, in Winnipeg for the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, in Montreal for the Quebec Federation of Drama Professional Actors’ Workshops, and for theatre companies in Vancouver.

Prior to specializing in voice, she acted professionally across Canada and then completed an MFA in Theatre Performance at York University where she studied Voice with David Smukler and Lloy Coutts. Later she interned with Bonnie Raphael at the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Other voice and movement specialists who have influenced her teaching are Richard Armstrong, Andrew Wade, Cicely Berry, David MacMurray Smith, Linda Putnam and her colleagues at Canada’s National Voice Intensive.

Her ongoing studies with Judith Koltai in Embodied Practice® have had a major impact on her teaching and her research. Her current pedagogical research is the investigation of the integration of vocal and physical practice for the actor.

She is a member of the Cassandra Project, a collective of artists who investigated Authentic Movement as a practice for creation and performance from 2003 to 2007. She was a co-presenter of The Cassandra Project: The Prophetic Voice in our Time at the International Arts Symposium: Artists of Conscience in Victoria, B.C. and at the Myth and Theatre Festival's Voices Summer University at the Roy Hart International Centre in Malérargues, France.