Benson featured in Voice and Speech Review for new article on practicing equity in voice studio

Published: August 27, 2021

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Elizabeth Ann Benson, associate professor of theatre, is featured in Voice and Speech Review for her co-written article: "Practicing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Singing Voice Studio."

The article provides a list of tools voice teachers can use to practice increased equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, or EDIB, within singing voice studios with the intention for voice teachers to take meaningful steps to foster a racially, ethnically, culturally and musically inclusive singing voice studio.

The article is published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in the Voice and Speech Review and is available online.

Benson's co-authors are Trineice Robinson-Martin (Princeton University) and Marisa Lee Naismith (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University).

Benson is the music theatre singing specialist for the Department of Theatre. She teaches applied voice for music theatre majors, and a group course in singing fundamentals. Since 2014, she has served as music director and/or vocal director in several departmental productions, including "The Integration of Tuskegee High School," "Chicago," "Big Fish" and "Bring it On" most recently. In 2020-21, she earned a directing fellowship with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, serving as the assistant director of Carousel, alongside director Kathleen Smith Belcher. Benson holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory and a doctorate from The City University of New York Graduate.

Submitted by: Victoria Santos