Christine Hamel

Dual Degree Advisor and Assistant Professor (Voice & Speech and Acting) | chamel@bu.edu

Hamel 2013 - cropBA, Williams College; MFA, Boston University. Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. Additional study at Boston Conservatory (Graduate Performance Certificate, Voice), with Trinity College, London (Performer’s Certificate in Speech & Drama), Shakespeare & Company. Special studies in the Michael Chekhov approach to acting, Joy of Phonetics/Dialects, the Humors Embodied, Extended Voice/Lamentation, Primitive Voice/Roy Hart, Classical Singing/Opera. Additional workshops in Alexander Technique and Acting, Experiential Anatomy, Pure Movement, Levels of Play (Lecoq), and Improvisation. Christine is an actor, singer, voice/text coach, and director, and teaches various aspects of performance: speech/dialects, voice, singing, and a psycho-physical/image approach to acting. As an actor, she has performed with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston Children’s Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Olney Theatre Center, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), Stoneham Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, New Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre Project and others. She recently performed the role of Penelope in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad with BU CFA School of Theatre. Christine’s work as a dialect/voice coach is extensive, and she has coached over 75 productions at both the professional and university level; the most recent being Amadeus, Holiday Memories, and The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre), Half ‘n’ Half ‘n’ Half, Memory House, and Beat Generation (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), and the Elliot Norton Award-winning The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One). Christine is the director of the Femina Shakes initiative at BU, guiding in the creation of bare-bones text, breath, body, voice -based workshop productions of Shakespeare’s works with all-female undergraduate casts, for which she has directed Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus. Christine has served on the faculties of Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Longy School of Music, Walnut Hill School, Commonwealth Shakespeare Summer Academy, BU Opera Programs, and the BU Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI), and has also taught as a guest artist for New England Conservatory, StageSource, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Public Schools, and Lexington Christian Academy. Christine was a proud member of the former Village Theatre Project, and is an artistic associate with the Gypsy Mamas. Member: Actors’ Equity Association, VASTA, MICHA.