“The technical skills Shane Ann imparted to me were vast: exercises to ground my voice, strengthen my breathing, improve my resonance, heighten my ability to use melody, and volume and to make sense of intricate textual passages. But her teaching extends to much broader realms than just the technical. She has a deep love of language and is fiercely committed to imparting that to her students. She puts forth the idea that the rigor and continual practice that are necessary for developing your voice are not purely technical but a path towards embracing the beauty of poetry, of the spoken word and of the actor’s relationship to them. Her teaching, while extremely rigorous and precise, is ultimately an artistic permission slip to bring your own individual intellect, emotionality and spirit to your work with the text. I have never before met someone who is able to fuse such a vast body of technical knowledge with the sense that its ultimate aim is artistic freedom.”
Broadway: The Coast of Utopia, QED ; Recent Off-Broadway: The Pain and the Itch, (Playwrights Horizons,) Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club), What Once We Felt (Lincoln Center).
Regional: Geffen, Mark Taper, Huntington, Old Globe, Guthrie, Acting Company, Westport Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, California Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Humana Festival, Long Wharf, among others.
Recent Film and TV: Grey’s Anatomy, Numb3rs, Medium, 27 Dresses, Righteous Kill.