Chris Lang (Head of Voice & Speech)


 

Chris holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.)/Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT) Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was afforded the honor of being accepted to the program in teacher training for Fitzmaurice Voicework and Voice and Speech Pedagogy. He then spent the next two and a half years training as a voice, speech, dialect, and text coach for both actors and non-actors, and has been coaching and teaching voice, speech, and dialects ever since.

 

A large portion of Mr. Lang's work now focuses on Elysium Conservatory Theatre, where he has the pleasure of serving as Head of Voice and Speech, a senior member of the acting company, and as primary voice and speech instructor in the Conservatory.  Additionally, Chris has a private studio coaching actors for roles in film and television and recording voiceover for radio and audio books. 

 

The Lang Voice Studio, is where Chris gets to work with students and professionals in all areas of voice and voice related growth.  Mr. Lang specializes  in issues ranging from vocal production to accent acquisition and reduction, as well as voiceover, corporate training and comprehensive presentation and imaging skills.  He regularly devotes his time to helping clients and conservatory students find power in their voices, and achieve success in their careers.

 

As a voice coach, Mr. Lang has coached productions in regional theatres around America and internationally (The American Repertory Theatre and the Moscow Art Theatre). He hascoached productions for some of the industry’s foremost directors including Robert Woodruff, Ola Mafaalani, Jeri Mouwad, Rinde Eckert, Gadi Roll, Marcus Stern, Martin Jago, KJ Sanchez, Scott Zigler, Sam Wiseman, Roman Kozak, and Karin Coonrod and Aaron Ganz. He also coached privately for film and television actors: Bernie White (24 and The West Wing), Mam Smith (HBO’s Angels in America), Diana Schneider (The Good Shepherd), and others.

 

Chris has taught at Harvard University, Harvard Summer and Extensions Schools, the University of Wyoming, the ART Institute, The Moscow Art Theatre School, Elysium Conservatory Theatre, AMDA, The Acting Matrix Conservatory, and Andrew Wood Acting Studio. He is a teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. and Knight-Thompson Speechwork, the gold standard in training for dialect coaches and speech/accent teachers.


Getting To Know... Chris


Tell us about a transformative educational experience.

 

I can remember the first voice class where I discovered that Voicework was my road in as an actor. I can also remember teaching my first voice class. I was terrified, and exhilarated, and afterwards I KNEW that I absolutely loved teaching! 

 

 

What about transformative professional experiences?

 

Coaching for the production Wings of Desire at The American Repertory Theatre. I had an amazing opportunity to work with The Toneelgroup Amsterdam, and some very fine actors. I got to learn Flemmish, and teach Dutch actors how to speak English. It is a show that I will never forget, and one that has shaped my aesthetic to this day! 

 

 

Why I do what I do...

 

I am an artist. I have done other things, but the truth is that my spirit is never truly fulfilled when I am doing other things. I have a need to share, and need to express, and a need to communicate. These needs are satisfied every day when I come to work at ECT. 

 

 

What about ECT inspires you?

 

Collaboration. Unfettered, unabashed, unrestrained collaboration!

 

 

My favorite "day-off" event would be...

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... backpacking and Mountain Climbing in Colorado, or if it’s in the winter, skiing in Colorado. Oh yea, and also watching the Denver Broncos play football, or the Colorado Rockies play baseball. I’m from Colorado.

 

 

If I had one million dollars I would...

 

... be rich.

 

 

Did you know...

 

 ... Chris is a twin. His twin brother is an IT consultant for a firm in Downtown Denver. He is not an actor. This is a cruel joke played by the universe to make Chris wish he liked computers more. He doesn’t. In fact he only tolerates them because he needs to. He would like to bring back the age of the fountain pen. Chris’ twin brother is funnier than him. This is also a cruel joke… They would make a great writing team, but one of them has a mortgage and a family and won’t quit his job working with computers to follow his brother’s dream!! This is yet another cruel joke. Ennui. Chris also has an older brother who sometimes grows a beard and looks like Jesus (maybe not intentionally – well he grows the beard intentionally, but the look is unintentional, and anyway he looks like Jesus when he grows it), and who also lives with Chris’ dog… Or rather, he takes care of Chris’ dog when Chris lived in an apartment with a roommate who said she was Allergic, but then why couldn’t she just get shots so she wouldn’t be allergic and then they would have had an awesome dog named Rusty?!?


Chris' Favorites


Food

  1. Eggs
  2. Pies
  3. Beer

Sports

  1. Football (American)
  2. Tennis
  3. FIS World Cup Skiing

Books

  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  3. The Last Lion: Winston Churchill

Games

  1. Mass Effect
  2. Pitch
  3. Calf-Slap

TV Series

  1. The West Wing
  2. Poirot
  3. Start Trek

Gifts/Talents

  1. Singing
  2. Gourmet Cook
  3. Jazz and Rock Drumer
  4. Chewbacca Impression

Mentors/Role Models

  1. My Mom and Dad
  2. Leigh Selting
  3. Pamela Vanderway
  4. William F. Buckley Jr.

Hobbies/Pastimes

  1. Read/Listen to Music/Watch too much TV
  2. Bake
  3. Cook
  4. Mountain Stuff (Hiking, Climbing, Skiing… and stuff!)


Chris' 50-Year Time Capsule


  • Complete works of Shakespeare
  • Grandmother’s Pie Crust Recipe
  • My Denver Broncos Hat
  • Family Portrait
  • A copy of the BeeGee’s “Main Course”
  • A dog eared copy of The Lord of the Rings
  • My hiking boots
  • Scrabble
  • A pocket knife