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dialect designer  vocal coach  theatre artist


elisa gonzales

dialect designer
vocal coach
theatre artist

Elisa Gonzales is a Mexican-American theatre artist, playwright, actor, educator, and voice, speech, and dialect coach based in Amherst, MA. She is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Elisa is the Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting in the Department of Theater at UMass Amherst. Elisa is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, VASTA (the Voice and Speech Trainers Association), and ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), the Dramatist's Guild, and NALAC (National Association for Latino Arts and Culture).

Elisa received her MFA in Theatre Performance from Arizona State University, and has a BFA in Acting from Emerson College. In addition to her experience in various voice and movement methodologies and training, Elisa has extensive training in Lecoq, Rasaboxes, Viewpoints, Meisner, and voice over work.

As a performer, Elisa’s work has been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Café, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona State University, and the Tempe History Museum.

Some of Elisa's voice and dialect coaching credits include American Players Theatre, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Silverthorne Theatre Company, WAM Theatre, the Hangar Theatre Company, and the Phoenix Theatre Company, as well as colleges and universities across the country. 

Elisa is the co-author of of the upcoming book, Performing Accents and Dialects of the Spanish Speaking Diaspora (with Adriano Cabral and Josh FS Moser), which will be published by Routledge in early 2025.  She has also published peer-reviewed articles in the Voice and Speech Review, and has regularly presented her scholarship at national and international conferences.

Elisa’s greatest passion in theatre is creating and performing work that honors cultural identity, ancestry, history, and the voice.

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Voice and dialect services


Photo credit: Crystal Maldonado

I am an experienced voice and dialect coach with certifications in both Knight-Thompson Speechwork and Fitzmaurice Voicework®. I will work with you on finding an individualized approach to your voice and speech needs that is both flexible and versatile.

Individual coaching
face-to-face or remote
  • Accent/Dialect Acquisition

  • Role Prep

  • Audition Prep

  • Speech Coaching

  • Vocal Production

  • Knight-Thompson Speechwork

  • Fitzmaurice Voicework 

Group coaching
  • Group classes in Fitzmaurice Voicework
  • Group classes in speech and dialect work
  • Workshops
  • Full production coaching (dialect coaching and design, text coaching)
  • On set
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