Raeleen McMillion | Breakout Session
"Voice from A Broad"
About this session: Musings about being a "broad" with a big loud voice, lots of opinions, and the confidence to speak up and speak out. And what the journey was like that brought me here. Connections for artist-comrades about finding their voices and using them to make change--as women and artists. And some practical suggestions from a voice teacher's perspective on grounding yourself and breathing through the work of creating, building, and nurturing a life that includes theatre.
Raeleen is an actor/teacher/vocal coach who moved to Milwaukee almost 30 years ago and just couldn't leave after falling in love with the city, theatre, music, people, and cheese--not necessarily in that order! She is a co-founder of Renaissance Theaterworks, and has had a hand in some other local beginnings as well--Wisconsin AIDS Walk and First Stage Theatre Academy among them. She's been teaching theatre now for 20+ years, and directs UWM student productions, including: Waiting for Lefty, MacBeth, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Anton In Show Business, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Book of Days, and this coming spring, The Children's Hour.
Raeleen works in Milwaukee as a Dialect/Vocal Coach. For Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: Lesson From Aloes, The Few, Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Death Trap, Doubt. With Renaissance Theaterworks: Skin Tight, The Road to Mecca, Ballad of Emmett Till, Top Girls. And at Skylight: My Fair Lady, Violet, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweeney Todd. Some of her favorite dialect projects involve an apprentice program that pairs a student with her to work on a production as a way of introducing future coaches to the process.
Raeleen holds membership in two labor unions: AEA and AFT. She is also a member of VASTA and The American Dialect Society. She earned an MFA from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program and teaches Acting, Voice& Speech, and Dialects at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.