California University of Pennsylvania
Cal U Theatre has established the Estill model as the vocal foundation for all of its actors, both singing and non-singing. Dr. Michele Pagen, CMT, Chair and Professor of Theatre, utilizes Estill in all her acting, directing, and voice & speech courses. Brian Eisiminger, CMT and adjunct Professor of Theatre, teaches the figures and qualities in all course levels of musical theatre performance and in private voice lessons. Because students in both the BA in Theatre: General Track and the BA in Theatre: Musical Theatre Concentration must learn and use Estill in all their performance-related courses, they are better equipped to connect use of the voice with character creation and to deliver consistent, quality performances under the direction of faculty members who use a common vocal vocabulary.
As part of the Department of Music & Theatre, our theatre programs serve a dual function, providing occupational education and training for talented students pursuing careers in theatre, as well as providing educational and performance opportunities for all students. Our department rewards creative excellence by offering opportunities for upper-level students to produce, choreograph, direct, and/or design both large and small productions.
The campus of Cal U is located not far from the birthplace of Jo Estill in nearby Donora, PA and has been hosting Level I and II courses each June since 2007.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
"I owe Jo Estill a debt which can never be repaid."
Technical Vocal Coach
RHO Covent Garden