Michael J Barnes

Michael J Barnes

Associate Professor & University Privacy Officer

Michael J Barnes

Office Phone


Office Hours

Tuesday, Thursday:  1-2:30
By appointment

Office Location

3225.7 Old Main
4841 Cass Ave. 

Room 313, C&IT Building
5925 Woodward

Primary E-mail



Michael J. Barnes, Associate Professor is also the voice & speech specialist for the graduate and undergraduate acting program. He previously served as the Artistic Director of the department and is now the Information Privacy Officer for the university.  In addtion, he served on the faculty of the Broadway Theatre Project--with Artistic Director, Ben Vereen, and has served on the faculties of the University of Miami and Temple University, and taught at UC-Irvine, the University of Delaware, and the University of Central Oklahoma. Regionally, he has served as a voice, speech, dialect, & text coach for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Arena Stage, Wilma Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Studio Theatre (DC), Rep Stage Company, the Pearl Theatre, People's Light and Theatre, Venture Theatre, Everyman Theatre, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He has dialect coached the films The Witch (Sundance Film Festival Award Winner), Master Class (Faye Dunaway), Convicted (Aidan Quinn, Kelly Preston, Connie Nielson, Tim Daly; directed by Academy Award winner Bille August) and Broken Bridges (Kelly Preston, Toby Keith, Burt Reynolds, Tess Harper; directed by Steven Goldman). He recently decided to start performing again and has acted at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.  He is the President of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).

Area of Expertise

Accents for Stage and Film

Speech improvement

Vocal Training for the Speaking Voice - Fitzmaurice Voicework

Degrees and Certifications

Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework

MFA - Theatre Voice Coaching and Training, The National Theatre Conservatory

BFA - Theatre Performance, University of Oklahoma

Advanced Certificate - Cambridge University, UK

Recent Publications

Voice and Gender, Topical Editor - The Voice & Speech Review

"Standard Speech: Results of a Survey," World of Voice, The Voice & Speech Review, 2011

Current Research

Ancient Greek Pronunciation Dictionary

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