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Deric McNish
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Deric McNish HeadshotAssistant Professor
Acting, Voice, and Speech

Dr. Deric McNish, Assistant Professor of Theatre: Acting, Voice, and Speech, earned a PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MFA in acting from the conservatory at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Play House. Deric has worked professionally as an actor, director, dialect coach, audiobook narrator, and dramaturg.

As an actor, Deric most recently performed audiobook narration for Brilliance Audio including Heirs of EmpireEmpire Asunder, and Burning the Rule Book. On stage, he worked at theatres such as the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Porthouse Theatre, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, the Cleveland Play House, on national tours, and in NYC venues ranging from Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot) to the Metropolitan Opera. Deric's film and television work includes Guiding Light on CBS, NBC's Third Watch, and several independent films. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

As a director, Deric earned the Best Director Pulsar for his 2015 production of HAIR. He directed the Thespie Award winning production of Off With Her Head, an original devised play based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He directed a devised version of China’s classic tale, The Monkey King, as part of a larger grant-supported collaboration with the Peking Opera Company. For MSU's Summer Circle Theatre, he directed Ruthless! the Musical, and two world premiere musicals, The Tail of Peter Rabbit and Mount Olympus Junior High. Besides serving as the department’s resident dialect coach, he recently coached shows at The Wharton Center and The Williamston Theatre.

Deric’s research focuses on new and inclusive approaches to actor training, training actors with disabilities, as well as employing theatre techniques in ESL classrooms. He created a new course in collaboration with the English Language Center that uses theatre techniques to improve language skills for non-native speakers as well as a new course on disability in performance for MSU’s Integrated Arts and Humanities program. Upcoming publications include “A Moving Target: Success and the Reset Button" in the Focal Press series Perform: Succeeding as a Creative Professional.