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Deric McNish
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Assistant Professor
Acting, Voice, and Speech
Program Director for the BFA in Acting

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Dr. Deric McNish, Assistant Professor of Theatre: Acting, Voice, and Speech earned a PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MFA 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. He received the 2017 Innovation and Leadership Award for Faculty, the 2017 Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, and the 2016 Dudley Knight Award for Outstanding Vocal Scholarship. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

 Deric’s research focuses on inclusive interdisciplinary applications of theatre pedagogy, such as training actors with disabilities and employing theatre techniques in ESL classrooms. Recent publications include “New Directions in Accessible Actor Training,” which will appear in the Palgrave Macmillan book, New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts, as well as “Performance of Fluency,” which appeared in the Voice and Speech Review, and “A Moving Target: Success and the Reset Button," which appears in the Focal Press series, Perform: Succeeding as a Creative Professional. As Associate Editor of the International Dialects of English Archive, Deric regularly contributes to a growing digital collection of international voice samples.

As an actor, Deric recently performed audiobook narration for several titles at Brilliance Audio. He performed on stage 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. Roles on film and television include Guiding Light on CBS, NBC's Third Watch, and several independent films. Deric’s work as a director has earned him a Best Director Pulsar and a Thespie Award. He has directed 12 productions at Michigan State and 4 at The Summer Circle Theatre, including multiple devised productions and world premiere musicals and plays. He serves as the department’s resident dialect coach and continues to coach professionally.