Certificate in Voice and Speech for the Actor

The Certificate in Voice and Speech for the Actor allows undergraduates from other disciplines to pursue their interest in voice and speech. The Department of Theater at Temple University boasts two master teachers and one associate teacher of the renowned Fitzmaurice voice method. Participants in the Certificate in Voice and Speech for the Actor study with these teachers and with instructors trained by them. For myriad reasons, interested undergradutes pursue a major outside of Theater and the performing arts, but their passion for performance and hunger for training remains. The Certificate in Voice and Speech for the Actor allows a student to continue training with professional actors and faculty from the Department of Theater at Temple and the rich theatrical community of Philadelphia. Skills acquired from the Certificate in Voice and Speech for the Actor complement requisite expertise in most professions. Confidence in public speaking and presentation, creativity, collaboration, professionalism and communication are just some of the qualities enhanced through the study of voice and speech.

As part of this program, Theater offers the undergraduate Certificate in Voice and Speech for the Actor on the Main Campus only. The certificate consists of a four-course, 12-credit sequence.

Students must be concurrently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree and the certificate to earn the certificate.

Students interested in declaring this certificate in the Department of Theater can do so by submitting a Change of Program Request form to Theater Advisor Lara Taylor Strayer (larataylor@temple.edu). If approved, the form will be submitted electronically to the Office of the University Registrar. In 3 to 5 business days, the request will be processed and then visible within Self-Service Banner (Student Information).

To seek assistance in monitoring their progress with the certificate declared, students are asked to meet with Donna Snow (dsnow@temple.edu, 215-204-8414). Meetings should take place regularly from the time of declaration to applying for graduation within their home school/college.


A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses.

THTR 2221Voice for the Actor3
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 2233Advanced Speech for the Actor3
Select one of the following:3
Poetry as Performance
Fundamentals of Acting
Acting Styles
Dialects for the Actor
Acting for Commercials, Industrials and Voice-Overs
Total Credit Hours12