Kristin Linklater (born 22 April 1936) was a Scottish vocal coach, acting teacher, actor, theatre director, and author. She retired from the Theatre Arts Division of Columbia University where she is professor emerita. She now teaches residential courses in Orkney. Kristin passed away in the early hours 5th of June 2020 at her beloved home Housegarth, Quoyloo, Orkney aged 84.
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Brought up in the Orkney Isles, Scotland, Linklater trained with Michael MacOwan and Iris Warren at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). During the 1960s, she relocated to the United States and worked with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada. Between 1964 and 1978 she worked as a vocal coach for acting companies led by Robert Whitehead, Harold Clurman, Elia Kazan, and Joseph Chaikin among others.
She was educated at St Leonards School.
Linklater has trained many well-known actors, including Patrick Stewart, Donald Sutherland, Alfre Woodard, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Murray, Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Bernadette Peters. Linklater was a teacher and head of the Acting program at Emerson College from 1990–1996.
In 2013 Linklater opened a purpose-built voice training centre in Quoyloo, Orkney, Scotland to trains and coach students in voice technique.
Her son is actor Hamish Linklater, who appeared on the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones. Her father was novelist Eric Linklater, and her mother was social activist, Marjorie Linklater (née MacIntyre). Her brothers Magnus and Andro Linklater are writers. She has a sister, Alison, who is a painter.
On the 6th of June 2020 The family and Friends of Kristen annouced - The family and friends of Kristin Linklater are sad to announce her death at the age of 84 at Housegarth, Quoyloo, Orkney in the early hours of Friday 5th June.
An inspirational writer, teacher of voice and Shakespeare, she helped a generation of performers, artists and people from all walks of life, to free their natural voice.
Linklater, Kristin (June 1976). Freeing the Natural Voice. Drama Publishers. ISBN 0-89676-071-5.
Linklater, Kristin (November 2006). Revised and Expanded Edition, Freeing the Natural Voice. Drama Publishers, an imprint of Quite Specific Media Group, Ltd. ISBN 978-0-89676-250-3.
Linklater, Kristin (April 1992). Freeing Shakespeare's Voice: The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text. Theatre Communications Group. ISBN 1-55936-031-3.
Linklater, Kristin (2019). Revised and Expanded Edition, Meisterwerk Stimme, Entfaltung und Pflege eines natürlichen Instruments (5th ed.). Ernst Reinhardt Verlag, München. ISBN 978-3-497-02902-0.
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