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Linda Gates
Associate Professor of Instruction

Linda Gates

Linda Gates is the head of the voice program in the Department of Theatre. She trained in acting, voice, and speech at Carnegie Mellon University and received her B.A. in Acting from San Francisco State University, where she worked with Jules Irving and Herbert Blau, artistic directors of The Actors Workshop of San Francisco which she joined after graduation. She received an M.A. from New York University: Gallatin School.  She has taught voice and speech at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, Yale School of Drama, Central School of Speech and Drama in England, Circle in the Square Theatre School, The British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford program. The Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany, and the Accademia dell Arte, in Arezzo, Italy. She was also a guest director and visiting professor at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In 2016, Linda Gates became one of the founding members of the Prague Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare Summer Intensive where she teaches, directs, and performs with students and faculty from all over the world.

As a voice/dialect/text coach she has worked on and off-Broadway, in Chicago, regional theatre, opera, and film. Recent Chicago theatre vocal coaching credits include: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Marriott Lincolnshire, The Court Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Writers Theatre, and About Face.

Her recent opera credits include The Metropolitan Opera, where she coached Placido Domingo in the world premiere of The First Emperor, Julie Taymor’s English-language production of The Magic Flute, and Béatrice et Bénédict at Chicago Opera Theatre as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Among her regional theatre credits are Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Long Wharf Theatre, and the Lost Colony. She was also resident company vocal coach for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the American Shakespeare Theatre, and the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Professor Gates has conducted vocal workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company, VASTA, ATHE, and for the Pan European Voice Conferences in Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. In 1999 she helped establish a joint M.A. in Theatre Voice between Northwestern University Department of Theatre and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. Her latest book, Speaking in Shakespeare’s Voice: A Guide for American Actors, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2019; her book Voice for Performance was published by Applause Books in 2000 and a second edition in paperback was published in 2011 by Limelight.


MA, Theatre Voice and Speech, NYU
BA, Acting, San Francisco State University
Carnegie Mellon University

Selected Publications

Gates, Linda, Speaking in Shakespeare’s Voice: A Guide for American Actors. Northwestern University Press 2019

Gates, Linda. Voice for Performance, Applause Books (2000); Reedited paperback edition with 2 CD, Limelight editions 2011

The Singer/Actor’s Voice: The Need for a Shared Pedagogy for the Successful Use of the Singing/Speaking Voice in Theatre Voice Training (Scandinavian University Press for Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 1997) [pdf]


Theatre 170-0 Voice for Performance
Theatre 272-0 Voice for Shakespeare
Theatre 377-0 Advanced Voice/Styles
Theatre 374-0 Dialects for the Stage
CMN 380-7-22 Performing the Language of George Bernard Shaw in partnership with Shaw/Chicago