World-renowned teacher of voice production who has pursued a highly successful academic and theatrical career in the United States and Europe for the past fifty years, Kristin Linklater has passed away. Kristin Linklater was reported to have died on Friday at the age of 84. The cause of her death was never disclosed to the public.
Kristin Linklater was a founding member in 1973 of Shakespeare & Company which was for many years in residence on the former estate of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Massachusetts. She retired from the Theatre Arts Division of Columbia University where she is professor emerita.
Kristin Linklater death was made known to the public by the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre page in an official Facebook post.
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“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 June 5.
“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.”
Kristin, who spent much of her early life in Harray, was a world-renowned tutor, having worked with internationally acclaimed actors such as Bill Murray and Patrick Stewart. She was the daughter of well-known author Eric Linklater.
In her later years, Kristin founded the Voice Centre in Quoyloo, where she welcomed both visiting students and local performers with open arms.
Kristin grew up in Orkney and trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where the legendary Iris Warren was her voice teacher. Warren had developed her own unique approach to training actors’ voices: from inside out rather than outside in. She said: “I want to hear the person, not the voice.” Kristin began her teacher-training with Iris Warren when she was 21 and subsequently taught at LAMDA for six years.
In 1963 she moved to the United States opening her private studio in New York City. She was Master Teacher of Voice in the New York University Graduate Theatre Program (now the Tisch School of the Arts) from 1965 to 1978. From 1964 to 1978 she worked as vocal coach at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, the Open Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, the Manhattan Project and on Broadway.
In 1978 she was a co-founder with Tina Packer of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Kristin left New York with her two-year old son Hamish for the Berkshires where she lived, teaching and acting with Shakespeare & Company for the next twelve years.
In 1990 she moved to Boston to teach at Emerson College. While based in Boston she created and co-directed with Carol Gilligan the Company of Women, an all-female Shakespeare company which ran workshops for women and girls and created all-women productions of Henry V and King Lear.
In the fall of ’97 she moved back to New York City as Professor of Theatre Arts at Columbia University.