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Christine Hamel
Granada Artist-in-Residence, Spring 2022

Christine Hamel (she/her/hers) is an actor, voice specialist, director, and scholar. As a professional actor and voice coach she has worked on and Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, including the Cort Theatre (Broadway), the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company, PTP/NYC, Olney Theatre Center, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Central Square Theater, Company One, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and others.

Hamel has also specialized in the direction, development, and coaching of solo work, including Ibrahim Miari’s award-winning In Between, storyteller Antonia Lassar’s God Box, and mostly recently the world premiere of Maurice Parent’s Mr. Parent (Lyric Stage Company). She served as playwright, actor, and director with the collaborative ensemble-based community-centered company Village Theatre Project (VTP), which specialized in new play development.

Her areas of research include the social, political, and ethical aspects of voice, listening, and breath; intersectional feminist approaches to canonical texts and performance; and psychophysical, imagination-centered approaches to actor training. She is co-author of Sounding Bodies: Identity, Injustice, and the Voice (Bloomsbury/Methuen). Christine founded and served as the artistic director of Femina Shakes, an initiative committed to feminist interpretations of Shakespeare exploring a wide range of gender identities unconstrained by the limitations of conventional gender narratives.

Hamel currently serves as Head of the BFA Acting Program at Boston University, where she is an Assistant Professor. She has also taught at Emerson College, Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill School, and Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has guest lectured for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association), Shanghai Theater Academy, StageSource, New England Conservatory, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Hamel is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher and holds a teacher training certificate in Michael Chekhov’s psychophysical acting technique from MICHA. MFA: Boston University, Grad Diploma: Boston Conservatory, BA: Williams College.

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