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22 April 1936 |
|Residence||Orkney, Scotland, U.K.|
|Occupation||Actress, director, author, vocal coach, acting teacher|
Kristin Linklater (born 22 April 1936) is 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 on Orkney, for anyone wanting to better understand her work.
Brought up in the Orkney Isles, Scotland, Linklater trained with Bertram Joseph 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.
Educated at St Leonards School.
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. Linklater and several British-trained American actors founded the acting troupe of the same name, Shakespeare & Company. She served as co-director, with Tina Packer. She left in the mid 1990s to develop her own approach to voice for actors, influenced by her teachers at LAMDA as well as the Alexander Technique. Her work is designed to liberate the natural function of the vocal mechanism as opposed to developing a vocal technique. Her writings on voice include Freeing the Natural Voice (1976) (ISBN 0-89676-071-5) and Freeing Shakespeare's Voice (1992); (ISBN 1-55936-031-3). She is of part Swedish descent, through her father, Scottish novelist Eric Linklater.
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, where she still (as of 2016) trains and coaches students from all over the world 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.
- 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.
- Kristin Linklater at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Kristin Linklater: Acting, A Verbal Art", Columbia News Video Brief, 7 February 2000. URL accessed 4 January 2006
- Kristin Linklater.com – official website
- "Erotikes", Columbia Magazine, Fall 2003
- "Balancing Acts: Anne Bogart and Kristin Linklater Debate the Current Trends in American Actor-Training"