Private Voice Coaching for Performing Artists and People who Communicate with their Voices


Connect to text truthfully, and allow the audience to connect with you. This skill, the simple idea of speaking text honestly while maintaining complete presence, will not only deepen your performance, but will change the way you interact with the world. By becoming aware of the way you produce sound, you will create a powerful shift in your understanding of text, and the audience’s understanding of you. Monica has been teaching voice for actors privately for the past three years, and is thrilled to be able to open up availability to Real Live Theatre's audiences and local artists of all ages and skill levels. 

Monica is a professional theatre artist who has worked regionally and in New York. She has been studying voice for the past 12 years, and has trained with both Kristin Linklater and Patsy Rodenburg, as well as with other wonderful teachers along the way. These sessions are perfect for actors at any stage, those preparing for auditions, or for people looking to have more effective communication in their day-to-day lives.

Sessions are $200/ 5 hours, or $275/ 8 hours. 
For more information, or for pricing regarding small groups, please contact Monica at

"Not only did my vocal health increase drastically through working with Monica, but my performance has shifted immensely, and in the most positive way.  There is no doubt she is skilled and knowledgable in her field, but she also has a way of teaching for each specific student. I know other people who have studied with her and not only have I seen their work improve, but we have also talked about our experiences; Monica doesn’t have a formula she uses with her students. Each of us is an individual with unique needs, and that’s how she approaches her instruction with us. Our voices are one of the single most important tools many of us have, and I am thrilled to say that Monica has and continues to help me discover and develop mine.” -Erica Simpson, Creative Associate at Bay Colony Shakespeare Company

"I can say, without hesitation or exaggeration, that my training with Monica changed my approach to language and theatre for the better. Monica has an understanding of the basics of linguistic agility that extends from heightened language to contemporary, and is unparalleled by any in the field that I have met so far in my career. I can now comfortably perform with the feeling of power over my own voice and the text, a feeling that I attribute wholly to Ms. Giordano's extensive knowledge and inherent talent.” -Peter Staley, Actor, recently seen as MacDuff in MacBeth Off-Broadway

"Working with Monica has been such a wholly rewarding experience. She has taught me to trust my own voice, attack things critically and thoughtfully from the heart, and constantly re-challenge myself and set my own bar higher. The work I've created with her has significantly improved my overall capabilities as an individual and refined my style as an actor. I have learned to become more aware of myself and how I'm communicating to the world around me. I regard everything I've learned from her very highly and use the skills I've developed with her help all the time.” -Clayton Luopa, Actor/Director in the Pioneer Valley

"In acting - and life in general - your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have. In all of the times we've worked together, Monica helped me bring out the best in my voice, finding fun, honesty, and power in the words.” -Samuel L. Warton, Actor in the Boston Area

Past guest workshops


Maria Porter is professor of theater at the C.W. Post Campus at Long Island University. She has been a teacher of the Suzuki Method for the last 20 years and has given master classes in the United States and abroad. As an actor, she has performed regionally in theaters such as Hartford Stage, Kennedy Center, Virginia Stage, Hangar Theater, Perishable Theater, The La Jolla Playhouse and Milwaukee Rep, and is featured as Parker Posey’s mother in Hal Hartley’s award winning film, “Henry Fool”. In New York, she enjoyed a long association with the downtown theater groups Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb and SALT Theater. She has worked with such directors as Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, David Hersokvits, Robert Woodruff and Emma Griffen. Porter works extensively internationally, both teaching and performing, and is a member of Teatro delle Radici in Switzerland and The Magdalena Project, an international coalition of women theater artists. Her solo performances and work demonstrations have been featured in festivals in Cuba, Denmark, Italy, Peru, Switzerland and the United States. As a director, her original performances featuring students and alumni have appeared at festivals in Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Canada and the New York Fringe Festival. Porter holds an M.F.A. in acting from University of California, San Diego.


After studying in the Professional Actors Training Program at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he worked with Jewel Walker, Daniel then went to Paris, France to study with Etienne Decroux, becoming M. Decroux's translator. Subsequently making his home in Paris for 20 years, Daniel started his professional career as an actor with the French National Theatre. His solo performances have toured in more than 30 countries, as well as in theatres such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center here in the United States. He has taught master classes throughout the world at institutions such as Juilliard School of Drama, New York and The Institute of Dramatic Arts, Tokyo. Daniel has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States/Japan Commission, the Pew Charitable Trust, and is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.

Upon moving back to the US Daniel served first for five years as Dean of Students and then another five years as School Director, of The Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, in Blue Lake CA. During those ten years he was a principal instructor there. In the fall of '05 he taught full time at Sarah Lawrence College. 2006 - '09 saw him directing and teaching for the Berkeley Rep. and Touchstone Theatres. On stage he created the role of Bruno Shultz in Clown Show for Bruno, a new play by Murray Mednick, produced by the Padua Playwrights of Los Angeles and directed by Guy Zimmerman in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

In Fall 2009 Daniel began the position of Director of Movement and Physical Theatre for the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Theatre MFA Professional Actor Training Program, teaching in the Brown University MFA acting program and in charge of curriculum and faculty for their movement dept. Other duties included both coaching and acting with the Trinity Rep. Co. He was also the Director of Theatre for the Accademia Dell'Arte Summer institute in Arezzo Italy, a five week intensive in Generating New Performance Material. He is currently a Guest Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California Santa Barbara and has spent the past two summers working with South Korean avant-garde company Flying Off the Cliff.