Speech and Voice Coaching for Actors

Training the Vocal Instrument

Katina works with actors who wish to improve their speaking voice and diction and become vocally skilled whether working in theatre, film, television, or radio.  She trains the actor to use speech and voice in a way that clearly and truthfully brings contemporary or classical texts to life.  An individualized plan, using specific exercises, is designed to help each actor meet his or her goals.  Students are provided with instruction and materials for practicing at home.   Private coaching, group classes, and workshops are available.  Accent Reduction is a special focus of her work.

Katina Kalin Voice Coach Abacus Entertainment
Katina Kalin

Speech & Accent Reduction

Katina is everything a teacher should be: patient, encouraging, professional, knowledgeable and humorous. She helped me to perfect an accent which I found extremely difficult. She is highly skilled in her field and a great mentor. She aided me not only in the technical aspects of accents, but also in the application of them as well. I cannot recommend her highly enough. // Samuel Barnett, Actor, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning History Boys

Training the Actor’s Speaking Voice focuses on the following areas:
  • Eliminate or soften accents or regionalisms
  • Develop flexibility and range – remove flatness or “monotone” qualities
  • Improve diction
  • Learn to project your voice and control its volume
  • Develop a voice with a resonant and supported tone
  • Learn to control the pace of your speech
  • Develop relaxation & breathing techniques
  • Learn phrasing and how to stress important words so that the text comes alive
  • Vocal variety: merging technical expertise with emotional truth

Bio & Background

Katina also creates customized workshops for firms and institutions, including CBRE, Fordham Law School, CUNY and Lehman College. She has presented to the New York City Bar Association and run workshops on Wall Street. She completed a three-year contract with Deloitte as a presentation skills coach specializing in communications effectiveness and executive presence, and coaches each year at Deloitte University, and is an affiliate coach with the consulting firms of BeamPines and Tribeca Leadership LLC.

Katina has broad experience as a public speaker in a wide variety of forums, including media interviews, public hearings, and speaking engagements.  As an advocate on social issues, she has been profiled in the New York Times and other publications, and has appeared as a spokesperson on OprahWNYC, and Court TV.

In addition to her work as a speech and voice coach, Katina continues her extensive career in voice-over and narration.  She is a frequent narrator for Audible.com, as well as a voice for  Bloomberg Radio.  A fifteen-year client of the William Morris Agency, she has recorded radio plays for WNBC, narration for National Geographic, promo work for Dateline NBC, political satire for “Soundbites” on National Public Radio, comedy sketches for HBO, and numerous  documentaries and industrials.  

Commercial clients have included IBM, GE, Proctor & Gamble, Estee Lauder, Caress, Dupont, Mercedes, and hundreds of others. For ten years, was heard weekly as the announcer on the award-winning public radio series, “The Infinite Mind.” Recently she recorded for Dateline NBC and the TV network campaign for Seroquelprojects for Humira, SaksBloomberg Philanthropiesand Avon.  Her most recent books for Audible were released in January 2018.

A theatre major at Indiana University, Katina came to New York City and graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse where she studied with Sanford Meisner. She continued her acting studies with Stella Adler and Zoe Caldwell, and completed her speech and voice training with Robert Neff Williams of the Juilliard School.  

She has served on the faculty of the Speech and Voice Departments at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the School for Film & Television.  She is regular teaching guest at CUNY and Lehman College where she designs and delivers Public Speaking and Accent Reduction Workshops.  Katina is a member of VASTA (Voice & SpeechTrainers Association), and SAG-AFTRA.