Marie Ramirez Downing
College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Music
Marie Ramirez Downing specializes in Voice and Speech for the professional actor, student actor, public speaker and business professional. She studied for 6 years with Voice Professionals at the Linklater Center for Voice and Language in New York City and became a Designated Linklater Voice teacher in 2012. Marie previously taught BFA and MFA voice classes at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts and DePaul University's the The Theatre School. She is also a private vocal and dialect coach and has taught Corporate Voice Workshops for women in Information Technology in the financial industry in Chicago and aspiring female entrepreneurs in the business school at California State University, Chico. Her business workshops center around presence in the boardroom and finding a wider range of speaking by varied resonance in their voices and a personal connection to presentations and speeches. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and 2011 she was a co-presenter regarding Mexican American Heritage Identity and the Voice. This presentation was entitled, "My Spanglish Home life, Finding My Voice." The focus of the presentation was the expectations put on Mexican American Actress' that are not fluent in Spanish and the challenges of "code switching" to fit in with both cultures. In 2013 Marie co-presented a performance piece at the VASTA Minneapolis Conference, "Voices of Wisdom, Spanning Generations" where she paralleled her voice mentor in storytelling their personal voice journeys highlighting the similarities and differences two different ethnicities, cultures and a 30 year age gap had on their Voice and Profession. Marie has a B.A. in Theatre Arts, Acting from California State University, Fresno and her M.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.