Texas Tech University

Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, M.F.A.

Associate Professor | Voice and Speech
Theatre and Dance

Email: rachel.hirshorn@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-6608

Office: Maedgen Theatre 261

Rachel Hirshorn is a certified Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, an active member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and a professional actor and member Actors' Equity Association (AEA). Rachel studied directly under Catherine Fitzmaurice and Saul Kotzubei, and was mentored by Prof. Lynn Watson, past-president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. 

As an actor, her on-stage work has been seen regionally throughout NYC, LA, DC/Baltimore, the Midwest, and internationally in Dublin, Brussels, Prague and Edinburgh, in addition to several commercial, voice-over, and on-camera hosting contracts.

As a voice and dialect coach, some recent credits include: A Christmas Carol (Ford's Theatre) Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Tale of Two Cities (The National Players), Carousel (Olney Theatre), These Shining Lives (UMBC), Old Times and Arcadia (Washington College) and The Mousetrap (Laurel Mill Playhouse), among many others. Rachel also coaches individuals, government and corporate clients in voice, breath support, dialect modification, and public speaking and presentation skills.

Prior to her work at Texas Tech, Rachel taught Voice, Public Speaking & Communication, Rhetoric, Oral Interpretation of Literature and various courses in Acting (for stage and screen) at the University of MD - Baltimore County, Washington College, the Community Colleges of Baltimore County, and the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Additionally, several of Rachel's on-going outreach projects have garnered a plethora of local attention and press and helped to facilitate a burgeoning interest in local art and culture, while strengthening the community. Submit 10 Baltimore—a project Rachel created, produced, organized, and hosted in the growing Station North Arts & Entertainment District of Baltimore— combines a multi-cultural array of talented local writers with talented local performers in a “spontaneously cast, ego-free” night of short readings and has played in bars on North Avenue for months, ultimately transforming their usual slow Mondays into bustling performance nights, populated with eager patrons. In 2012, Rachel received a “Think Big” award from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work on Submit 10 Baltimore.


Rachel Hirshorn