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Elisa Gonzales

Assistant Professor | Voice and Acting

Fine Arts Center, Rm. 107


B.F.A. Emerson College
M.F.A. Arizona State University

Elisa Gonzales is a performer, scholar, voice, text, and dialect coach. As a performer, Elisa’s work has been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Café, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona State University, and the Tempe History Museum. Elisa is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. She is an active member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), where she serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, and is serving as the Co-Conference Director for the 2021 annual VASTA Conference. As a scholar, Elisa has published peer-reviewed articles in the Voice and Speech Review, and has regularly presented her scholarship at national and international conferences. Her creative activity and research focuses on the application of Fitzmaurice Voicework to embodied storytelling, with a specific focus on stories that live at the intersection of Latinx/Chicana identity, history, voice, and memory. Elisa is currently developing a storytelling project based on her grandmother's stories of being repatriated to Mexico as an American citizen during the Great Depression. Elisa comes to UMass from Millikin University, where she taught the full voice and speech progression in the BFA curriculum, and served as the voice, text, and dialect coach for their production season. Elisa received her MFA in Theatre Performance from Arizona State University in 2017.