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Ursula Meyer

Acting Faculty / Head of Graduate Acting / Voice


Meyer has had the privilege of studying voice with Cicily Berry, Patsy Rodenburg, Andrew Wade, Arthur Lessac and is a designated Linklater teacher. She also graduated with distinction from the Advanced Voice Studies Program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London under David Carey. Before coming to UCSD, she taught Voice/Speech/Accents and Text at U.C. Santa Barbara, U.C. Santa Cruz, University of Washington, and four years as the primary voice teacher at the Yale School of Drama. As a professional Voice/Text and Accent Coach, Meyer has worked at numerous regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe in San Diego, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC ,and the Idaho, Santa Cruz, Utah, and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals where she has been working off and on since 1985. As a professional actress, she has worked extensively in regional theatre, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.C.T. Seattle, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Ursula Meyer is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association where she was recently a board member and is currently sponsoring its new Mentorship Initiative. In 2007, she was a recipient of UCSD's Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.


"At UCSD, we value your voice and the creativity and responsibility that comes with the wonder of vocal expression. We believe speaking is a physical act so that our work demands full body engagement. We believe breath is the answer to the truth of the character, the moment, and the story. We believe that rigorous, disciplined vocal training is the key to flexibility, variety, specificity, and play. We believe that every class is a chance to make theatre. We believe that your voice and what you have to say matters. And we also are on fire to share with you the glorious sounds of the poets and playwrights whose words still make us tremble." - Ursula Meyer


MFA, University of Washington


Galbraith Hall 306


Office Hours

Wed. 12pm - 2pm