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Midori-Nakamura

MIDORI NAKAMURA

Voice 1, 2, 4

As an actor, Midori has worked in film, TV, on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Midori was made a Designated Linklater Teacher in 2019. In addition to the Maggie Flanigan Studio, she teaches voice for the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, The Linklater Center in New York, and NYU Tisch at The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute. Midori also coaches private clients in both acting and voice.

Education

Midori has studied with many, many teachers, including: Jerzy Grotowski, Joe Chaikin, Kristin Linklater, Bill Esper, Bobby Lewis, Earle Gister, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Jay Goldenberg, Merry Conway, Andrea Haring, and Kim Gillingham. She continues to study, a journey that she hopes will be lifelong.

Experience

As an actor, Midori has worked in film, TV, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, for Shakespeare in the Park, at the Kennedy Center, at the RSC, and in regional theater—with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Stewart, Angela Bassett, Bill Irwin, Keanu Reeves, Michael C. Hall, Liev Schrieber, Karen Allen, Del Close, Kim Cattrall, and Jennifer Anniston. Directors she has worked with include Morgan Freeman, George C. Wolfe, Lena Dunham, Barry Levenson, Peter Sellars, Nicholas Hytner, Austin Pendleton, James Lapine, Jerzy Grotowski, Joe Chaikin. Midori was made a Designated Linklater Teacher in 2019. In addition to the Maggie Flanigan Studio, she teaches voice for the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, The Linklater Center in New York, and NYU Tisch at The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute. She has also taught for Columbia University’s Social Impact Fellowship, Columbia University’s Obama Foundation Scholars, LAByrinth Theater’s Intensive Ensemble, Molloy/CAP21, New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, and the New York Film Academy, as well as coaching private clients in both acting and voice. Midori co-directed, co-produced, and co-edited T’an Bakhtale, a documentary about the Russian Roma, which received awards from the American Association of Anthropology and the Royal Anthropological Institute. She assisted Karen Allen in her directorial debut, A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud.

Philosophy

Your voice is you. There is no separation. What changes you, changes your voice, and vice versa. When we address the “you,” we address your voice. The Linklater voice work is a psychophysical work. We start with the body and always return to the body but are very interested in the psychological implications, the “why” behind your habits, patterns, and behavior. Seen from another perspective, the movement from inside to outside is permeable and flows in both directions. We examine habits and ask if there are behaviors that are no longer helpful to your growth, seeking to shift into new habits that might be more conducive to greater expansion and possibilities. Ultimately, we are searching for freedom, greater range for choices in working, and more fully knowing and inhabiting the infinite possibility that is you.

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