Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston

founding company member, artistic associate

…is a certified Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, professional actor and vocal/dialect coach.  Rachelalso teaches Voice and Speech at Texas Tech University, J.T. & Margaret Talkington School of Theatre & Dance. She is an active member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA), and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). As an actor, her work has been critically acclaimed (NY Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, among others) throughout the US and Europe in professional regional theatre. Additionally, Rachel continues to contract as a dialect/vocal coach for several professional productions throughout the Baltimore/DC area, including most recently at Ford's Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, and Adventure Musical Theatre, and continues to coach with private, corporate, and government clients on presentation skills and dialect modification.


Since 2012, several of Rachel’s outreach projects have garnered agrowing level of dedicated press and support and, more importantly, helped to facilitate a burgeoning interest in local art and culture, while strengthening the community.  These projects, such as Submit 10 Baltimore and Remember This: A Participatory Performance Experience, examine the influence of auto-ethnograpic language and community-driven storytelling on atypical (often vulnerable) theatre-going audiences, including patient populations and those with limited means. To learn more, visit