Having spent forty years as a coach, trainer and teacher, Scott blends a lifetime of exceptional experience into his work with others. His diverse life paths include two sports at the professional level, a law degree from George Washington University, clerking at DC’s Public Defender Service, time as a producer, actor, director, a trainer of lead teachers, husband, father of three and training in counseling and holistic practices. He has been, for the last fifteen years, a Professor at NYU, Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program, considered one of the elite training programs in the world. These differing experiences and the approaches they provide have tempered a professional approach that is both accessible and specific.
Scott is the founder of the Miller Voice Method™ and through decades of field and scientific research has developed a transformational and repeatable way to embody presence and empathy for peak performances that sustain both the audience’s and speaker’s attention.
Scott has trained a wide range of professionals from Boardroom Executives and Managers at Fortune 500 companies to Oscar/Tony/Emmy Award winners/nominees to Olympic athletes to news anchors to the unheralded individuals simply seeking improvement and fulfillment . Scott has been received in corporations, theaters, law firms, sets, recording studios and workshops around the world training groups, teams and individuals from over fifty countries. His work is geared toward those who seek to discover, embody and/or sustain peak performance in their chosen lives.
John Patrick - Co-Founder
John is Co-Founder of MVM Studio as well as the Head of Voice & Speech for the MFA Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John serves as Resident Vocal Coach for PlayMakers Repertory Company and Company Vocal Coach for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida. John has also taught for NYU’s Graduate Acting Program & Steinhardt School; Southern Methodist University; the National Theater School of Finland at Helsinki; Queen's College and the Lyric Theater in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Rutgers University, & New York Film Academy.
John was mentored as a teacher by Scott Miller hosted in part at the Graduate Acting Program at NYU | Tisch School of the Arts. As an actor he trained under William Esper, Deborah Hedwall, and Lloyd Richards at Rutgers University where he received his MFA. He received his BFA in Acting from TCU and also trained in the methodologies of Knight Thompson Speech (Erik Singer), Patricia Fletcher (Ms. Fletcher), Skinner & Linklater (Margaret Loft), and Fitzmaurice (Beth Maguire).
JP currently lives in Durham, NC with his wife, Erin, his teacher of unconditional love and correct usages of past-tense. Together they host two Resident Master Teachers of Humility, Hazel & Sebastian.
Liam Joynt - Co-Founder
Liam Joynt is a faculty member at the Graduate Acting Program of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he teaches voice and vocal coaches. He is a founding member and trustee of the Miller Voice Method Studio. He is a Certified teacher of the Knight-Thompson Speechwork, which is a skills-based approach to speech and accent training for actors. He has previously been on faculty at Farleigh Dickinson University and Maggie Flanigan Studio. He has taught in the BFA and BA programs at Rutgers University, where he also received his MFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts.
As an actor he’s worked in mega-budget and no-budget films, daytime and primetime TV, Off-Broadway and Regional Theater. He’s produced world premiere productions for many playwrights, including Lee Blessing, Samuel Brett Williams, and Lia Romeo; in addition to various film projects.
Liam now lives in Connecticut where he and his family of three beautiful ladies are quite fond of when the power is functioning in their charming farm house.
Tia James - mVm Teacher
Coming out of the Virginia Commonwealth University BFA Program and NYU TISCH Graduate Acting Department, in the last five years she has been focusing on Voice, Speech, Shakespeare, and Youth.
Tia has been last seen in Playboy of the West Indies (NYU Grad Acting), The Golden Drum Year (Radical Evolution), Superhero Clubhouse 2014, The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst Theater), Much Ado About Nothing (Two River Theater), The Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale (The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park), black odyssey (workshop, Denver Center), Civilization (All You Can Eat) (Woolly Mammoth Theater), #NYC (Ugly Rhino).
Television: Nurse Jackie; Treme. Directing: Julius Caesar (Dreamyard Shakespeare Ensemble) Alice in Wonderland, Saving Angels, Harriet Tubman (Cornelia Connelly Center). Upcoming projects: NEC Poetry Series and Dreamyard High School Ensemble.
Kristi Dana is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech in the Theatre Department at Penn State University (AY 2017–2018). For the 2016–2017 academic year, Kristi served as the Interim Head of MFA Acting at Brooklyn College and taught graduate Voice and Speech. Kristi has taught at Long Island University, Post, The College of Staten Island and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Kristi holds a certification in Knight-Thompson Speechwork and a Certificate of Completion from the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). She is the recipient of the 2017-2019 MICHA Scholar Award, to research the integration of the Miller Voice Method and Michael Chekhov Technique. Kristi recently served a two-year term as an officer with the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and from 2016 - 2017 was one of VASTA’s two Early Career Leadership Initiative Awardees. Kristi has published in the Voice and Speech Review and presented her work at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 VASTA Conferences and the 2016 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. Select Vocal Coaching: Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars; Marie Antoinette, Soho Rep. Dialect Coaching – Higher Education: Act a Lady and 40’s and Chestnuts Brooklyn College; Bernarda Alba, LIU Post. Select Acting credits: The Sonnet Project, #71 (New York Shakespeare Exchange); 4 Edges (The Culture Project, staged reading); A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Anton in Show Business (Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre); All My Children (ABC). Kristi holds an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and BA in Theatre Arts from Penn State University.
Sarah Koestner - mVm Teacher
Sarah Koestner has taught acting at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and New York Film Academy. She currently coaches privately in Manhattan. She spent two years apprenticing Scott Miller at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and continues to study and deepen her knowledge of mVm.
She earned her MFA in Acting at Rutgers University where she trained under William Esper, Lloyd Richards and Deborah Hedwall. She also received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College where she studied the Linklater Technique extensively. Her teaching methodologies include: Miller Voice Method, Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Linklater and yoga. Sarah is a mother, yogi, Reiki practitioner, foodie, painter and dog lover. She has appeared Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and at many regional theaters.
Katie Honaker - mVm Teacher
Hi! I'm Katie and I am an actor, voice over artist, teacher, and mother. I first started working with Scott Miller and John Patrick in 2011 and shadowed Scott at NYU Grad Acting for two years. I have been teaching Speech to first year students at Atlantic Acting School since 2003. I am a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.This work has profoundly affected my life as an actor, teacher and human being in the world and continues to do so by keeping me ever curious about breath, perceptions, our brains and this job we call acting. You can hear my voice on the radio for Home Goods, on the TV for Cetaphil and KY (yes, the lube!) and in an audio book called A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff.
Tania Chelnov - mVm Teacher in Training
Originally from Oakland, California Tania is a graduate of Smith College and the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since finding mVm in 2010 Tania has been lucky enough to be mentored by both Scott Miller and John Patrick.
At UNC she shadowed John Patrick as well as teaching mVm to undergraduates. She has assisted Scott Miller at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio and is currently shadowing both Scott and Liam Joynt in the NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Other training includes the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Moscow Art Theater School and the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio.
She currently lives in NYC with as many books as she can manage and her crazy cat Olga.