A student and performer of acting for over thirty years, Scott received his vocal training under the private direction of Shane Ann Younts (NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting) and Robert Neff Williams (Juilliard), his formal acting training with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld, Wynn Handman (Character), his movement/acting training with Lenard Petit (The Micheal Chekhov Technique) and Jessica Wolf (Yale) in the Alexander Technique and Techniques in Breathing Coordination. Scott has studied with Jim Bonney on work designed to release the actor’s emotional instrument. As well, contributing to the work enormously were years spent training in the Native American community, specifically working on theories of attention.
Scott is the creator of the Miller Voice Method and co-founder of the mVm Studio which resides in NYC. This integrative approach has been shared domestically and internationally in the theatrical, film and corporate arenas.
Over his life he has played two sports professionally, received a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University’s Law School, has taught since his early teens, traveled extensively and currently resides in New York City with a woman he married named Viola and three children that move and breath expansively (so far) – Zoe, Leander and Manuel.
What I am curious about: A reliable way to integrate intention with… breath, a flexible, responsive and resilient voice, extended and received movement, thought, emotional life and point of view. In short, a way to transform competent into compelling.
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 - mVm Teacher
Kristi Dana is currently the Interim Head of MFA Acting and Voice & Speech Lecturer at Brooklyn College, CUNY (2016-2017). Previous teaching includes: Voice & Speech: Long Island University, Post, American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) and The College of Staten Island, CUNY; Acting and Introduction to Theatre: Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Certified teacher, Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Working towards Certificate of Completion, Michael Chekhov Technique (MICHA).
Vocal Coaching: Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars (original text sources curated by Liz Lerman and Bill Pullman); Marie Antoinette - Soho Rep.Dialect Coach: Bernarda Alba – Long Island University, Post; Assistant Dialect Coach: Fen - Brooklyn College, CUNY.
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.