Marie Ramirez Downing comes to us from California State University, Chico where she taught Voice, Movement, Acting, Political Theatre and Performance of Identity. She has been visiting faculty at U.C. Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and Texas Tech University. Marie is a board member for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Conference Presentations related to her teaching and interests include “Performance of Identity: How much labor does it take to be you?” (ATHE) and “My Spanglish Homelife, Finding my Voice” (VASTA). Marie has an M.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Fresno State and is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher (Linklater Center, NYC). She is a Bronze Founding Member of the Linklater Voice Centre in Orkney, Scotland.