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LIU Post Faculty Valerie Clayman Pye

Valerie Clayman Pye

Adjunct Professor of Theatre

B.A., Cum Laude with Departmental Honors, Stony Brook UniversityM.F.A., in Acting, Brooklyn College; M.F.A., in Staging Shakespeare, with Distinction, University of Exeter, EnglandPh.D., in Performance Practice, Drama, University of Exeter; Dissertation: “The Influence of Shakespeare’s Globe on Actor Training and Contemporary Performance in End-on Theatres”


Valerie Clayman Pye is a professional actor, director, theatre scholar, and educator who has worked in these capacities both in the US as well as in the UK, where she was recognized for her devised productions as well as her scholarship. Valerie holds a PhD in Performance Practice in Drama from the University of Exeter, where she was funded by the British Government to examine the relationship between Shakespeare's plays and the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and to devise an original actor-training methodology based upon that relationship.

Valerie is keenly interested in the actor's process. As a research practitioner, she examines the actor/audience relationship, site-specific and "found art" performance, and the actor's connection to self-as-instrument. She is interested in cultivating creativity, especially in the actor's development of and relationship to plays of heightened text. Her goal is to encourage three-dimensional release of energy, voice, and text regardless of the actor's medium.

Valerie is passionate about working with actors to develop their vocal instruments so they can both serve the texts they speak as well as help forge the strongest relationships between actors and audiences. She has served as a voice and speech coach for theatre, film, and television with Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe award nominees. Valerie specializes in neutralizing regional dialects for standard American speech.


Acting Shakespeare, Acting, Voice and Speech, Shakespeare in Performance, Practice-as-Research


Author, "Voice on the Globe Stage: An Actor's Observations, a Teacher's Recommendations", Shakespeare Around the Globe and other contemporary issues in professional voice and speech training presented by the Voice and Speech Review, Mandy Rees, editor. 2005 (p. 73-80).

Lectures and Presentations

Lecturer and Presenter, "Uncovering the Tragic Voice in the Activated Body", Shakespeare in Performance Conference (2012)

Presenter, "Acting Shakespeare: Secrets from the Globe Theatre", Theatre, Pedagogy and Student Learning in the Performing Arts Seminar, ATHE Conference (2006)

Lecturer and Presenter, "Channeling the Queen's Men: how can the modern actor use what the Globe reveals in alternate spaces?"

Dramaturgy and Stagecraft Seminar and Panelist: Round-table discussion between professional actors and directors with scholars on the issues of reconstructive staging. Shakespeare and the Queen's Men Conference (2006)


"Hearing Shakespeare" :an internet research project, (2012)


Brooklyn College Theater Department Alumni of the Year, 2008.
Overseas Research Student Award Scheme / Exeter Research Scholarship 2004, 2005, 2006 (England)
Cymbeline Fund for Outstanding Shakespeare Performance, 2004.

Professional Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
ATHE – Association for Theatre in Higher Education
VASTA – The Voice and Speech Trainers Association