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Maggie Surovell

Lecturer in Acting

Maggie Surovell teaches voice and speech as well as dialect coaching for film and theater. She has been a certified associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® since 2005 and is currently a core faculty member teaching voice, text and dialects in the BFA acting program at SUNY Purchase. With over sixteen years of experience teaching actors in theater and film, Maggie has taught at Circle in the Square Theater School, the MFA graduate program at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Yale School of Drama Summer Program, Sarah Lawrence College, Wagner College, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and University of Georgia.

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Maggie recently dialect coached an Angolan Portuguese accent for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival selection Farewell Amor, as well as a Dominican accent for the character Manny in Bottom of the Ninth, starring Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara. She has voice and dialect coached Off-Broadway productions at Cherry Lane Theatre, Theatre Row, Ensemble Studio Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, P.S. 122, among others. Regional credits include New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre Company, and Two River Theater Company. Maggie has an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Acting from Temple University. When not teaching or coaching, she continues to work as an actor, director, and writer in both stage and film to further inform her work. Some of Maggie’s favorite directing projects have been right here at Purchase college with the BFA Acting companies. Maggie also studied under the late renowned acting teacher Wynn Handman, co-founder and Artistic Director of the American Place Theatre, as well as the late one and only Joseph Siravo.