Kristin Linklater trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was the Master Teacher of Voice at New York University from 1965 to 1977, while also working with the Open Theater; the Negro Ensemble Company, Stratford, Ontario; the Guthrie Theatre; and on numerous Broadway shows. She was cofounder of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1977. She has received major grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Linklater is also a 1981 Guggenheim Fellow and a lecturer, writer, and actor, playing the title role in King Lear, produced by The Company of Women, her all-women Shakespeare company co-directed with Carol Gilligan. She is the author of FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE (1976) and FREEING SHAKESPEARE’S VOICE (1992).
She taught at Emerson College, Boston, 1991 to 1997. She has been awarded the ATHE and NETC Career Achievement Awards and, in 2001, was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. Perhaps Linklater’s greatest gift to international theatre has been the intensive training of voice teachers around the globe, these practitioners return to their own companies and her unique approach to voice work helps more actors develop their most important instrument.