Associate Professor of Voice and Speech, Penn State University
Full CV available here
Kris is a scholar, active in professional organizations within her field. She is a member of both the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the national association for theatre educators, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, an international organization for voice educators; she is a regular presenter at annual conferences.
Research: Voice and Childbirth
In 2016, Kris began research exploring the application of theatre-based voice work within the context of labor and childbirth. You can read her initial peer reviewed article here in the Voice and Speech Review and has been cited in the New York Times.
In 2018 she initiated an interdisciplinary research project with colleagues at the University of Michigan to further investigate this research topic.
The ongoing project, titled "Impolite Birth", offers pregnant people strategies and tools - all born out of voice training - to use during their births.
This research was recently featured on Penn State's Arts and Design Research Incubator Blog - the article can be accessed here.