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|About||We are a NPO theater company for Americans, international actors, and playwrights.|
The World Voice Ensemble Inc. is formed for the educational and charitable purposes of giving international students of the arts and professional international artists the opportunity to perform, with Americans, in professional quality theater in New York City.
The corporation's purpose will be achieved by producing known and original plays and musicals that will include roles open in casting to Americans, as well as Asian, Spanish, Black, and White international artists. The corporation will also educationally and charitably benefit these artists by providing free line pronunciation lessons, so that artists with heavy accents will recieve the extra support they need to be understood on stage.
was born in the Bronx and started performing in
community theater and school productions at the age of 11. He received his BA from Pace University where he majored in theater with a concentration in music. He continued his education at New York University where he recieved a Masters in Educational theater and English. He is currently working as an Applied Physical Education teacher in the New York City public school system. He is a writer, a performer, script translator, a composer and the pronunciation coach for the World Voice Ensemble.
Makie Hirakawa Armstrong
was born in Kanagawa Japan. She graduated as a voice major from the Tokyo College of Music, and has performed as an opera and musical theater singer with The Shiki Theatrical Company, The New National Theater of Tokyo, and The Fujiwara Opera Company. In 2000.
Makie moved to New York City for a planned two year stay to continue her training in operatic vocal technique. After encouragement from her ballet teacher at the time, she auditioned for a local community theater production of Brigadoon. She had never imagined that she would get to perform in New York City and being cast in her first production here was an unforgetable experience. Makie created the World Voice Ensemble Inc. with her husband, who she met doing Brigadoon, to give international artists the opportunity to realize their dream of performing in America. Makie continued auditioning and went on to play the role of Lady Thiang in two regional theater productions of the King and I. She is a voice teacher, a script translator, a performer, a choreographer, a director, and a proud member of actors equity.
was born in Wakayama, Japan where he graduated from the Osaka college of music as a voice major. He has also studied with the Broadway Theater Workshop. Credits include, Debbie Does Dallas, B
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