About / Services Offered

“Mia Tagano has a rare gift for sensing people’s authentic voices and helping them to step into it with conviction and clarity. With her unique background spanning the fields of acting, teaching, community organizing, and psychology, I’ve seen her be able to quickly intuit where people’s blind spots and patterns are in how they express themselves. And more importantly, support them in developing personal practices that give them a foothold in how to transform these patterns practically. She is naturally warm, kind, insightful and open-minded, and wonderful with children, teenagers, and adults alike” …

My approach is more of a holistic one where I consider everything that may be getting in the way of you effectively communicating. It begins with listening to you, hearing your story; I listen between the lines, take note of what I hear and see; help you towards vocal and physical awareness shifting into a more powerful physical and vocal presence and authentic engagement. 

We will work on pitch, pace, forward placement of sound, breath support, communication dynamics – voice body and wisdom integration … If you are held vocally I will help you open and speak with more flow. If you are uneasy with speaking in front of large groups or even one to one, I will give you tools and help you to speak with a vocal authority that you may not feel at first; We will work with impromptu speaking to move towards you being a more confident speaker.  If English is not your first language, I can help you with articulation, opening your sounds and precision in your speech. We will also work with finding your style moving beyond just being heard and understood.  If you have a presentation, I can help you to make it more engaging. Every individual is different and has different vocal needs. 

As your coach, I am also your mirror and offer transformational feedback. My style is direct and honest but kind. I won’t BS you and I won’t criticize. We will look at what is working along with where you can be better – we will spend more time on what is working and expand on that.

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I received my B.A. in Drama from the Ohio State University and my M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. A member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, I have been working as a professional actor since 1997 and was a teaching artist upwards of 25 years.  My on-going work as a voice artist with clients in Emeryville and Palo Alto continues my vocal exploration.

My work this past decade as a Role-Playing Consultant for Littler-Mendelson through various corporate/HR investigative training scenarios influences and informs my coaching work. 

 My voice coaching is influenced by many master teachers of voice including Patsy Rodenburg, Cecily Berry, Arthur Samuel Joseph, Kristin Linklater and Dale Carnegie, working recently with Annie Morrison at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in the UK. Finally, I consider my 4 years of in-depth study with the late Angeles Arrien author of The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary as important inspiration in my work.

I have appeared in theatres across the U.S., and the U.K., including the Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane, George Street Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Capital Rep, Hartford Stage, Portland Center Stage, Virginia Stage, Berkeley Rep, ACT, Camden People’s Theatre (London), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, (a UK tour ending in London at the Barbican).

SERVICES OFFERED

  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • Voice and Speech Training
  • Voice Improvement
  • Leadership Training
  • Honest Direct Feedback
  • Website Video Coaching
  • Audio Recording Coaching
  • Acting Coaching
  • Monologue Coaching
  • Solo Performance Coaching
  • Corporate Role-Playing Consultant
  • Narration Recording (ie powerpoint presentations) – fees vary