It is a pleasure of mine to bring you this interview today. I've always been attracted to studies of the voice in all sorts of different fields. Accent and dialect work is something that has seemed extremely fascinating to me, and this summer after seeing Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's production of Billy Elliot, I was enchanted with the color of the language and was excited to hear that Oklahoma had it's very own residential expert in this realm.
Rena Cook is Professor Emeritus in the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama where she taught voice, speech and dialects. She is also the founder of Vocal Authority, a training and development business created to serve corporate clients, including politicians, attorneys and CEOs who want to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways. She is also a distinguished actress, key note presenter, voice over artist and professional voice trainer.
Rena holds a Master of Arts degree in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science degree in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Education from the University of Arizona.