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Community Media Center Skill Share: Jessica Hansen (online)

Tuesday, Apr 25

6:00 PM–7:30 PM


So, you’re ready to podcast, which means that you have to get on the microphone. But microphones can be scary! How do you give the best possible performance when the record button lights up?

Join actor, voiceover artist and vocal coach Jessica Hansen for a workshop on mic technique. You will learn how and why to warm up, how to deal with nerves, how to sound conversational, and how to meld perfectly with your specific microphone.

This virtual talk is free and open to the public.

RSVP and get access to the zoom link here.


Jessica Hansen strives to make quality performance accessible to everyone, whether as a performer, creator, strategic leader, or coach.
For 8+ years, Jessica was the voice of NPR’s funding credits, and NPR’s voice coach. Hansen coaches voice for journalists/hosts/anchors, corporate groups, professional theater companies, podcast hosts, and private clients nationwide. With NPR’s Training Team, she created a 10-minute voice coaching video, which offers tips to solve common vocal problems.

Hansen has performed guest star roles on NBC’s Parks & Recreation and HBO’s Veep, and most recently, in the film TÀR, starring Cate Blanchett. She has performed in television, film, stage, voiceovers, and commercials.

Hansen co-founded Lean & Hungry Theater, which creates audio adaptations of Shakespeare and other classics. During her 10-year tenure as Artistic Director, she also created and hosted two seasons of Lean & Hungry’s award-winning podcast.

Hansen has taught Shakespeare, musical theater, and microphone and audition skills to children and adults of all ages. She has taught throughout the Washington metropolitan area, including the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and American University.
Hansen has an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, and has additionally studied in New York and France, at the Guthrie Theatre, and at Studio Theatre Conservatory. She has studied Rodenburg, Fitzmaurice, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Linklater, LeCoq, Stanislawski, Michael Chekhov, Meisner, Roy Hart, Suzuki, Viewpoints, and many other techniques. She has been a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild since 2005.