Voice and Speech Coaching
Theater/ Film Coaching for Actors
Presentation Skills for Business
The Juilliard School
New York Life Investment Management
Old Greenwich School
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Radius Global Market Research
TAG Online, Inc.
|Oct 2007-Jan 2008||
|Nov 2009-March 2010||
Credit Suisse Bank New York, NY
Accent Reduction / Presentation Skills Coach
NYU, The Atlantic Theater School, Tisch School of the Arts
Head of Speech Department
|1988-1997||Playwrights Horizons Theatre School
|1988-1989||The Marymount School
|1987-1989||The American Academy of Dramatic Arts
|Education:||1984 Graduate The Juilliard School Theater Center ~ Honors: The Drama League Award,
The Edith Skinner Prize (in speech), The Richard Rodgers Award
Peter Facinelli ("Twilight" and "Nurse Jackie" star)
"He cites the teachers as one of the best aspects of NYU, and says it's thanks to his speech teacher, Susan Finch, that there's no trace left of that thick New York accent he had when he first arrived." To read more, click here. (PDF)
Adam Bradley (Actor currently living & working in Canada)
I had the pleasure of working with Susan through my two years of conservatory training and Id be hard-pressed to name a better teacher, let alone speech teacher.
She is one of those rare teachers who can pinpoint exactly where youre going wrong and what you need to do to fix it, who will offer you the care and support you need to get there, but who will also keep pushing you until youre there. She wont lob softballs and tell you youre doing great if you arent, but she will keep encouraging you to move in the right direction. Praise from her may be hard-earned, but it is definitely well-deserved when won.
Having graduated eighteen months ago, Im happy to be able to call Susan not just an old teacher of mine, but also a friend.
An anecdote: I was shooting a Toyota commercial over the summer, and it was all done on green-screen with a teleprompter feeding me pages and pages of text. And not simple text: long descriptions of VVT-i technology, double-fluidic wipers with mist control, and seatbelt pre-tensioners and force-limiters. It was all a big mouthful, but I got through it all thanks to the speech and tongue exercises that I learned in Susans class (and practice almost every day.)
But the lip and tongue endurance and muscularity needed to get through all the text must have been too much for one of the other actors because the next day the producers fired him and brought me back in to finish his job. Thanks to Susan, I was able to come in and save the day! (and make another $2100.)