Janet Rodgers is Professor Emerita of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University where she taught for 25 years and created the first MFA with emphasis in Voice and Speech Pedagogy in the USA and, for seven years, was Head of Performance. Prior to coming to VCU, she taught at the Boston Conservatory of Music and was principal actress with The Boston Shakespeare Company and Boston’s Lyric Stage as well as performing Off Broadway at La Mama Theatre.
Teacher, author, actress and director, Janet Rodgers’ career is devoted to the highest principles of the art of theatre and helping actors achieve their best performances.
Janet has dialect coached well over 120 theatre and film productions (most recently Cadence Theatre’s production of Sight Unseen and AMC’s Turn) in the Richmond area and has worked with thousands of actors.
A Fulbright Scholar to Romania, she directed American and Romanian students in a production of Caryl Churchill’s play, Mad Forest, which was performed at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in 2004. Recently she was recognized as ‘Distinguished Member’ for her many years of leadership in the international Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and also received the ‘Distinguished Teaching Award’ from VCU’s School of the Arts.
Ms. Rodgers holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Speech from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University. In between her degrees she studied at The American Center for the Performing Arts in Boston as well as under actor Jeremy Geidt and director David Wheeler at Harvard University.