Gary Logan is the director of the Academy for Classical Acting (ACA) in Washington, D.C., an MFA program under the auspices of Michael Kahn and the Shakespeare Theatre Company and The George Washington University. He is also a voice, text, and dialect coach for the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Gary has been the voice, text, and/or dialect coach for over 100 productions in the United States and Canada, both for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and other eminent companies. He has taught at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, the Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Centerstage, the Chautauqua Theatre Company, and the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company (1998).
Notably, as the voice and speech coach for the 10-hour-long epic saga, Tantalus, (2000) Gary worked closely for nearly a year with John Barton (RSC) and director, Sir Peter Hall.
Prior to becoming the ACA's director, Gary spent ten years as the Chair of Voice and Speech for the National Theatre Conservatory (NTC) at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has acted in scores of plays, directed over 40 productions, and has either recorded or produced over 800 voice-overs. He is also a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award (2006), from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. Gary frequently lectures for the English Speaking Union, Nation's Capital Chapter, and is on the advisory board for the National Center for Voice and Speech.
As the author of The Eloquent Shakespeare: A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works, with Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue (University of Chicago Press), Gary has garnered high praises:
"Logan's knowledge of his material is both broad and deep, combining a theater professional's sensitivity to the use of language, a phonetician's precision, and a linguist's knowledge of the history and development of English." (Ralph Zito, Chair of Voice and Speech, The Juilliard School)
"Terrifically useful, well planned, clear, and helpful." (Don Wadsworth, School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University)
His book has become a staple all over North America for those companies producing Shakespeare.
Gary has an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater (ACT), San Francisco, where he trained with Catherine Fitzmaurice and Edith Skinner. He is also a recipient of an honorary MFA from the NTC. As well as teaching at the graduate level for the ACA and NTC, he has taught courses for the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Colorado, Denver, and The George Washington University. He is also a regular guest artist for the Washington National Opera, Chautauqua Theatre Conservatory, Dartmouth College, United States Air Force Academy, California State University, the Kennedy Center, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland.
In addition, he has been a core faculty member of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, Vancouver, British Columbia since 1994.