When we are LUCKY enough to enjoy Broadway openings and movie premieres, it is important for you (Natalie Baker Shirer) to know that YOU, as a teacher of the craft, are with us every step of the way because YOU trained us.There is not a day that goes by that I don’t use something YOU taught me... and you’ve shaped me permanently as an artist and a person... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
— — Former student Telly Leung, who has appeared in the television series Glee and in Godspell on Broadway.

PAST STUDENTS

Baker-Shirer, Professor Emeritus Speech and Phonetics, was Associate Professor of Speech and Phonetics, Dialects, Accents and Voice, at the  School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University from 1993-2016, (tenured in 2001). Baker-Shirer was awarded the William H. and Frances B. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching at CMU in May 2001. Other teaching credits include American English Dialect for PHD candidates, Carnegie Mellon Graduate Theatre Program (with Harvard University and MXAT), the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate Theatre Department, and West Virginia University Drama Department.

FILM & TELEVISION

MEGAN HILTY, Smash, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce

MATT BOMER, White Collar, American Horror Story, Magic Mike

ABBY BRAMMELL, The Unit, Rizzoli & Isles, NCIS

ZACH QUINTO, Heroes, American Horror Story, Star Trek, Margin Call, The Slap

PATRICK WILSON, A Gifted Man

COTE DE PABLO, NCIS

PABLO SCHREIBER, Orange is the New Black, Law & Order, A Gifted Man

RHYS COIRO, The Wire

JOE MANGANIELLO, True Blood, Spiderman, Batman (2018,) Magic Mike

KATY MIXON, Eastbound & Down, American Housewife, Mike and Molly

MICHAEL MCMILLIAN, True Blood

IAN HARDING, Pretty Little Liars

AARON STATON, Mad Men, Ray Donovan, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce

ANTHONY CARRIGAN, Parenthood

DEMETRIUS GROSS, Justified

ANGELA LIN, Young and the Restless

MICHAEL MCMILLIAN,

DAVID HORNSBY

REBECCA SOLLAR

BROADWAY:

JOSH GAD, RORY O'MALLEY, Book of Mormon

SARA JANE FORD, Phantom of the Opera

KARA LINDSAY, Newsies

TELLY LEUNG, Godspell

DREW GEHLING, MATT SCOTT, Jersey Boys

LORA LEE GAYER, KIRSTEN , Little Night Music

MEGAN HILTY, Wicked, 9-5