Bethany Mangum-Oles

Bethany is an actor, director, and teacher born and raised in southern California. She holds a BFA in acting from California State University, Fullerton (Stanislavski System) and an MFA in acting from NIU (Meisner Technique). She is also the founder and co-artistic director of MUSE Theatre Collective in Chicago and has studied at the Moscow Art Theater in Moscow, Russia and performed abroad at the Adana International Theatre Festival in Adana, Turkey. Since gaining her MFA, Bethany has been adjunct performance faculty at Sauk Valley College, Kishwaukee College, and NIU and she is thrilled to be joining NIU faculty full time. In the classroom, Bethany primarily teaches the major principles of Fitzmaurice Voicework in hopes of supporting each artist’s unique individual instrument and tuning it to full authenticity in a healthy, clear, and vibrant way. Other techniques major practices used alongside the Fitzmaurice Voicework include: The Meisner Technique, The Stanislavski System, The Lucid Body, the Michael Chekhov Technique, Alexander Technique, Laban Efforts, Yoga for Actors, Linklater Voicework, Knight-Thompson Speechwork, the works of Edith Skinner, and Paul Meier Dialects for Stage & Screen. Bethany believes in dynamic, specific work rooted in the truth and infinite possibility.

Voice and Movement
Education: MFA, Northern Illinois University
Office: SB 248