"She kept my voice in good shape and helped me sustain the intense physicality of my performance with a clear and open voice. She was very valuable."
- Sir Patrick Stewart
"Gigi is an asset to this profession and an extremely important practitioner. I played Ophelia in Hamlet with David Tennant to the Royal Shakespeare Company, and I quite simply couldn't have done it without her.
- Mariah Gale, Artistic Associate, Royal Shakespeare Company
"Gigi has the rare ability of combining a forensic understanding of voice technique with the actual development of character."
- Chukwudi Iwudji, Artistic Associate, Royal Shakespeare Company
Gigi Buffington (see full resume) AEA, SAG/AFTRA, VASTA is a Brazilian-American Voice and Text Coach, Director, and Associate Arts Professor, at New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts.
As the only Voice and Text practitioner in the United States trained by Patsy Rodenburg with a Master's Degree in Training Actors (Voice) from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and by Robert Neff Williams in his two- year professional program in New York City, Gigi Buffington's approach to coaching is deeply informed by her former work as a professional modern dancer and actor. Whether at the Royal Shakespeare Company, on Broadway and Off, Steppenwolf, BAM's Next Wave Festival, or as an Arts Professor at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, she brings herself wholly into each production or coaching session with sensitivity, skill, and methodologies to facilitate and release greater vocal expression in each artist with whom she works.
Recent New York coaching credits include: Carrie Coon, Placebo; Lisa Joyce, Hamlet at CSC; Patrick Stewart, Broadway; Mariah Gale, RSC; Johnny Flynn; With Director Karin Coonrod: Texts and Beheadings/Elizabeth R, Next Wave Festival BAM and The Folger; The Tempest with Reg E Cathey, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Voice and Text Consultant) Public Theater; The World Is Round, Angels and Other Strangers, CompagniaDe’ Colombari,; Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, A Small Family Business, Haunting Julia, and The Sea and the Mirror, The Greene Space & WNYC Radio; I Killed My Mother, LaMama.
Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart), and Love’s Labour’s Lost, Greg Doran, Director. She led company warm ups in the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon for all acting ensembles, toured with director, Tim Carroll’s, The Merchant Of Venice, devised and led Voice & Text workshops from the season’s plays to teachers and university students at Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, and led teacher- training workshops in Voice & Text in the RSC Rehearsal Studios.
For Steppenwolf Theater Company, Visiting Edna (World Premiere), by David Rabe, Director, Anna Shapiro; Mary Page Marlowe (World Premiere), by Tracy Letts, Director, Anna Shapiro; East of Eden (World Premiere), Adapted by Frank Galati, Director, Terry Kinney.
At American Players Theatre: Othello, An Iliad, The Seagull and Hamlet, John Langs, director; Romeo & Juliet and Richard III, James DeVita, director; Antony and Cleopatra, Kate Buckley, director; The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Tim O’Cel, director.
While living in the UK she led workshop intensives in Viewpoints & Composition for MadHouse Theatre Company at the Nemzeti Theatre in Budapest, Matthew Evans, director; Johnny Flynn and Company at Shunt, London, and at Rose Bruford College of Music & Drama.
She has served as vocal coach for CNN International working with bureau chiefs in Moscow, New Delhi and Lagos.
At Tisch School of the Arts, she has directed Caryl Churchill’s, Top Girls and Vinegar Tom; Kevin Kerr’s, Unity; Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible. She coached Mary Stuart, Good Breeding, and Dogville, directed by Robert O’Hara; The Tempest, directed by Pat Diamond.
She founded and is the artistic director of Field House Lab a company committed to exploring physical and vocal improvisation as a vehicle for creating original work. Field House Lab presented the world premiere of Orpheus Now written & directed by Buffington at the city of Chicago's, Storefront Theater.
Buffington has been the recipient of two residency grants at The Ragdale Foundation for her writing.
Her film credits include the lead role in Galileo's Grave written & directed by Clayton Brown, Empathy written and directed by Aimee Siegel (official jury selection: Berlin, Jerusalem and Chicago International Film Festivals). Empathy received its US premiere at New York's Film Forum; Paramount Pictures Just Visiting with Jean Reno and Christina Applegate;
She received a Post Graduate Award in The Teaching of Shakespeare in Theory and Practice for Actors and Artists from the University of Warwick. Previously, she trained with Robert Neff Williams, completing a two- year Voice, Speech, and Shakespeare’s Texts program in New York City. She received her acting training with Maggie Flanigan (William Esper Studio) holds a Bachelor of Arts (honors) degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is a certified instructor of Soaring Crane Style Qi Gung.
She danced and choreographed professionally prior to her work as an actor and has taught master classes and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.