Rena Cook

Adjunct Instructor Voice and Diction - School of Visual & Performing Arts

Contact Information

(405) 514-8605

Rena Cook is Professor Emeritus from OU School of Drama, voice, speech, and dialects. She is author of Voice and the Young Actor, editor of Voice in Action and former Editor-in-chief of the Voice and Speech Review. She holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an MFA in Directing from OU. She is founder of Vocal Authority, teaching business professionals to use their voices in more compelling, confident and authentic ways.

Courses Taught

  • Voice and Diction
  • Dialects
  • Voice Acting
  • Directing
  • Voice and Heightened text

Sample Syllabus

THEA 2313 pdf


  • B.A. in Theatre Education from the University of Arizona
  • M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from University of Tulsa
  • M.F.A. in Directing from the the University of Oklahoma, School of Drama
  • M.A. in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama              

Research Interests

  • Empowering Women's Voices
  • Transgender Voice              

Publications & Presentations

  • Voice and the Young Actor
  • Editor: Breath in Action
  • Editor in chief: Voice and Speech Review

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Voice and Speech Trainers Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Texas Educational Theatre Association


  • Wick Carey Endowed Professor in the arts
  • Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts Award
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education & the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Prize for Innovative Teaching

Community Involvement

Women Lead Oklahoma

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