About the Department: Faculty & Staff
KIM JAMES BEY, B.F.A, M.F.A.
Certified Fitzmaurice Voicework
Associate Professor, Acting
Dept. of Theatre Arts - Childers Hall, Room 1044
Howard University, Washington, DC 20059
Kim James Bey is Professor of Acting, and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University, where she has been on faculty for over 15 years. Ms. Bey’s philosophy is nurturing the thinking artist. She earned an Academic Excellence grant to study teaching the Meisner Technique with the legendary, Maggie Flanigan, of Maggie Flanigan Studios in New York City. She was also trained on scholarship in classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford, under master instructors John Barton and Fiona Shaw; and on a Fellowship at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Her acting credits include several Off-Broadway productions; and major regional theatre credits at Arena Stage, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Play House in the Park, Delaware Theatre Company, Round House Theatre Company, Baltimore’s Center Stage.
As a certified Fitzmaurice Voice teacher under the tutelage of Catherine Fitzmaurice, Ms. Bey is also a vocal and dialect coach. She has designed the vocal work for numerous productions, some of which were: The Convert, and The Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth; Invisible Man, In the Red and Brown Water, and Passing Strange at The Studio Theatre; Ruined, Cuttin’ Up, and My Fair Lady at Arena Stage; In Darfur at Theatre J, and Necessary Sacrifices, Our Town, and Black Pearl Sings! at Ford’s Theatre.
In service to the community, Ms. Bey uses her skills as an educator, a performer, and as a vocal coach to tutor and mentor younger generations in college or vocational preparation, vocal and speech coaching, and using drama to teach social lessons. Some of the projects and community groups she has volunteered were for Duke Ellington School for the Arts; preparing students for college entry with mock interviews and preparing the application. This workshop was also conducted at Northern Virginia Community College, and at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Ms. Bey has held workshops for faculty in “Using Drama as a Teaching Tool,” and “Creative Use of the Voice” for Fairfax County Public Schools/Fort Hunt Arts and Sciences, and at Howard University. She has presented lectures for seniors at Leisure World Fireside Forum on early African American women writers and oral traditions called, “A Gathering of Women.” Ms. Bey has also paired up with the National Defense Attorney’s Association and the Alexandria Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Program to present an instructional drama for attorneys and judges on the impact of domestic violence within the legal system. She has volunteered as a judge on theatre panels at the former Northern Virginia Theatre Festival High School competition; and for three years she served a term as Grants Adjudicator for the Arlington County Arts panel. In 2008, Ms. Bey served as a panel reviewer for the State Superintendent of Education (DC), developing standards and assessments for Arts education on the K-12 level.
Kim James Bey is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association, Actor’s Arena, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), and Association of Theatre in Higher Ed (ATHE) and its focus group Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Most recently, Kim completed a ten-year stint on the Advisory Board of the Off-Broadway theatre, The Women’s Project.
M.F.A. Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; B.F.A Howard University;
Certified Associate Teacher – Fitzmaurice Voice Work, NYC