Scottish coach who trained Hollywood voices dies at 84

Scottish coach who trained Hollywood voices dies at 84


norman lebrecht

June 23, 2020

The family and friends of Kristin Linklater are sad to announce her death at the age of 84 at Housegarth, Quoyloo, Orkney in the early hours of Friday 5th June.

An inspirational writer, teacher of voice and Shakespeare, she helped a generation of performers, artists and people from all walks of life, to free their natural voice.

Kristin Linklater taught at Columbia University in New York and worked with many US theatre companies. Her students included Sir Patrick Stewart, Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Bernadette Peters.

She was the daughter of the successful Scottish novelist, Eric Linklater. ‘Rain and wind are very good for opening up the voice,’ she’d quip.

Rest her soul.




  • She was an amazing teacher and human being.

  • buxtehude says:

    Takes me back. Very sad.

  • Kolb Slaw says:

    I think it’s pretty bizarre when she talks about women lacking vocal-emotional expression compared to men.