Tanera Marshall

Associate Professor



Master of Fine Arts, DePaul University


Tanera Marshall is a dialect coach in film, TV, and theatre. She teaches Voice, Speech, and Dialects in the School’s Theatre Department.

Select film credits: Widows (Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya), Queen & Slim (Daniel Kaluuya), Burnt Orange Heresy (Elizabeth Debicki), Dreamland (Margot Robbie), Black Hat (Chris Hemsworth), American Honey (Sasha Lane), the Divergent series, The Immigrant (Marion Cotillard), Public Enemies (Marion Cotillard), The Lucky Ones (Rachel McAdams), and  The Secrets We Keep (Noomi Rapace).

Television credits: Fargo (FX), Station Eleven (HBO) Chicago Fire and Chicago Med (NBC) , Queen of the South (FOX/USA), Batwoman, Zoo, Satisfaction, Betrayal, season one of The Exorcist, and Redline.

Theatre credits: Broadway tours of Hamilton, Billy Elliot, and Dirty Dancing. Chicago productions of Between Riverside and Crazy and The Fundamentals (Steppenwolf Theatre), Elmina’s Kitchen (Congo Square Theatre), Pitmen Painters and A Walk in the Woods (TimeLine Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire and A Christmas Carol (Metropolis). Acting credits include productions at Court Theatre, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Redmoon Theater, Organic Touchstone, and Greasy Joan & Co.

She received the UIC University Scholars Award in 2014 and the UIC Teacher Recognition Program Award in 2020. She has archived voices and accents from the Caribbean, Alaska, and First Nations/Native American/Native Alaskan tribes and communities at the International Dialects of English Archive, where she serves as senior editor-at-large. Member, Voice & Speech Trainers Association.  BA Oberlin College, MFA Depaul Theatre School, Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

Courses Taught

Voice I: Voice
Voice IV: Text Styles
Voice V: Dialects
Voice VI: Voice Lab