About Diane

Diane Robinson is Chicago Voice Center. She has been providing voice training since 2009 and knows that your voice connects you to the world and vice versa. CVC offers effective and fun lessons, classes, workshops and trainings to businesses and individuals. If your company wants to attract and retain multi-national and diverse talent, CVC offers professional development courses in communication tailored to fit your goals. If you want to explore and develop your gender expression through voice work, Diane is culturally humble, extremely knowledgeable and has proven results. Need an accent coach for your film, tv show or theater project? Diane has been coaching accents since 1988. If you are ready to become as great at public speaking as you are at writing, Diane and CVC can help you do that, too! 



Diane Robinson

Diane is a voice coach specializing in 3 distinct areas of expertise: transgender and non-binary voice work; executive communication coaching; and accents for actors. For Chicago Voice Center, in addition to private lessons, Diane teaches a twice-monthly free transgender voice class for Howard Brown Health's After Hours program, leads an annual Breathing & Empathy workshop with Rush Medical Center students, brings Voice & Movement training to Chicago Sinfonietta's Project Inclusion, and co-hosts Loquacious Ladies, a trans-feminine voice support group. She is a communication coach working with executive professional development in language and culture. Diane recently presented on trans*vocality at the Creative Bodies Creative Minds conference in Graz, Austria, the Transgender Singing Conference at Earlham College and at the One Voice Transgender Voices Festival in St. Paul. Diane chairs the Teaching & Learning Committee for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and is a member of the VASTA BIzCorp, Diane is a 30-year member of Actors Equity Association has has performed professionally in theaters around the country. She has an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine. Diane is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher and pursuing certification in Knight-Thompson Speehwork. Recent continuing education includes attending Northwestern University's Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning Transgender Voice Clinical Training Workshop and the Transgender Voice and Communication Training for Voice Clinicians at Roosevelt University. Diane's research interests include bringing qualitative research practices into the voice lesson, and creating interdisciplinary opportunities for voice trainers, speech pathologists and gender scholars. Recent professional theater credits include performing with Piven Theater, directing at City Lit Theater, and serving as dialect coach for NBC's Chicago Fire and Eclipse Theater Company.

How quickly those sessions turned into the highlight of my day. Diane not only brings a broad understanding of vocal coaching and speech therapy, but how those processes can be improved and empowered by mindfulness practices. I’m always looking forward to the next lesson, and the one after that. In a continuous journey of self-discovery, Diane is the perfect guide to both learning and growing, and provides a haven for the weary to rest and enjoy.
— Alessandra