Cynthia Santos DeCure

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting

Cynthia is a bilingual actor and dialect coach with more than 20 years of professional experience.

Certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and as a teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Cynthia was the dialect coach for El Huracán at Yale Repertory Theatre last fall. She has also coached productions at Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis, Phoenix Theatre, Long Beach Shakespeare Company, and REDCAT, and was the on-set dialect coach for the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. She also specializes in coaching accents of Spanish in both Spanish and English.

Cynthia is on the steering committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons and on the board of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, where she is Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild: her theatre credits include productions at South Coast Repertory, Long Beach Shakespeare, Knightsbridge Theater, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, and Groupo de Teatro Sinergia/Nosotros. Her film and television work encompasses featured roles in projects such as The Mambo KingsTomas’ CalaveraKiss and KillCSI: Crime Scene Investigation, All My Children, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital.

She is also a playwright. Her play, Miss Quince, was produced in conjunction with the John Lion New Play Festival in Los Angeles, and received staged readings at Cara Mia Theater in Dallas and Urban Theater Company in Chicago.

She has previously on faculty at California State University, Stanislaus, UC Santa Barbara, University of Southern California, and California Institute of the Arts. Cynthia is co-editor of the book, Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre (Smith and Kraus, 2019). She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MFA from California State University, Los Angeles.