Bryn joined the faculty of Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2009, where she taught voice and speech in the Theater Division, specializing in phonetics, accents and dialects. Bryn was honored as “Outstanding Theater Faculty of the Year” by Conservatory students in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2016. She resigned her post in 2021.
While at the Conservatory, Bryn re-envisioned the second year voice and speech training for BFA Musical Theater candidates to learning IPA and accent dialect acquistion through embodied exploration of one’s own idiolect and its cultural context.
Before coming to New England, Austin served as Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Austin was also a founding Teaching Artist-in-Residence at the Theatre Arts Department of the The University of Pittsburgh, and served as an adjunct at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University
Highlights of Austin’s work in educational theater include four years as Producing Artistic Director of Shakespeare-in-the-Schools, a regional touring theater company, and three years as a core company member of Stages in History, the resident acting company of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
Austin is an Associate Editor of the International Dialects of English Archive. She has presented work and participated in panels at numerous national, international, and regional conferences and residencies, and has participated in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Leadership Institute. She is currently studying Knight Thompson Speechwork.