Teisha Duncan

  • MFA Student

Teisha Duncan is a Jamaican actress, teacher and director.  She studied Children’s Musical Theatre composition at the Musical Theatre Institute in Lugano, Switzerland. Teisha taught acting and voice and speech for non-majors at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (Jamaica School of Drama) and served as acting coach for Jambiz International’s Centerstage Theatre Workshop (Jamaica). She has worked with different performance groups (The Ashe Company, Tribe Sankofa, Braata folk Singers and University dramatic arts society U.D.A.S. based at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica) conducting performance workshops in acting, performance techniques and musical theatre performance techniques. Teisha served as a performance coach for the Masters in Residence program at the University of Technology, Jamaica. She is a stalwart of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (J.M.T.C) and a member of the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists (J.A.D.A).

Some of her favorite roles include: Caroline (Caroline or Change), Mrs. It’s a Pity (Sarafina), Dorine (Tartuffe), Mrs. Breedlove (The Bluest Eye), Lysistrata (Lysistrata), Sheila (A Chorus Line) and Sarabi/Rafiki (cover) Disney’s The Lion King (UK, Ireland and Switzerland Tour).

At the University of Pittsburgh Teisha teaches acting I and Introduction to Performance. She will serve as the Assistant Director to Ricardo Vila-Roger for the department’s spring production of Kirsten Greenidge’s play Baltimore.

Research Interest Summary

Caribbean and African Theater and Drama, storytelling, mask technique, puppetry, and the adaptation of traditional African and Caribbean children games to theatre games and exercises for performance training.

Education & Training

  • BFA in Musical Theatre - Howard University
  • Diaploma in Drama in Education - Jamica School of Drama
  • Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performance Arts