Adriano "Adi" Cabral, MFA

Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement
Adriano Cabral
they, them, theirs


Adriano Cabral is a voice and dialect coach, intimacy choreographer, actor, director and writer. Their goal as a creative artist is to help people connect to their authentic self through performance and communicate their truth in a way that engages and inspires those around them. Cabral's research focuses on training methods for the LGBTQ+ identified actor. Cabral is the co-author of the text Here’s How to Teach Voice and Communication Skills to Transgender Women and is serving this 2020/2021 season as one of the voice coaches for TEDx Cambridge. Cabral has coached professionally at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (Colorado), the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Missouri) and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (New York). Their queer solo-performance, /To The Grind/, was inspired by the works of Tim Miller and Dan Fishback, with roots in Wilhelm Reich's The Function of the Orgasm and has been presented at Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona), Teatro Varasanta (Bogotá, Colombia), Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois) and virtually. Cabral is a certified teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork and Fitzmaurice Voicework and is a certified Master Reiki Healer and Teacher. They currently serve as assistant professor of voice and movement at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Research interests

  • LGBTQIA+ inclusive training methods
  • Culturally-sustaining pedagogies for voice and speech training
  • Consent-based practices in performance training

Selected publications

  • Here's How to Teach Voice and Communication Skills to Transgender Women - Plural Publishing - 2018

Courses taught

  • THTR 100 - Introduction to Theatre
  • THTR 105 - Introduction to Acting
  • THTR 208A/408A - Acting Practicum
  • THTR 208E/408E - Special Topics Practicum (Directing / Dramaturgy)
  • THTR 251 - Acting II
  • THTR 274 - Musical Theatre Scene Study
  • THTR 335 - Speech for the Actor
  • THTR 345 - Movement and the Body
  • THTR 467 - Auditions
  • THTR 468 - Shakespeare & Heightened Reality
  • THTR 471 - Acting Studies: Musical Theatre
  • THTR 495 - Independent Study (The Business of Acting)
  • THTR 497 - Senior Project (Solo Performance Practice / Playwriting

Curriculum vitae


  • MFA, theatre performance, Arizona State University, 2014
  • B.A., musical theatre, Rhode Island College, 2010