Dwight Bacquie is an actor and Speech and Voice teacher who's been training actors for the past thirty years. Jamaican by birth, he has lived and worked in the acting profession in both Canada and the US. Dwight's formal training in Acting took place at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and at the Yale School of Drama. While living in Canada, he also served as Artistic Director of Black Theater Workshop, Inc., as a screenplay assessor for Ontario Film Development Corporation and was the recipient of numerous Canada Council Arts grants.
Dwight's acting experience is extensive. A former member of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival acting company, he has performed in a variety of venues in the US and Canada. His stage performances include Donny in American Buffalo at Portland Center Stage, Antonio in The Tempest at A Noise Within, Hassan in The Phantom of the Opera ( the play) at Theatre Outremont, Isaac in A Change of View at the Harold Clurman Theater, Warren in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Leah Poslun's Theater, Stanley in Playboy of the West Indies at Centaur Theater, Marcus Andronicus in Titus Andronicus at Theater WUM, Fabian in Twelfth Night at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, creating the role of Simon in the world premiere of Sherry Coman's Say Zebra at Theater Passé Muraille and Othello in Othello at A Noise Within. Dwight has also created over thirty television and film roles on shows such as The Return of Elliot Ness, Buffy- The Vampire Slayer, Top Cops, The Practice, Jag, Charmed, The Division, Underground to Freedom, Street Legal, Charmed, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Passions, The Sound and the Silence and the Emmy- nominated Family Pictures. Most recently, Dwight appeared in the short F** White Boy and Sky, a two-hander that was honored with a top award at LA's MethodFest Short Film Festival.
In 1991, Dwight did Speech Teacher Training with Deborah Hecht at NYU- Tisch and Juilliard. Other post-graduate training in Voice and Speech has included workshops with Richard Neoczym ( Grotowski-influenced Voice and Performance, 1989-1991), Patsy Rodenburg (1994) and in Breathing ( VASTA Conference, 2002), Phonetic Pillows ( 2015) and KT Speech- Which American Accent? (2015). Dwight has also taught Voice and Speech at First Act Drama School ( Montreal), Voice at Fresh Elements Drama School ( Toronto), Voice at California State Summer School for the Arts, Accents and Dialects at Stella Adler Academy ( LA), Voice and Speech for Actors' Comedy Studio, American Speech at Edgemar Center for the Arts and was Head of Voice and Speech at the New School of Drama ( Toronto). He has also worked as a production coach and private Voice and Speech coach. His private students have included Samantha Mathis, Noah Silver, Megan Boone and Patrick Dempsey. Recently, Dwight has begun to venture into Voice Acting and, in 2015, performed multiple roles in the audiobook of American Book Awards-winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, an account of the assassination attempts on the life of reggae superstar, Bob Marley.
At CalArts, Dwight teaches, among other courses, one called Teaching Speech and oversees the Performance Program's Speech teacher-training track.