Live from New York
Child Performer. Acting Mentor. Voice and Speech Savant.
The story begins with four year old Cheryl entertaining her parent’s friends with her singing, dancing, and reciting. Years later, she decided she wanted to help people and considered becoming a doctor. Then Cheryl faced the truth—she really liked performing and wanted to be a professional actor and singer.
Becoming a parent herself, needing to be home not on stage, in the evenings Brinkley started private coaching founding B.Vocal in 1999 and B.Vocal LLC in 2010.
With a BFA from Ithaca College in Drama/Speech that included an Acting/Directing focus she moved to NYC, joined Actors’ Equity, the professional union, and worked (mostly) as an actor in the Northeast until 1985. That was when Cheryl and her husband (also an actor) moved to Minneapolis because they heard actors could make a living here and even live in houses and raise families. (Unheard of in NYC!)
Cheryl’s inspiration? Her Dad, who was a teacher, great speaker, wordsmith and humorist. AND… her clients and students, especially international Macalester students, whose dedication to self-improvement, often against daunting odds, moves her to be the best teacher and coach she can be for them.
Moore Brinkley had begun coaching actors in NYC and started teaching classes for TV between acting jobs here in Minneapolis. Voice and Speech was her particular calling because it was the area she says she needed the most help in when she started her performing career. Cheryl’s voice and speech coaches had a huge, positive influence on her life.
She taught at the old Guthrie in the 1990’s, and has been adjunct faculty for Macalester’s theatre department since 2001. Cheryl still instructs and sometimes directs shows at Mac to keep her theatre skills sharp. Classes, continued enrichment study and her VASTA membership provide a rich laboratory where she keeps learning new techniques that she adapts to the practical needs of her B.Vocal clients.
— Favorite song? Un bel Di, Puccini, Madama Butterfly. — One word descriptor? Passionate!
— Wishes she would have tried? Learned more languages.
— Like to meet in an elevator? Sherlock Holmes.
— Introvert, extrovert or ambivert? Ambivert.
— Birth order? 6 years older than sister.
— Saying? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.