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Evangeline Machlin

Speech coach

Evangeline Machlin (nee Lewis), longtime speech coach at Manhattan’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and later at Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts, died Feb. 1 in Camden, Maine of pneumonia. She was 95.

Her students included Marian Seldes, JoAnne Woodward, Tammy Grimes, Steve McQueen, Richard Boone, Faye Dunaway, Alfre Woodard, David Garrison, Lee Grant, Susanne Pleshette, and Jo Van Fleet. She tutored Jane Alexander.

The Bournemoth, England native authored the seminal texts “Speech for the Stage” and “Dialects for the Stage”, and received the American College Theatre Festival Award of Excellence.

Poetry was her lifelong passion and it informed her teaching. She directed the PBS productions of “Emily”, about the poet Emily Dickinson, and “Black Gold,” a dramatization of poems by African Americans. After she and her late husband Stuart retired to Franconia, New Hampshire in 1972, Machlin spearheaded an effort to buy and restore the former vacation home of poet Robert Frost, where a poet has been in residence every summer since 1976.

She is survived by a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. Donations in her memory can be made to The Frost Place, Franconia, N.H. 03580.

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