Jim Johnson is an Associate Professor of Voice and Dialects at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, where he received the Provost's 2007 University Teaching Excellence Award. Jim served as the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance from 2013-2016 and is currently an Artistic Associate with the Houston Shakespeare Festival. He works professionally as an actor and as a voice and dialect coach and is a founder of Accent Help, which offers over 40 sets of materials for different accents and dialects. Jim is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, an Associate Editor for the International Dialects of English Archive, and a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He received his MFA in Acting from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. He formerly served on the faculty of The Theatre School of DePaul University and taught at the Audition Studio in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently represented by Pastorini-Bosby Talent Agency and is a member of Actors' Equity.