Linda Gates is a voice teacher, dialect coach, actress and director who has worked in Chicago, New York, regional theatre and Europe. She has also worked as a voice and dialect coach both on and off-Broadway, Chicago, regional theatre, opera and in film. Recent coaching credits include: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; The Metropolitan Opera coaching Placido Domingo in the World Premiere of The First Emperor and Julie Taymor's The Magic Flute as well as numerous productions at The Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Opera Theatre. Her specialty is coaching and directing Shakespeare and adapting poetic text for performance. She has directed and adapted The Thistle and the Rose: The Correspondence Between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I; The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot; The Road Not Taken: The World of Robert Frost; American Voices: Home, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath which she performed at the Oxford Playhouse in the UK and The Blood Jet is Poetry: The Shared Poetic Language of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes adapted and performed by her Northwestern students. Gates is Head of Voice at Northwestern University and is the author of Voice for Performance, published by Limelight.