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 Our Mission

 The World Voice Ensemble Inc. is formed for the educational and charitable purposes of giving international students of the arts and professional international artists the opportunity to perform, with Americans, in professional quality theater in New York City.


 The corporation's purpose will be achieved by producing known and original plays and musicals that will include roles open in casting to Americans, as well as Asian, Spanish, Black, and White international artists. The corporation will also educationally and charitably benefit these artists by providing free line pronunciation lessons, so that artists with heavy accents will receive the extra support they need to be understood on stage.



Makie Hirakawa Armstrong was born in Kanagawa  Japan. She graduated as a voice major from the Tokyo College of Music, and has performed as an opera and musical theater

singer with The Shiki Theatrical Company, The New National Theater of Tokyo, and The Fujiwara Opera Company.  Some of her credits include The Phanthom of the Opera Directed by Harold Prince (Shiki), Aida directed by Franco Zeffirelli, (New National Theater, Tokyo) and Ballet De L'Opera National de Paris's Japan Tour IX Symphonies de Beethoven, Maurice Bejart. Makie created the World Voice Ensemble with her husband to give international artists the opportunity to realize their dream of performing in America.  She is a voice teacher, a script translator, a performer, a director, and after landing the role of Lady Thiang in The King & Iat Weston Playhouse and the Arkansas reperatory theater, she became proud member of actors equity.

Jerel Armstrong was born in the Bronx and started performing in community theater and school productions at the age of 11. Some of his credits include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the College of New Rochelle, The roles of Oberon and Theseus in A MidSummer Night's Dream at (NYU), and the Title role in Othello at Pace University,  He recieved his BA from Pace University  where he majored in theater with a concentration in music. He continued his education at New York University where he recieved a Masters in Educational theater and English.  He is a writer, a performer, script translator, composer, pronunciation coach and the President of The World Voice Ensemble Inc.

 Hiroki Moriuchi was born in Wakayama, Japan where he graduated from the Osaka college of music as a voice major.

He has also studied with the Broadway Theater Workshop.

Credits include,Debbie Does Dallas, Butterflies are free, Baby, Les Misables, and The West. He belongs to the Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir where he has performed in Black Nativity now, and Mama I want to sing. He has also experienced singing with them on Harlem's local television station. Hiroki is currently, Production Manager, an actor and playwright for The World Voice Ensemble Inc.

Carissa Williams was born in the Bronx and graduated from Columbia University with a major in East Asian languages and cultures. She speaks  Japanese and taught English for 1 year in Japan. Carissa also gained valuable experience working as an executive assitant in a not for profit organization for artists until she was laid off during the recession. Carissa was in a way roped into joining the World Voice Ensemble because her old High School friend  Jerel knew her intelligence, her dramatic presence, and her wit would work well with the company. Carissa has helped us tackle the paperwork involved in becoming a not for profit and will continue working to help us write grants and such, maybe even make a few cameo appearances in future productions.



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