"She is talented sunlight, brilliant starlight." S.G. Santa Fe, NM
Sandra is a professional actress, singer, dancer and comedic speaker who currently performs and entertains nationally and internationally at conventions and conferences with her cabaret act and her one-woman shows, “Oops! That’s Life!” and “Sexy & Sassy Sandra McKnight Brings Back Vaudeville Live.”
She has performed as a professional actress in New York City and Los Angeles for over 20 years, and her career includes appearances in live theater performances or network and cable TV programs, many of which enjoy international syndication: " The Young and the Restless," "Lou Grant," “Bold and the Beautiful,” “Divorce Court,” and in the principal role of Nora Phillips on "General Hospital." She has made more than 250 commercials and received a CLIO Award in that medium. Her vaudeville songs were most recently performed at Vanessies of Santa Fe, and she produced and performed in a singing cabaret act for La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe.
In addition, her talents have been seen and heard in many voice-overs, a vaudeville comedy act in Sacramento, as a professional dancer in San Francisco nightclubs, modern dance troupes and musical comedies. She performed and taught Comedy Improvisation in Chicago, Dallas and Santa Fe, and was a US Representative for the International Theater Institute for a tour of European performance venues.
Sandra studied acting in New York with Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, and Jose Quintero, and singing with Richard Fredericks of New York City Opera and the speaking voice with Robert Neff Williams of the Juilliard School in NYC. She studied musical comedy with Charles Nelson Reilley, improvisation with Paul Sills, founder of the Second City in Chicago, and dance with Luigi Jazz Center, the Harkness Ballet in NYC, and the Shawl-Anderson Modern Dance Center in Berkeley, California. Her professional associations are: SAG, AEA, AFTRA, AGVA, VASTA
Sandra McKnight also has an extensive career as a voice/communication expert/consultant and is the owner and founder of Voice Power Studios, located in Santa Fe, NM. www.voicepowerstudios.com
Voice Power Studios offers Executive Speaking Skills and Voice Coaching Programs worldwide to CEOs and their teams. Her humorous keynote speeches on "Charismatic Communication", "Your Voice Is Power In Business" and "All the World is a Stage!” have been heard worldwide.
She hosted and produced the popular Santa Fe radio show, “The Sounds of Success,” and as a voice expert has been the guest on many national radio call-in programs.
Sandra’s unique “Your Voice Is Power in Business” program has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and numerous newspapers in New Mexico and around the country. She has taught as adjunct faculty for University of New Mexico, and The Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico, for 10 years. Her corporate clients include Intel, Northrop Grumman, Microsoft, Comcast, The Navajo Nation, USC, and in Hong Kong, British Petroleum, Ernst and Young, Management Development Centre.