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Voice Workshop

  • The Actors' Program 145 Karangahape Road Auckland New Zealand (map)

Voice Workshop

The Actor's Voice is a two day experiential workshop which explores the interdependence of your voice, breath and body.

'There is no index of character so sure as the voice.'

Benjamin Disraeli

Voice training is a key component of The Actors' Program and we want to share our process with you.

As an actor, you must develop a physical, technical and creative understanding of your own voice. Having a connected, expressive and authentic voice is integral to sustaining a career as an actor on stage and screen. 'The Actor's Voice' will ensure you have the tools to effectively use your voice with stamina, freedom and control in all areas of performance. 

Your voice and how you communicate is a personal expression of who you are and how you work.  This workshop will help you to identify and amplify your strong points and to identify and minimize any habits which keep you from speaking and communicating effectively.

During the weekend you will learn how to:

  • Develop breath support, linking your breath with impulse and thought;
  • Align your body in order to fully support your voice;
  • Understand vocal health and have a basic understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology;
  • Explore how you can assist the release of unnecessary physical and muscular tension, which may be impeding vocal power;
  • Connect physical relaxation and movement with vocal expression and release;
  • Access your emotional connection to your voice;
  • Investigate vocal range, resonance and reach;
  • Develop your articulators in order to explore the muscularity and power of language. Ensure that what you’re saying is supported by how you’re saying it;
  • Release and express the power of words, using classical and contemporary texts.

‘Life is in the breath: therefore they who only half breathe, half live.’  Yogic Proverb.

WHERE: The Actors’ Program—145 Karangahape Road, Auckland
WHEN: Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 April 2016  10.00am - 4.00pm
WHO: Actors aged 16 and above*   Maximum of 16 actors allowed.

*Places are strictly limited and applications are subject to a selection process.

Apply below and submit your bio/CV and a photo to by 06 April 2016

Kirstie O’Sullivan has worked as a professional actor, voice-over artist, teacher and trainer in film, theatre, television, radio and business for over twenty years. After appearing regularly in local and international theatre, film and television, Kirstie was awarded a CNZ grant to undertake Post Graduate study in Voice at NIDA in Sydney, Australia. Kirstie is Head of Voice for The Actors’ Program and has worked as a voice coach for ATC, Silo Theatre, MASSIVE Company and Auckland Shakespeare Company. Kirstie has also worked extensively with film and television productions companies throughout New Zealand.  She regularly lectures in voice and communication training at Auckland and Waikato Universities and has been on the faculty of the annual New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills programme since 2010. Kirstie is also the Director of The Voice Practice, which specialises in media and communication coaching, voice and speech training and business presentation skills.

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