As a benefit to our members, VASTA compiles a list of workshops that may relate to Voice & Speech training. This list is sub-divided into various categories which may interest you.

They are: Accents/Dialects, Acting, Bodywork, Movement, Shakespeare, Singing, Speech, Vocal Production, Voiceovers/Voice-Acting, & Voice Science.

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July 1, 2019 1:00am

The Six Viewpoints Summer Masterclass Course

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Mary Overlie and Wendel Beavers 

Category:

Movement

Dates & Times:

Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July 2019.

Physical Address:

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Lamorbey Park
Burnt Oak Lane
Sidcup
, Kent
DA15 9DF
United Kingdom

Description:

This summer’s classes, usually focused on the Viewpoints practices, will be focused on forming a solid understanding of the foundation, the origin and structure of this work.  The benefit of this approach is meant first to establish and preserve the Viewpoints through connecting to their foundation. This approach is meant to prepare a dynamic ground for students to explore within the viewpoints structure. Extending from this base the workshop will then focus on topics of pedagogy, performance and making individual work.

This may be taken as a part of a two-week workshop divided into two sections. The first is primarily led by Mary Overlie the second is primarily led by Wendell Beavers. Students are invited to enrol in one or both workshops. This course in week one is a prerequisite for the advanced course in week two. 

*This may be taken as a part of a two-week workshop divided into two sections. The first is primarily led by Mary Overlie the second is primarily led by Wendell Beavers. Students are invited to enrol in one or both workshops depending on their history of working with the Viewpoints. New comers must take the first course and may take the second.

Course Director – Mary Overlie

Mary Overlie is the originator of the Six Viewpoints, a performance theory and practice, which is now commonly known as Viewpoints and is taught in many universities and colleges in the USA and abroad.  Ms. Overlie is the co-founder of two well-known dance institutions in New York City: Movement Research and Danspace at St Mark’s Church. From 1984 to 1994 she worked extensively abroad, as a teacher, choreographer and dancer.  She was a board member and for a time the assistant director of the Pro Series division of the Tanz Wochen Wein. Overlie was the director of the Viewpoints Studio, a one semester intensive course that was maintained at Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama at NYU.

She is a former Arts Professor in the Department for Undergraduate Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU).  She was the first faculty hired to begin the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, 1978 and served as director from 1987 to 1990.

She has received two Bessie Awards first for conceiving the Studies Project for Movement Research and second for her solo “Location of Love” combined with her contributions to the NY dance community. She is a respected member of the avant-garde theatre community collaborating with both Lee Breuer and Joanne Akalities of Mabou Mines, Laurence Sachrow, Anne Bogart and Brian Jusha among others.

She is published in numerous publications: Training the American Actor, edited by Arthur Bartow, Manifesto Now edited by William Daddario and most recently her book, Standing in Space, the Six Viewpoints.

Course Director – Wendell Beavers in Collaboration with Mary Overlie

Wendell Beavers, a choreographer, director, performer, and educator; instrumental in the founding and development of seminal programs that have researched and disseminated The Six Viewpoints work, somatic movement techniques, and diverse approaches to creating performance. He founded Naropa University's MFA Theatre: Contemporary Performance Program in 2004, Directing that program until 2015 and was a founding faculty member and Director (1984-1990) of The Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) at NYU teaching there from 1979-2003. The Naropa program joined The Six Viewpoints to meditation practices and contemplative education. At ETW he collaborated with Mary Overlie in applying the Viewpoints over many years. He was also a co-founder and early director of Movement Research Inc. in New York.  His work has been seen in New York at Dance Theater Workshop (now NY LIVE ARTS) and PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, Danspace Project, Dixon Place/Vineyard Theatre and as part of many loft space projects.  He also has taught his own Developmental Technique™ extensively in the American Dance Festival’s Six-Week School and in numerous university venues in the US and in Europe. He currently teaches, directs and performs under the auspices of his company SomaticPerformer LLC. He recently retired as Associate Professor of Performance at Naropa University and continues to teach in the Naropa MFA and ETW/NYU. He studied extensively with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, developer of Body Mind Centering® and Jean Hamilton, originator of The Hamilton Floor Bar. Recent Guest Artist Residencies include Ohio University (Sept ‘15), SITI Co. Saratoga Intensive (June ‘15. '16 ’17 ‘18), NYU/ETW (Spring ’16 and Fall ’17, Spring ’18, Fall ‘18), Nine Years Theater/Singapore (Nov. ’16), University of Colorado, Boulder (March 2018).

Cost:

Early bird fee of £630 (if paid in full by 30 April 2019)

Contact Email: Email: enquiries@bruford.ac.uk  

Contact Phone: Tel: +44 (0)20 8308 2600Call: +44 (0)20 8308 2600 

Web Address for More Information: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/courses/the-six-viewpoints-and-performance/


July 8, 2019 1:00am

Shakespeare Summer Masterclass Course

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Andrew Wade

Category:

Text Work

Dates & Times:

5 days (8 to 12 July 2019)

Physical Address:

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Lamorbey Park
Burnt Oak Lane
Sidcup
, Kent
DA15 9DF
United Kingdom

Description:

Shakespeare's Language:  'Where Shape is Half the Meaning' 
with Andrew Wade

When the poet Louis MacNeice described poetry in this way, he was opening up how structure is part of understanding and communicating. 

This Workshop is for actors, directors and teachers who have a passion for language and an appetite to bring Shakespeare to life for now!

The Workshop will take different extracts from the plays and spend time practically sounding them out.

This is a group experience, where everyone is taking part throughout. By exploring the physicality of the language and opening up the different 'forms', we will discover how this reveals complexity of human nature contained within the writing. 

Each day will involve preparation voice work, so that the participant is ready to respond to the demands of the text and reach effortlessly an audience.

Cost:

£550 (if paid in full before 30 April 2019)

Contact Email: enquiries@bruford.ac.uk

Contact Phone: Tel: +44 (0)20 8308 2600Call: +44 (0)20 8308 2600 

Web Address for More Information: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/courses/shakespeare-summer-masterclass-course/


July 8, 2019 1:00am

Art of transformation: Creating a Character Michael Chekhov Technique

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Lisa Dalton Jancie Orlandi

Category:

Movement

Dates & Times:

Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2019

Physical Address:

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Lamorbey Park
Burnt Oak Lane
Sidcup
, Kent
DA15 9DF
United Kingdom

Description:

Explore Michael Chekhov's psycho-physical approach to acting, through the physical practice of the core principles and exercises. Discover how to apply this technique as revealed in Chekhov’s "Chart of Inspired Acting" outlined in his book On the Technique of Acting.

This “Complete System” offers both integration and application to Stanislavsky. Understand the creative principles of psycho-physical play, character transformation, emotional qualities and sensations, awakening the imagination and ensemble improvisation. Each class begins with a warm-up specifically designed to develop the organic connection between the actor's inner life, creative imagination and expressive body. This course offers syllabus development and is a prerequisite for Teacher Certification Level 1.

“You have to teach yourself to act but Michael Chekhov can give you the tools – and for me, Psychological Gesture and Centers are extremely valuable... They work like a charm. I’ve used them all along and still do.” Clint Eastwood, Act or/Director/Producer


Michael Chekhov's core exercises will explore; Presence, Character Archetypes, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary body, Character Atmospheres, Style and Period Style Character and Overall Scenic Atmospheres, Qualities of Movement, Radiating and Receiving, Imaginary Place, Archetypal and Psychological Gesture, on Stage and camera adjustments and more... Chekhov's technique consists of a wide variety effective acting tools, which can inspire endless possibilities for enlarging the actor's creativity and artistic expression - the actor can then bring this sensibility to the creation of a character, exploration of the text, and inspired performance, awaken the actor’s artistic imagination, and expands the actor’s capacity for Transformation.

Lessons are taught to inspire and train teaching candidates, directors and performers.

Cost:

£550 (if paid in full before 30 April 2019)

Contact Email: Email: enquiries@bruford.ac.uk

Contact Phone: Tel: +44 (0)20 8308 2600Call: +44 (0)20 8308 2600 

Web Address for More Information: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/courses/michael-chekhov-technique-summer-masterclass-course/


 



 


 

 


July 15, 2019 9:00am

Fitzmaurice Voicework Masterclass: Introduction and Review

Workshop Leader/Facilitator: Catherine Fitzmaurice

Category: Vocal Production

Dates & Times: 

15 July 2019 to 19 July 2019, 9am to 5pm

Physical Address:

Rose Bruford College

Greater London, UK

Description:

A smorgasbord of techniques, touching on: Destructuring, Restructuring, Voice with Movement, Speech, Singing, and Text.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® is a comprehensive approach to voice training. It includes, as needed, work on breathing and the body, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu and prepared public speaking, text, singing, voice with movement, and presence. While the training is specific, it is offerred in such a way that it is compatible with other approaches. This unique path to the mastery of vocal functioning was originated by Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Cost: £625

Contact Email: 

info@fitzmauriceinstitute.org

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/courses/fitzmaurice-voicework-an-introduction-and-review/


August 17, 2019 9:00am

Wolfsohn/Hart Voice-Body Intensive (Intermediate / Advanced level)

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Margaret Pikes 

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times:

17 - 22 August 9h - 18h

Physical Address:

Domaine Le Hameau de l'Etoile
34380 SAINT-MARTIN-DE-LONDRES
FRANCE

Description:

This workshop is open to participants interested in the Wolfsohn/Hart approach to developing the range of vocal expression and who have some experience of voice and body work.

Neil Paris, (ex-Fabulous Beast performer), teacher and director of Smith Dancetheatre Company, will lead the workshop with Margaret.
This intensive workshop is practice-based using the Wolfsohn/Hart approach to vocal development. Guided by two very experienced and supportive teachers, (Margaret Pikes, a founder member of Roy Hart Theatre originally trained  with Roy Hart,) participants will explore and develop awareness of the dynamic sources of the voice in the body and the imagination. Through the use of improvisations, disciplined and playful exercises this workshop aims to give access to the body as a vivid space of living vocal qualities. There will be focus on individual voices, texts and songs as well as group work, sounding and singing.
Awakening awareness of the body as a space of living qualities, frees the voice to become a medium for transmission, nourished and fuelled through genuine connections to its roots in the body.

Full  board and lodging must be booked separately at the Hameau de l’Etoile, prices starting from 67€ per night. Participants will then be able to relax between classes in a beautiful, wild setting, enjoying comfortable accommodation, excellent food (full board) and unlimited use of the large swimming pool. (Having this time and space to absorb the day’s work, can be particularly helpful on such an intensive course.)
http://www.hameaudeletoile.com

Number of places limited to 12.

Contact Margaret for more detailed information and to enroll,
and also for any help needed with booking accommodation at the Hameau de l’Etoile.

Cost:

Price of workshop (36 hours): 540€ (After 1st May 2019: 580€) (Accommodation not included in this price.)

Contact Email: mpikes2000@yahoo.com

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: www.associationvoixroyhart.com


August 24, 2019 1:00am

Introductory Linklater Voice Method in Fortaleza, Brazil

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Judith Shahn 

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times:

August 24-28th

Physical Address:

Fortaleza, Ceara

Description:

For the first time, Fortaleza will offer a five day - 30 hour immersion into the Linklater Method, taught by Senior Designated Linklater teacher, Judith Shahn.
Limited to 20 spots

Cost: contact Danilo

Contact Email: soutopinho@yahoo.com.br

Contact Phone: 206-650-6270 in USA

Web Address for More Information: n/a 


September 7, 2019 10:00am

Midlands Voice Conference

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Gemma Boaden

Category:

Accents/Dialects

Dates & Times:

September 7th and 8th 2019. 10am - 5.30pm

Physical Address:

University of Northampton
Innovation Centre
Level 4
Green Street
Northampton
NN1 1SY

Description:

This year's conference will focus on Accent and Dialects

We have research presentations and practical workshops run by the following people:

Barbara Houseman - Finding Clarity and Resonance Within Your Own Accent.

Yvonne Morley and Tim Charrington - Working in OP (Original Pronunciation) for Shakespeare. A further look into Richard III.

Edda Sharpe - Approach to Learning and Teaching Accents

Mary Howland - Refining an Accent - Intonation Patterns

Anne-Marie Speed - Singing in Your Own Accent

Deborah Garvey - The different Types of RP

Joel Trill and Hazel Holder - African Diaspora Accent(ADA)

Aundrea Fudge - Code Switching: Its implication on accents.

Cost: £150

Contact Email: gemma.boaden@northampton.ac.uk

Contact Phone: n/a

Web Address for More Information: www.midlandsvoiceconference.com


July 30, 2020 1:00am

Freedom and Focus Conference

Workshop Leader/Facilitator: 

Theme: Breathing is Meaning

Dates & Times: 

July 30- August 2nd, 2020  ( Fitzmaurice Certified Teachers Pre-Conference July 29, 2020)

Physical Address: 

Toi Whakaari School, Wellington, New Zealand

Description:

The Freedom & Focus Conference is a biennial international gathering open to the public that includes workshops and performances offered by certified Fitzmaurice Voicework® teachers and local artists. The 2020 conference annual theme is, Breathing is Meaning. The conferences' educational partner, Toi Whakaari, is New Zealand's first drama school and is the leading educator of screen, stage, and event professionals.

Cost: TBA

Contact Email: info@fitzmauriceinstitute.org 

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: https://www.fitzmauriceinstitute.org/freedomfocus2020