#MyVoiceCan Featuring Margaret Laurena Kemp

July 19, 2018, 3:42 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is excited to feature one of our 
incredible members, the amazing Margaret Laurena Kemp!

 

 

 

Margaret's background:

Kemp is a multi-disciplinary performing artist and theatre educator, investigating authorship and spatial politics through performance. She recently co-directed "The Bluest Eye" at the University of California, Davis. This production used puppetry to explore the impact white supremacy and double consciousness on the body voice as elements of narrative. She is a 2018 Mellon Public Scholar exploring the arts in community. She was recently awarded at 2017 performance residencies at The Headlands (USA) and Bundanon Trust (Australia). Within her performance practice Kemp is interested in questioning the how systems of scientific and social engineering manipulate voice, breath, flesh, communities and the natural world. She continues to toure her original theatrical work Confluence (previously entitled A Negro Speaks of Rivers) in which she uses spoken word, movement, original sound and video projection to explore the multifaceted nature of Afro-Caribbean cultural identity in the United States. Kemp has performed nationally and internationally at such venues as Beyond Baroque Arts Center (Los Angeles, California); The Magnet Theatre (Cape Town, South Africa); Theatre of Changes (Athens, Greece); La Mama Theatre (Melbourne, Australia); and Red Pear Theatre (Antibes, France). Recent Film Releases include “Dark Rite” 2018 "Ten Cent Daisy" 2019. Other film credits include a critically acclaimed starring role in the film "Children of God."

 



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Sammi Grant

May 13, 2018, 3:34 pm

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is excited to feature one of our 
own members, the amazing Sammi Grant!

 

Sammi's background:

I am a dialect/vocal coach working in Chicago theatre and television. Chicago theatres I have worked with include: Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane, Porchlight Music Theatre, The Gift Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Windy City Playhouse, Griffin Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, Steep Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, and many more. My TV coaching credits include: The Exorcist (Fox) and Patriot (Amazon Prime). In 2017, I made a video with BuzzFeed called “How to Do 12 Different Accents”, in which I demonstrated and gave tips on 12 accents. The video went viral and has millions of views on YouTube and Facebook. I also work with non-actors in the area of accent modification coaching. I hold a BFA in Acting from Illinois Wesleyan University. This fall, I will be starting the MFA Voice Studies program at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

 

On April 6, 2017, a Buzzfeed video called "How to do 12 Different Accents," went viral. This video featured Sammi morphing between 12 different accents and explaining some of the accent's characteristics and qualities.

 



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Fakeera Baanwra

January 4, 2018, 2:02 pm

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is excited to feature artist and storyteller, Fakeera Baanwra!

 

Fakeera's background:

Shining star burning bright

Shooting far into the night
into blue, green and red
a loose screw inside my head

We forget to be 'ME' because of the conditioning we are brought up with. The Naked Me process helps connect me to 'me' and creates a space within to experience authenticity and freedom to live as me.



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Amy Hume

October 15, 2017, 6:46 pm

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature one of our very own members from down under, Amy Hume!

 

Sylvie's background:

I’m a voice teacher and dialect coach in Sydney. Primarily, I work with actors in rehearsal rooms and drama schools. A few years ago, I opened my business Viva Voice because I wanted to offer voice coaching to people outside the world of theatre – to doctors, lawyers, radio presenters, health professionals, university professors, teachers, and every profession in between. Viva Voice also offers voice and speech classes to school-aged students. 

I became interested in studying voice after my time performing in comedy festivals. I’d toured with an all-female sketch comedy group to Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival and the demands on our voices were huge – spruiking* all day, socializing all night, juggling media interviews all on top of performing shows. Needless to say, I came to appreciate the importance of the voice and its role in the life of a performer. 

In 2012, I relocated to New York to observe Kristin Linklater teach the Fall semester at Columbia University. Following this, I became a Designated Linklater Teacher in 2014 and then the following year obtained my Post-Graduate Diploma in Voice at VCA in Melbourne. 

*Spruiking is an Australian word which means, "to promote a concept or idea." Spruiking at a festival involves being out on the streets most of the day persuading people to buy tickets to your show.



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Sylvie Lui

September 15, 2017, 10:13 pm

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature another one of our very own members, Sylvie Lui.

 

Sylvie's background:

I am a voice coach currently based between London, UK and Vancouver, Canada. I started originally as a Chinese-Canadian actor based in Vancouver and relocated to London to study Voice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015. My specialisms in voice teaching lie in Interculturalism in Voice Teaching and creating voice exercises for people who have undergone laryngectomies (surgical removal of the voice box) due to head, neck and throat cancers.



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Elissa Weinzimmer

August 16, 2017, 10:03 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature one of our very own members, Elissa Weinzimmer!

 

Elissa's background:

I’m a voice teacher - specifically, I call myself a vocal health educator and presence coach. I run my own business, Voice Body Connection, and also teach Vibrant Voice Technique (a vibrator for your voice!). I pursued this path because I lost my voice when I was a senior at the University of Southern California. Up to that point, my entire identity was tied up in being a singer and performer. At the time that I lost my voice, I was in a play, singing in an a cappella group (pushing to belt my solo!) and also consuming more alcohol than was usual for me. What resulted was a vocal hemorrhage and severe onset of acid reflux and muscle tension. After going to the ENT and speech therapy sessions, I began to study Fitzmaurice Voicework. Very quickly I decided I wanted to become a voice teacher so I could help prevent others from winding up in my situation. I completed a certification in Fitzmaurice and a 200-hour yoga teacher training, and a few years later I moved up to Edmonton, Alberta to do an MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy. For the last three years, I’ve been based in New York City. I work with clients both in person in New York and from all over the world online.



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Benjamin Mathes

July 16, 2017, 10:07 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature one of our very own members, Benjamin Mathes!

 

Benjamin's background:

I'm from Atlanta, Ga. I play Ultimate Frisbee. I write haikus. I have eaten the same sandwich every day for almost 20 years. I peed in Times Square during the black out of 2003. I'm still rollin' with Jesus. I went to a conservatory to study acting but left early to be on a soap opera in NYC. I still cry when Forrest is standing over Jenny's grave. Asheville, NC is my favorite place to go in my mind. John Mayer's album "Heavier Things" reminds me of the time I lived in NYC. My heroes are my mom, dad, and brother. I love my past, I'm curious about my present, and I'm excited about my future. My girlfriend, Allison, is the purest artist I've ever known. The people in my life are the most creative, driven, and compassionate people I know. I don't need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning. I'm usually crying on the inside because it's all so beautiful. I can quote most of "History of the World, Part 1" and the "Kings of Comedy". I prefer the mountains over the beach unless I'm at the beach. Let's get coffee, not dinner.



#MyVoiceCan Featuring Katelyn Reid

June 16, 2017, 11:34 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 
 
This month on the #MyVoiceCan blog, VASTA is proud to feature a guiding light named Katelyn Reid, out of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

 

 

Katelyn's background:

I am an Actor/Singer/Voice-specialized-speech-pathologist, and-accent/vocal-coach. (…I’ve clearly overcompensated for my lack of dancing ability in life.) I currently work at UC Health’s outpatient ENT clinic in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, evaluating and treating patients with voice disorders. I am also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where I teach Voice and Speech for the Musical Theater program. When time and opportunity afford, I enjoy freelance coaching accents and dialects in local theatrical productions, presenting on vocal versatility to those in the Cincinnati business sector, and giving talks to local choirs on the merits vocal health and hygiene. I have a BFA in Acting from CCM and an MA in Speech-Pathology.

 

If I were to summarize myself, I’d say that my primary passion in life is teaching. Although I have to admit, I’ll always remain a performer at my core. I began performing in musicals professionally at the age of 7, and although I took a hiatus to pursue my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, I’ve been back on the stage now for the past two years and I have to say, it feels quite a bit like coming home.



#MyVoiceCan - Featuring Allyce Torres

May 16, 2017, 9:23 am

Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice, we want to know what voices can do around the world. How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? 

 

VASTA has the honor of featuring a persistent, resilient individual named Allyce Torres, from Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

 

An actor, applied theatre artist, and activist from San Diego, CA. She is the creator of SKIN DEEP, a theatrical initiative for the treatment and awareness of eating disorders. Using docudrama, devising, and movement practices she creates a means for survivors of eating disorders to create a voice for themselves and share their stories in a way that feels comfortable for them. Allie is a recovery mentor and community educator for ANAD as well as a partner with NEDA. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.



Happy World Voice Day: Featuring Andrea Scarpino!

April 12, 2017, 8:07 pm

WELCOME TO VASTA'S #MYVOICECAN Blog!

Throughout the year we will be featuring how people can and are using their voices around the world. Since part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice, we want to know what voices can do around the world. How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe?  

 

For our very first feature, we would like to introduce the incredible,

Andrea Scarpino of St Louis, Missouri, USA.

 

Andrea Scarpino is the author of the poetry collections Once Upon Wing Lake (Four Chambers Press, 2017), What the Willow Said as it Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016) and Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She served as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 2015-2017 and is a longtime activist.



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