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.

You may click on the box next to a category to view its listings. If a category is not listed, then there are currently no listings of workshops in that category.

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September 1, 2019 1:00am

ONE VOICE on Demand and One-on-One

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Joan Melton with Jennie Morton

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times:

On demand (year round)

Physical Address:

Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, NYC 10018

Description:

DESIGNED TO PREPARE PERFORMANCE SPECIALISTS TO WORK ACROSS BOUNDARIES, IN THEATRE, MUSIC AND DANCE

Candidates complete an initial Intensive focusing on integrative curricula in theatre, music and dance. They may then devise individual projects to qualify for certification. 

On Demand (2 or more participants) and One-on-One formats allow for flexible scheduling of the 1st Intensive around travel, academic calendars, and performance commitments. 

Classes include:

Voice (including singing)/Movement Integration
Anatomy and Physiology
Integrative Research/Practical Applications
Speech/Dialects; Prose/Poetic/Dramatic Text
Dance Techniques; Voice/Dance Integration

Masterclasses include:
•       Professional Voice Care
•       Singing Techniques across genres
•       Approaches to Actor Training
•       Dance Techniques across genres

Cost:

On demand (2 or more) $950, 1 on 1, $1150

Contact Email: joan.melton@joanmelton.com.

Contact Phone: 917-991-5199

Web Address for More Information: http://www.joanmelton.com/one-voice-course-integrative-studies-0 


October 5, 2019 10:00am

Monologues and Songs: 4 Weekly Workshops Connecting the Vocal Techniques of Actors and Singers

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Dr. Joan Melton

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times:

October 5, 12, 19, 26, 10 AM - 5 PM

Physical Address:

National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Description:

A series of four 3-hour workshops for actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, connecting the vocal techniques of actors and singers.

Tuition supports the research project, "Speak Like You Sing: Integrating Classical Techniques from Theatre and Music in Spoken Dialogue for Opera," New York 2019 - 20.

Cost:

$250 for the series

Contact Email: joan.melton@joanmelton.com 

Contact Phone: 917-991-5199

Web Address for More Information: https://www.joanmelton.com/four-saturdays-october


November 9, 2019 9:00am

Voice Movement Therapy: The Voice Unchained

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Christine Isherwood & Anne Brownell

Category:

Movement

Dates & Times:

Module 1: 11/09/19 - 11/27/19; Module 2: 01/04/20 - 01/25/20; Module 3: 03/07/20 - 03/28/20; Module 4: 05/09/20 - 06/06/20

Physical Address:

Marion Town Music Hall, 
164 Front St,
Marion,
MA 02738

Description:

The Voice Unchained, Overview:

This training grounds individuals in a very particular way of expanding the parameters of their voices, encountering the stories of their bodies and psyches, and enabling others, whatever their level of verbal skill or accomplishment, to increase their expressive and communicative ability.

VMT combines psychotherapeutic principles with breath-work, movement, imagery, massage, song and improvisation, seeking to explore the relationship of mind, body and spirit which make up the human condition. As the voice is the most direct means of approaching the material which resides inside each individual, through VMT the ability to use the voice expressively is expanded and we touch the depths of ourselves to encounter our potential and our release, finding a more conscious relation to ourselves.

VMT works with individuals in their entirety, recognizing that, as the body is host to the voice, it is necessary to re-embody that voice, not just from the diaphragm up, but through a holistic engagement of body, mind and soul. The more we can connect our vocal output to our physical selves - the more flexible, durable, versatile and responsive we can make it to life as we experience it – the more we can ground ourselves in the reality of our whole being.  Working with a particular set of vocal components, breathing and massage techniques, images, ideas, and the sounds and characters that emerge when engaging with one's own story through the embodied voice, we seek to bring that voice into the world. 

 The Training will be taught by Anne Brownell and Christine Isherwood in a modular format (see Training Details) and, as ever, we seek to attract people who are passionate about this work, both as a way of investigating the self through voice and body and coming together to create inclusive communities through the power of the singing voice, the only instrument wherein both player and played upon are contained within the same organic form.  We believe that, just as there is no bad sound unless it is vocally damaging, so there is nothing that cannot be safely expressed within the container of creative song.

         The first VMT training was held in London 27 years ago and then moved to the island of Martha's Vineyard, then to South Africa, and is currently being taught in China.  The Norma Canner Foundation, a 501 c-3 not-for-profit, has partnered with the Marion Institute who are offering fiscal and technical assistance. The Marion Institute, also a not-for-profit, are focused on the environment, bio-regulatory medicine, and the health of the whole person. There are some scholarships available towards tuition.

Cost: $7,000

Contact Email: christine@vmtuk.com

Contact Phone: 508 685 7445

Web Address for More Information: www.vmtusa.com


December 14, 2019 10:00am

Experiencing Speech #25

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Julie Foh & Nathan Crocker

Category:

Speech

Dates & Times:

December 14-20, 2019; 10am-5pm EST

Physical Address:

New York, NY

Description:

Experiencing Speech is the introductory Knight-Thompson workshop, and is designed for actors, voice/speech teachers, clinicians, and coaches. A six-day intensive, Experiencing Speech delves deeply into the work laid out in Dudley Knight’s Speaking with Skill. The workshop is structured in two parts. The first three days focus on the physical actions that produce all the sounds of the world’s languages. (This section contains no phonetic transcription.) The second three days continue the exploration into even greater specificity through the use of narrow phonetic transcription. Participants then use these skills to explore formal and informal speech actions while maintaining complete intelligibility. These skills prepare the actor to move easily into any accent or vocal characterization that might be required onstage or in film, television or new media.

PART ONE     [Three days]
~Awareness and practice of precise articulation action
~Producing all the sounds in language - "Omnish"
~Vocal Tract Posture - the articulatory basis for the sounds in accents and languages
No phonetic transcription will be used in this session of the workshop.

BREAK
We take a day off between the first and second parts. This is a chance to rest and process information, or to enjoy the pleasures of our host city.

PART TWO    [Three days]
~The application of detailed phonetic transcription to the process of speech and accent work
~Using the entire IPA to research and teach speech
~The skills of formal and informal speech

Each day begins with a vocal warm-up based in Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Cost: $800-$900

Contact Email: knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: https://ktspeechwork.org/event/experiencing-speech-25-in-nyc/


December 21, 2019 10:00am

Phonetics Intensive #12

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Andrea Caban & Tyler Seiple

Category:

Speech

Dates & Times:

December 21-23, 2019; 10am-5:30pm PST

Physical Address:

Online

Description:

This intensive three-day workshop for actors, voice/speech teachers, clinicians, and coaches will offer focused instruction on narrow phonetic transcription, consistent with the approach laid out in Dudley Knight’s Speaking with Skill and the six-day Experiencing Speech workshops. Knight-Thompson Speechwork places special emphasis on the physical actions that produce speech sounds, and this intensive is designed to develop participants skills in hearing, modeling, and transcribing these sounds.

Experiencing Speech is a prerequisite for the Phonetics Intensive.
Three days
~Awareness and practice of precise articulation action.
~Producing and recognizing all the sounds in language.
~Practice with detailed (narrow) IPA phonetic transcription.
~Practice reading phonetic transcription
~Detailed instruction and practice with IPA diacritics, including those found on the “Extended” IPA chart.
~The use of technology (software, apps) to manipulate speech samples for transcription.

This workshop is for those who have taken Experiencing Speech and/or Experiencing Accents and are looking to improve their transcription skills and mastery of descriptive phonetics.

Cost: $400

Contact Email: knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: https://ktspeechwork.org/event/phonetics-intensive-12/


January 2, 2020 10:00am

Experiencing Accents #13

 Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Phil Thompson & Andrea Caban

Category:

Accents/Dialects

Dates & Times:

January 2-8, 2020; 10am-6pm PST

Physical Address:

Long Beach, CA

Description:

A six-day Knight-Thompson Speechwork workshop in the skills of accent acquisition, including vocal tract posture, prosody, and the use of narrow transcription to describe characteristic sounds.

We strongly recommend taking our Phonetics Intensive before taking Experiencing Accents:

https://ktspeechwork.org/phonetics-intensive/

For more about Knight-Thompson Speechwork, please visit:

https://ktspeechwork.org/about-the-work/

Cost: $800-$900

Contact Email: knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: https://ktspeechwork.org/event/experiencing-accents-13/


May 26, 2020 10:00am

Experiencing Speech #26

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Andrea Caban & Tyler Seiple

Category:

Speech

Dates & Times:

May 26-June 1, 2020; 10am-6pm PDT

Physical Address:

Long Beach, CA

Description:

Experiencing Speech is the introductory Knight-Thompson workshop, and is designed for actors, voice/speech teachers, clinicians, and coaches. A six-day intensive, Experiencing Speech delves deeply into the work laid out in Dudley Knight’s Speaking with Skill. The workshop is structured in two parts. The first three days focus on the physical actions that produce all the sounds of the world’s languages. (This section contains no phonetic transcription.) The second three days continue the exploration into even greater specificity through the use of narrow phonetic transcription. Participants then use these skills to explore formal and informal speech actions while maintaining complete intelligibility. These skills prepare the actor to move easily into any accent or vocal characterization that might be required onstage or in film, television or new media.

PART ONE     [Three days]
~Awareness and practice of precise articulation action
~Producing all the sounds in language - "Omnish"
~Vocal Tract Posture - the articulatory basis for the sounds in accents and languages
No phonetic transcription will be used in this session of the workshop.

BREAK
We take a day off between the first and second parts. This is a chance to rest and process information, or to enjoy the pleasures of our host city.

PART TWO    [Three days]
~The application of detailed phonetic transcription to the process of speech and accent work
~Using the entire IPA to research and teach speech
~The skills of formal and informal speech

Each day begins with a vocal warm-up based in Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Cost: $800-$900

Contact Email: knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: https://ktspeechwork.org/event/experiencing-speech-26/


June 4, 2020 10:00am

Phonetics Intensive #13

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Andrea Caban & Tyler Seiple

Category:

Speech

Dates & Times:

June 4-6, 2020; 10am-5:30pm PDT

Physical Address:

Online

Description:

This intensive three-day workshop for actors, voice/speech teachers, clinicians, and coaches will offer focused instruction on narrow phonetic transcription, consistent with the approach laid out in Dudley Knight’s Speaking with Skill and the six-day Experiencing Speech workshops. Knight-Thompson Speechwork places special emphasis on the physical actions that produce speech sounds, and this intensive is designed to develop participants skills in hearing, modeling, and transcribing these sounds.

Experiencing Speech is a prerequisite for the Phonetics Intensive.
Three days
~Awareness and practice of precise articulation action.
~Producing and recognizing all the sounds in language.
~Practice with detailed (narrow) IPA phonetic transcription.
~Practice reading phonetic transcription
~Detailed instruction and practice with IPA diacritics, including those found on the “Extended” IPA chart.
~The use of technology (software, apps) to manipulate speech samples for transcription.

This workshop is for those who have taken Experiencing Speech and/or Experiencing Accents and are looking to improve their transcription skills and mastery of descriptive phonetics.

Cost: $400

Contact Email: knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: https://ktspeechwork.org/event/phonetics-intensive-13/