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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March 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:

March 2019 - March 2020 on demand

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 


March 7, 2019 1:00am

International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Multiple

Category:

Acting

Dates & Times:

March 7-9

Physical Address:

Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Description:

Below is information and a link for an exciting conference that I am helping with at my university, the INTERNATIONAL GULLAH GEECHEE AND AFRICAN DIASPORA CONFERENCE.  For more information – follow the link below. 

Tracing the African Diaspora: Places of Suffering, Resilience and Reinvention March 7-9, 2019 | Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC

Deadline for submissions is September 12

Submissions of performance are welcome, and I am curating a collection of short (9 minute performances).  If you would like to submit a proposal for a short performance (as opposed to a full-length paper or performance) just note that in the abstract.   I'm happy to answer questions about the short performances. 

Some info….

This year’s theme—Tracing the African Diaspora: Places of Suffering, Resilience and Reinvention—examines significant social, political and cultural experiences among African American communities and various African and Caribbean nations in the past, present and envisioned future.

The IGGAD conference will bring together academics and practitioners from interdisciplinary areas of study, who offer their ground-breaking contributions in the form of scholarly papers, films, performances and spoken poetry.

Cost:

$100 conference fee

Contact Email: gschwinke@coastal.edu

Contact Phone: 319-427-1860

Web Address for More Information: https://www.coastal.edu/joynerinstitute/conference/


May 20, 2019 10:00am

Experiencing Speech

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Andrea Caban & Tyler Seiple

Category:

Speech

Dates & Times:

May 20-26, 2019

Physical Address:

California

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-24/


May 24, 2019 10:00am

Fitzmaurice Voicework: Introduction and Review

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Catherine Fitzmaurice

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times: 

24 May 2019 - 29 May 2019, 10am to 6pm

Physical Address: 

Chelsea Studios
151 W. 26th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Description:

A smorgasbord of our techniques, touching on: Destructuring, Restructuring, Voice with Movement, Speech, Text, and Singing. Taught by Catherine Fitzmaurice and Master Teacher Micha Espinosa, with other Master and Associate Teachers.

Cost:

$800

Contact Email: info@fitzmauriceinstitute.org

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: 

www.fitzmauriceinstitute.org/workshops/2019/5/24/six-day-workshop


June 7, 2019 10:00am

Fitzmaurice Voicework Teacher Certification Program XVI, Part 2

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Saul Kotzubei, Cynthia Bassham, and Catherine Fitzmaurice

Dates & Times: 

June 7th - July 13th, 2019

Physical Address:

Los Angeles, California

Description:

Advanced Teacher Training. Contact info@fitzmauricevoice.com for more information.

Cost: Contact for more information 

Contact Email: info@fitzmauricevoice.com

Contact Phone: n/a 

Web Address for More Information: http://fitzmauricevoice.com/calendar.htm


June 10, 2019 1:00am

Expressive Actor: 5 Day Training Intensive

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Michael Lugering, Master Teacher

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times:

6/10-14, 2019

Physical Address:

University of Nevada Las Vegas
Department of Theatre
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 455036
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5036
Building: Ulta Ham Fine Arts Building
Room: 124
(HFA 124

Description:

Overview
The Expressive Actor Training is an ideal step-by-step approach for self-instruction, classroom exploration and practical application in rehearsal and performance. Developed by master teacher Michael Lugering, this forward-looking approach brings together voice, movement and basic acting skills in an integrated and interdisciplinary training method. The exercises and improvisations are simple, repeatable, ideal for daily preparation and can be practiced alone or with others to keep the actor’s instrument ready for the diverse demands placed on contemporary performers. Whether you act Shakespeare or Sondheim, Moliere or Mamet, big screen or small screen, this innovated approach simultaneously trains the mind and body for integrated and authentic human expression.

Architecture of an Expressive Action
An expressive action is a flexible and adaptable physical action that is enlisted in the direct service of the expression of thought and feeling. A study of expressive action is rooted in an exploration of a shift of weight. The actor explores all the various sensory properties that unite in the creation of a weight shift—its energy, orientation, size, progression, flow, direction, speed, weight, control and focus. These sensory properties are the physical raw materials that make the expression of thought and feeling possible. When embodied the actor emerges with a flexible and dynamic instrument in direct contact with sensation that is hard-wired to play expressive actions. 

Voice and Body Work
The Voice and Body Exercises progress sequentially from lying, to sitting, to standing, and finally to upright locomotive movement. Each exercise integrates a series of moving, panting, sighing, hissing, buzzing and sounding actions. Through integrated physical action, the actor’s instrument is simultaneously sensitized, liberated, strengthened and developed. The goal is to re-structure the physical patterns present in the body for the playing of integrated full-bodied expressive action. 

Stacking
Stacking is an improvisatory process in which an expressive action is built from the ground-up. The actor investigates a weight-shift influence on a breath-shift, a sound-shift and ultimately a speech-shift in integrated human expression.

The workshop is open to participants of all backgrounds and experience.

Cost: $600

Contact Email: michael@expressiveactor.org

Contact Phone: 702-812-4520

Web Address for More Information: http://www.expressiveactor.org/page3/index.html


June 10, 2019 1:00am

Expressive Actor: Teacher Training Intensive

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Michael Lugering, Master Teacher

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times:

6/10-18, 2019

Physical Address:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Department of Theatre
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 455036
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5036
Building: Ulta Ham Fine Arts
Room: 124
(HFA 124)

Description:

EXPRESSIVE ACTOR TRAINING (6/10-6/14)
Overview
The Expressive Actor Training is an ideal step-by-step approach for self-instruction, classroom exploration and practical application in rehearsal and performance. Developed by master teacher Michael Lugering, this forward-looking approach brings together voice, movement and basic acting skills in an integrated and interdisciplinary training method. The exercises and improvisations are simple, repeatable, ideal for daily preparation and can be practiced alone or with others to keep the actor’s instrument ready for the diverse demands placed on contemporary performers. Whether you act Shakespeare or Sondheim, Moliere or Mamet, big screen or small screen, this innovated approach simultaneously trains the mind and body for integrated and authentic human expression.
Architecture of an Expressive Action
An expressive action is a flexible and adaptable physical action that is enlisted in the direct service of the expression of thought and feeling. A study of expressive action is rooted in an exploration of a shift of weight. The actor explores all the various sensory properties that unite in the creation of a weight shift—its energy, orientation, size, progression, flow, direction, speed, weight, control and focus. These sensory properties are the physical raw materials that make the expression of thought and feeling possible. When embodied the actor emerges with a flexible and dynamic instrument in direct contact with sensation that is hard-wired to play expressive actions. 
Voice and Body Work
The Voice and Body Exercises progress sequentially from lying, to sitting, to standing, and finally to upright locomotive movement. Each exercise integrates a series of moving, panting, sighing, hissing, buzzing and sounding actions. Through integrated physical action, the actor’s instrument is simultaneously sensitized, liberated, strengthened and developed. The goal is to re-structured the physical patterns present in the body for the playing of integrated full-bodied expressive action. 
Stacking
Stacking is an improvisatory process in which an expressive action is built from the ground-up. The actor investigates a weight-shifts influence on a breath-shift, a sound-shift and ultimately a speech-shift in integrated human expression.

TEACHER TRAINING (6/16-6/18)

Teaching Strategies—in the Integrated Voice, Movement and Acting Studio.
Hands-on-Training—the use of "touch" is explored as a pedagogical tool for facilitating integration.
Language Training—the specific use of words, diction and syntax are explored as a pedagogical tool for facilitating integration.
Keyboard Training—the use of musical pitch as it relates to training the speaking voice is explored at the keyboard.
Vowel Tuning—teaching methods for integrating the moveable parts of the vocal tract in the creating of vocal resonance are explored.
Student Teacher Demonstration—participants in the course lead specific exercises for discussion and feedback.

The workshop is open to participants interested in incorporating the Lugering Method into their classrooms and/or the Teacher Certification Program.

Note: The 8-DAY TEACHER TRAINING INTENSIVE is a 3-day extension of the 5-DAY TRAINING INTENSIVE that directly preceeds it. 

Cost: $900

Contact Email: michael@expressiveactor.org

Contact Phone: 702-812-4520

Web Address for More Information: www.expressiveactor.org


June 10, 2019 10:00am

One Voice 5-day Intensive

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Joan Melton, Zac Bradford, Mimi Quillin

Category:

Vocal Production

Dates & Times: 

June 10 - 14, 2019, 10 AM - 5 PM

Physical Address:

Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Description:

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

This 5-day Intensive may be included in the required course work for certification as a One Voice Practitioner. It may serve as:

•    an introduction to integrative work 
•    a review and update for participants who have done a 1st Intensive
•    an opportunity to complete a certification project and share individual work

Four 90-minute classes, 10 AM – 5 PM each day:

•    Anatomy/physiology/acoustics, updates on voice/movement research, and opportunities for practical application of technical information.

•    Differences in vocal requirements from musical theatre to classical theatre, and the relation of genre to voice production in theatre and music

•    Overview of dance techniques, individual work with faculty, and a production and class in Central Park

Cost:

$750

Contact Email: joan.melton@joanmelton.com 

Contact Phone: 917-991-5199

Web Address for More Information: https://www.joanmelton.com/five-day-intensive-new-york