Theatre and Drama | Voice and Speech
T325 | 4632-4633 | McFadden
Prerequisite: THTR T120; at least Sophomore standing.
THIS COURSE OPEN TO COAS THEATRE MAJORS AND THEATRE GRAD STUDENTS
ONLY; OTHER THEATRE MAJORS MUST OBTAIN ON-LINE AUTHORIZATION FROM
MAY BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.
If a class is closed, interested students should add themselves to
the electronic waitlist, attend the class, and emphasize to the
instructor their interest in the class. Electronically waitlisted
students who make the effort to attend and contact the instructor
will be given priority for admittance into the course.
This course is to liberate the natural speaking voice of the actor,
and to introduce basic speech for the stage. The first half of the
semester is spent on isolating areas of tension in the actor's
physical and vocal apparatus that keep her/him from using their voice
freely. Through specific exercises in alignment, breathing,
loosening, and opening up the channel for sound, via the jaw, tongue
and soft palate, the actor acquires tools to begin alleviating
his/her unique tensions that block sound. The second half of the
semester focuses on building power and range by developing breath
muscles of the ribs and diaphragm, limbering the resonators of the
chest, mouth, teeth, sinus, nasal and skull, and finally, work on the
entire range of the voice. Throughout the course the work is applied
to text. The student works through spoken text through his/her own
creative writing, haikus, sonnets, and monologues, which are all
rehearsed and performed. The work is influenced by Kristin Linklater
and Patsy Rodenburg, primarily.
Required: Linklater, Kristin. Freeing the Natural Voice.
Suggested only: Rodenburg, Patsy. The Actor Speaks.
ASSIGNMENTS: 1 or 2 short papers.
EXAMS: Mid-semester quiz (essay) and Final.
OTHER: Final Haiku, Sonnet, and Monologue.