Instructors: Marika Becz / Mark Enright
Voice & Speech I is a two-semester course developed to awaken the young artist to the expressive range of the human voice, as well as to the intricacies of speaking American English. A thorough warm-up is employed to bring power, flexibility and subtlety to the actor’s voice and speech: physical, vocal and articulation exercises are explored. Among many topics of focus: the structure of the actor’s breath, the fostering of vocal resonance, increased awareness of articulation options, and the development of rhetorical skills. Students in this class are taught the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as it is applied to American speakers. Exercises and text work are explored with the goal of uniting body, breath, voice, and speech into an expressive whole.