Voice & Movement

Course Purpose:

Performing on-camera requires actors to be familiar with and in control of their voice and body. The Acting for Film, Television and Voice-Over program’s Voice & Movement class will give students the opportunity to explore how their voices and bodies move, work, and support or detract from their performance.

Course Goals and Outcomes:

While the Voice & Movement course is an integrated approach to both elements, the work will begin with a focus on the body and movement. This work will include:

  • Exploring a variety of movement practices including yoga and Alexander Technique
  • Discovering movement through impulse
  • Creating movement as an ensemble
  • Exploration of character through movement
  • Unleashing the power of movement with intention and focus
  • Establishing senses of personal and spatial physical awareness
  • Witnessing the Habit Body

At approximately Week 6 of the course the Voice component will be added. The Movement elements will continue with the addition of:

  • Creating vocal warm ups, relaxation, and long term protection of voice and body
  • Finding full and natural breath
  • Developing enunciation, articulation & pronunciation
  • Exploring volume, pitch, and vocal rhythm
  • Working with articulators and resonators
  • Connecting text to breath
  • Accessing a full emotional range through use of breath, body and voice

Course Activities:

Students will explore Voice & Movement through a variety of learning activities including: physical movement practices, breathing exercises, vocal work, reflective exercises, and journal keeping. Students will be introduced to yoga, Laban, Meisner and Alexander Technique. Students will create solo and duo presentation assignments demonstrating the integration of the concepts explored.

Course Texts:

In addition to handouts from the instructors, students will use Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus as a resource.

Supplies and Equipment:

Students will need a yoga mat, notebook, binder, pen and pencil for this course. Also, due to the physical nature of the work in this course, students are asked to wear clothing that is comfortable and that will allow for movement. They are also asked NOT to wear the following:

  • clothing with zippers
  • belts
  • jeans
  • make-up
  • scents
  • jewellery
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