Course Details

18,20,22 July and 25,27, 29 July 2022 (5pm-9pm BST, UK)

Fee: £300 Early Bird Discount       £350 regular price

Teachers:  Micha Espinosa and Margaret Kemp

Fitzmaurice Voice

What you'll study

Fitzmaurice Voicework® is a physical approach to vocal training. It combines classic voice training with variations of bodywork including yoga, shiatsu, and Reichian bodywork. This work aims to support performers or anyone to develop their voice to communicate with greater authenticity.

Taught in the MFA Acting programs at Yale and Brown, NYU undergraduate studios, the University of California – Irvine, Moscow Art Theatre School, Shanghai Theatre Academy, and many other institutions across the world.  The work has also been incorporated by clinicians into rehabilitation and is used in the corporate and professional worlds as aids to effective speaking.

Work with world renowned experts in the field of voice

Learn a holistic practice

Develop greater authenticity

Learn a highly effective vocal and physical warm up

Learn the dynamics between body, breath, voice

Learn to develop an embodied connection with text in singing and speaking

Learn Destructuring and Restructuring Techniques

About this course

By the end of this workshop, you should be able to use this highly effective vocal and physical warm-up as part of your training routine and have an understanding of the dynamics between body, breath, voice & a deeper connection with spoken and sung text.

Fitzmaurice Voicework

 

Course Content

This workshop allows you to explore your limitless vocal possibility in-depth as we use simple movements that encourage the flow of energy to open our breath and untangle knots in our body, mind, and voice.

Integrating physical experience and mental focus, the work develops vibrant voices that communicate intention and feeling without excess effort. We start with relaxation, which is then followed by a series of specific positions in which we explore breath, sound, and vocal expression in service of communication.

Who is this course for?

This Voice Workshop is designed for all who use their voices in any setting and want to experience more ease, more trust, more fun, more exploration, more choices, more authenticity and the skills to back it up. We’ll explore presence and practice through playful vocalizations, joyous breath, and personal application processes.

Come as you are. All are welcome. You will need a yoga mat and a zafu (or hard cushion) and should wear loose-fitting clothes while you are doing the work.

Staff

Micha Espinosa, international teaching artist, activist, and voice specialist in culturally inclusive pedagogies. Professor (BFA, Stephens College; MFA Acting, U.C. San Diego) at Arizona State University (ASU), affiliate faculty with ASU’s School of Transborder Studies & the Sidney Poitier New American Film School; Lead Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework (FV), trainer for the FV Teacher Certification & Director of Global Outreach for FV Institute; award-winning editor of Monologues for Latino Actors & Scenebook for Latinx Actors; core member of Guillermo Gomez Pena’s performance art collective, La Pocha Nostra. She is passionate about social justice in actor training, global and feminist perspectives, and the voz (voice) culture.

Margaret Kemp, is an actor, interdisciplinary performing artist and theatre arts instructor focusing on the areas of Voice and Speech. Within her performance practice Kempis is interested in questioning the how systems of scientific and social engineering manipulate and commodify voice, breath, flesh, communities and the natural world. She has taught and performed worldwide In addition to her institutional teaching she provides private and group instruction in Los Angeles and Northern California and is available for guest artist intensives. MFA Academy of Classical Acting/The Shakespeare Theatre/George Washington University; BS Northwestern University.

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