For actors & speakers, any level. Class taught in English, with translations into Spanish or Catalan as needed.
This course is designed as either an introduction to or a deepening of Kristin Linklater’s organic progression of vocal exercises: do-able exercises that will begin to free the voice from habitual tensions that restrict its natural range and expressivity.
Everyone has a speaking voice capable of expressing the full range of human experience; this course aims to begin to rehabilitate that natural capacity. Whether it’s your first voice class or your 50th, the ultimate objective of the work is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it. Once the voice is free it can connect viscerally with language, transforming communication and interpretative skills. Your audience will hear YOU instead of your voice.
The full progression of exercises leads from physical awareness (locating tension and releasing it), to awareness of natural breathing, the experience of sound in the body, the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate, the development of resonating power in the chest, the mouth and the face, the accompanying development of breathing power, the exploration of range throughout two to three octaves of speaking notes and, finally, to articulation. This course will focus on the first half of these exercises, up to and including the lower resonators; a second level course will explore the remaining exercises.
The exercises are designed to reawaken a sensory and imagistic relationship with the voice, and they are meant as lifelong tools, to be first discovered, learned, and finally mastered. Practiced diligently, they will serve you far beyond the duration of this course.
Be aware that exercises include adapted yoga positions, floor relaxation, arm-swings and other physical activities. All these can be adjusted to individual physical needs. Dress to move comfortably.
Participants should bring:
·Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans.
·Up to 20 lines of a memorised text that has meaning for you. This can be a poem or a dramatic speech from any period.
Alyssa Ciccarello is a voice, speech and communications coach based in Barcelona and New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and is a both a Designated Linklater Teacher and a Colaianni Phonetic Pillows Practioner.
She has been on the faculties at several graduate and undergraduate programs including New York University, Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace, Fordham University in New York and Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She served as Head of Voice and Speech at the renowned Meisner conservatory Maggie Flanigan Studio in Chelsea from 2010 to 2015 and continues there as a visiting instructor. In Barcelona she has taught phonetics for voice instructors at the Institut del Teatre as well as privately-run Shakespeare and text workshops.
Her private clients have ranged from Broadway actors such as Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, Phantom of the Opera) to executives from advertising and tech companies. She coaches in English, Spanish & Catalan.