For actors & speakers, any level. Class taught in English, with translations into Spanish or Catalan as needed.
The human speaking voice is naturally capable of expressing the entire range of human experience. In order to access that capacity, this work aims to remove the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument, beginning by awakening a sensory and imagistic relationship with voice.
Participants will be led through exercises for physical awareness (to locate tension and release it), to awareness of natural breathing, the experience of sound in the body, and the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate. With dedicated practice, participants will experience increased clarity and more natural speaking.
This course is a practical approach to the first part of the progression of exercises developed by Kristin Linklater. The 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.
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.
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.