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The Actor's Voice 1

Short study - adult

Introduction

Update 12/10: As it is very close to the course start date, it is no longer possible to book online. Please contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to enquire about availability.

This course is an introduction to Nadine George Voice Work as developed by Voice Studio International and is the core vocal training of The Centre for Voice in Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It is an exploration into the development of each individual human voice and is an opportunity to develop the voice free from judgement, experiencing Voice Work used in contemporary actor training today.

The workshop will cover areas of hands-on body work, relaxation, sung sound, full voice energy and text and is open to anyone interested in vocal delivery and the potential of their own voice.

No previous experience is necessary for this course, although participants should have a desire to experiment with their voices individually, in pairs and as a group.

Outcomes
By the end of the course you should have:

  • A greater knowledge of the Nadine George Voice Work
  • An awareness of the processes used in hands-on body work and release
  • Worked on individual voice qualities
  • Increased confidence in your own voice
  • Linked energy and vibration within the body to the voice
  • Started to understand the connection between body and voice
  • Explored the voice work in relation to text

Each course will allow the opportunity to begin the work or to build on existing knowledge, therefore attending more than one of the weekends may be beneficial for personal development. A variety of different texts will be offered.

Introduction

Update 12/10: As it is very close to the course start date, it is no longer possible to book online. Please contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to enquire about availability.

This course is an introduction to Nadine George Voice Work as developed by Voice Studio International and is the core vocal training of The Centre for Voice in Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It is an exploration into the development of each individual human voice and is an opportunity to develop the voice free from judgement, experiencing Voice Work used in contemporary actor training today.

The workshop will cover areas of hands-on body work, relaxation, sung sound, full voice energy and text and is open to anyone interested in vocal delivery and the potential of their own voice.

No previous experience is necessary for this course, although participants should have a desire to experiment with their voices individually, in pairs and as a group.

Outcomes
By the end of the course you should have:

  • A greater knowledge of the Nadine George Voice Work
  • An awareness of the processes used in hands-on body work and release
  • Worked on individual voice qualities
  • Increased confidence in your own voice
  • Linked energy and vibration within the body to the voice
  • Started to understand the connection between body and voice
  • Explored the voice work in relation to text

Each course will allow the opportunity to begin the work or to build on existing knowledge, therefore attending more than one of the weekends may be beneficial for personal development. A variety of different texts will be offered.

Course outline

It is an opportunity to research and develop the voice, finding vocal expression and discovering the far reaching qualities and emotions held within the voice, the light, dark, masculine and feminine.

The morning sessions will focus on different breathing exercises in pairs and alone, while connecting as an ensemble. This will be followed by individual work on the voice, focussing on sung sound from the body. We will explore male and female voice qualities in each person and link the vibration, energy and quality of sound directly to work with the text. The afternoon sessions will focus on voice and text.

This is a physical course and therefore loose flexible clothing which covers the body and does not restrict movement is necessary.

The work also includes hands-on body work and physical contact.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Lifelong Learning using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.

How to apply for support from the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships:

  • All applications should be made online. Please click on the link to apply.
  • Your application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course.
  • You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarships FAQs

Exclusions:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS. The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Lifelong Learning also benefits from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

We accept applications all year round and you can find out more about the Agnes Allen Bursary here.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Entry requirements

This is an open access course with no specific entry requirements.

 

Preparing for your course

This is a physical course and therefore loose flexible clothing which covers the body and does not restrict movement is necessary.
The work also includes hands-on body work and physical contact.

Short course feedback

The Theatre Voice 2017

I feel this course provided a missing link for me in voice work’

‘The support within the group was something I never anticipated. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Fabulous’

‘The class provides a supportive atmosphere to explore and push yourself beyond your comfort zone and learn what your voice can really do!’

‘You will work in a small group and receive 1:1 tuition as well as supportive observations from colleagues. It can feel strange at first this technique but go in be open and release the power of your voice!’

 

“An opportunity to discover more about your own voice and to have the freedom to experiment with that knowledge.”

“A great way to help you to develop as a person as well as an actor.”

“Enjoyable, informative, supportive and non-judgemental in its approach.”

– Students from The Actor’s Voice 2013

“The Actor’s Voice course is a very helpful and eye-opening experience in which you learn lots about how to use your voice to great effect in a positive, welcoming environment with a friendly and supportive tutor.” The Actor’s Voice student 2015/16

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Teaching staff

Mel Drake

Mel Drake is a Lecturer in Voice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She trained as an actress at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh and gained a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from Moray House Institute.

Mel has previously taught at a number of leading drama schools and training centres including, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (A.L.R.A), Cygnet Training Theatre (Exeter), Identity School of Acting (London), Caravanserai Actor’s Studio (London), The Centre (Woolwich), CPA Studios (Romford), King’s College London, King Street College Shepherd’s Bush, The London School of English, Edinburgh Lyceum Youth Theatre, The Millennium Dance Centre (London), WHALE Arts Centre (Edinburgh) and at the I.S.T.A summer workshop 2013.

Mel has worked with many leading voice practitioners including Cicely Berry, Barbara Houseman, Kristin Linklater, Christina Shewell, Frankie Armstrong, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Vayu Naidu and Jacquie Crago.

Her recent production work has included The Tron Young Company (Tron Theatre) Martin O’Connor, 13 Emancipation Acts (Glasgow Life/Merchant City) Alan McKendrick, Under Milk Wood (Tron Theatre) Gareth Nicholls, I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards (Tightlaced Theatre) Jen McGregor and Touched (Cygnet Training Theatre).

Mel is an accredited teacher of Nadine George Voice Work (the chosen practice within the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) being introduced to the work by Professor Ros Steen in 2008 and was subsequently invited to participate in her first Voice Studio International workshop with Nadine George. Mel has continued to explore the work introducing it to clients in the business sector, teachers/lecturers, doctors, barristers, motivational speakers, members of the public and to students on the Performing Arts courses at Dundee and Angus and Glasgow Clyde Colleges. In 2013 Mel contributed to Growing Voices, a publication examining the influence and evolution of the Nadine George Voice Work in Training and Performance.

Mel’s research work has included an investigation into vocal fatigue with classroom teachers. She has also examined pedagogical styles in the search for a ‘free and embodied voice’. Mel was research assistant to Professor Ros Steen on Earthing the Electric in collaboration with The National Theatre of Scotland and The Centre for Voice in Performance.