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The Actor's Voice 2

Short study - adults

Introduction

Update 22nd February: This course is no longer available to book online. Please contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to ask 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 22nd February: This course is no longer available to book online. Please contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to ask 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.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 





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.

More information about the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship.





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!’

 

“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

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To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Teaching staff

Bill Wright

Bill trained as an actor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then RSAMD). After several years of professional work on stage, screen and radio, he began to teach Performing Arts at Coatbridge College. He joined the Centre for Voice in Performance at the Conservatoire in 2007, after engaging in further voice work with Nadine George of Voice Studio International. He received his accreditation as an approved teacher of the work in 2012, and is one of only 14 in the world.

Bill completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Arts Education in 2008, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Bill co-authored (with professor Ros Steen) the research paper Double-hinged Doors : The RSAMD’s Voice work in training and theatre’ in 2008.

Bill also has an active interest in physical theatre and has trained with East 15, Al Seed, Ewan Downie, Alex Rigg, Anna-Helena McLean and the British Grotowski Project.

Bill directs in a freelance capacity, as Associate Director with Grinagog Theatre (The Edibles, Little Ulla and Goldilocks and the Enormous Turnip), Aladdin and Cinderella for Glasgow Life, All’s Well That Ends Well in the Conservatoire, The Breathing House and One Good Beating for Rekindle, and Immaculate for Tabby Cat. He most recently performed as an actor in Wake me in the Morning at Oran Mor in Feb 2014, and regularly appears as a singer with Jericho Hill, a tribute to Johnny Cash.