Drama International Fellow in Voice
Nadine George, founder of Voice Studio International, trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1962, studying under renowned voice director Cicely Berry. She went on to work closely with fellow actor Roy Hart, researching work on the human voice and in 1975 was a founder member of the Roy Hart Theatre in Malerargues, France. On her return to England in 1990, she spent eight years researching the voice at the University of Birmingham’s Drama department where she developed her own voice technique. The origins of the connection between Nadine George and our School of Drama also go back to 1990 when Ros Steen was instrumental in inviting her to conduct inaugural workshops for the Conservatoire, following which she became a regular Guest Lecturer for the then Voice Department. In 2006 she was appointed as our first International Fellow in Voice and in July 2008, received an Honorary Doctorate of Drama for service to the arts and her lifetime contribution to work on the Human Voice on an international level.
She works closely with many international theatre companies and drama schools as well as giving workshops for professional actors and actresses for ARTA in Paris, for Teater Alliansen in Stockholm and for the teachers at Stockholm National Theatre School. She has also worked for the last 20 years at the National Theatre School at Odense and has been giving her own workshops in Denmark during that time. She has been teaching in Sweden at the Lulea National Theatre School for the past 10 years and has also delivered her own London-based workshops for over a decade, working with international actors, voice teachers and directors. Most recently she has conducted workshops for Arts health workers under the auspices of the Scottish Arts Council.
Here is a podcast of Dr Nadine George of Voice Studio International and Professor Ros Steen, previously Head of Research and the Centre for Voice in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in conversation with Dr Anna Birch, talk about the development, reach and impact of the vocal technique created by Dr George.
The origins of the technique are described before its centrality to 21st century performance training and relevance to the cross-disciplinary artist is explored. The discussion then focuses on the Centre for Voice in Performance’s research work and, in particular, Professor Steen’s research with theatre directors which is carried out in conjunction with the National Theatre of Scotland. The impact of the voice work on Scottish theatre is considered before the interview widens out into a deliberation of why this vocal technique has taken root in Scotland and how it relates to the work Dr George undertakes in other European countries.