The national centre of excellence for the teaching, practice and research of Voice in Performance
Head of Voice and Centre for Voice in Performance: Jean Sangster
The Centre for Voice in Performance is the Royal Conservatoire’s national centre of excellence for the teaching, practice and research of Voice in Performance, established to advance the School of Drama’s outstanding national and international reputation in this field.
The Centre for Voice collaborates and works with students and staff from across RCS. Students within the School of Drama will regularly work with Voice tutors and the skills learnt are often cited as vital when they graduate and work in the professional industry.
Its ground-breaking work is rooted in the work of Nadine George, (Voice Studio International) our first International Fellow in Voice, adapted in response to professional performance contexts.
At the heart of the Centre’s work is the uniqueness of each individual human voice, the centrality of voice to performance and voice’s innovative integration into the theatre/performance-making process itself. The Centre’s pioneering practice is now well-established in the current theatre voice context through signficant partnerships with, amongst others, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse Theatre and Dundee Repertory Theatre.
Staff from the Centre teach this cutting-edge vocal practice on the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate performance programmes and are also engaged in the research and development of the work in conjunction with professional actors, directors, movement specialists and contemporary performance practitioners, ensuring a conduit of innovative practice between training and the profession.
‘The continuous individual feedback in each class is invaluable as it is thorough and concise and therefore helpful in identifying and summarising what to take from each experience.’
‘Every one of us was complimented and given an individual task to go away with. I’ve rarely, if ever, experienced that individual attention in this kind of setting before.’
‘I feel I now have a richer understanding of my voice, and how I can use it fully to communicate mood, emotion, character qualities and situation.’