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Lecturing without Tiring or Losing Your Voice

Dr. Rich Brown, Theatre Department, presented this workshop twice for WWU instructors. Due to the expressed interest and the need to "refresh" these skills periodically, excerpts of the workshop are now available in this five-part video module.

Watch the following five-part video to learn basic vocal health techniques of support, projection, tension release, and proper placement of resonance in order to keep your lecturing voice strong throughout your class session, day, term, and career.

Since the video was captured during a live workshop, you are encouraged to watch it sequentially:

Part 1 – Introduction - basics of body, breathe, placement, and resonance, how the voice works with lungs, diaphragm, vocal chords, soft & hard palette, and vocal energy and dynamics
Part 2 – Warm-ups - humming, sirens, vibrations to massage vocal cords
Part 3 – Breath - diaphragm breathing, on-support, off-support
Part 4 – Placement - edge of a yawn, avoiding the throat, pulling out the sound
Part 5 – Resonators - sound qualities of the head, mask, nose, sinuses, throat, pharynx, chest, "bounce" vibrations

See also, below: Resources and About the Presenter

PART 1: Introduction

 

PART 2: Warm-ups

 

PART 3: Breath

 

PART 4: Placement

 

PART 5: Resonators

 

Resources

 

 About the Presenter

Rich Brown, Ph.D.Associate Professor RICH BROWN earned his Ph.D. in Theatre with an emphasis in acting, directing and devising from the University of Oregon. After training with master teachers Stephen Wangh and Mary Overlie at NYU Tisch's Experimental Theatre Wing, Rich landed at Western Washington University where he currently teaches Grotowski inspired psychophysical acting, Suzuki, Viewpoints, and classes in devising. He has published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, and The Western States Theatre Review; presented at Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conferences in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver, and Washington DC. Rich studied with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company’s summer intensive training in Saratoga Springs, New York and at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. Recent directing credits include: Dog Sees God, The Lesson, The Mistakes Madeline Made, the WWU Theatre Ambassadors Tour, and the devised works cheat, US, and Commedia in the Parks. Recently Rich has led Viewpoint Intensives for Teatrul Fara Frontiere at the National Theatre of Romania in Bucharest and the Portland, Oregon devising company hand2mouth. Recently, Rich performed in Poison the Well in the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Into the Woods at the Mt. Baker Theatre and The American Family at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (which he also co-directed), and Circle Mirror Transformation at Idaho Repertory Theatre.  Last spring the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival honored him with the National Award for Outstanding Lead Deviser/Director of a Devised Work for 2012.

 

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