The human voice simultaneously communicates thought and emotion whether we will it or not. Through exercises focusing on alignment and release, breath expansion and endurance, vibration and tone, and articulation and flexibility, students will work to free, develop and strengthen their natural voice. Particular attention will be paid to diction to align clarity of thought and speech. Exercises are informed by the work of Voice & Speech pioneers Edith Skinner, Arthur Lessac, Kristin Linklater and Patsy Rodenburg. In addition, students learn IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and to use this tool to master Standard Speech for the American Stage or any given dialect or accent.
Corequisite: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment.