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Guest Artist: Rebecca Cuthbertson


NOTE: classes have been postponed.

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A primer in the fundamentals of voice work, this course is aimed at beginners but can also serve as a useful ‘tune up’ for those who have some experience with voice work but who would like to reconnect with the core concepts before moving to a more advanced class. Through practical, body-based exercises, you will gain a greater understanding of how your voice works, the unique patterns of physical tension that may be holding you back, and practical techniques for finding & maintaining a sense of grounding, centring, presence, and free emotional connection & expression. To this end, we will explore: physical release work, the importance of a free breath, basic resonance & healthy sound production, and mindfulness techniques to help you access all this on a busy and demanding set.

This course is designed for those with previous training and experience of voice work who want to maintain their vocal “fitness” and/or deepen their connection to their voices. Each class will include a daily warm up followed by deeper exploratory work on specific aspects of the actor’s vocal toolkit, such as physical release, breath,  free & healthy sound production, resonance, range, and power, as well as connecting all of this with text.. Class numbers will be kept small (8) to facilitate a personal and individualized approach.

Rebecca Cuthbertson

Rebecca Cuthbertson is a Voice and Text teacher and coach with 20 years experience working with young, in-training actors, as well as seasoned professionals. She discovered her love of this work whilst developing her own voice with Toronto’s renowned coach, David Smukler, and then moved to the U.K. to complete her MA in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Since then, she has spent most of her career in the U.K., where she has taught at LAMDA, East 15 Acting School, Drama Studio London, and the METFilm School, and has coached productions for the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar, the Young Vic, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, and the Hampstead, among others, and provided voice support for numerous West End productions. Since arriving back in Canada, she has worked primarily at the Stratford Festival, and has directed a production for Here for Now Theatre in Stratford. Over the past twenty-five years, she has been developing her expertise in Shakespeare and classical text, and her research into breath-work and its implications for actor training can be found in the book, Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic Practice.

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