Rethinking Voice

Here’s one thing we love: training. We gather once a week to train, meaning we stretch, do some yoga, get warm, and devote three hours to our favorite performance techniques and developing new work. Last year we focused very much on the physical side of performance, regularly visiting the practices of Tadashi Suzuki, Anne Bogart, Jacques Lecoq, and others.

  Monica Giordano

Monica Giordano

RLT company member Monica Giordano spent last summer in Plymouth performing with Bay Colony Shakespeare Company in two productions. Upon her return to training (we were also in production for The Lion & The Clown), she noticed “you are all brilliant with your bodies, but can I lead some voice work for us?”

Thus began a great integration of voice work into our routine, and it has helped each of us tremendously. Having studied with both Kristin Linklater and Patsy Rodenberg, the great masters of voice for actors, Monica has become an invaluable resource for our company. She favors Rodenberg’s technique, and is on her way to becoming a certified voice coach.

  Monica using voice technique in "From the Sea to Somewhere Else", which she also wrote.

Monica using voice technique in "From the Sea to Somewhere Else", which she also wrote.

Monica offers private voice coaching for actors, or anyone who likes to communicate with their voice. I can honestly say that working with her over the past few months has improved how I communicate on and off stage. For more information on booking, visit http://reallivetheatre.net/classesworkshops/ or go to the TRAINING tab above.

I probably should have let Monica write this herself, but I wanted to make sure her praises were adequately sung. Monica – you are a star!

Until next time,

Kate