Real and Virtual Travel Adventures

I’ve just returned from a 3 days trip to Sydney, the first time I’ve been there for quite a few years.  It came about because of an invitation to run two workshops for the NSW Speech and Drama Association‘s annual seminar.  They wanted to sample my warmup programs for themselves, so that was the first session.  For the second one, they gave me free range, so I chose to work with them on Shakespeare cue scripts. They also very generously invited me to spend the whole two days with them, joining in all of their activities, including lunches at Bill & Tony’s, dinner at the Pullman Hotel, and a lovely wander down to the Harbour to see the last night of the Vivid …

App Goes Public

I am so happy to announce that the Being in Voice Warmup App is now officially on sale in the App Store, for iPhone and iPad, at the grand price of $0.99.  This is an excellent vocal warmup app, created by my good friend and colleague, Flloyd Kennedy. I recommend it highly. Amy Stoller – Stoller System, LLC: Dialect Coaching & Design by Amy Stoller; resident dialect designer, occasional dramaturge at Mint Theater Company, New York.  I’ve received excellent feedback from early downloaders, and made a few changes as a result. You can now click straight through to the Warmups from the Home Page.  There will be more short Warmups added as time goes by. Once you have purchased and downloaded …

Warming Up for Winter

Brisbane is cooling down, but I’m warming up my mission to get the world warming up its voice! This week my students at Film & TV Studio International  joined me in Ira Seidenstein’s Core Mechanics before the actual class began, so we were able to launch ourselves straight into the Humming Warmup. This is a great way to bring voice and body into alignment and focus while literally warming up when the weather is cold.  Within ten minutes we had filled the studio with the most gorgeous warm sound, after which we explored some fabulous gurning faces and voices, courtesy of Dudley Knight’s “Speaking With Skill”. I’m still dreaming of attending the Knight-Thompson two week intensive workshop in Los Angeles in …

I Talk of Dreams

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”, says Prospero, in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  I have a good friend, a very experienced Shakespearean actor, who would happily change that to “made of”, claiming that otherwise nobody understands what it means. I disagree, for more reasons than I care to enumerate.  But I will say this, we ARE such stuff as dreams are made on, we have imaginations, we thrive on metaphors and fables, fiction and mystery. We constantly adjust the way we use words; we invent new words and new ways of using old words.  We hear someone speaking words we’ve never heard before, and we figure out for ourselves what they might mean long before it occurs to ask us …

Did My Heart Love Till Now?

My students hear those words a lot these days, whenever I need to demonstrate a particular teaching point that involves placing my voice at the disposal of sounds that combine to make words that combine to make phrases, sentences – in other words, text. It makes a change from “the quality of mercy…” which is usually the first text that comes to mind when I am teaching – “to be, or not to be” is usually the second. There are many reasons why I choose these texts, not least being because I am so unlikely to ever be cast as Portia or Hamlet, so it’s an opportunity for me to play with these words. You’d be forgiven for assuming that …