Ever-Increasing Circles

Such a lot happening at the moment, and so little time to write about it! First, I must mention that I’m presently on the Critical Mass blogging team for the Queensland Music Festival. I’ve managed to catch 3 shows so far, with 2 to come next week. Read all about it here. I’m delighted to be back in the swing of reviewing, which means I not only get to see stuff for free, but I get to see stuff I probably wouldn’t choose to go to, even if I could afford it, because it’s just not my taste.  The Randy Newman concert was a case in point, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity, and the push to go. …

Giving Voice to Children – The Next Question?

My last post struck a chord with some of my voice teaching colleagues, who contacted me directly. I have asked their permission to post their remarks here, so that we may open out the discussion to a wider readership. Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann lives and works in Jamaica, WI.  Here is what she had to say: “I agree 100% with your idea of giving voice to children from early age at the schools. “I am an acting and voice and speech teacher living and working in Jamaica, W.I. at a Arts College. I have a 5 y.o son and I am suffering the struggle of free expression for kids. I mean the school where my son goes to is so centered in …

Giving a Voice to Everyone: Where Would You Start?

Here’s something that has been bugging me for many years – in fact, it’s the reason I undertook to do a PhD on the subject of a theory of the voice. Given that most people have no idea how much their voices contribute to how they feel about themselves, and how they are perceived by others, where do we start to get ‘the word’ out there, and change this situation? Should we start in kindergarten, getting small children to play with sound creatively, and safely, in much the same way that they are encouraged to explore their developing bodies in the playground, and in sporting activities? That would require teachers who know how to do it. So do we start …

Acting Workshop in Phoenix – Voice and the Archetypes

I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, after a 12 hour flight with Qantas and a one hour flight with South West Airlines.  Essentially, I am here with my theatre company, Thunder’s Mouth Theatre, to perform my show The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will) for the Phoenix Fringe Festival, however there are some other fringe benefits to this trip as well. (This Fringe has a Fringe!) For one thing, we are performing first at Estrella Mountain Community College, as part of the Arizona Women’s History Month celebrations.  We haven’t been mentioned on the website, I’ll get that attended to asap!  Our show takes place at 10.00 am on Thursday 24th March, in the Plaza Gallery, just before …

Whew!

Well, it seems to be sorted, with fingers crossed, touching wood and breathing out – often. I’ve just put up a whole load of links to voicey websites – all in the States, but I’ll suss out a few around Australia for you as well. There are good people out there! (As well as in here 🙂 The discussion is back on track, re my post on “A Breath of Fresh Air”. Wonder if I can provide a link to it in this post, to save you scrolling down to look for it… Try  THIS. Let me know how it goes.  I think we also have the email notification system back on track as well.