“The best actors, and perhaps this can be said for the best performing artists in general (musicians, dancers, singers), are relaxed in performance. That is, they have no extraneous tension. Their muscles are ready to receive the impulses necessary to fulfill action and will ripple with energies in the service of particular stimuli…
In order to develop a voice that will create maximum effect with minimum effort and therefore be truthful, actors must exercise the vocal musculature in a way that conditions the voice to respond to imaginative and emotional stimulus.”
Pg. 39, Freeing the Natural Voice, 2006, Kristin Linklater
The library always smells like this:
An ancient stew of vinegar and wood.
It’s autumn again,
And I can do anything.
In the Library by Dorothea Grossman
After the “dog days of summer” the Fall can be a great time to find an inner commitment to self-improvement and self-discovery. Sometimes this can be accomplished by going back to basics and revisiting exercises and techniques you already know, or by trying something new that stimulates one’s mind, body, and voice in a fresh way.
I’m happy to say that our Fall Session at The Linklater Center has classes and workshops that can do both. For those who want to free their natural voice, there is Freeing the Natural Voice Weekend Workshop, taught by Kate Udall and Freeing the Natural Voice: Levels 1 and 2, taught by Dianna Marino and Liz Eckert. For those who want to bring the voice work into their work on text, Craig Bacon continues his popular class – Voice Into Acting. For those who know the Linklater progression and want to stay tuned up, we are also offering a Drop-In Warm-Up class on Mondays where you pay as you go.
We are very excited about some new workshops – in October, Hall Hunsinger will teach Playing Status and Alba Quesada will begin a Freeing the Singer’s Voice one-day workshop that will meet once a month in October, November, and December (you can sign up for individual Singer’s Voice workshops or get get discount for taking all three). I am very excited to teach a Linklater Meets Michael Chekhov workshop in November with renowned actress and teacher, Joanna Merlin.
We hope to see you in our classes and workshops this Fall!