REQUIREMENTS FOR LINKLATER DESIGNATION
AS A FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE DESIGNATED TEACHER
1. One-on-one private sessions with a senior Linklater teacher, learning the
entire progression of exercises for Freeing the Natural Voice (about 50
hours). The mentoring teacher must write a note stating that you have
completed the progression including an evaluation of your work.
2. Observe a senior teacher teaching the entire progression. (It is preferable to
do this with one teacher over the course of the year but may be accomplished
in sections with several teachers.)
3. Participate in Voice and Text Workshops at The Linklater Center or the month
long Intensive at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.
4. Attend 3 or more one-day teacher training workshops with Andrea Haring.
5. Go as a teacher trainee to The Linklater Center or S & Co. workshops.
6. The final certification workshop with Kristin Linklater. (By invitation only.)
There are really four phases to teacher training:
1. Working on personal growth and transforming your personal connection to your voice.
2. Observing and notating the work as a trainee.
3. Assistant teaching.
4. Practice teaching the work and being observed as a teacher. A critique of your teaching as
regards your understanding of the work and teaching energy leads to your acceptance to
the certification workshop.
Once these requirements have been fulfilled you will be eligible to interview/audition for selection for the final teacher training certification/designation workshop with Kristin Linklater. The weekend selection process will consist of being observed teaching a 20 minute section of the progression, performing a monologue and a song, and an interview.
It is possible that even though you have completed the requirements that you will still not be invited to the certification workshop.
Trainees are expected to perform as actors and to have studied a recognized acting technique
Know the progression of Trish Arnold movement work (this is all the spinal work, and arm and leg work with swings that Kristin uses to compliment the voice work)
Piano (enough confidence to be able to play triads and arpeggios)
An understanding of singing techniques – preferably Roy Hart
Experiential Anatomy – comprehension of the anatomy of voice and breath
Training in IPA and Louis Colaianni’s Joy of Phonetics for speech
Understanding issues surrounding Vocal Health
(There is leeway given geographical limitations which can be discussed.)