The Voice Work

get to know your voice

Lisa has been a professional actor since 1992. Her career led her to play on the stages of The Shaw Festival, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre. She has a deep respect for the process of rehearsal and performance. So much so, that it led her to learn how to guide and support students in their quest to be professional performers.

The Voice Work is inspired by many folk, including Kirsten Linklater's 'Freeing The Natural Voice' teachings, meditation and mindfulness studies, a basic understanding of skeletal, muscular and vocal anatomy, Richard Pochinko's Baby Clown training, as well as, Alisa Kort and the Breath Experience.

Lisa's training includes BFA Acting from UBC and an MFA Acting from York University; The Royal Conservatory Artist-Educator Foundations Course; The Month Long Intensive at Shakespeare&Co; National Voice Intensive; The International Voice Intensive with Richard Armstrong at The Banff Centre; Baby Clown with John Turner; 200hr YYoga Certification, Yin Yoga certification.

What's up? Spring! ...that's what.

It has been such a rich learning experience this year so far- for me and my students. This is the time of year when the students emerging confidence really begins to show. It is noticeable in the fun they are having in class, their increasing ability for eye contact during presentation, and the amount they complain about having to present is almost non-existent now.

What continues to be a challenge for some students is articulation and volume. Daily tongue twisters are necessary for their growing minds and bodies. Here are some favourites. 

A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.”

”What a to-do to die today at a minute or two to two. A thing distinctly hard to say but harder still to do. But I’ll beat a tattoo at a twenty to two with a rat a tata ta ta ta ta ta too. And the dragon will come at the sound of the drum at a minute or two to two today at a minute or two to two.

News from the studios I work at presently:

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Our March recital at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts went really well. Our prose project was Matilda by Roald Dahl. Students created an art piece to present during their memorized sections. It was a delightful show of creativity and fun! Even the 4-7yr olds took part with their self-chosen rhymes. 

Next term begins mid-April with speeches and debate for 8yrs and above. Plus, more rhymes for the 4-7yrs.

Also at Shadbolt, is a free Performace Anxiety Workshop, led by myself, to be held on Sunday May the 3rd from 2-4pm. All ages are welcome. Please contact Shadbolt Centre to sign up.


Gateway Academy

Students will be presenting prose and speeches in the last class- which is very nearly here. Students had such a great deal of fun this year with prose and poems. We barely touched the surface on speeches this year but their beginning research skills are developing well.

The lion finding her voice.

The lion finding her voice.