Fitzmaurice Voicework was developed to help actors identify and release their chronic tension, thereby freeing the voice and the body to achieve the full range of its power, flexibility, and expressiveness.
Date: Wednesday, April 12th 2017
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Ages 13 and up
Fitzmaurice Voicework is an approach to the voice (both speaking and singing) that focuses on using physical poses and postures to help actors feel more free and speak more expressively. Through a combination of physical exercises, questions, and conversations, we will explore what it means to be fully present, to let down our defenses (even if only for a moment) and speak from a place of unguardedness, to practice truly being seen by others, and most of all - to BREATHE. To breathe it all in, staying with whatever emotions/thoughts/experiences bubble up as each moment unfolds.
The job of an actor is a paradox: we are asked to share very private moments in a very public place, to be relaxed and natural in stressful and un-natural circumstances. One of the things that gets in the way of this is tension. Chronic muscular tension, particularly in the neck, chest, and abdomen, can be heard in the voice, and is one of the things that tells an audience someone is “acting”, rather than responding spontaneously and honestly. Fitzmaurice Voicework was developed to help actors identify and release their chronic tension, thereby freeing the voice and the body to achieve the full range of its power, flexibility, and expressiveness.
*The structure of the class is quite simple: we’ll do some exercises, talk about them, do some more exercises, talk some more, maybe answer some questions, and repeat this until we run out of time.
What to Bring
Loose clothing (think of this as a movement class, so don’t wear anything constricting). Also, having some “white text” or a simple monologue - not to perform, but to have structured speech to use during our exercises.
Wait List Policy
If a class is sold out, you can sign up for a spot on the wait list.
If a spot opens, the wait list is notified via email and the spot is sold on a first come, first served basis.
If you do not get the spot, you do not need to rejoin the wait list.
We do not offer refunds, but we do offer credit. Cancellations must be made 7 days or more in advance of a class, event, or intensive in order to receive a credit. You can cancel the class online in our booking system or via email.
Unless otherwise noted, if you cancel within 7 days of the class, event, or intensive due to sickness or industry related work, we require a doctor's note or proof of work in order to issue a credit.
Cancellations within 24 business hours of the class, event, or intensive and/or no-shows will NOT be credited under any circumstance. For example, if your class is on Sunday, you must cancel before the end of business on Friday.
Originally from Vancouver, I've trained all over the world – with Odin Teatret in Denmark, Dah Teatar in Serbia, LooseMoose Theatre in Calgary, the Atlantic Acting Conservatory in New York, Bad Dog Theatre in Toronto, in addition to various workshops in Bali, Prague, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. But the backbone of my approach comes from two sources: Practical Aesthetics, which I learned while at the Atlantic Acting Conservatory (2004-2006); and Fitzmaurice Voicework, which I learned from Catherine Fitzmaurice as part of the 7th Certification Group (2009-2010).
I strive to bring all of this experience to bear whenever I teach: to encourage people to do the difficult work of challenging themselves to go further than they thought possible, but also to invite them to soften, and give themselves over, with grace, to the truth of the present moment.