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Creating Character through Voice and Body

With Laurann Brown

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow declared that the human voice is the organ of the soul; my first voice teacher espoused that the voice is a response to the psyche and the body.

Between the soul, the psyche, and the body the voice becomes one of our primary means of expressing and creating character—both our own and those we play on stage and screen.

Join me for a two-hour exploration of breath, sound, colour, rhythm, and music in the voice and body as we explore a few different ways to build a character by way of various vocal techniques. Methods used will likely include Laban Efforts for Voice, a variation on Kristin Linklater’s resonance ladder, and the resonant characters created in the Roy Hart Method of Voice Work. The class will be inclusive and responsive to the needs of participants with opportunities to explore, sound, and discuss.

Date: November 25, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom link (will be provided to those registered)
Cost: $25
Pay-what-you-can pricing available.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit tickets.morpheustheatre.ca.

Instructor Bio

Laurann J Brown recently returned to her hometown of Calgary after 10+ years working as a voice and dialect expert in London, UK. She specializes in practical voice, dialect coaching, accent softening for EFL speakers, and mindfulness through breath and voice.

In London, Laurann taught in many drama schools including, three years as Head of Voice at The Urdang Academy; and five years as Senior Voice Tutor for the BA Hons Musical Theatre at ArtsEd. Many of her students went on to win roles in leading West End musicals such as Les Miserables, Wicked, Hamilton, Matilda, Romeo&Juliet, Heathers, Waitress, and many more. In addition, she worked widely as an accent coach in professional theatre and film around the UK and maintained links to Canada as an Associate Coach at the Shaw Festival.

Her accent specialisms include Canadian, General American, American regional dialects (Southern, New York, Midwest, and others), Standard English, Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Irish (Dublin), Yorkshire, French, Italian. Other dialects can be coached on request.

Additional professional training in massage therapy, yoga, meditation, 5 Rhythms Movement and Mental Health First Aid gives her great insights into physicality and nervous system regulation and she is equally in demand teaching body language, vocal confidence, and public speaking skills.

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