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Developing the Actor's Voice

$290.00* for 8 weeks

Next Session TBA

8-week session

Clarity of speech is essential to be a "castable" actor.  However, vocal technique has more to offer than that alone.  It has a holistic, transformational power over the actor.

The voice is, without question, THE most important tool an actor has, yet it’s also one of the most overlooked during training. Lack of voice training can easily cost you many major auditions.

Learn essential vocal skills including, but not limited to:
-Regional Accent Reduction
-Rhythm Structure
-Emotional Use of Vowels
-Proper Breathing Techniques
-Pitch Control
-Use of Liquid Consonants
-Speaking with Resonance

This workshop series will give you a solid foundation applicable to any style of acting by sensetizing, coordinating and refining your vocal apparatus.  It will re-condition your instrument to transcend societal conditioning and familiar environments.  You will learn to trust the author and your own talent as you inhabit the character through the breath, and communicate by playing off the release, while grounded in your own natural resources.  It will enable you to approach your work as a competent artist, while bringing you forth as a unique, magnetic, and castable talent.

Space in this workshop is limited, so reserve your seat today!

*15% discount available to all participants currently enrolled in our Acting As A Craft program!

Mary Beth Liss

Mary Reynard

Mary studied with, and subsequently taught with, legendary Chicago teachers, Ted Liss (whom she married) and Del Close of Second City fame. In London she studied with and befriended Geoffrey Conners, vocal coach of the National Theatre of Great Britain and David Parry of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also studied Opera with Norman Gulbrenson at Northwestern University and Gisela Goettling at the American Conservatory of Music where Mary was chosen as one of their top 10 students and went on to create and teach musical comedy workshops for them.

She is fluent in classical theatre and vocal technique as well as the naturalist schools of thought such as Method, Meisner and Linklater.  She has performed all styles of theatre and was given her SAG card by icon Joanne Woodward in Ms. Woodward's directorial debut for PBS.

 Mary has been coaching, acting and directing in the Chicagoland area for over 30 years.  Most recently she has directed acclaimed productions of "MACBETH" for Roundhouse Theater Company, "A BODY OF WATER" for Redtwist theatre and the World Premier of "THE BOYS IN THE BASEMENT" for 2nd Act Players.

 She has produced and directed many documentary pieces for television including one used by Jerry Brown for his Presidential Campaign, CHRIS Radio at The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.  She has also done voice-over work for Harvard University and The Oriental Institute of Chicago.

 Mary has taught scene study classes and Shakespeare Seminars at THE CHICAGO ACTOR’S STUDIO and has recently returned to continue her collaboration with us.   She is a REDTWIST THEATRE COMPANY member where she has Directed and acted as Vocal Coach for their Resident Company as well as running their Actor's Workshop.  She also trains actors in Improvisation for the University of Illinois. Mary can be seen performing as Winnie Thompson in the I BINGE TV Series FAMILY VALUES.

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