Developing the Actor's Voice
$250.00* for 6 weeks
On-going class - choose your own start date!
|4:00pm - 6:00pm
This is an on-going class, meaning that the program is designed so that you are able to
begin your training anytime, and not miss any part of the process.
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
-Emotional Use of Vowels
-Use of Liquid Consonants
-Speaking with Resonance
This class 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
transcend societal conditioning and familiar environments. You
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
you to approach your work as a competent artist, while bringing you
forth as a unique, magnetic, and castable talent.
this class is limited, so reserve your seat today!
*15% discount available to all students currently enrolled in our Acting As A Craft
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