This workshop will provide an intro to the foundations of Fitzmaurice Voicework® along with a taste of The Meisner Technique. Open to both new students (pending a phone interview) and returning students looking for a refresher.
The Art of Awareness: An important component to the craft of acting is knowing yourself. Deeply. Fitzmaurice Voicework® will help you connect your brain with your heart to honor the information your body is giving you to follow through on any acting moment.
Fitzmaurice Voicework® is a whole-body approach to vocal training that helps you communicate both your meaning and your inner life with a free, flexible, potent voice. The work combines classical voice-training with adaptations of yoga, shiatsu, Reichian bodywork and other body-based/meditative practices. This work increases vocal health, presence, spontaneity, resonance, power, and emotional connection – the full range of humanity that can be expressed in the voice.
Fitzmaurice Voicework® is taught in the MFA acting programs at Yale and Harvard, as well as NYU Studios, the Moscow Art Theatre School, and many other institutions all over the world.
The Meisner Technique, developed by one of the greatest acting teachers of the 21st century, is designed to develop an actor's powers of concentration, spontaneity and the ability to live fully in the given circumstances of a role.
Developed by Sanford Meisner, the technique is a system of exercises he created and refined during his time at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
Anyone who has studied the technique knows the quote, "It's not the lines, it's the life." The Meisner technique allows actors to bring life to their lines, to react spontaneously and powerfully, following their natural instincts and living their roles deeply and truthfully.
A combination of the two training techniques FitzMeisner brings Fitzmaurice Voicework® together with Meisner to create a powerful combination that will help actors to release blocks; find greater freedom, spontaneity and ease in performance on screen and stage; and feel more powerful and alive in their work.