The 2018 voice conference theme was Voice for Stage.
Barbara Houseman -Audibility and Truth: Finding the Balance - Often it can seem that audibility and truth in the theatre are at odds especially for younger actors. However, a supported voice is also a connected voice and real clarity is the result of a need to communicate. This workshop will explore how truth and audibility can not only co-exist but can also be mutually supportive. The workshop will explore support, range, resonance and articulation in the context of performing in 500-1,000 seater theatres. It will also explore how acting and voice work can be woven together to support the actor to be audible in a way that feels connected and truthful.
Yvonne Morley - Vocal Profiling - A look at how to play and manipulate your own voice for character work safely. This workshop will explore reproducing and analysing the voice of a famous person from a recording but also how to tap into your own potential for creating character voices from scratch.
Research Presentations 2018
Gemma Milburn - End Gaining - Developing a behaviour-focussed teaching methodology that will work synergistically with science-based vocal training techniques.
Leon Trayman - Mumblegate - A look at projection and audibility in contemporary theatre
Marianne Bos-Clarke - An SLT's Approach to Maintaining Vocal Health - An overview of maintaining vocal health within the theatrical environment, what to do if you have vocal issues and links to applications within the clinical environment.
Sylvie Lui - Diversity in Voice Training - Identifying and managing the challenges of inclusivity and diversity within voice training in drama conservatoire environments.
Yvonne Morley - A Voice for Richard - A look at creating the real Richard III using several fields of expertise including craniotomy-facial reconstruction, dentistry, linguistics, forensic psychology and vocal profiling. This pioneering research aims to produce a 3 dimensional animated model of Richard III thinking, breathing and speaking his own words from historical documentation.
Aundrea Fudge - The Myth of Accent Fossilization - Accent fossilization has been considered a legitimate principle amongst most theorists for some time. It’s the idea that no matter how long a person studies they will never be able to obtain a native accent in a language they’ve learned after the critical period learning. I hypothesized that using different techniques could aid an ESL student in the acquisition of a native English accent. I set out to determine: How the use of mimicry, imagination, and kinesthetic exercises impact the acquisition of an R.P. accent by an ESL (English as a Second Language) student in a drama school?