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Accents In Action Workshop for Actors and Public Speakers

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  • Sat 2 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 3 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga Show map



Ticket Information:

  • Registration: $60.00

A workshop with internationally trained voice tutor Kirstie O’Sullivan is supported by a grant from Creative Communities/Auckland Council.

(Limited to 10 people aged 18 and over.) Download a registration form from the website.

'You've either got an ear for accents, or you haven't.' Heard this before? While it's true that some actors have an aptitude for picking up accents swiftly and easily, working with accents is also a skill that can be learnt and developed.

So if you:
- Struggle to learn and/or maintain a consistent accent when performing
- Long to deliver a strong, confident and spontaneous performance in an accent other than your own
- Would like to have the tools and confidence to approach any accent you may be required to work with...

...then sign up for Accents in Action.

Course outline:
This weekend intensive aims to equip you with the tools and confidence to approach any accent. All accent work is grounded in and connected to the vocal, physical, intuitive and imaginative choices of you, the actor.

An Approach to Working on Accents: During the weekend you will explore the underlying structure of accents in order to establish an approach to working with any accent and/or dialect. You will also have the chance to put this into practice by working on a monologue of your choice (from a list of recommendations).

All accent and dialect work will be grounded in the following vocal activators:
- How the Voice Works: a practical exploration of the anatomy and physiology of the voice, and how you can use this to your advantage

- Relaxation Techniques: exercises to assist the release of unnecessary physical and muscular tension, which may be impeding your vocal power

- Fundamental Breath Work: you will explore the connection with your breath as the foundation for sound. This also forms the basis for developing vocal resonance

- Pitch, Pace and Volume: three of the most important tools for any actor. ‘Accents and The Actor’s Voice’ will address how the use of these can improve your vocal variety and flexibility, thereby increasing the chance of capturing the attention of your listener

- Articulation: an appreciation and application of clear articulation (otherwise known as ‘good diction’) assists in the clarity of communication. Ensure that what you are saying is supported by how you are saying it!

Learning outcomes:
On completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Take away a systematic, methodical approach to working with any accent and/or dialect
- Express yourself and the ideas behind your text with greater clarity and conviction
- Understand the anatomy and physiology of your voice
- Demonstrate an awareness of how to keep your voice healthy and well
- Express yourself with greater vocal strength, confidence and commitment!

Kirstie has worked as a professional actor, voiceover artist, teacher and trainer in film, theatre, television, radio and business for 20 years. She trained at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School (Bachelor of Performance, Acting) and after many years on stage and screen was later awarded a Creative New Zealand grant to do Post Graduate study in Voice at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia.

This course is one of only a few internationally that provides voice trainers with the skills and ability to release the full vocal potential of all professional voice users. Kirstie returned to NZ in 2007 to take up the position of Head of Voice at Unitec’s Department of Performing & Screen Arts. Since 2012 she has been Head of Voice at The Actors’ Program.

She is also the MD of The Voice Practice, which specialises in media and communication coaching, voice and speech training and business presentation skills. Internationally, Kirstie has taught Voice for the Actor at the Theatre Training & Research Programme (Singapore) and Broadcast Voice at Charles Sturt University (Australia).

Closer to home, she has worked as a voice coach for a number of professional theatres.

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