There are thousands of students enrolled in school drama classes in yet very often young actors cannot be heard, are culturally encouraged to trail off at the ends of sentences, and habitually use only the lowest pitches of the voice. Drama teachers, frequently ask, "How can I get my students to speak up, to be clear, to articulate?"
Voice and the Young Actor is written for the school actor, is inviting in format, language and illustration and offers clear and inspiring instructions. A DVD features 85 mins and 28 filmed voice workshop exercises with the author and two students. These students log their reflections in the book on what they have learned throughout their training and there is space for the reader to do the same.
A workbook in format, Voice and the Young Actor provides simple, interactive vocal exercises and shows young performers how to take voice work into acting.
About the Author
Rena Cook is Head of Voice at the School of Drama, University of Oklahoma and was a high school drama teacher for 16 years. Rena presents voice workshops for state drama conferences in Colorado, Texas, and Georgia, as well as the Educational Theatre Associations' Conference. A professional voice and dialect coach, Rena served as Editor-in-Chief of the Voice and Speech Review.
Table of Contents
Preface for teachers vii
Preface for students x
1 I hate my voice 2
2 What are vocal folds anyway? 12
3 Protecting the jewels 21
4 Why am I so tense? 30
5 But that's how I always stand! 43
6 If I weren't breathing, I'd be dead 61
7 My voice is a trumpet? 87
8 The highs and lows of voice 104
9 No, I don't have marbles in my mouth 113
10 My personal warm-up 131
11 Expressivity: tennis balls and more 135
12 Perfect voice! Now what? 150
13 Sample warm-ups 164
Production photos 173