- 21 May - 21 May, 2021
One of the fundamental aspects in voice training is breathing. Proper use of the breath not only enables the speaker to speak with more authenticity, but it also helps to unleash any hidden or suppressed emotions in order to attain vocal, verbal and emotional clarity in what the speaker is saying. In this three-hour workshop, you will learn how to access and release your own authentic voice in order to communicate with greater clarity and confidence.
This workshop will be conducted on Zoom.
This workshop is for anyone, actors and non-actors, who want to strengthen and expand your vocal dexterity so that you can use your voice and speak with clarity and confidence. Minimum age for admission is 15 years.
24th April 2021: Saturday, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
29th May 2021: Saturday, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
This workshop will be conducted on Zoom. Zoom link details will be sent out 3-5 days prior to the workshop date.
AREAS OF FOCUS
I have not done any voice work in the past. Is this workshop suitable for me?
Of course. This workshop is designed for absolute beginners as well as experienced performers and public speakers who want to sharpen their vocal skills. You will be introduced to simple but effective vocal exercises that you can use to practice each day.
I am a very shy person and struggle with speaking in public spaces. Can this workshop help me overcome my fear of speaking in public?
I like to think that nothing is impossible if you have the right mindset and are determined to improve. In this workshop, you will be guided and supported not just by me, but by your peers as well. You will learn ways to overcome certain habits that have been preventing you from unleashing your true potential. The more trust you have in yourself, the more you will progress.
Can you provide more details on the content of the workshop?
This workshop centres around the connection between body, breath and voice. You will learn simple stretches to make the body more limber. You will also learn how the breath can help to power the voice and drive communication between you and your listener. You will be speaking from the very start, so please have a glass or bottle of water nearby so that you can take small sips in between activities.
Will I need to prepare anything (e.g. a speech or monologue) before the workshop?
No, you are not required to prepare anything. Just come ready to work and have fun! A mini booklet containing exercises and speeches will be sent out to you before the workshop day. I suggest you read through the speeches and select one or two that resonates with you because we will be using them in class. You won’t be required to memorize them.
Born and bred in Malaysia, Mark is a Melbourne-based Voice and Speech Coach. He holds an MA (Master of Arts) in Voice Studies from the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has taught voice to professional actors, singers, public speakers, lawyers, journalists, fitness instructors and health specialists. He currently teaches Speech and Communication at The University of Melbourne, runs an active private studio and regularly conducts voice and speech workshops in Australia and Asia. Theatre productions that Mark has voice and dialect coached on include NEXT TO NORMAL (dir. Mark Taylor), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (dir. Stephen O’Neil), TITANIC: THE MUSICAL (dir. James Cutler), THE COLOR PURPLE (dir. Robbie Carmellotti), and ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (dir. Chris Baldock).
As a teacher, coach and mentor, Mark takes pride and joy not only in sharing his knowledge to his students, but also watching them grow into more successful versions of themselves. Mark strongly believes in creating a safe and supportive yet playful environment for all his students so that they can gain the most out of every session.