Training Actors' Voices: Towards an Intercultural/Interdisciplinary Approach

Training Actors' Voices: Towards an Intercultural/Interdisciplinary Approach

by Tara McAllister-Viel


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Contemporary actor training in the US and UK has become increasingly multicultural and multilinguistic. Border-crossing, cross-cultural exchange in contemporary theatre practices, and the rise of the intercultural actor has meant that actor training today has been shaped by multiple modes of training and differing worldviews. How might mainstream Anglo-American voice training for actors address the needs of students who bring multiple worldviews into the training studio? When several vocal training traditions are leaned simultaneously, how does this shift the way actors think, talk and train the voice? How does this change the way actors understand what a voice is? What it can/should do? How it can/should do it?

Using adaptations of a traditional Korean vocal art, p’ansori, with adaptations of the ‘natural’ or ‘free’ voice approach, McAllister-Viel offers an alternative approach to training actors’ voices by (re)considering the materials of training: breath, sound, ‘presence’, and text. This work contributes to on-going discussions about the future of voice pedagogy in theatre, for those practitioners and scholars interested in performance studies, ethnomusicology, voice studies, and intercultural theories and practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138088689
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Series: Routledge Voice Studies Series
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tara McAllister-Viel is Head of Voice at East 15 Acting School, UK.

Table of Contents



1. Conversations and Methodologies: Embodiment, Interculturalism and Practice-as-Research

2. What is the ‘natural/free’ voice approach?

3. What is sŏngŭm [] in p’ansori []?

4. The Role of Breath in training actors’ voices

5. The Role of "Presence" in Training Actors’ Voices

6. Text/Vocal Text: the Role of Voice/Sound and Text


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