Voice and the Young Actor: A workbook and DVD

Voice and the Young Actor: A workbook and DVD

by Rena Cook


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"Many high school theatre teachers do not have access to intensive voice instruction. Rena's book will fill that void. It is instructive, concise, easy to understand, and most importantly for the high school student, fun. High school teachers will find the book an invaluable voice and acting resource. It would be beneficial to all high school theatre programs to have Voice and the Young Actor as a textbook." Kim Moore, High School Teacher, Colorado

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 excersises 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408154601
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Performance Books , #1
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 672,175
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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

Acknowledgments iii

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

Bibliography 171

Production photos 173

Index 175

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