3 Week Intensive

Reflect, Reawaken, Reactivate.

This program provides a dynamic and supportive environment in which participants can investigate and approach their current challenges working towards integration and authority in all aspects of the work: voice, movement, text and living in the action.

Explorations and practice will invite the participant to review, reconsider, reawaken, reinvigorate and reflect on the foundations of the classical training and to arrive into a deeper, richer personal source with which to return to the text.  There will be emphasis on vocal and physical responsiveness and clarifying voice work as a primary system of support for the actor in performance.

Participants will arrive with a fully prepared monologue chosen by themselves from one of this year's four Shakespeare plays PLUS one fully prepared contemporary monologue of their choice.  During the 3 weeks, they will be assigned an extended scene from Shakespeare's canon and will be given direction in this scene through the process.  As in the 4 week program, monologues and directed scenes will be given opportunity to be seen by peer participants and faculty.   There will also be opportunity to reflect on, practice and discuss the application of the classic voice explorations to contemporary text.

Our traditional 4 week program and the 3 week program will run simultaneously. Warm-up session and some voice and movement sessions will be integrated so that participants from both programs will have the opportunity to work with each other and be part of the full Voice Intensive experience.

Dates and Location

2018 TBA
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Facilities & Accommodation


Stay tuned for details

What to Expect

During the three weeks, you will have opportunities to:

  • develop a deep understanding of your unique breath and voice
  • foster a tangible awareness of your own vocal and physical habits
  • experience and incorporate the Linklater classical voice warm up progression into your artistic practice
  • explore a wealth of tools with which to tap into your imagination
  • build a coherent and integrated approach to physical, vocal, and text preparation
  • deepen your ability to be in relationship with your scene partner and your audience

Seasoned actors and advanced students are invited to renew and revitalize their craft. Directors and playwrights can gain a more profound understanding of the actor’s craft as well as a new organic process for their work. Dancers and movers in the performing arts can expect to find a deeper connection to their own bodies through the window of their resonant voices. Voice teachers will acquire new approaches to enrich their teaching.

How to Prepare

The nature of the work demands a high level of commitment in terms of time and energy. Here’s what you can do to make the most of the Intensive:


  • Read the plays before arrival to gain general understanding
  • Arrive on first day with a prepared Shakespeare monologue (from one of the 4 plays) and one contemporary monologue
  • Clear your schedule of work and auditions


  • Purchase enough groceries and healthy food options to last the entire week
  • Bring enough clothing to get you to laundry day as it is unlikely you will have time or energy to do this during the week
  • Get as much sleep as possible; honour your impulse to slow down
  • Tell your friends and family the Voice Intensive will take up an extensive amount of your time; you may need to limit other commitments.
  • Arrive to each session, including warm up, early so that you can give yourself time to transition from one state to the next

For more information and answers to possible questions, visit Frequently Asked Questions

Season Plays

Every year, the faculty of the Voice Intensive collectively chooses 4 Shakespeare plays for the curriculum.

Each play is chosen for its rich textual content, plethora of imagery, and exciting characters and partnering. We select monologues and scenes with which the participants work.

To start on the journey into Shakespeare’s words, afternoon and evening sessions are dedicated to exploring the Bard’s language, revealing the layers of meaning, emotion and intention.

This year, we are excited to announce the following plays for 2017:

  • As You Like It
  • Coriolanus
  • King Lear
  • Richard II


SAMPLE - Schedule for 3 Week Intensive

Mornings are dedicated to voice and movement and afternoons to image, language and text. You will arrive with a prepared Shakespearian monologue and a contemporary monologue and given time for an initial presentation of these with the faculty on first day which establishes our beginning. From there, you will continue to work with the monologues and, will be assigned an extended scene to work with a partner. On the last day of the Intensive, there will be private showing (for VI faculty and participants) of the scenes and monologues followed by a closing circle.

As there is a tremendous amount of information to cover, in addition to the typical work day, there are several evening and a few lunch-hour sessions.

A typical day may look like this:
8:15 - 8:30am - Personal arrival
8:30 - 9:00am - Group Morning Practice
9:15 - 11:00am - Movement
11:15 - 1:00pm - Voice
2:30 - 4:10pm - Image
4:20 – 6:00pm - Text
7:00 – 9:00 - Evening sessions on selected days; see below

There are 10-minute breaks between sessions and lunch is 90 minutes. You will be expected to use a portion of lunchtime to settle and arrive for the afternoon sessions.

On late days, a dinner break of 60 minutes is also allotted, and participants should expect to stay until 9:00 pm.

Evening sessions are typically as follows:
Week 1 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Week 2 - Monday (possible), Tuesday, Thursday
Week 3 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

These are TYPICAL schedules but do be prepared for some weekly variations. For example, some evenings noted above may be self-directed lab time for rehearsal.

Each Monday participants will receive the finalized schedule for that week.

On the weekend of week 2 you will be encouraged to meet with scene partner to practice.
The Saturday of week 3 is the last day of the Voice Intensive.