4 Week Intensive
Engage, embody, explore.
Canada's National Voice Intensive's 4 week program is a demanding program of deep vocal, physical, and emotional work. As a participant, you are likely to leave with plenty of answers, and even more questions, leading to further explorations and realizations..
Dates and Location
What to Expect
During the four 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 the first day with Sonnet 64 memorized
- 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
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
- King Lear
- Richard II
SAMPLE - Schedule for 4 Week Intensive
Mornings are dedicated to voice and movement and afternoons to image, language and text. You will begin with Shakespeare's Sonnet 64, then work on a monologue, and then a scene from one of the four plays with a partner. On the last day of the Intensive, we will have a private showing of our work followed by an evening of celebration to close the year.
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. Please 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 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Week 3 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Week 4 - Tuesday, other evenings participants are encouraged to rehearse
These are TYPICAL schedules but do be prepared for some weekly variations. Each Monday, participants will receive the finalized schedule for that week.
On the weekends of week 2 and 3, you may want to meet with your scene partner to practice.
The Saturday of week 4 is the last day of the Voice Intensive.