Toronto 2-Week & 3-Week Intensives
The Toronto 2-Week & 3-Week Intensives offer time and space to engage your curiosity, journey deeply into the connection of the body the voice and the word, and explore your potential in performance. Immerse yourself in daily practice of movement, breath, resonance, rhythm and range to awaken, restore and revitalize your creative sources. Build confidence, clarity and specificity in your work with text. Cultivate dynamic responsiveness with scene partners and your audience.
TWO OR THREE WEEKS: YOUR CHOICE…..
The first two weeks will focus on the foundations of vocal and physical practice as well as enlivening your engagement with language and text. The third week provides the opportunity to deepen your relationship to resonance, range and power and explore the potency of your presence with your text and scene partner. You will have the opportunity to work with a Shakespeare monologue and scene from one of this year’s 3 plays for both the two and three week format.
The voice intensive invites you into a responsive and inclusive environment and rigorous, innovative performance research in which to develop your unique voice. As a participant, you are guaranteed to leave with plenty of answers, invigorating questions, refined skills and an energized personal practice that supports your professional goals and artistic process.
Dates and Location
Two Week Intensive: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Saturday, Jun 1, 2019
Three Week Intensive: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, 2019
University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
St. George Campus, Central Toronto
Tuition and Application
2 Weeks: $1,460 CAD/$1,150 CAD Early bird registration by Jan 31, 2019
3 Weeks: $1,860 CAD/$1,650 CAD Early bird registration by Jan 31, 2019
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What to Expect
During the intensive, you will have opportunities to:
- foster new dimensions of your breath, body and voice
- consciously re-align unnecessary effort into easeful responsiveness
- tap your potential for embodiment of the text through integrated approaches
- enrich your moment-to-moment relationship to self, to scene partners and to your audience
- walk away with concrete understanding of a classic vocal warm up and wealth of tools to incorporate into your artistic practice
- integrate your physical, intellectual and emotional experience into a dynamic, grounded and productive presence.
Seasoned Actors and advanced acting students will renew and revitalize their craft. Directors and playwrights will gain a profound understanding of the actor’s process and venture into sensory sources and organic practices for creation. Dancers and movers will increase their performance range as they discover the resonance of their voices. Teachers will acquire new approaches, enliven their creative sources and enrich their toolkit.
Facilities & Accommodation
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How To Prepare
The nature of the work and the schedule demands a high level of commitment, energy and participation and you will be expected to attend all sessions. Here’s what you can do to make the most of your Two or Three week Intensive…
- Clear your schedule of extra activities and auditions in order to leave time for reflection, preparation and rest.
- Purchase enough groceries and healthy food options to last the entire week.
- Get as much sleep as possible; honour your impulse to slow down as you dive deeply into creative resonances.
- Arrive to each session, including warm up, early so that you can give yourself time to transition into the work with consciousness and care.
Once your application has been accepted, you will be asked to Choose, Prepare and Memorize a Monologue from one of this year’s Shakespeare plays (a list of options will be provided to you). You will also be assigned a Scene to memorize and work with. We will provide a list of optional readings to support your preparation. If you have no previous experience with Shakespeare, don’t worry! The work at the Intensive is designed to guide and support accessibility and your interaction with the text. If you have lots of experience with Shakespeare, don’t worry! The work at the Intensive is also designed to encourage deep and rich territory in which to play.
Sunday, May 19th Opening and Orientation 2:30 to 6:30pm
Week One, May 20th to May 25th (Monday to Friday)
Week Two, May 27th to June 1st (Monday to Saturday)
Week Three, June 3rd to June 8th (Monday to Saturday)
Mornings are dedicated to vocal/physical practice and exploration, while the afternoons generally focus on the application to language and text. Evenings feature an array of practical seminars to deepen the context of our creative work. On the last day of the Intensive, we will have a private showing of our work followed by an evening of celebration.
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 - 4:15pm - Image
4:30 – 6:15pm Text
7:15 – 9:15 Typically, there are 3 evenings sessions per week scheduled TBA (Fridays and Saturdays will end no later than 6:15pm)
Lunch is 90 minutes giving you time to reflect, settle and arrive for the afternoon sessions. On late days, Dinner break is 1 hour.
Participants will receive a finalized schedule for week ONE on Sunday May 19th and will receive schedules for the following two weeks each Saturday.