There are three core foundational elements to acting: Technique, Movement and Voice.

Your Voice is one of your most precious tools not only in acting, but in life. Voice is not just about being heard (volume), but it is also about quality, physical tension, articulation, accent, breath control and the ability to work without tension while being emotionally connected to a moment. January 19 and 20th we have brought in four master instructors from the UNC School of the ARTS and ATLANTA. Improving your voice takes discipline and time. Theses intensives will provide you with an introductory foundation and several tools to take with you to help specifically develop your voice.

This workshop is designed specifically for actors, but is open to all levels, professions and the general public because it’s not just about acting. It’s about the voice. You can purchase classes individually or as an entire weekend.

Courses and Schedule:
Saturday 9:00 – 3:00pm: Voice for Stage (Geordie MacMinn) with an hour break
Saturday 3:00 – 6:00pm: Vocal Technique for Singing (Wendy Hayes)
Sunday 12:00 – 2:25pm: Accent Reduction (Kim Linsider)
Sunday 2:35 – 5:00: Empowering the Speaker (Martin Rader)


Combined Workshop Sessions Pricing

1. Voice for Stage & Vocal Technique for Singing: $175
                                                      *maximum 12 students
2. Accent Reduction & Empowering the Speaker: $105
                                                       *maximum 12 students

Pricing for Individual Workshop Sessions

1. Voice for Stage with Geordie MacMinn: $125
*maximum 20 students
2. Vocal Technique for Singing with Wendy Hayes: $75
*maximum 12 students
3. Accent Reduction: $60
*maximum 12 students
4. Empowering the Speaker: $60
  *maximum 16 students


Meet your instructors:

[tab_item title="GEORDIE MACMINN Voice for Stage"]Geordie MacMinn is one of only a very small handful of people internationally who are double-certified in both Linklater Voice Work and The Alexander Technique. He trained as an Alexander Technique teacher at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, earning his AmSAT certification in 2001.  He has earned two post-graduate teacher certifications from the American Center for the Alexander Technique, NYC: The Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf, (2003) and The Carrington Way of Working with John Nicholls, (2004).  In Los Angeles, Geordie taught voice at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Stella Adler Academy of Acting, as well as originating classes in the Alexander Technique into both of the curriculums.  He also taught Alexander to classical singers in the OperaWorks summer training program at Cal State Northridge.  As an actor, he attended the LA City College Theatre Academy, and earned his BA in Acting from California State University at Fullerton.  He has trained and performed with Shakespeare & Company, and has acted in roles in theatre and television.  In 2003, Geordie joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Drama teaching Alexander and Linklater Voice.  Earning his Designation as a Linklater Voice Teacher in 2007, he traveled to Hamburg, Germany in the summer of 2008 to participate in an advanced teacher training with Kristin Linklater in Sound & Movement.  In North Carolina, he has presented workshops in the Alexander Technique to singers and musicians, and maintains a private practice teaching Linklater Voice and Alexander Technique to people from all walks of life.  Member of SAG, AFTRA, VASTA, AmSAT.[/tab_item]
[tab_item title="WENDY HAYES Vocal Technique for Singers"]Wendy received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal performance from ASU  and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career.  Having sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center, her favorite opera roles include Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Laetitia inThe Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflote. An accomplished Equity actress as well as singer,  Wendy has appeared in leading roles on stages of many prominent professional theatres throughout the U.S. including Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Temple Theatre, and Blowing Rock Stage Company. She received glowing reviews for her portrayals of Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up and Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Cafe…to name just a few. She was also one of nine singers chosen after extensive auditions in North America, Europe, and Australia, to appear at Tokyo Disney in the Broadway review ENCORE! From 1991 – 2009 she was a frequent headliner and lead production singer on cruise ships and it was during this time the she wrote Everything is Rosie (a one-woman show celebrating the life of Rosemary Clooney) and Ladies and Gentlemen (a cabaret show celebrating the pioneers of traditional pop music such as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald).  Each of the shows premiered in south Florida at the Winter Park Playhouse in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Wendy is also an accomplished director and choreographer and has choreographed and directed shows for various cruise lines as well as professional theatres throughout the southeast.[/tab_item]
[tab_item title="KIM LINSIDER Accent Reduction"]In today’s global marketplace, clear communication is more important than ever. Accent management techniques help professionals from all backgrounds improve their ability to communicate effectively by removing the barriers posed by foreign or regional accents. Kim D. Linsider provides one-on-one and small group accent management training to help professionals minimize their accents and improve their ability to speak Standard (Neutral) American English.
For over 10 years, Kim has been helping clients improve their verbal techniques for use during presentations, meetings, phone conversations, conference calls and group trainings. Kim’s clients have come from around the world, including Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and the United States.  She has worked with university students, small business entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 company employees. Her clients include customer service representatives, call center support agents, sales professionals, corporate trainers, project managers, lawyers, actors and senior executives. Through her unique teaching methods, Kim’s clients learn the skills they need to consistently improve their verbal communication techniques on an ongoing basis.
Kim holds a M.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia.  In 2001, Kim completed her certification in the Compton P-ESL method of Accent and Dialect Reduction and began seeing clients across a wide range of specialties in the global community.

Kim Linsider, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist in the state of Georgia.
She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a certified Compton P-ESL instructor. [/tab_item]
[tab_item title="MARTIN RADER The Empowering Speaker"]Martin Rader spent almost thirty years as a teacher, director, and actor at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He holds a B.A. from State University of New York, an M.F.A. in directing from Penn State University, and is also a certified practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He is a recipient of the University of North Carolina’s award for Excellence in Teaching. Rader continues to hold acting workshops and master classes in New York City and Los Angeles. His students have appeared in on and off-Broadway shows, and in regional theatres across the country. They have won Obies, Golden Globes, Tony Awards, and they have directed Broadway shows as well as Hollywood feature films. Recent acting credits include Body of Water, Immediate Theatre, Asheville; Madagascar, Cell Theatre, Albuquerque, NM; Tuesdays With Morrie (Guest Artist), Hickory Theatre; West Side Story (Guest Artist), University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Proof and Diary of Anne Frank, Triad Stage, Greensboro. He has directed over fifty productions in professional, university, and community theatres.

NYS3 Classes: Audition for Theatre, Public Speaking, Scene Work, Script Analysis

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Class Descriptions:

[tab_item title="VOICE FOR STAGE"]Voice for Stage with Geordie MacMinn: Saturday, January 19th, 9-3pm
Each one of us has a voice that’s capable of freely expressing the wide gamut of emotions and the most subtlest of thoughts. So often though, we don’t experience this. When working on a piece of text, the emotions don’t come, or they get trapped in the throat, or we “get in our head.”  We find ourselves pushing and then feel hoarse, sore or loose our voices all together. The voice work of Kristin Linklater, known as Freeing The Natural Voice, aims to restore the connection of our creative impulses to our voice – which is our birthright. The result is a voice that is transparent, a voice that reveals, rather than merely describes, the speaker’s own unique inner world. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of this technique as you develop awareness of what is interfering with your natural voice, as well as tools and techniques for freeing your breath, connecting thoughts and feelings to your voice, and freeing sound from your body. [/tab_item]
[tab_item title="VOCAL TECHNIQUE for SINGERS"]Vocal Technique for Singers with Wendy Hayes: Saturday, January 19th, 3-6pm
This 3 hour intensive and exhilarating vocal workshop will focus on voice technique and vocal health for musical theatre or aspiring musical theatre performers. ALL participants will come away with specific vocal exercises for warm-ups, breath management, range extension, developing agility, resonance balancing, and and tips on keeping the vocal mechanism healthy and fully functioning. Attendees will also participate in group vocalizations and will observe other singers who may volunteer for individual work before the class.  Workshop will conclude with a question and answer session to address any remaining questions…facts and fallacies will be explored and the truth will be revealed! Supporting handouts will also be provided to participants. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or towel, dress comfortably, and prepare to leave inspired.[/tab_item]
[tab_item title="ACCENT REDUCTION"]Accent Reduction with Kim Linsider: Sunday, January 20th, 12-2:30pm
This workshop provides an overview of the discipline of Accent Management as well as an introduction to self-improvement techniques and processes.

  • Accent Basics
  • Introduction to the Origins of Accents and Regional Dialects
  • What is a Standard (Neutral) American Accent?
  • The importance of Accent Management in the workplace
  • Advanced Levels of Verbal Communication
  • Word stress and idiomatic expression
  • Precise articulation, intonation and voice projection
  • Methodology and Improvement
  • Evaluation process
  • Auditory Sensitivity of Sound Nuance
  • A Guided Study of  methodology and practice
  • Acclimation and Generalization
  • Model Session
  • Evaluation of personal sounds, practice and incorporation into structured speech settings
  • Follow up and future study

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The Empowering Speaker with Marty Rader: Sunday, January 20th, 2:30-5:00pm

This workshop will enable you to stand behind your words with confidence.  It will offer you an introduction to the skills allowing you to have the impact you desire so that you can clearly and deliberately deliver your message.
Among the topics to be covered
Test your communication by making the listener more important than yourself.
·       Remain diligent and committed to an outcome
·        Know when to begin and how to measure when to stop
·       Focus and organize your energy–avoid wandering aimlessly in space
·       Eliminate the question:  “What do I do with my hands?”
·       Employ verbs and other power words effectively
·       Utilize pace, pitch, and silence
·       Work with the audience as your collaborator in the communication
·       Improve concentration
·       The three “Tells” and how to effectively use them.