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Training Actors' Voices

Towards an Intercultural/Interdisciplinary Approach, 1st Edition

By Tara McAllister-Viel


218 pages

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Contemporary actor training in the US and UK has become increasingly multicultural and multilinguistic. Border-crossing, cross-cultural exchange in contemporary theatre practices, and the rise of the intercultural actor has meant that actor training today has been shaped by multiple modes of training and differing worldviews. How might mainstream Anglo-American voice training for actors address the needs of students who bring multiple worldviews into the training studio? When several vocal training traditions are learned simultaneously, how does this shift the way actors think, talk, and perform? How does this change the way actors understand what a voice is? What it can/should do? How it can/should do it?

Using adaptations of a traditional Korean vocal art, p’ansori, with adaptations of the "natural" or "free" voice approach, Tara McAllister-Viel offers an alternative approach to training actors’ voices by (re)considering the materials of training: breath, sound, "presence," and text. This work contributes to ongoing discussions about the future of voice pedagogy in theatre, for those practitioners and scholars interested in performance studies, ethnomusicology, voice studies, and intercultural theories and practices.

Table of Contents



1. Conversations and Methodologies: Embodiment, Interculturalism and Practice-as-Research

2. What is the ‘natural/free’ voice approach?

3. What is sŏngŭm [성음] in p’ansori [판소리]?

4. The Role of Breath in training actors’ voices

5. The Role of "Presence" in Training Actors’ Voices

6. Text/Vocal Text: the Role of Voice/Sound and Text


About the Author

Tara McAllister-Viel is Head of Voice and Speech at East 15 Acting School, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Voice Studies

The Routledge Voice Studies series offers a platform for rigorous discussion of voice across disciplines, practices and areas of interest. This series aims to facilitate the dissemination and cross-fertilisation of voice-related research to effectively generate new knowledge and fresh critical insights on voice, vocality, and voicing.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Broadway & Musical Revue