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Voice: Onstage and Off

2nd Edition

By Robert Barton, Rocco dal Vera

© 2011 – Routledge

430 pages

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About the Book

Voice: Onstage and Off is a comprehensive guide to the process of building, mastering, and fine-tuning the voice for performance. Every aspect of vocal work is covered, from the initial speech impulse and the creation of sound, right through to refining the final product in different types of performance. This highly adaptable course of study empowers performers of all levels to combine and evolve their onstage and offstage voices.

This second edition is extensively illustrated and accompanied by an all-new website, full of audio and text resources, including:

  • extensive teacher guides including sample syllabi, scheduling options, and ways of adapting to varying academic environments and teaching circumstances
  • downloadable forms to help reproduce the book’s exercises in the classroom and for students to engage with their own vocal development outside of lessons
  • audio recordings of all exercises featured in the book
  • examples of Voiceover Demos, including both scripts and audio recordings
  • links to useful web resources, for further study.

Four mentors - the voice chef, the voice coach, the voice shrink and the voice doctor - are on hand throughout the book and the website to ensure a holistic approach to voice training. The authors also provide an authoritative survey of US and UK vocal training methods, helping readers to make informed choices about their study.


'I do not know of a more comprehensive book on the subject'

- Beth McGuire, Yale School of Drama

'…excellent resource and should ofer superb value to the field for a long time to come.'

- Jane Boston, Central School of Speech and Drama, UK

'…a book that practically teaches by itself. Comprehensive and easily accessible…'

- from Voice and Speech Training in the New Millennium, Conversations with Master Teachers by Nancy Saklad

Table of Contents

1. Owning Your Voice 2. Healing Your Voice 3. Mastering Your Language 4. Expanding Your Voice 5. Refining Your Voice 6. Releasing Your Other Voices 7. Selecting Your System 8. Planning Your Voice Future

About the Authors

Robert Barton is professor emeritus of acting at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Style for Actors, Acting: Onstage and Off, Acting Reframes, and co-author of Theatre in Your Life and Life Themes (both with Annie McGregor). He has been honored as Outstanding Acting Coach by the American College Theatre Festival and writes a column "Many Right Ways" for The Voice and Speech Review.

Rocco Dal Vera is a professor of drama at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, specialising in theatre voice and speech with particular interest in voice and emotion. He is co author of Acting in Musical Theatre (with Joe Deer, Routledge, 2008), columnist for Dramatics Magazine and Teaching Theatre, and founding editor of the Voice and Speech Review.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning