Time & Location
20. – 21.11.2021
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 15:45
Pursimiehenkatu 26 H,
Over two live sessions Barbara Houseman will be sharing ways to bring text to life, whether for stage or screen. Based on 40 years of experience working with professional actors, Barbara will give you a powerful way of connecting deeply with any text, vocally, physically and emotionally, so it is both authentic and engaging.
About The Event
This weekend workshop will enable participants to deeply connect with their inner and outer voice. It will be a chance to develop vocal skills which allow participants to speak with authenticity, expression and ease. The workshop will be tailored to each participant enabling them to develop the vocal, textual and communication skills they need to speak with power and truth and engage any audience
Participants are asked to pre-select one or two pieces (monologues/presentations) which challenge them in different ways that will be worked upon throughout the duration of the course. Please note that work on one monologue only is guaranteed within the given time frame.
WHO IT IS FOR
This workshop is for actors with varied experience or anyone keen to explore their own approach to the craft and their engagement with text. Coaching will be tailored for the participants based upon their experience and needs.
WHAT YOU GET
Tools for dealing with self consciousness, self criticism, nerves and anxiety
Vocal Ease (especially during emotionally charged speeches/situations)
Vocal Presence (filling performance spaces of varying size without force or falseness and in a way that engages your listener)
Vocal Quality (exploring how to develop the full potential of your vocal sound)
Vocal Expression (enabling the ‘music’ of your thoughts and feelings to play through the voice)
Vocal Clarity (being understood without sacrificing truth or authenticity)
The understanding of how to make any text your own whilst still honouring it’s style
Price: 365€ incl. VAT 24%
Workshop will happen live at Pursimiehenkatu 26H, Helsinki
Class times: 20. – 21.11.2021 / Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 15:45
Place is limited and will be filled on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis.
The booking for all events and workshops is binding. You can cancel 30 days prior to the event and receive a 50% return of your payment or you can pass on your spot to another person without an extra fee.
Teaching language is English (Please keep in mind that you do not need to have perfect English skills, and you do not need to worry about accent and pronunciation).
All rights to changes reserved.
WHAT TO BRING
A pencil/pen, paper or a notebook, and a willingness to learn.
One or two monologues (ideally 1min, no more than 1.5min) that challenge you in different ways. Please note that only one of these monologues may be worked on during the course.
ABOUT BARBARA HOUSEMAN
Barbara Houseman has worked in theatre for forty years. After dividing her time between Directing and Voice Work, she spent six years in the world renowned Voice Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company then became Associate Director at the Young Vic. For the last 22 years she has worked freelance as a Voice, Text and Acting coach and Associate Director and Director. Among other private clients she coaches Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Jessie Buckley on various projects. In 2009 she joined Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as Voice and Text Coach and in 2014 became Season Associate Director. She has worked on numerous shows in the West End including End Game, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Duchess of Malfi, Design for Living & Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and The Ferryman at the Gielgud; Macbeth, Richard iii and Dr Faustus for the Jamie Lloyd company; the All Female Shakespeare Trilogy, St Joan, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Coriolanus, Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar. She is the author of Finding Your Voice and Tackling Text [and Subtext] both published by Nick Hern Books and of two digital Masterclasses Developing Your Voice and Bringing the Text to Life. Barbara has also trained as a Healing Shiatsu Practitioner, Master NLP Practitioner, Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling Coach, Calling in the One Coach. These have all influenced her work as has her 33 years practising Mindfulness. She now teaches Mindfulness and Self Compassion alongside her voice, acting and directing work.
“Barbara’s work starts with voice, passes through the physical and results in a character. Her teaching helps total performance.”
– Jude Law
“Having returned to the stage for the first time in 14 years I recently enlisted the help of Barbara and found her to be hugely helpful , supportive and inspirational .. I rate her as one of the best voice coaches I have come across ..Incisive .. Instinctive ..Specific ..and a great enabler …I feel very lucky to know her and be able to work with her.”
– Clive Owen
“Barbara is a passionate teacher and, as an actor new to the stage, there was no better person to be working with…She is an inspiring teacher, and I left every session stimulated with the new discoveries we had made…I continue to work with her, as I find her a hugely motivating force in my work.”
– Daniel Radcliffe
“Barbara was vital to the success of our all-female trilogy at the Donmar. Her unique combination of technical know-how, passion and openness helped each of us with such different experiences, accents and backgrounds to express our own personal connection with Shakespeare’s language while never sacrificing clarity and audibility. The show benefited from the variety of sounds and the actors who had never spoken Shakespeare before could not have had a better start.”
– Harriet Walter