Intro to Voice & Speech
This weekend intensive will introduce participants to the fundamental foundations of voice and speech training for the actor. We will start with freeing the voice, paying special attention to relaxation, breath and resonance. Then we will look at expressing the sense of the written word through pitch, rate(including the use of pause), stress, rhythm, articulation, and vocal variety.
This workshop is ideal for anyone looking to improve their speech effectiveness whether presenting in a conference, acting on stage or a board meeting presentation.
Doug Mertz is an actor, director, teacher and coach, with experience in both the US and Canada. He holds a BFA in Acting from Point Park University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). He taught Voice & Speech and Dialects for more than 15 years in both university conservatory training programs and general BA theatre departments. He has coached speech and dialects for more than 100 professional and academic shows in the US and Canada. In Edmonton Doug has taught in the BFA program at the University of Alberta, for Theatre Alberta’s DramaWorks and Workshops by Request and for the Young Company program and Foote Theatre School at the Citadel, where he is Director of Education and Outreach.
Why is theatre important?
The Cold Lake Arts and Entertainment Society offers something very unique to this community. Not only do our patrons get a fun night out to the theatre, but the participants in the productions create friendships, develop skills, strengthen confidence as well as help establish strong identity that assists in overall mental and emotional health. A vivid arts and culture sector within a city strengthens the community, assists in closing the age gap between young and old as well as creates a healthy and more empathetic collective.
The Cold Lake Arts and Entertainment Society is building a foundation of budding thespians whom are passionate for the arts. Our dream one day is to have a Arts School in our community to further mold and give our youth an opportunity to grow and fully express themselves. To create an arts community for the betterment and overall health for everyone!!