DESIGNED TO PREPARE PERFORMANCE SPECIALISTS TO WORK ACROSS BOUNDARIES, IN THEATRE, MUSIC AND DANCE
Candidates on this certificate course will complete two intensives approximately 12 months apart, focusing on an integrative curriculum, along with individually designed modules, over a one-year period.
Although "interdisciplinary" has become an international buzz word, separate trainings remain the norm in the US and in most other parts of the world. Yet the value to students in a more comprehensive approach can be enormous, as singers, actors and dancers seek to diversify skills, work across media, and access multiple styles.
For voice teachers, the biggest gap in both singing and acting training is typically that between voice and dance. Therefore, dance pedagogies figure prominently in the certificate course.
For dance teachers and choreographers, it is equally essential to understand the training backgrounds of actors and singers in order to ensure movement is sympathetically created to encompass vocal requirements. Therefore, voice and acting pedagogies are integral to the curriculum.
While participants will not be expected to develop advanced skills in all areas, they should come out with an awareness of the physical requirements and technical language of related disciplines, and enough practical experience to communicate across boundaries.
1ST INTENSIVE, PEARL STUDIOS, NYC
June 20 – 25, 2016
Four 90-minute sessions each day, with master classes in the evening:
- Voice (including singing)/Movement Integration
- Speech/Dialects; Prose/Poetic/Dramatic Text
- Basic Dance Techniques; Voice/Dance Integration
Evening classes include:
- Integrative Research
- Movement Analysis
- Performance Coaching
Individual Sessions with Faculty June 22, a day with Guest Artists June 25th!
Each participant will devise a personal and approved curriculum of work to be documented and completed by June 2017, e.g., taking regular singing lessons, learning to read music, taking an acting course or a dance course, doing a research project.
TUTORIALS VIA EMAIL AND SKYPE
Course Leaders are available for email discussions throughout the year, and for up to three Skype sessions each.
2ND INTENSIVE, 2017
Each participant will lead two approved sessions focusing on new and integrative work, followed by brief discussion with faculty and colleagues and a follow-up conference with course leaders.
Guest Faculty—to be announced spring 2017—will present master classes during the week.
Once registration is completed (deadline April 15, 2016), participants will receive a list of recommended and required reading.
QUESTIONS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Application for the Certificate Course 2016 - 2017 should include a Personal Statement addressing the following questions, along with a brief CV:
- What, specifically, would you like to be able to do as a result of completing the course?
- What are your strengths as a performer, teacher, coach, and/or therapist?
- What areas do you want to explore and/or strengthen—e.g., research skills, musicianship, acting (training/experience), knowledge of anatomy/physiology, speech/dialects, basic dance terminology, vocal coaching in a variety of venues, experience with classical text?
- What do you see yourself doing in 10 years, as a result of your ability to work in a more integrative way?
Please send application materials to Joan Melton at email@example.com.
TUITION $2,300 ($1,150 per intensive):
1st Intensive, $250 to hold a space, balance of $900 due by April 15, 2016
2nd Intensive, $250 to hold a space, balance due by April 15, 2017
No tuition refund after May 15, 2016/2017, respectively.
Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS, is a pioneer in the integration of singing techniques and voice/movement training for the actor. The author of three groundbreaking textbooks, Dancing with Voice: A Collaborative Journey across Disciplines (Voice Theatre Solutions 2015), One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD (2nd ed., Waveland 2012), and Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors (Allworth 2007), she has worked as a performer, composer, voice coach and/or music director on productions in virtually all media. She has taught at leading centers of drama and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, and NZ, and currently heads research projects in the US and Australia. www.joanmelton.com
Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, began her career as a ballet dancer before moving into musical theatre, film and television. She is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of performing artists, and a performance coach for dancers, musicians and professional voice users. She was on the creative team for the MSc Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London, where she is an Honorary Lecturer. She provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, students, teachers and medical professionals on healthy practice for performing artists, and is on the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). Jennie has published many articles on performing arts healthcare and is the author of The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask and the Effect On Health (Compton 2015). www.healthyperformers.com
GUEST ARTISTS 2016
Dr. Irene Bartlettt, Jazz/Contemporary Pedagogy
William F. Lett, Tap for Musical Theatre
Marya Lowry, Roy Hart/Ecstatic Voice/Lamentation
Michael Lugering, Expressive Actor Training
Neil Semer, Vocal Technique and Performance Practice