Core Session Spotlight

Interlude Spotlight

TAA Networking & Collaboration Day

Centering, Sounding, and Silly, Silly Voices

Presenter: 

Foster Johns

Theatre
and Dance

Foster Johns will lead the group in an enjoyable and thoughtful exploration of how many often-unexamined parts of the voice can optimize communication across all art mediums. This session will offer tools that show teachers how they can use their breath and voice for self-care and to better connect with students.

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About the Presenter

Foster Johns

Foster Johns is a voice and speech coach, as well as a speech and communication consultant, who is based in the Twin Cities. He has taught at the St. Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts, the University of Minnesota in their actor training program, the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Johns has served as dialect coach on more than fifty theatre productions in the Twin Cities and abroad, including the Guthrie Theater, where he worked on productions of A Christmas Carol, directed by Lauren Keating; Metamorphoses, directed by Mary Zimmerman; and Bad News! i was there…, which was directed by Joanne Akalaitis. He has also built a practice called FoJo Voiceworks LLC, through which he works privately with professional voice users. He is a certified Knight Thompson Speechwork teacher, a core collective company member of Umbrella Collective in Minneapolis, and a proud member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

Comments

Marla
Blasko
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July 13, 2020
Whoop - wrong comment for this interlude. Silly voices - loved it too! Thinking about using what I learned to read a children's play with my students like "Totally Red" to practice different voices.
Marla
Blasko
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July 13, 2020
Great interlude on set design. It would be fun to have students design a set based on a favorite children's story or fairy tale and then write a play or scene to go with the setting.
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