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.
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.
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