In this session, participants will use playful and investigative exercises from Knight Thompson Speechwork along with the instructor's own methods to explore ways students, teachers, and performers can gain access to full vocal expression. Topics that will be covered include kinesthetic engagement with articulatory anatomy, techniques for acquiring necessary accents for roles, and styles of speech.
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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