Linklater Technique with Mary Coy
At the AC Office, 1810 16th St NW, Washington DC
Tuesdays October 3 – November 7 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Minimum 8 people; maximum 12 people
***The fee for all 6 classes is $100. Once we have enough members registered to make it a 'go', we'll contact you about making the payment***
The voice is a vital part of the actor’s instrument and introducing participants to a solid technique for developing and strengthening the voice is the main focus of this class. Students will learn exercises from the Linklater Technique, which, when practiced regularly, free the speaking voice from habitual tension resulting in increased vocal range, stamina, clarity, and power.
Work will include exploring sound in the body, developing awareness and freeing tension in the channel (jaw, tongue, and soft palate), encouraging resonance, empowering vocal range, and articulation exercises. Individual and group exercises will free creative expression through recognizing and exercising vocal and physical presence. Text work will include a contemporary or Shakespeare monologue of your choice and you will be encouraged to keep a voice journal.
Mary Coy is a designated Linklater teacher with many years’ experience acting and teaching voice, acting and improvisation in universities and professional theatre training programs all over the United States including Shakespeare & Company, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, University of Mississippi, Virginia Commonwealth University, Syracuse University, Randolph Macon Woman’s College and University of Maryland. She has an M.Litt/MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College and the American Shakespeare Center. Mary has coached voice and dialects at Arena Stage, Round House Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Chesapeake Bay Shakespeare Company. She has performed with Nelson County Shakespeare Festival, Hamner Theater, Kristin Linklater’s Company of Women, Ensemble Studio Theater, the Open Eye and Shakespeare & Company. Favorite roles include Richard in Richard III, the Queen in Richard II, Cornwall in King Lear, Olivia in Earl Hamner’s The Homecoming, and Virginia in Vita & Virginia. Directing credits include The Waiting Room (at UMD), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, As You Like It, and Taming of the Shrew.
What members said about her last workshop:
This workshop exceeded my expectations.
Mary is a fantastic instructor.
Mary is an expert. Her technical competence is highly refined. This made all the difference for me in the workshop sessions.
Mary is a star. I would be interested in attending more workshops with her; what I learned has already helped me in my acting.