Intro to the Speaking Voice

with Sherry Smith

When you know how your voice works, you can engage the different components to achieve maximum use of your voice, safely. This is not just useful for stage purposes but also to be clearly understood when wearing a mask, presentations in class, and being present and heard in conversations. Sherry will guide your class through various exercises that help to warm up each component, strengthening your voice, expanding your breath capacity, reducing anxiety, and promoting relaxation and tension release. Finally, she will discuss some ways to keep the voice healthy, and some tips on what to do when experiencing a sore throat or vocal strain.

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Sherry Smith graduated from the National Theatre School in 1980. She has worked in many theatres across the country from coast to coast, including seven seasons at The Shaw Festival. She was co-founder of LunaSea Theatre Company in Halifax and worked as producer, writer, actor and director with them for five years. In 2009 she won a Best Actress Merritt Award for her performance as Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at Neptune Theatre. She has performed multiple times at Neptune, most recently in Pleasureville – a performance for which she recieved her 5th Merritt Award nomination. On film & television, Sherry has acted opposite Rob Lowe, Tom Selleck, Bruce Greenwood, Sarah Paulson, Alfrie Woodard and the wonderful John Dunsworth. She was the on-set dialect coach for the Netflix series, The Mist. She is a wife, and a mom to three grown children.

  1.  Students remain seated throughout this workshop.

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Students stay seated throughout this workshop.