Lead Instructors: Jeff Morrison, Julie Foh, Jeremy Sortore, Lisa Pelikan, Cynthia Santos DeCure & Katie Bull. May 27- 31, 2022
This 5-day intensive workshop is designed to both introduce Fitzmaurice Voicework® Participants will learn the fundamental techniques of Fitzmaurice Voicework®: Destructuring®, to explore a free range of breathing and voice, and Restructuring®, to practice breath management and focused intention.
This workshop allowed me to deeply explore release of tension & patterns of holding that restrict expression of breath, voice and body. I look forward to integrating the principles of this work into my teaching.
Master Teachers Andrea Caban & Julie Foh. MAY 14-20, 2022
An Online Six-Day Workshop in the sounds of the world’s languages the physicality of speech actions introducing descriptive phonetics the skills of adjusting linguistic detail in speech.
This workshop was an amazing expansion of my understanding and agility in exploring the vocal track and how we make sounds into language. The pedagogical process of exploring "Omnish" as a means of "focus[ing] on the physical actions that produce all the sounds of the world’s languages." This work emphasizes principles of DEI by honoring & welcoming all dialects and providing skills to "easily into any accent or vocal characterization that might be required onstage or in film, television or new media."
COMPANY, by Sondheim & Furtz. This November 2019 brought a new direction for me as DIRECTOR of the musical at MCC along with my awesome Co-Director, David Seaman. Our production focused on process and as such many songs were shared, split or arranged to provide featured vocal moments for all 18 cast members. Photo Credit: A. DeMers. Scenic Design: Rob Coste, Lighting: Andy Rogers and Costumes: Deanna Jeanne Smith.
Directing: Annie Baker's CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, was a new adventure in approaching a script with more "naturalistic" style of dialogue with Margolis Method and devising processes. During our 4+ weeks of rehearsal, the students and I focused on finding the authenticity of the characters' based on the specific stage directions and dialogue as presented by playwright Baker. Within the distinction of "pauses, long silences" and other directives, we explored elements of Margolis particularly to enliven the isolated moments between two characters, focusing on "cause-absorb-and-effect," tracking "lines of energy" and distinguishing between "private/public worlds."
I was a Guest Artist at NJIT with Professor Augustus Wendell, Coordinator of Digital Design in the College of Architecture & Design and two students in the motion capture lab. I invited Kate Brehm, puppeteer and Margolis Method colleague to join me in the exploration of performance material for my solo project, HIDDEN WITHIN, utilizing Margolis Method qualities of Involuntary energy pulling the actor in various directions in the space. I am interested in using the mo-cap as film projection of a "digital self" alongside the corporeal self on stage, representing simultaneously the inner and outer expressions a character. Here are a few images from our experiments: