INFLUENCES ON MY WORK
In my work with communication, voice, and presence, I do my best to stay curious.
I draw on these approaches in our work, as needed:
To help you rediscover a free and powerful voice. An integrated approach that incorporates the body, breathing, presence, and effective communication. My main teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework is Catherine Fitzmaurice.
Body-Mind Integration Techniques
To forge the critical connections between awareness, relaxation, and effective communication. Some of teachers and practices I’ve worked with include Kathy Kain (bodywork to support stress resilience); S. N. Goenka (vipassana meditation); Sandra Wells (embodiment practices); MBSR Program (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).
Role Playing and Improvisation
To practice communicating in the contexts that are relevant to you--without the pressure. This can help you prepare for specific events as well as address specific aspects of communication that you need to develop in. Because the learning environment is safe and clear, what you learn becomes more digestible and applicable to the outside world. My main teacher was Richard Seyd who developed his innovative stretch work.
Process Consulting (Organizational Development)
To help you or your organization get from A to B. The hallmark of process consulting is the realization that moving effectively towards goals requires a fluid process that takes into account what is really happening (not only what we want to happen). Using this work, I help clients clarify what is most important to them and help them get there. My main influence was the late, great process consultor and conflict resolution specialist, Peter Chipmann (former COO of Digital Equipment Corporation).
"Bridges" to Performance
To help performers find accessible links between the work we do in the studio and the work outside the studio: auditions, shoots, rehearsals, live performance, recording, warmups, etc. One of my major influences in this area is the great acting teacher, Stuart Rogers.
To integrate our work into the activities you engage in regularly--everything from working out to writing at a desk. This leads to a much deeper and wider integration of the material we work on. Some of the teachers and programs I’ve worked with include Chad Allen (Foundation Training); TRX certification; Monika Tarkowska-Carter (fitness).
Games and "Clown"
To bring enjoyment, ease, and spontaneity into the process of learning and into what you take outside of the studio. My main clown teacher was also Sacha Baron Cohen's teacher, Philippe Gaulier.
Early Childhood Integration
To enhance your sense of connection with others, we may work with formative early childhood experiences in ways that can help you be more present and feel more belonging in groups. Even though I’ve only done a couple of workshops with Ray Castellino (and one with a teacher he has trained, Sarah Theismann)—and don’t claim to know or teach his work—his work has nevertheless already strongly influenced my work with individuals and groups.
Other Approaches to Voice
While I don't claim to teach their work, I have worked with both Patsy Rodenburg and Richard Armstrong several times. As very different examples of passionate, caring, and effective teaching, both Patsy and Richard have inspired me enormously.
What I Offer:
I coach people on their breathing in private classes, in group voice workshops, and through the Fitzmaurice Voicework Voice Teacher Certification Program.