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Freeing the Natural Voice


Workshop with Kristin Linklater


Fri–Sun 1517 April 2016, 9:00–14:00
Na Grobli Studio, Studio Space
The workshop will be conducted in English

Contact and application
Please email your completed application form by 27 March 2016 to Ewelina Sochacka at We will get back to you by 31 March 2016. Please include in the subject of the email ‘VoicEncounters workshops’ followed by the name of the chosen workshop. The number of places is limited.

Fee: 100 EUR


This will be a practical, experiential workshop offering an introductory approach to releasing the voice for both speaking and singing. At the end of each day’s group work on basic voice there will be some individual, master class work on a text or a song.


The workshop is intended for use by professional actors, student actors, teachers of acting, teacher of voice and speech, singers and singing teachers.


Participants must bring a prepared text or song in their own language together with an English translation. They must be able to follow instructions in English.


Day 1: physical awareness, breathing, sound
Day 2: embodying the voice
Day 3: resonators and range


Kristin Linklater is the artistic director of the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre, Orkney, Scotland. Recently retired from Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, she is Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts, Columbia University. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Since 1963 she has taught voice, text and Shakespeare at New York University; Emerson College; the Stratford Festival, Ontario; the Guthrie Theatre; the Open Theater; the Negro Ensemble Company; for Broadway shows; and for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts (1978–1990). She has been the artistic director of her own Company of Women, dedicated to strengthening women’s voices. As an actor she has played many of Shakespeare’s women and several of his men including the title role in King Lear. She has received major grants in support of her work from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the NEA and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. Her book, Freeing the Natural Voice (first published in 1976) has sold over 100,000 copies. The revised and expanded edition was published in 2006 and has been translated into German, Italian, Russian, Korean, Polish and Spanish. Her second book Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice: An Actor’s Guide to Talking the Text was published in 1992. Teachers she has trained work in major actor-training programmes around the USA and abroad, and she herself teaches in Germany, Italy, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Sweden and the UK.

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As part of VoicEncounters, practical seminar