Professor of Theatre, University of Delaware (Acting for Undergraduates)
Founder and principal teacher, Certification Program for Associate Teachers of Fitzmaurice Voice work.
Publications: Structured Breathing, in VASTA Newsletter, Spring 2003 , Vol. 17, #1; Zeami Breathing, in Internet Journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts Vol. 1, #1, March 2000: http://www.aber.ac.uk/tfts/journal/archive/zeami.html, reprinted in The Voice and Speech Review, Vol.1, #1, premier issue. August 2000; Breathing is Meaning, in THE VOCAL VISION, ed. Dr. Marian Hampton. New York: Applause Books, 1997. pp. 247 - 252; Common Speaking Voice Problems: Case Studies with Optional Solutions - with Lucille Rubin (moderator), Ruth Epstein, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Pamela Harvey, and Bonnie Raphael. Transcript of panel appearance at the Voice Foundation Symposium 1990, in The Journal of Voice, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1991. pp. 321 -327.
Education and Training: M.A. in Theatre Studies, University of Michigan; B.A. in English Literature, University of Michigan; Diploma from Central School of Speech and Drama (Elsie Fogerty Scholarship holder, Third Year Prize winner); Diploma in Dramatic Art, London University; Certificate from the International Phonetics Association (IPA); Completed several bodywork and energy training programs and is a Certified Somatic Therapist.
Other Professional Activities: Voice, Speech, Text, and Dialect coach and consultant for award winning directors Frank Galati, Mark Lamos, JoAnne Akalaitis, Des McAnuff, Michael Langham, Stan Wojewodski, Robert Wilson and Ivo van Hove at such venues as ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Stratford/Canada, Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Center Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Theatre Workshop. Lectured and conducted workshops for theatre and medical colleagues at international theatres, universities, and conferences: at the Moscow Art Theatre, the International Slavic University in Moscow, Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski in Italy, Pan-European Voice Conference (PEVOC) in Israel, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, Yale School of Drama, Harvard/ART, NYU, as Chancellor's Distinguished Lecturer in Drama at the University of California-Irvine, and numerous times at several other colleges and universities, American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and the Care of the Professional Voice Symposium of the Voice Foundation.
Professional Affiliations: Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Association for Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Catherine Fitzmaurice interests lie in the aesthetics, psychology, and healing potential of the voice. Fitzmaurice voice work is a comprehensive approach to voice training that can include work on breathing, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu speaking, text, singing, and voice with movement. Her work seeks to train voices that are characterized by healthy functioning, spontaneity, and range, together with the focused action and potential for choice that are necessary for vocal work in the theatre and elsewhere. Uniquely combining classical vocal techniques and Catherine's specific adaptations of yoga, Reichian bodywork, shiatsu, and other somatic training systems and healing modalities, the work brings together physical experience and mental focus. Destructuring, the first phase, promotes awareness of the body, spontaneous and free breathing, and vocal expressivity. Restructuring, the second phase, encourages economy of effort while speaking or performing. Fitzmaurice Voice work is taught widely in the United States as well as internationally by many certified teachers.
Saul Kotzubei, Phil Thompson, Amy Sue Fall & Catherine Fitzmaurice
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