Associate Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine
Master Fitzmaurice Teacher
Publications: "Phonetics and Perception: The Deep Case for Phonetics Training" in The Voice and Speech Review, Vol. 5, August 2007. "The Ongoing Debate", Letter to the Editor in The Voice and Speech Review, Vol. 4, August 2005.
Education and Training: M.F. A. in Acting, University of California, Irvine; B.A. in Theatre, Univeristy of Iowa.
Trained with Catherine Fitzmaurice, Dudley Knight, Robert Cohen, Jerry Growtowski.
Other Professional Activities: Voice, Speech, Text and Dialect coach for numerous theatres such as the Denver Center Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Opera Pacific and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In addition, he has developed long term relationships with three Tony Award Winning Theatres: at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (17 productions), at South Coast Repertory (18 productions), and the Utah Shakespearean Festival (33 productions).
Teacher Training: Numerous workshops training speech teachers in Knight Speech Work; Regular instructor of teachers in Catherine Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification program; Workshops in Fitzmaurice Voicework taught throghout the country.
Professional Affiliations: President of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)
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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Phil Thompson & Catherine Fitzmaurice