Course C - Strenghthening the Voice and Owning the Text...Vocal Techniques

Cathal Quinn

The voice, that most valuable tool of the actor, needs to be cared for, cherished, shaped, developed and exercised. This course will be an invigorating and comprehensive approach to improving and expanding your vocal technique. We will engage in vocal work-outs each morning using, primarily, the voice methodologies of Kristin Linklater, Professor Emerita at Columbia University, NYC. As well as honing our technique, in the afternoons we will introduce text and look at poetry and plays of two Irish literary giants: James Joyce and Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett. This course will be suitable for actors at all levels of experience. It will be intensive, enjoyable and very worthwhile. The late great John Hurt, arguably one of Britain’s finest actors, maintained that ‘50% of acting is in your voice’. Let’s see what we can achieve together in a week and surprise ourselves!

Cathal Quinn is Head of Voice at The Lir, Trinity College, Dublin. A professional actor for over thirty years, he trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy. He has a Masters in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama and has taught at Oxford School of Drama, and at The Gaiety School of Acting. He also works as a voice coach in theatre, television and film. Cathal is Artistic Director of two theatre companies: Mouth on Fire has staged highly successful productions of Shakespeare, Wilde,Samuel Beckett and Yeats. The company has toured to the UK, India and Japan and won awards for its Beckett shows in Russia. Everlasting Voices has put on shows with music, song, dance and great Irish poetry by Yeats, Heaney and Beckett, touring to India and Japan.