Course Description

"Involves intensive explorations of specific topics."


Enrollment requires advance permission from the Theatre Education graduate program director, Bethany Nelson. This is a graduate credit course and participating students must possess a bachelor's degree.
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Section Title
Voice and Text
6:00PM to 9:45PM
Sep 08, 2022 to Dec 15, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Emerson College
Course Fee(s)
Graduate Tuition credit (4 units) $5,396.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 23, 2022
Transfer to a Different Course
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Section Notes

Instructor: Melissa Healey

This is a classroom-based, in-person course. For the latest Covid guidelines, visit One Emerson.

Voice and Text bases the actor-teacher's work in a fully embodied experience of voice and language. The goal of the course is to cultivate a free voice in a free body, and the ability to express every nuance of thought and feeling with clarity, ease, and truth. The course guides students through an awareness of and release from habitual tensions into a more effective and economical use of the body as an instrument for human communication and expression. Additional focus will be on self-awareness, breathing, resonance, sound and movement, ensemble-building skills, the actor-audience relationship, and the teacher's presence. Classroom discussions will deal with the importance of voice training in theater education, as well as the challenges and pedagogical issues that arise when teaching the material.

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