Why an actor wants to take my Voice/Speech class

Shane Ann Voice and Speech Class 2 Comments

I was interviewing/auditioning an actor for my Voice and Speech Class, which begins this Fall, and I asked her why she wanted to take the class. She told me she had just finished the run of a play with a friend of hers who had completed my program a few years ago. My former student mentioned my class and her friend said, “When you are working on a role, what helps you the most – your acting training or your voice classes with Shane Ann?” Without a pause my student said, “What I learned in Shane Ann’s classes. I use her training all of the time from the beginning of the rehearsal process, through the run of the show.” It was an education for me to hear that. As a teacher and voice/dialect coach I know that having a resonant supported voice and understanding how to work on a text (anything from voice-over copy to Shakespeare) is very empowering for an actor but to hear that it helped even more than acting training made my mouth fall open!

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  1. Ted

    I had no idea how much I did not know about voice and speech until I stepped into Shane Ann’s class – it is an amazing place!

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