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"I have never seen results
so fast."

- Mark Lamos, Tony Award-nominated
Director, former Artistic Director,
Hartford Stage Company








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"Absolutely the most
revolutionary and effective
voice training method that
I have ever used in my
twenty-seven years of
active participation in the
fields of theatre, television,
and radio."

- workshop participant


 


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OVERVIEW:

Fitzmaurice Voicework® is a comprehensive approach to voice training. It includes, as needed, work on breathing and the body, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu and prepared public speaking, text, singing, and voice with movement, and presence. While the training is specific, it is offerred in such a way that it is compatible with other approaches.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® is taught at Yale School of Drama, Harvard University/American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, the University of California-Irvine, in studios for New York University's undergraduate drama program, and numerous other institutions and theatres in the United States and abroad. Aspects of this work have also been incorporated by clinicians into the rehabilitation of injured or dysfunctional voices, and are used in the corporate and professional worlds as aids to effective speaking.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® explores the dynamics between body, breath, voice, the imagination, language, and presence. It encourages vibrant voices that communicate intention and feeling without excess effort.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, through Tremorwork® and sometimes also hands-on interventions. Restructuring, the second phase, encourages economy of effort while speaking or performing, using modified bel canto techniques and Catherine's "focus line". The resulting freedom and focus allow for a wide range of vocal expression without strain.

There are many practical benefits to improved vocal functioning. And, since breath and voice lie at the intersection of the material and the non-material, this work can also assist in creative, intellectual, and spiritual growth.

There are more than two hundred certified teachers of this work, mainly in the United States, but now also in permanent residence on six continents, some in universities and conservatories, others offering workshops, classes, and private instruction. For contact and other information on these teachers, visit our Teachers Section, to find workshops and classes visit our Events Section, for information on our certification program email us.


MAIN FEATURES:

Physicality: we develop awareness of patterns of vocal effort through a series of gentle and/or rigorous exercises and Tremorwork®, accessing the body's own healing systems for deep release.

Breath: we explore the central role that breathing plays in both vocal production and the inspired imagination that expresses itself verbally, encouraging whole body oxygenation without forcing the breath.

Vocal Quality: we cultivate the ability to accurately communicate our thoughts and feelings while meeting the demands of text, space, and the immediate moment, through both spontaneity and choice.

Practical Results: we reduce strain in the voice, increase vocal range and expressivity, make speech easy and clear, and communicate intention more effectively, allowing creativity to flow.

Vocal Rehabilitation: we can help to resolve many functional vocal difficulties.


WHO IS FITZMAURICE VOICEWORK FOR?

Fitzmaurice Voicework® originated as a means to teach actors effective vocal technique, but it has helped people in a wide variety of professions. The approach is for people who want to learn about and improve their voices for performance, business, personal growth, and fun. It can also help those with ineffective, injured, or otherwise problematic voices.

Our techniques have benefited actors in theatre, film, and television; singers; teachers of voice, singing, and acting; directors; TV announcers and hosts; lawyers, clergy, professors, politicians, business executives; medical professionals, speech pathologists, therapists, healers; movement specialists, dancers, and many others in all walks of life.


HOW DID FITZMAURICE VOICEWORK ORIGINATE?

The work began in the explorations and teaching of Catherine Fitzmaurice. She began acting in theatre when she was three. From age ten to seventeen, she studied voice, speech, verse-speaking, and acting with Barbara Bunch, who was also Cicely Berry's earliest teacher. Catherine then attended for three years the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, where she was a scholarship holder and prize winner, and where she continued her study of classical voice training techniques with Cicely Berry and others. While a student there, Catherine won the prestigious English Festival of Spoken Poetry, sponsored by Edith Sitwell and T. S. Eliot. She began teaching Voice, Verse-speaking, and Prose reading at the Central School in 1965.

As a teacher, Catherine found some of her students were incapable of being sufficiently vocally expressive. She saw the primary problem as inhibition caused by tension, particularly around the breathing, and in exploring ways to reduce this she discovered the work of Wilhelm Reich. She began to adapt some of his work for voice training and incorporated it into her classes. Since then, she has continued to study body-based disciplines and energy work (yoga, shiatsu, meditation, healing techniques, etc.). She has adapted and combined them with her classical training to form Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Now based in New York City, Catherine has taught all over the world, and has held teaching and consulting appointments at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Juilliard School's Drama Division, Yale School of Drama, New York University, Harvard University, the Moscow Art Theatre, the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Guthrie Theatre, Lincoln Center, and many others. She has also presented her work internationally at major medical and theatre conferences, including "Freedom & Focus" international conferences on Fitzmaurice Voicework® in Barcelona Spain and Vancouver Canada.

For a more thorough account of the development of this work, see "Breathing is Meaning," in Writings. For a more complete list of influences on the work, see Links. For more information on how you can learn about this work, see Events or email us.


FITZMAURICE VOICEWORK is a Registered Trademark owned by Catherine Fitzmaurice.

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