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UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations 1-1-1999
Voice and body incorporated into actor training
Rochele Ann Tillman University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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VOICE AND BODY INCORPORATED INTO ACTOR TRAINING
by
Rochele Ann Tillman Bachelor of Arts
Western Michigan University 1996
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
Master of Arts Degree Department of Theatre
College of Fine Arts
Graduate College University of Nevada, Las Vegas
May 1999
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Thesis Approval
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ABSTRACT
Voice and Body incorporated Into Actor Training by Rochele Ann Tillman
Joe Aldridge, Examining Committee Chair Associate Professor of Theatre University of Nevada, Las Vegas
This thesis is an examination of both the vocal and physical aspects of training involved in the education of actors.
Beginning with a comparison of techniques and principals applied in the styles of vocal specialists: Edith Skinner, Cicely Barry, and Kristin Linklater. I then explore various forms of “body use” technique's used in an acting student's learning process, such as: Alexander Technique, Laban, Neutral Mask work, T'ai Chi, and Modern Dance. Finally, this text unifies the vocal and physical training, incorporating it into a single class. By this, it is hoped to inform the student how he/she may achieve an integrated and healthy working instrument which may illuminate his/her career and craft.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABSTRACT----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- lii
LIST OF FIGURES-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------vi
ACKOWLEDGEMENTS----------------------------------------------------------------------------- vii
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION--------------------------------------------------------------------1
CHAPTER II THE HUMAN VOICE-------------------------------------------------------------- 2 How It W o rks---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 Breathing-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7 Resonance------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 P ro je c tio n ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 Articulation------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 Pronunciation---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11 Glottal Attacks and Vocal F ry ----------------------------------------------------------------- 18 Vocal Training--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18
CHAPTER III VOICE SPECIALISTS IN THEATRE------------------------------------- 21 Edith S kinner-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21 Cicely B erry-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------25 Kristin Linklater------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 28
CHAPTER IV THE ACTORS BODY---------------------------------------------------------- 31
CHAPTER V TYPES OF MOVEMENT TRAINING FOR THE ACTO R-----------39 Alexander Technique---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 39 Rudolf Laban---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------43 Neutral M ask-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 46 T'ai C h i----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 49 Modern Dance------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 54
CHAPTER VI INTEGRATING THE VOICE AND BO D Y ------------------------------ 60
APPENDIX I BREATHING EXERCISES BY LESSAC----------------------------------65
APPENDIX II SKINNER ARTICULATIONEXERCISES---------------------------------67 Articulation Phrases----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 68
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Articulation Agility by Lilene Mansell------------------------------------------------------ 69 APPENDIX III EDITH SKINNER--------------------------------------------------------------70
Warm Up Exercises----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 71 Scoring A Script------------------------------------------------------------------------------------73 APPENDIX IV CICELY BERRY EXERCISES----------------------------------------------75 APPENDIX V KRISTIN LINKLATER EXERCISES------------------------------------- 78 APPENDIX VI LOUIS KAVOURAS' VERSION OF ERICK HAWKINS MODERN DANCE EXERCISES----------------------------------------------------------------------------82 BIBLIOGRAPHY-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 85 V IT A ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 87
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