A valuable guide that teaches students and professional performers alike how to train their most essential feature—their voice.
For voice performers—from actors and singers to newscasters and radio hosts—even a minor voice disorder can have a significant impact on their career. Vocal training is vital if the performer wants to use his or her voice effectively and repeatedly.
In Voice for Performance: Training the Actor’s Voice, Third Edition, Linda Gates addresses key elements of voice and speech—respiration, vibration, resonation, and articulation—in a straightforward style to produce voices that are clear, articulate, and easily heard. While the focus of the book is on training the voice for performance in live theatre, it also features guidance for students who want to expand their vocal skills for work in radio, podcasts, television, film, voice acting, and even online meetings and presentations.
This third edition features extensive updates based on advances in voice science, new pedagogical approaches, new media, and the latest technology. It also includes a companion website, voiceforperformance.com, with videos and audio of the author demonstrating the exercises, making this book a must-have for all voice performers.
Linda Gates is the Head of Voice in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. She has taught voice and speech across the United States and in the UK and Europe. Gates has worked as a voice and dialect coach both on and off-Broadway, in Chicago, regional theatre, opera, and in film. She has worked with renowned actors and singers such as Meryl Streep, Plácido Domingo, Sigourney Weaver, Rosemary Harris, and Nick Offerman. She lives in Chicago.
Chapter I. The Actor’s Voice
Chapter II. Relaxation and Body Alignment
Chapter III. Breathing
Chapter IV. Resonance
Chapter V. The Sounds of English
Chapter VI. Special Speech Issues
Chapter VII. Keeping Your Voice Healthy
Chapter VIII. The Electronic Voice
Chapter IX. Occupational Demands on the Actor’s Voice
Chapter X. An Approach to Text
Chapter XI. The Singing Voice
About the Author
Companion website with videos and audio of the author demonstrating exercises at voiceforperformance.com