ALRA Launches A Linklater-Based MFA Actor-Teacher Programme
ALRA – The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts - is known for its innovative approach to a wide range of performance skills.
Kristin Linklater has an international reputation for voice work that ranges from the classical (Shakespeare) to the personal, social, psycho-physical experience.
Kristin was excited about the collaboration with ALRA to develop a brand-new MFA in Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts). She worked closely with ALRA Vice Principal for curriculm, Kieran Sheehan and course leader Designated Linklater Teacher Mary Irwin to develop the programme. Fortunately, Kristin had approved all the essential elements of the programme before her untimely passing in June 2020.
This innovative programme recognizes the changing world of the performing arts industry and traditional actor training. Many trained actors from conventional conservatory programmes wish to extend the reach of their artistic abilities. The ALRA MFA enables graduates to play new creative roles in the changing theatres of their communities.
Beginning in 2021 this visionary programme aims to equip actor-teachers with the skills and practical training to work both in traditional theatre-training schools and in areas of social and political activism.
Kristin Linklater’s voice methodology, known as Freeing the Natural Voice, will be at the core of this newly-imagined actor-teacher training programme. Branching out into Trish Arnold’s movement work and Michael Chekhov’s acting approach and with a special focus on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, the programme offers a full experience of Applied Theatre Arts.
Teacher-training is delivered as a practical skill. Qualified MFA candidates will be awarded Designated Linklater Teacher status upon graduation.
For more details please go to the ALRA website: https://alra.co.uk/courses/mfa-linklater-teaching-practice
Please check out online for the audition dates in London and New York: https://performthis.com/audition/mfa-linklater-teaching-practice-audition-1
In announcing this new MFA to the larger Linklater community in January of 2020, Kristin said: "Please do everything you can to bring this to the attention of anyone who might be interested. Auditions will continue through the spring. I hope you agree that this is a great step forward into new territory".