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Our plans for 2020 are exciting with collaborative workshops involving Kristin and other Designated Linklater Teachers - AND - new workshops led by teachers whose approach to theatre is closely linked to that of Freeing the Natural Voice. 

COLLABORATION The wonderfully generous and stimulating Paula Langton (whom many of you already know) will join Kristin as a co-teacher for the March Introductory Voice and Introductory Shakespeare workshops. Paula returns in July. 

1st - 7th March Introductory Linklater Voice: Kristin and Paula
8th - 14th March Introductory Shakespeare: Kristin and Paula

In April Kristin welcomes Designated Teacher, Antonio Ocampo-Guzman to co-teach Advanced Voice, and Designated Teacher Judy Shahn back, by popular demand, to co-teach Sound & Movement.

April 19th - 25th Advanced Voice Technique & Text: Kristin and Antonio
April 26th - 2nd May Sound & Movement: Embodying Language: Kristin and Judy

RETURNING in July we have a week of VOICE followed by a week of IMPROVISATION.

July 5th - 11th Introductory Voice: Kristin and Paula
July 12th - 18th Improvisation: Paula and Ken Cheeseman

Kristin and Paula Langton will co-teach an Introductory Voice workshop and then there will be an extraordinary week of Improvisation led by Paula and Ken Cheeseman.

Paula and Ken worked closely for several years with Keith Johnstone whose IMPRO techniques spawn spontaneous creativity and narrative skills. 
https://www.keithjohnstone.com Ken Cheesman teaches Impro workshops at Emerson College and elsewhere and is an inspired and enchanting teacher. KLVC is honored to welcome Ken back to host his improvisation workshop in the UK.

This is an opportunity for real in-depth training for those of you who are either on the threshold of theatre or already firmly in that world. It is also 100% valuable for teachers, public-speakers, writers, and every kind of life-artist.

Ken is a master of Keith's irresistibly effective Impro exercises. Coupled with Paula's voice-freeing expertise this week of play will liberate instinct, voice, eloquence, creativity, joy, imagination and infinite self-confidence. 

Merry Conway will be our guest solo artist-teacher for one week in May.

17th - 23rd May - The Speaking Body: Movement with Merry Conway.

Merry's work is rooted in the body-freeing exercises and impulse-releasing swing work developed by Trish Arnold. Her subsequent training with Jacques LeCoq was a significant influence as she developed her own unique approach to training the actor's body. 

Merry is pleased to offer a week of movement work, giving participants time to explore their physical expression as performers, directors, voice teachers, and expressive beings.

NEW for 2020! Freeing the Natural Singing Voice. Kristin is teaming up with two of her Designated teachers Deborah Garvey and Michael Petermann.
The voice that sings and the voice that speaks have the same anatomy.  Kristin Linklater's exercises free the voice from habitual tensions and constraints, and singers benefit from her work as much as speakers (actors). Now Kristin is teaming up with two of her Designated teachers to focus specifically on  the singer's needs. Deborah Garvey teaches singing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has also recently taken up a post at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as a voice and speech tutor. Michael Petermann conducts choirs, teaches voice to singers and is the Director of the Conservatory of Music in Hamburg. Both are accomplished musicians. Both have developed exercises and strategies for singers based on the Linklater Voice methodology.

This workshop offers singers access to freedom, ease and release in their performance. We will explore range, resonance, articulation, the opportunity to move easily from singing to speaking to singing with a focus on personal creative expression. All genres of singing and levels of experience are welcome.

26th July - 1st August Freeing the Natural Singing Voice: Kristin, Deborah and Michael.

2020 is going to be another exciting year for the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre. We invite you to explore our full offerings for 2020 HERE, please note: supplementary Autumn-winter dates will join our current offerings later. If you have any questions regarding the workshops and bookings please do get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This was my first visit to Spain and I was royally received and wonderfully supported by my Spanish and Mexican DLTs. Leticia, Ana, Maria and Nuria were lovingly attentive to my every need  -  Tania, Llever and Indira made a special trip from Mexico (+ two teacher trainees) -  Lluisa came from Barcelona with her fresh-off-the-press translation of FNV into Catalan (!); Alyssa was with us for  two days, and so was Prado, Alice flew in from Italy. From Vallodolid we went on excursions to Salamanca and Uruegna (a medieval village of books) and El Escorial, and at the magnificent Prado in Madrid, I shivered with the power of Goya and El Greco. We had a paella and flamenco party. Did I do any work? YES  - I gave a Master Class talk and taught the whole progression in 16 hours to students in Vallodolid and in 12 hours in Madrid  -  with, respectively, 30 and 150 observers. Phew! Many thanks to Eduardo for his excellent organization. Participating schools were: 
Fundación Universidades y Enseñanzas Superiores de Castilla y León, Estudio Corazza para el actor, Centro del Actor, and Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico.

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...appreciation from the Studio Corazza...
 "To see her work, her precision, clarity, sense of humor, humanity and art has been very inspiring."
Please congratulate the 2019 Designated Linklater Teachers:
Warren Chu
Nelya Galiakbarova
Janie Gibson
Samantha Gilmore
Tom Giordano
Lynnae Lehfeldt
Valerie Madden
Angela Metzler
David Morden
Midori Nakamura
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We've completed Part Two of the Linklater Designation Teacher Training with an intensive three weeks of practice teaching and in-depth exploration of the Freeing the Natural Voice methodology and strategies and techniques for a variety of classroom demands: basic voice, physical releasing, hands-on practice for relaxing neck and jaw tension, much discussion of psychological and emotional classroom situations and, of course, Shakespeare  - from the Elizabethan World Picture to sonnets. The trainees worked together with a passionate commitment to the work and an open-hearted, generous dedication to each other's growth  -  and they were blessed with a wonderfully interesting group of practice students drawn from Orkney's vibrant community upon whom to exercise their pedagogical skills. Success all round! Due in no small part to the energetic support of 4 dedicated and experienced DLTs: Andrea Haring, Mary Coy, Kimberly White and Anne Alanne (who brought her invaluable Alexander Technique expertise into the studio).
I am very grateful to all who participated and predict an exciting and satisfying year ahead!
Kristin Linklater Voice Centre's first Voice & Improvisation workshop
... with Paula Langton and Ken Cheeseman
We began teaching together more than 35 years ago and have had an incredible journey working in elementary and high schools, colleges, universities, private studios and professional theatres. Our experience at KLVC felt like a magnificent culmination of 35 years of teaching. The phenomenal location- expansive vistas of sky, earth and sea combined with the 5000 year old remnants of human history- and the state of the art studio, simple, elegant housing and intimate, family style dining all within steps of each other make for a unique environment that supports and inspires creative work."
Ken Cheeseman
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Quote from Ann:
"Huge thanks again to you and Ken for an extraordinary week -- pairing voice and improv was brilliant -- don't change a thing.  Your energy inspired me!  
Hope we see each other again."