9 Lesson Plans to help you effectively plan your workshops and classes

Breath Support

by Elisabeth Oppelt

Being able to control how much air comes out as you speak allows you to speak loudly without damaging your voice. It also lets you choose where to pause. This lesson teaches students the basics of breath support and exercises to practice controlling the breath. Students will demonstrate their ability to control their breath support by participating in a series of exercises, culminating with an attempt to say all fifty states of the union in one breath.

Creating a Voice for a Character

by Elisabeth Oppelt

Students will demonstrate how to use vocal aspects in character creation. The lesson teaches students how to create a specific character voice,considering volume, rate and pitch.

Session 1

by Lindsay Price

Students are introduced to the concept of what makes a good voice and how to achieve it through breathing and proper posture.

Session 2

by Lindsay Price

Students explore resonance and the resonators.

Session 3

by Lindsay Price

Students explore articulation and the articulators.

Stock Characters

by Karen Loftus

Students continue their exploration of commedia dell’arte with an introduction to “stock characters” and learning how to implement a character walk.

Unit Project

by Lindsay Price

This is a simple project. Your students are going to tell a joke to the class. The reason to use a joke or a riddle (rather than a poem, prose piece, monologue, or scene) is that students in the audience will want to hear the answer. They will be more engaged in the simple joke or riddle than passively listening to something else.

Vocal Projection

by Elisabeth Oppelt

Students will demonstrate their ability to project. Projection is speaking loudly without yelling. It is the technique actors use to be heard when performing without damaging their voices. Students learn how to project and practice the skill culminating in an assessed exercise.

Vocal Tools: Tone

by Lindsay Price

The voice is a powerful instrument. Beyond being the vehicle with which an actor delivers their dialogue, the voice can suggest emotion, subtext, character personality, location, and more. There are a variety of vocal tools an actor can use to communicate effectively with an audience. This lesson covers tone.
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