Title: The Role of the Theatrical Voice Coach
Presenter: Jeremy Sortore, MM, MFA, Theatre Voice Specialist
Moderator: Matthew Hoch
Date/Time: 2/22/2022 at 8:00pm EST
In this session, Jeremy Sortore will provide an overview of the role of the theatrical voice coach/voice and speech trainer, including discussion of pedagogical approaches and collaboration in the context of theatrical production.
Jeremy Sortore, MM, MFA (he/him) is an actor trainer and embodied performance educator currently based in the American West and internationally engaged. He maintains an active schedule of university teaching, guest lecturing, workshop and conference presentation, private instruction, and production work. Jeremy’s teaching is informed by somatic practices and pedagogies including Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, and hatha yoga; Stanislavski-based acting techniques including Active Analysis, the work of Earle Gister, and Practical Aesthetics; critical pedagogies and trauma-informed practice; and a lifetime spent in the performing arts. For more information, please visit Jeremy’s Statement of Teaching Philosophy. His professional coaching credits include multiple seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and productions at the American Repertory Theater, the A.R.T. Institute MFA program, the Moscow Art Theater School, and the Arvada Center Theatre Company. He is an Associate Editor of the Voice & Speech Review (Routledge) and a contributor to the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA.) He has taught and presented across the United States, in Poland, Russia, Singapore, and the UK. Jeremy is currently Head of BFA Performance and Assistant Professor of Voice & Movement at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Past teaching roles include Harvard University, the American Repertory Theater Institute MFA Program, the City College of New York, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Muhlenberg College, New York Film Academy, and the University of Colorado, Denver. Jeremy earned an MFA from the Moscow Art Theater School / American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has also completed post-baccalaureate work and clinical observation hours in communication disorders and speech science and a minor in French. Jeremy is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, an Associate Faculty member with Theatrical Intimacy Education, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork, a former yoga instructor, and Certified Level III in Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method. He is on the board of directors of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, which named him an Early Career Leader in 2017. Jeremy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
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