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The Open Voice

Semester and Year FA 2019
Course Number ARTS-UG1037
Section 001
Instructor Jessie Austrian
Days M
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4
Level U


This 4-unit course meets during the first seven weeks only. First Class: Sept. 4; Last class: Oct. 21. This is a physical course and a performance course; students need not have any previous experience with yoga or performance but must be willing and able to be physically active and participate.


This arts workshop is co-taught by Annie Piper, yoga and qigong instructor, and Jessie Austrian, voice teacher. In it we will study vocal technique for actors in a truly interdisciplinary manner using the physical practices of vinyasa yoga and qigong, the voice techniques of Cicely Berry, Chuck Jones and FM Alexander, and readings from ancient and contemporary philosophers and poets. Every class will fully engage the body, voice and mind, ultimately seeking to unify these three components of the self so that each student can use his or her unique instrument most efficiently and effectively. This course will ask questions such as: What does it means to “be present” as performers, creators, public speakers and citizens? How can a performer use his/her vocal instrument in the most open and free manner? How do we listen on stage? How can we each be at the center of our own rehearsal process? How do individuals form a collective ensemble? What is mindfulness? Students will explore these questions both intellectually and physically throughout the semester. Students must attend the first class in order to stay enrolled, and are required to wear movement clothes and bring a yoga mat to the first and every class.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)