What’s New in Fine Arts? (Spring Term)

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Embodying Shakespeare’s Language

Michael Elliott, MA, Department of Theatre, UVic

Friday, Feb.22: 12:30 to 1:45pm

Michael Elliott’s research and creative activities prior to joining the faculty at UVic, included working as a Voice and Text Coach, or Accent/Dialect Coach in the professional theatre:  at the Stratford Festival in Ontario in the summer of 2012, and for the Shaw Festival on their 2016 and 2017 seasons.  In England, he was the resident Voice and Text Coach to the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2014-15 at their home base in Stratford-upon-Avon, the only North American ever to serve in that role. Since 2016 he has worked regularly at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of their Higher Education team.
Michael has a particular interest in supporting actors in speaking classical dramatic texts, and for most of the last 7 years have been engaged in the exploration and development of a body of work called Embodying Shakespeare’s Language.  This work focuses primarily on the physicalization of rhythm and metre in spoken texts, as well as techniques to develop deeper personal connections with language.

Michael Elliott is the only Canadian trained as a voice teacher by the internationally renowned teacher and coach Patsy Rodenburg, and one of only 9 graduates worldwide of the prestigious M.A. in Training Actors (Voice) program at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he was a professional actor for 14 years before becoming a voice and speech trainer. Prior to his arrival at U Vic, he taught at a variety of institutions including the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Actors’ Centre, all in London, England.  He has also taught at Florida State University and the University of Northampton.

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