Mulholland Academy

Cultivating Your Actor’s Voice

How to become a Vocal Athlete.

Our method will travel in one direction using two paths.

The first path requires an introduction to the sounds made when speaking English. The second path highlights the actor’s skill sets in making text their own.

An actor communicates through the words they speak.

The final act actors make that drives the story being told.
An actor’s voice depends on volume, clarity, tone, pitch, timbre, and energy.
Actors work predominantly with other actors, who depend on you for their cues.

The type of speech varies by author: Jez Butterworth is not Shakespeare; Harold Pinter is not Samuel Beckett.

The style of writing affects your way of speaking: Prose is not Verse; Improvised dialogue is not the Director’s script.

We are interested in training your actor ears to hear and discriminate:
1. What you are doing now.
2. How you can improve your spoken English to contain little, or no interference from your mother tongue.
3. Methods to choose speaking English with any or little accent.

Our method approaches language descriptively: i.e. what people use, rather than prescriptively:  i.e. how you’re ‘supposed’ to speak it.

We will travel in one direction using two paths:
The first path requires an introduction to the sounds made in English.
A phoneme is a unique sound with a place and manner of articulation.
Phonemes alter or disappear when taken in the context of a syllable.
Words consist of syllables. Words can be form or content oriented.
For example ‘it’ (she, I, they, we, etc) ‘in’ (out, under, over, etc) ‘do’ (be, have, etc) hold less interest than ‘Meisner’ ‘mime’ or ‘improvising’ do.
Words require stress for meaning and intention to become apparent.

The second path follows the actor’s desires and needs.
We will be using your choice of monologues, dialogues, scenes, and Shakespearean sonnets. Your voice needs to be heard whether on camera, on stage, or podium, with or without microphone support. We work from the page to the stage.

Tuesdays 7pm – 10pm 
September 22nd – November 10th.
8 weeks 

Teacher: William Sutton

William Sutton

This class will be taught by William Sutton: “I am a creative labourer. I endeavour to keep learning daily.  I do it because I want more work derived from my creativity. My USP is approaching language from the speaking of it. This approach builds on my last 30 years experience. I am not famous. I am a niche player.”