- $150 Morning Sessions with Dr. Aaron Feinstein and Yvonne Morley-Chisholm
- $250 Afternoon Session with Micha Espinosa
- $325 All-day Access to all three sessions
- FREE for CHARACTER ACTING PROGRAM members
Presented by Competitive Edge Voice Training
The Character Acting Academy
Learn a comprehensive, holistic approach to voice training, and supporting speaking for performance, public speaking, singing, voice with movement, vocal rehabilitation, developing greater presence, and so much more.
Meet Dr. Aaron Feinstein, Yvonne Morley-Chisholm, and Professor Micha Espinosa.
By the end of the day, you will understand the anatomy of your vocal tract, obtain a checklist of vocal health maintenance and damage prevention practices to add to your daily routine, understand the Fitzmaurice method of unlocking the natural voice, master a basic daily warmup, and much more. Have your questions ready and treat yourself and your career to a vocal spa day, guided by three top experts!
This one’s for you!
(All times are shown in Pacific Daylight Time)
10 am – 11 am Keynote and Q&A: with Otolaryngologist Aaron Feinstein MD, MHS
Explore the inner workings of your vocal tract, learn how your voice works, and have your questions answers by a medical specialist in Laryngology and Professional Voice
11 am – 1 pm Manipulating Your Voice for Animation and Games with No Damage: seminar with Yvonne Morley-Chisholm
Learn from the internationally recognized voice teacher and vocal coach
1 pm – 2 pm Break, virtual luncheon
2 pm – 5 pm Introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework: workshop with Professor Micha Espinosa
Fitzmaurice Voicework® technique is a physical approach to vocal training. It combines classical voice training methods with variations of body work including yoga, bioenergetics, Reichian bodywork and much more. This work aims to support voice actors, singers, performers, public speakers, storytellers and anyone who is interested in authentic vocal expression. This will be a physical workshop. Please have an open space, yoga mat or clean floor, a small pillow or a zafu, and comfortable clothes to wear.
Every day, most of us use (and potentially abuse) our voices mindlessly, not realizing that some of those little muscles are only 10 cells thick!
It’s challenging enough to maintain vocal health through the average daily grind of dehydration, sleep deprivation, and the constant need to communicate.
Add to that the vocal gymnastics we voice actors are requested to perform for our daily auditions and gigs: screaming from a gunshot to the gut, screaming while falling through the air, screaming while on fire AND falling through the air…
While we actors take punishment for video games, our voices get the brunt of the abuse. Then we get up and do it again the next day (without so much as a kiss goodnight or flowers)!
I am consistently surprised by the lack of attention paid to vocal health by the voiceover community, so I wanted to create a create a Vocal Health Summit for the voice actors in the Character Acting Program.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Dr. AARON FEINSTEIN
Aaron Feinstein, M.D., M.H.S. is board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and an expert in disorders of the ear, nose and throat. He was selected for a prestigious fellowship in Laryngology and Professional Voice at UCLA, and as such is finely attuned to the needs of elite singers, voice actors and others with demanding vocal careers.
In addition to treating patients in his Tarzana practice, Dr. Feinstein is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. He has extensive experience in medical and surgical treatment for voice and swallowing issues, sinusitis, nose problems and other ENT concerns.
After studying neuroscience at USC and earning distinction as a Renaissance Scholar, Dr. Feinstein attended Yale University School of Medicine. He received both Doctor of Medicine and Master of Health Science degrees, and was recognized with multiple awards, including the coveted Frank Parker Prize for the graduate with the best qualifications for a successful physician.
Dr. Feinstein pursued his surgical residency at UCLA Medical Center, where he excelled in patient care and leadership roles. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical journals, authored several book chapters on ear, nose and throat disorders, and lectured at local and national meetings.
YVONNE MORLEY CHISHOLM
Internationally recognized voice teacher and vocal coach Yvonne Morley-Chisholm has 40 years of experience with leading schools, including Elmhurst Ballet School and Drama Studio London. She went on to be Head of the Voice Department for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where she oversaw training to actors on all courses, and provided rehearsal support to over 25 graduate productions.
In theatre, Yvonne is an associate for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre in London and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She works on productions in and out of London’s West End, with actors, singers and dancers, and is one of the coaches used by voice clinics to work with patients post-surgery.
Yvonne has broad experience in screen and recorded media, with the BBC and a wide range of independent producers. She specializes in training artists in skills for vocal extremes, and also for safely manipulating their voice for animation and character development. Her work in vocal profiling has been used creatively in documentary films and within live stage performances, where historical dramatic reconstructions have been created. She is currently working with some of the team who discovered the mortal remains of King Richard III in Leicester, England, to give him literal voice. The work is pioneering and uses cutting edge technology, in what is being called the new science of historical human reconstruction.
She co-authored More Care for Your Voice, a popular book for occupational voice users, and recently published the Voice Coach App on Apple and Android. She is at the point of opening a Wellness center in North Yorkshire, England, for health, well-being and voice work. www.rosefarmwellness.com
Arizona-based artist, activist and teacher Micha Espinosa has performed, lectured, and taught acting, voice, speech and dialects around the world since 1992. A proud 30-year member of SAG/AFTRA (and former Arizona/Utah board member), she has a BFA from Stephens College and an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego.
Micha is a Professor at Arizona State University, Lead Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework (FV), trainer for the FV Teacher Certification & Director of Global Outreach, and a Fulbright Specialist.
She is also affiliate faculty with Arizona State University’s School of Transborder Studies and the Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
As a performer, Micha has been privileged to work with many renowned film and theatre directors, including Oliver Stone, among others. As a voice and dialect specialist, she has worked with countless actors, as well as television hosts, Fortune 500 companies, and regional theatre companies.
An affiliate artist with renowned international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra, Micha is passionate about social justice in actor training, global perspectives, and the cultural voice. She is also editor of the award-winning books Monologues for Latino Actors: A Resource Guide to the Contemporary Latino/a Playwrightsand Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre.