Acting and Embodiment for Singers – ONLINE

WKS 449
Acting and Embodiment for Singers – ONLINE
July 5-10, 2022 / Tuesday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. EDT
Online course

Lindsay Warren Baker
Guest TBD

Registration for this class has closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

This six-day acting workshop is geared towards the classical singer who wants to become a more embodied, attentive, and active performer. Students will gain a deeper understanding and awareness of their bodies as instruments and sources of creativity for character and performance. Over the course of the six days, students will apply what they learn in the daily lessons and activities to a personal character study.* “Acting and Embodiment for Singers” will benefit both younger singers who want to become more confident onstage as well as more experienced singers who would like to reconnect with themselves and take a deeper dive into their repertoire.

*Note: Prior to the start of the workshop, students will select a role to focus on over the week. Students should choose an aria or musical theater solo that is already in their repertoire and they are comfortable singing. 

Enrollment is limited to 10 singers and 10 auditors. Singing participants will receive personal feedback, one-on-one sessions with the instructor, and class feedback of independent work. Auditing participants attend group sessions.

Workshop Overview

  • Note: Due to the online nature of the workshop, projects will include both synchronous activities and asynchronous self-recorded assignments that the instructor and class will watch and discuss.
  • Morning — Asynchronous mindfulness activities and assigned readings.
  • Afternoon — Synchronous group class, activities, and discussion of daily character study assignments.
  • Evening — Asynchronous independent work on daily personal character study assignment.
  • Each student enrolled in the full session will also receive a 1:1 one-hour coaching session with the instructor. 

Day 1 — Getting to Know You: What is Embodiment?

  • Activities include a class meet and greet (course overview and discussion of personal goals) and a variety of mindfulness activities connecting the body, mind, and breath.

Days 2 & 3 — Using the Body

  • An introduction to the Viewpoints methodology. Activities include physical explorations and how to develop a character from the outside-in.

Day 4 — Using the Text

  • Learning how to activate text through analysis and psychological actions. Today we explore character from the inside out.

Day 5 — Using the Music (with guest instructor TBD)

  • Opera and musical theater are particularly heightened art forms as a result of the interconnection of music and text. What happens when we take the text away and focus on the music? Today’s activities help the singing-actor “own” the time and space of song … and silence.

Day 6 — Integrating the Instrument

  • The last day culminates in a final performance of individual character studies.

Professional Development Hours: 12
$400 / singer (noncredit)   
$212 / auditor    

“My daughter was very happy with the content. This was exactly the kind of course that she needed to take to make her singing performance better. The opera director was very knowledgeable, personal, patient, and kind. My daughter enjoyed the performances of all the participants and also the visit of the orchestra director who gave them more insight on what it meant to be an artist. She had a very good experience.”

— mother of 2021 online participant


Read our blog: Summer@Eastman 2022: Acting and Embodiment for Singers