Acting and Embodiment for Singers


Acting and Embodiment For Singers
June 27-July 1, 2022 / Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 2-5 p.m. EDT
Room: A804 (Opera Black Box Theater)

Lindsay Warren Baker
Guest TBD

This course is available in two formats: a five-day in-person institute and a six-day online workshop. This listing describes the in-person institute. For information about the online workshop, click here.

This five-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 five 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.

Workshop Overview

  • Morning (10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) – Mindfulness activities and physical warm ups. Discussion and activities based on daily topic and assigned readings.
  • Afternoon (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Continuation of activities based on daily topic and application to personal character study assignment.
  • Evening (after class) – Independent work on daily personal character study assignment and preparation for following day.
  • Each student (non-auditors) will also receive a 1:1 one-hour coaching session with the instructor and a musical coach / pianist. 

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.

Day 2 — Using the Body

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

Day 3 — Using the Text

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

Day 4 — 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.
  • Note: 1:1 coachings with instructor and vocal coach/pianist begin in the afternoon / evening.

Day 5 — Integrating the Instrument

  • The last day culminates in a final performance of individual character studies during the afternoon session.
  • Note: 1:1 coachings with instructor and vocal coach/pianist continue in the morning.

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: class begins Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m.
Last scheduled activity: class ends Friday, July 1 at 5 p.m.

Professional Development Hours: 27.5
$1,820 / 1 credit    
$650 / noncredit    

“I was able to learn how to read between the lines of a text and discover the intention of the character through the music.” — 2021 participant

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