Character voice for animation, stage and screen
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DMB041
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Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learning how to create and recall unique character voices for use in all areas of performance for stage, screen and studio including staged plays and stand-up comedy, film and TV, radio drama and animation. This course will be online, with full media support given.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The main elements involved in creating character voices
How physicality informs a character’s voice
How to accurately imitate existing voices
How to build new characters voices from scratch
Where to get ideas from for new characters
Techniques on how to retain and recall your newborn characters
How to look after your voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Recognise and work with a range of approaches for building characters
Name and work vocally with the main elements of a character voice
Create and catalogue unique character voices for stage, for screen and for studio
Have a good understanding of your vocal range, abilities and potential.
Have a good understanding of the different demands for voice on stage, on screen and in the recording studio
Have a vocal warm up that can be adapted for character and medium
Have knowledge of how to look after your voice and avoid damage.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Character voice work is considered an advanced skill. To enrol, you should have completed at least one of the following courses: Voiceovers, Acting for Radio, Radio Presenting, OR have other relevant experience/training in acting or voice work. You should also be able to:
Speak English fluently and clearly
Read a script
Give and receive constructive feedback
Be willing to play vocally
Take your own notes
If you are new to voice classes please take a moment to read our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) before choosing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor explanation and demonstration
Listening to and discussing audio samples
Practise exercises individually and in pairs
Recording and playing back your work
This course will be delivered online.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Recorded material MAY be made available via Google Classroom at the end of the course in accordance with our privacy policies and data protection regulations.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Acting for radio (various levels, depending on your experience)
Accents - various courses covering a range of accents in spoken English
Advanced Character Voice
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.
Yvonne Morley-Chisholm has been a voice teacher and vocal coach for over 35 years. Her freelance work includes: as an associate with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, TV and film productions; extensive work with voiceover artists; supporting writers Mark Ravenhill and David Edgar, and directors including Kathryn Hunter, Mike Alfreds, Lindsay Posner, Damian Cruden, Juliet Forster and Peter James. Yvonne has worked on productions from "The Crucible" and "Agamemnon" to "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," numerous Shakespeare plays, and at theatres across London (Royal Court, Young Vic, Palladium, Southwark Playhouse etc.) and in York (Theatre Royal, Riding Lights, Shakespeare Rose). Yvonne has trained actors for drama schools including LAMDA (as Head of Voice) and universities in the USA and UK, and has taught at City Lit since 2016. Yvonne is part of the pioneering research joint venture “A Voice for Richard,” working on the remains of Richard III to give him voice. Her publications include “More Care For Your Voice,” “Building Character Voice,” “In the beginning …”, and the iPhone/iPad app “Voice Coach” (2020).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.