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.
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 ‘Working in 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
Please Note: We do not usually accept under 19 year olds except in special circumstances - please see Students under 19 for more information.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Listening to and discussing audio samples
Practise exercises on and off mic, individually and in pairs
Recording and playing back your work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Character Voice: IMPROVERS with Dian Perry.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details