Active Explorations
Active Explorations
No events found for selected month

Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices

Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices – a two-and-a-half day interdisciplinary intensive for speech language pathologists, singing teachers and teachers and coaches of theatre voice with Christina Shewell, internationally recognized speech language therapist and voice coach.


Dates and Times:
Thursday, October 3rd 7 pm – 9:30 pm 
Friday, October 4th 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 5th 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $ 325.00 CDN + tax
Enrollment limited to 28 participants  

Application deadline: Applications for this course are now closed.

For more information, please contact Janine Pearson –

Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday, July 11th

Course description
Christina has worked for many years as a speech and language therapist, theatre voice teacher, communication coach and consultant to singers, and as a university senior lecturer in voice and counseling skills. In this two-and-a-half-day intensive, Christina will incorporate ideas and practice from all these areas of voice work. Participants from all voice change professions – speech pathology, voice and singing teaching professionals – are warmly welcomed.

Christina describes the course as “a journey from perceptual voice analysis through body, brain and voice experiences into action planning for voice work with clients and/or students, whether they need voice development or vocal rehabilitation.” Participants will move from ‘simple’ listening into perceptual voice analysis using the Voice Skills Perceptual Profile, a practical tool which practitioners from all three voice professions have found to be valuable. Participants will experience a range of techniques and in-depth approaches to voice change.

Alongside a range of practical voice work techniques, including imagery, visualization, poetry and mindful awareness, Christina will present some of the scientific research that underpins many of the technical and imaginative exercises used in voice work. The focus will be on actively exploring the body and voice and their relevance to voice change, but there will also be time for lecture, presentation and discussion with insights from the field of neuroscience.

Christina’s approach has been enthusiastically received by speech and voice practitioners in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and, more recently, New York. Her teaching style has been described as “shiningly informative, energetic and empathetic,” providing opportunities for participants to share ideas and incorporating the all-important factors of humour and surprise.

Workshop Coordinators
Janine Pearson, Head of Voice and Coaching for the Festival and Lori Holmes, Speech Language Pathologist and Voice Coach and member of the Festival’s coaching team.

About Christina Shewell
After qualifying as a UK-trained speech therapist, Christina worked in aphasia therapy in London. Having gained an MA in Linguistics, she became a lecturer in linguistics at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Then, after several years as head of speech therapy at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, she changed direction and trained as a spoken voice teacher (ADVS) at the Central School before joining the staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Here she taught with Patsy Rodenburg for six years, instructing both acting and singing courses. She also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company as a dialect coach. In her eleven years of consultancy in Harley Street, London, she specialized in voice therapy and coaching with many professional voice users. After the birth of her son, she became senior lecturer in voice at the Department of Communication Science, University College London.

Christina’s freelance work is extensive and includes teaching for a wide range of courses and conferences, consultancy with singers and actors in vocal trouble, work on the links between psyche and voice, and coach/trainer in the corporate world. For one international software company she wrote the book Good Business Communicates across Cultures, with a focus on the Indian and British communicative styles. As originator of the Voice Skills approach to voice analysis, vocal training and restoration, she trains voice practitioners nationally and internationally. Her book Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices addresses voice work along the continuum of normal-abnormal voice in singing, spoken voice coaching and voice pathology, and has received unanimously good reviews. She was honoured in 2009 with a fellowship from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.



2014 Playbill List King LearCrazy for YouA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Beaux' StratagemMan of La ManchaAlice Through the Looking-GlassHay FeverKing JohnMother Courage and Her ChildrenAntony and CleopatraChristina, The Girl KingA Midsummer Night's Dream - a chamber play2014 Season

Sustaining support for the Forum
is generously provided by
Kelly & Michael Meighen and
the T.R. Meighen Foundation

Support for the 2014 Forum is
generously provided by
Nandita & Julian Wise


Canadian Signature Experiences