Voice I

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
03 January 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International),
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

Students will begin to understand the separation of the 'developed' or 'habitual' voice from the 'potential' voice. This leads into work on articulation and an examination of the vocal equipment. Phonetics is introduced in the context of a practical environment alongside Received Pronunciation (RP) as both 'neutral' and character-based accent and as the beginnings of dialect exploration.

In the second term students will continue to explore dialects and voices. You will develop articulation alongside phonetics and extend the building blocks of Received Pronunciation, using set phrases and sentences as both mnemonics and assessment tools. In Term Three students will move into conversational Received pronunciation practice with the aim of progressing to within a practical RP comfort zone in preparation for the demands of second year.

Module aims

The module aims to:

1. develop students experience of their own voice beyond the imposed limits of linguistic expression

2. connect imagination, emotion, sound and breath

3. explore the inter-relationships of sound and feeling

4. explore the actor’s connection to the audience through voice and language

5. develop RP to a more fluent level with a character speech of Shakespeare

6. connect text work with practical voice in order to develop flexibility and manipulation of voice for deliberate emotional effect.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate consistent use of:

Physical awareness and breath
Breathing and voice
Resonance and range
Technical application
Warming up
Openness to process
Emotional connection

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with voice tutors in group practical classes Learning also takes place in lectures and tutorials, workshops, presentations and performances. Formative verbal feedback from tutors in classes. Written reports with tutor comments and an indicative grade at the end of Terms One and Two.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Voice - Continuous Assessment    60% 
Practical   Articulation - Continuous Assessment    40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Christina Gutekunst, email: cgutek@essex.ac.uk.
Christina Gutekunst and staff
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Ms Joyce Henderson
Joyce Henderson
Freelance Theatre Maker
Mr Anthony Richard Clark
Prof Robert Gordon
Goldsmiths University
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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