Drama hosts major Lessac workshop

Posted on January 11, 2013

The Drama Department is proud to present this workshop that has become a landmark on the international voice training landscape. The Intensive Workshop, with the Lessac Conference, are flagship events of the Lessac Training and Research Institute.
The South African workshop is the brainchild of Certified Lessac Trainer, Marth Munro, Extraordinary Professor in the Drama Department and Deb Kinghorn, Lessac Master Teacher and Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Hampshire.
Lessac Kinesensic Training is an integrated, bio-sensory approach to voice, speech and movement that had its origin in the theatre, but developed into varied domains, including physical and vocal therapy, sport, singing and well-being. This workshop allows participants to be certified as Lessac practitioners. 
The teaching staff consists of Master Teacher Deb Kinghorn, Certified Trainers Marth Munro and Belgian Gert Terny, who is currently teaching at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. The teaching staff is assisted by Johannesburg-based intern Robbie Koen who was part of the cast of Michael Lessac’s production of Truth in translation about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in South Africa that had an extensive international tour.
The teaching staff is supported by three honours drama students, Morné Steyn, Mduduzi Nhlapo and Khensani Maluleka, as well as members of the drama staff. Maluleka received a scholarship from Michael Lessac to participate in the workshop and act as a research assistant for the research project associated with the workshop.
The participants in the workshop come from a variety of professions ranging from movement therapists to voice lecturers from tertiary institutions from as far afield as the USA and Nigeria.
Judging by the voice recordings, reading materials and class planning, the workshop promises to be as intensive as its name suggests. The Drama Department wishes participants an enjoyable and fruitful three weeks of learning and sharing.

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