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4 Steps to Instant Stage Presence Ever seen a speaker who commands the stage? Their very being demands attention, and oozes charisma, confidence and credibility. Want to know how that could be you? Follow this link to learn more.
Breath Control Excercise Breath control is so important for performers. Breath control affects the range, volume, and speed of speaking. Practicing skills to improve breath control technique can vastly improve your speaking abilities.
Breathing Right by JudyLee Vivier With good breath support the voice will sound full and rich - not strident, strained, or pushed.
Diction: 9 Exercises for Every Actor Sure, “red leather, yellow leather” and “toy boat” are crowd favorites and standbys, but sometimes you’ve gotta dig a little deeper.
Diction: More Exercises The content of their speech may be fantastic, and they may look great when delivering the presentation, however, unless the judges can clearly hear and understand what they're saying, they are destined for a "6"
Learn/Memorize Your Lines A twelve-episode training session that provides actors/interpers with skills that blend the science of memory with the art of acting. Each video is under 10-minutes and would be great “Starters” for your speechies or drama kids who struggle with memorizing their lines.
Making Eye Contact Effective eye contact is the difference between conversing and connecting and can be the difference between a 1 and a 6 in any given round!
Non-Verbal Acting The art of facial expression, gestures and body language to help students elevate oral interp performances to the next level. Here's a short intro to the concept from Stella Damasus of An Actor's Playhouse.
Nonverbal Communication Exercises Because theatre and oral interp is a visual medium and today’s students are visual learners, it is a great idea to incorporate nonverbal communication exercises into your program.
Performance Basics by Nicholaus Garcia Drama instructor at Los Medanos College - His YouTube Channel with fantastic short instructional videos perfect for drama classes or speech teams.
Physicalize Your Scene Work e often spend a lot of time developing the nonphysical part of a character: character profiles, reflection, getting into the text. Sometimes student actors leave a character’s physicality to the last minute or they do not incorporate it at all. This results in some students ending up with characters that look, stand, sit, and move a lot like they do on a daily basis.
Reducing Vocalized Pauses Tips for eliminating those pesky "ums" and "you knows" from your speech pattern.
Rehearsal Techniques and Strategies by Bert's Drama: Characterization Exercises, Voice Pacing, Eye Contact, Physical Contact, Use of Space, Establishing a Scene, Learning Lines and MORE!
The Art of Facial Expressions Make your own using Selfies - Works great in person and virtually
Vocal Qualities for Performance 22 Short Videos with challenges and assignments by Nicholaus Garcia
Vocal Warm-Ups from the National Theatre 11-minute video by Jeannette Nelson. Featuring exercises on breathing, resonance, projection and articulation.
Whole Body Movement (And When to Stand Still) Brief tips for Speech Competitors (Impromptu, OO, Declamation and Extemp)
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