In the sports world, the coach is a person of high status but with voice and speech coaches, this is not always the case. Janet Madelle Feindel has honed her career by developing a program of teaching and coaching than brings the work of the voice trainer to the presidium.
Over the last thirty years, there have been great strides in voice training in a number of areas but sadly, directors have often been unaware of these strides.
The author shows that the study of the voice and speech as well as the Alexander technique for the director should be an integral part of the director's training. Feindel provides an overview of basic voice and speech production, the Alexander and ways to integrate these principles into the rehearsal process and methods for working most effectively with voice and speech/Alexander coaches.
In The Thought Propels the Sound, Feindel outlines her successful approach to training actors and musical theatre performers using traditional methods developed by well renowned individuals such as Berry, Linklater, Fitzmaurice and Alexander, and synthesizes them with her own methods of Vox Explora and Resonex that have evolved out of her vast experience training actors at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and coaching for the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival under the direction of Martha Henry, (Officer of the Order of Canada) and coaching professionally working with many noted performers.
The Thought Propels the Sound is a must book for directors and directing students but also for voice and dialect coaches, Alexander teachers, medical specialists, speech pathologists, actors and singers and anyone interested in the performers voice in the theatre.
Table of contents
Introduction to Voice Training
Overview of Voice Methods: Whose Voice Is It Anyway?
Overview of Speech Methods: Whose Standard Is It Anyway?
Voice and the Alexander Technique
Vox Exploraï¿½: What Is It?
Voice and Text Explorations
Directors, Voice and the Rehearsal Process
Working with Voice/Dialect and Alexander Coaches
Appendix, Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice