Most people hardly ever think about their voice, but did you know that the words you speak only account for about 7 percent of a successful conversation? Most people think way more about what to say rather than how to say it.
The goal of this new class is to help identify vocal habits and to learn easy, repeatable exercises that you can use everyday to address your vocal challenges. You will learn to loosen and free the voice so that you can communicate with more clarity, spontaneity, and power, and along the way, you you will become more confident, more interesting, and less anxious sounding.
“Without a doubt, I've learned more about myself and about acting in Voice classes than I did in many of my Acting classes. Open up your world by opening up your voice.” - Chris Ralph
Evening Class: Voice Power!
Tuesdays, June 8 to July 13
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm / $185.00
Valuable and easily approachable, studying accents can best be summed up as FUN. You don't have to be an actor to appreciate accents. Learning an accent is like gymnastics for the articulators! It helps to add clarity and purpose to your everyday voice, too.
You asked for it! Do you love the southern accent? How about the New York accent? Are wondering about the differences between the US and Canadian accents? Are you wanting to learn more about the US accent (Gen Am).
Rather than focusing on drills and short example sentences, we will work from scripts and prose, and you will receive helpful feedback along the way.
And of course we will have a ton of laughs along the way!
No experience with accents necessary!
Accent Intensive: U.S. Accents and U.S. vs. Canadian Accent
Saturday afternoons: June 5 to July 17.
No class on Canada Day Weekend
12 pm to 2 pm $185.00
Contact Chris Ralph to Registerchris@actingcompany.ca
Chris has been performing, studying, and teaching Monologue essentials for years. Many monologue courses involve the student choosing a monologue, memorizing it, and then receiving feedback from an instructor. In this new course, Chris will give you the tools and techniques for you to perform any monologue – classical, contemporary, dramatic, or comic. We will examine and perform famous monologues and will watch the absolute best actors perform them.
Every week, Chris will introduce a new technique to help you better understand and perform your monologue. At the end, you will have the fundamentals in place to tackle any speech, large or small!
Evening Class: The Monologue
Thursdays, June 10 to July 15
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - $185.00
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to Register
Chris is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Acting Company and has taught acting and voice at York University, Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, as well at many private studios. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and has an MFA in Acting from York University.
Recent acting credits include roles in The Virgin Trial (GCTC / 2019 Prix Rideau Award for Best Ottawa Actor); Up to Low (NAC); Half Life (Theatre Northwest); A Christmas Carol (NAC); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Plosive Productions); The Amorous Servant (Odyssey Theatre); Glengarry Glen Ross (Avalon Productions – Capital Critics Award for Best Production); Billy Bishop Goes to War (Plosive Productions – Capital Critics Best Actor nomination); The Game of Love and Death (Odyssey).
In addition to his theatre work, Chris is also a sought Voice and Presentation coach with over 10-years of corporate and academic practice. He is worked with people from a wide array of business sectors, including lawyers, Ph.D. students, cabinet ministers, government managers and directors, leaders of non-profits, NGOs and associations. Chris loves learning about people’s jobs and the day-to-day challenges they experience communicating with stakeholders, clients, boards, and teams,
John has been an actor, director and playwright for over 30 years. Recent acting credits include David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Production 2015 Capital Critics Awards), Speed-The-Plow (Outstanding Male Actor nomination Prix Rideau Awards, Best Actor nomination Capital Critics Circle Awards), and The Extremely Short New Play Festival 2017. For television, John was a writer on Mann to Mann, directed by Derek Diorio (Hard Rock Medicine, House of Luc) featuring Patrick McKenna. A member of ACTRA, The Canadian Actors Equity Association and the Playwrights Guild of Canada, John is a co-founder of the Ottawa Acting Company and a recipient of the Audrey Ashley Award for longstanding dedication to the Ottawa theatre community.
John's first full length play, Burn, was nominated as Best New Play of 2017 by the Ottawa Capital Critics Circle and has since been produced at theatres across Canada. An Act of Grace, John's new play, was performed at the Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival in November of 2018 and was awarded Best Production, Best Ensemble, The People's Choice Award and an adjudicators award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. Grace has since been produced at the Gladstone and the Avalon Studio, and is slated to be produced in 2021 in Toronto.
John is the Manager of Youth and Adult Programming at the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group.