"Sound Vibration" (Photo
Summer/ Fall 2016
My first formative vocal production mentor Chuck Jones titled his book "Make Your Voice Heard" - and for years I've been telling students there is a double meaning to the title. Of course It refers to vocal range of expression, but it also means - get engaged and speak out on matters that are meaningful to you in the world! Jones was a citizen of the world, active in gay rights, vocalizing his protest against prejudice and oppression and speaking out and UP for proper medical care to those with HIV. This fact about Jones' history is not often thought of when people reminisce about his work as a major speaking voice coach of film, television and stage, but I firmly believe it was actually at the heart of the way he identified with voice work as a mission. He knew then what we must understand now: use your voice to tell the truth and impact change in your art AND in your life!
In Chuck Jones memory I resurrect this core tenet of the work: the desire to communicate impels the voice out into the world. Right now, we all need to make our voices heard and vote, perhaps more than ever before:
Everyone please vote, and "make your voice heard!"
This year I'm celebrating my 16th year of vocal coaching at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City and I'm feeling grateful for the students, colleagues and the New York University Tish School of the Arts studio program I teach for, at Atlantic, as well as the ATC Professional Conservatories I teach in there (ATC Evening Conservatory and ATC Spring Comp). I also continue my freelance vocal coaching for film, television and stage, and find profound inspiration from each session.
Coaching at Atlantic and freelance through mid-July.
Away in mid-July through to Sept.
Back in Sept to commence a new round of classes and private sessions! Details TBA.
Love and Light to you All,
"Let's talk," :D
xo Katie Bull
I have been receiving a lot of unsolicited correspondence from WBV alumni who have moved on from classroom training to apply their vocal approaches in the professional realm. A lot more than usual, I should say - I have always kept in touch with former students. Maybe the word is out that I'm working on a book? But I haven't announced that, yet. Ummm, that might have been a semi- announcement. No publisher, yet but, some irons in the fire. Maybe these letters are arriving due to synchronicity! In any case, I am excited to be getting notes from the road, and letters from the trenches. A common theme is the empowerment felt around self-coaching. Which happens to be a core theme in my book! I am gathering anecdotes from the field, to write about the application of the self-coaching tools, on the job. If you have trained with me, feel free to send me your stories, email@example.com. Let me know if I have your permission to include your story, if not in full, than in quotation, and credit your name. Most recently I worked with the fantastic documentary film maker, and actor, Morgan Spurlock, in preparation for his British series. This seasoned performer, who is so fully in his whole body and voice, felt he would want to check-back-in for occasional "tune ups" - and yet, we both agreed he was entirely prepared to apply his vocal technique, on his own. Finding the balance of coaching support, and trusting that you have integrated your skills to the point of autonomy, is a reflection of one's practice, one's skill, one's hunger to grow, and one's improvisational spirit.
I will keep you all posted. And you keep me posted, too!