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Upcoming voice workshops in Vancouver at
The Living Voice Meisner Acting Lab is a hit! A unique combination of Meisner Approach (as taught by Larry Silverberg of the True Acting Institute) and Vocal Technique to support an alive, connected and emotionally agile performance. A comprehensive, step by step system appropriate for all skill levels. 

Current Phase One students and March full-time students can join Phase Two (part-time, Sundays) April 13th - June 15th

Early Bird Discount available until 21 Feb 2014 on:
Phase One (full time, M-F) March 10th - 21st
Phase One (part-time, Wed evenings) March 26th - July 9th
Charles Wang and I are offering free, one hour "Spike Your Speech" seminars to promote our new Presenter Training curriculum. If you'd like to book us to speak at a boardroom near you, or if you'd like to hear more about the exciting training material we've developed, email us at or visit our website
March 21 - 23 Unleash Your Voice (for beginners and non-performers)
May 2 - 4 Unleash your Voice (for beginners and non-performers)
May 24 - 25 Voice Technique (advanced - only open to existing students)


  • The next Soundswrite Intro To Voiceover will run 22 - 23 Feb 2014.
  • Olivia Nelson is running a 2 day Meisner Workshop in New West, 8- 9 March, there are still a few spots left!
  • The next Performers Mastery is 14 - 16 March 2014.
  • Canada's National Voice intensive will run 18 May - 20 June. APPLY HERE
Verity - 20 Feb
Book-Signing Fundraiser and Medieval Swordplay

A young girl, a secret identity, and a quest to discover the truth.
Join author Marian Keen as we celebrate and launch her latest novel for teens, "Verity," at the Academie Duello.

In addition to an author reading and book-signing, we'll hear from: special guest speakers including the Director of Academie Duello, Devon Boorman; and the CKNW Orphans' Fund Pink Shirt Day Anti-Bullying Campaign, the beneficiary of this evening's ticke
t proceeds and donations. Music, refreshments, and live demonstration of sword play!
SentinelStage Presents Alice in Wonderland 
25 Feb - 1 Mar 

Living Voice Alum, Annika, is in this production at the Kay Meek through her school SentinelStrage. If you'd like to see how the next generation is doing theatre these days (I'm feeling old as I realize that's not me anymore) or would enjoy an evening of whimsy, please do check it out!

The show runs from Tuesday February 25th through to Saturday March 1st 2014 and tickets are available at
Showtime is at 7:30 pm on weeknights
Saturday 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Private Eyes
Feb 27 - Mar 15 

Written by Steven Dietz, Directed by Ryan Crocker, Produced by First Impressions Theatre, Starring Colleen Rae Lornie, Bulat Nasibullin, Cameron McDonald, Louise Porter, and Jennifer Morabito.

In a rehearsal room, 2 actors rehearse a scene about the beginning of an affair under the watchful eye of their director..or is it a description of what actually happened as told to a therapist? Or is it a play about

2 actors and a director caught in a web of lies and denial? And who is the mysterious woman that appears in several roles...

Runs Feb 27 through March 15, 2014, Weds to Sat at 8pm. Tix online at or at 604.929.9456


Ruby Deubry - Savvy Chic Chuisine

A native of Antigua, WI., Ruby learned Caribbean cuisine from her mom then later on developed a love for French food and techniques, inspired by watching French chefs on television.

Ruby also had a love for science and pursued degrees first in Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry then Pharmacy. Ruby became inspired to combine both her pharmacy and culinary backgrounds in a unique television show: Savvy Chic Cuisine. She describes it as “Contemporary French Caribbean Cuisine with a Health Twist!” 

With her youthful excitement, international flare, and artistic eye she hopes to inspire others to challenge themselves and become more adventurous in the kitchen.

Got a project you're proud of? I'd love to spread the word!
Email me at and I'll include it in the next newsletter.


Truth and Lies

When you tell people that you're an actor, you can get some pretty off the wall, laughable and occasionally really  offensive responses. Especially in Vancouver, which has got to have almost as many aspiring actors as Los Angeles. I'm not going to address all of the ridiculous things I've been asked upon answering that dreaded "So what do you do?" question.
But there is one particular myth that I'd like to dispel today. Acting is not lying. It's not a form of escapism and it's not about pretending to be someone else. This is why:

There are two fundamentally wrong assumptions here. 
1. Good acting is about telling the truth, the truest truth you possibly can.
2. Character is not an outside thing you put on like a costume, it must arise from within. The character is never someone else, it always you.

Human experience is 100% subjective. It's not like we can just shrug off the "my perspective suit" and put on another. Your personality, belief system and cognitive links are so complex and deep and so much a part of you that you can't switch them on and off. Even if you were pretending to be someone else and no-one noticed how disconnected you were, you could only portray them as you see them, which isn't them at all is it? Two dimensional characters and broad stereotyping are often a result of this "put on the character" kind of thinking. It's surface level, judgemental and never believable.

OK, but what about those actors who totally transform? They're not being themselves. They're completely different from character to character! They walk differently, talk differently, their personality is different. How can I say they're not pretending to be someone else? Are these not affected behaviours? 

This is where imaginary circumstances come in to play.

Stanislavski talked about the Magic If. Meisner said that acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.  Herein lies the secret. . . READ FULL ARTICLE

Hic. . . hic. . . hiccup!

Want a real cure for the hiccoughs? 

This breath control exercise will calm that spasming diaphragm. It works for me every time.

The trick to this is to use the muscles in your diaphragm, solarplexis and belly as much as possible. This is a control exercise, specifically to calm nerves or a fluttery diaphragm, not to be used in performance or as part of your practice towards free, relaxed sound.

As evenly and using as much physical control as you can:
  • Breathe in for five counts (or 6 if you can)
  • Hold the breath inside you for 3 counts
  • Breathe out for 10 counts (or 12 if you can) 
The out breath works best on a fricative. I find F is the best for being inconspicuous, like example when you have an attack of hiccoughs in a job interview or on a crowded train.

If you do the above fully and consciously, 3 to 5 breaths should have you hiccough-free! :)

Eat, Suppress and Be Merry?

We've all heard of emotional eating. I certainly am no stranger to the practice, but I've noticed something interesting about my relationship to food and how I use it to suppress what I'm feeling.

We usually associate emotional eating with negative emotions, a way to feel less pain, loneliness, sadness etc. But I have noticed that these days I use food to suppress my positive emotions as much or even more than the negative ones!
Most actors won't eat before a performance, because of nerves usually. My habit was to always eat before a performance in order to suppress the nerves. But nerves aren't just fear, they're excitement and energy too. . . READ FULL ARTICLE

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