The Department of Drama at the University of Alberta is now recruiting for September 2012 admission to the MFA Theatre Voice Pedagogy program.
This relatively new program recruits every second year and is dedicated to training theatre voice teachers who can secure positions to teach at the postsecondary level and in the world of professional theatre. The training also prepares voice teachers to provide instruction for public speaking in business and education. Throughout the two-year (plus thesis) program, students work very closely with Professors Betty Moulton and David Ley–two of Canada’s foremost voice, speech and text experts, who have strong connections with international centres for the study of voice.
The MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy addresses all elements of voice production, speech facility and text interpretation together in the context of theatre. The various programs in the Department of Drama provide many opportunities for these MFA students to put theory into practice: students will teach and advise individuals and classes, and coach in BA, BFA Acting and MFA productions during both years of their program. Other opportunities for teaching and coaching are provided across the campus and in Edmonton’s lively professional theatre community. There are also strong connections to the fields of Speech Pathology and Audiology and Linguistics, with shared classes and projects.
We are recruiting mature applicants with an extensive background of training and/or experience in theatre practice and a four-year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized institution. This assumes sufficient preparation in dramatic literature, theatre history and theatre aesthetics. We also look for numerous practical theatre credits in performance and/or voice, speech and text-related coaching.
The MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy began in the fall of 2006, but it can already boast success for all four of its graduates to date, who have gone on to secure teaching positions in voice and acting in Canadian university programs and are also all coaching professionally.
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We are eager to attract a wide variety of applicants, so please circulate this information within your organization, department or community. The deadline for applications to the MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy is February 1, 2012 for the study period beginning September 2012.
If you have any comments or questions, please contact Elizabeth (Betty) Moulton at [email protected] or by phone at 780.492.8728.