The Expressive Voice

  • 22 Nov 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+08:00)
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • 13


  • Requires e-billing
  • Requires e-billing

Registration is closed

For an actor the voice is one of the key tools of expression. Students need to become aware of how they use their voice to learn how to make full use of it to communicate a range of different characters, ideas, and emotions. This workshop will investigate how the voice works and provide a range of practical tools to help develop and enhance quality and range and build the skills required to apply the voice effectively in performance.

Recommended for Drama CCA Instructors.

About the Facilitator

Gavin Leahy comes from Australia, where he trained as an actor and as a voice teacher/coach. Since graduating with an MFA from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Gavin has been working at NIDA as a lecturer in the Voice department on both BFA and MFA programs. He was seconded to work in the theatre departments of the University of Pretoria and the Tswane Institute of Technology in South Africa. In South Africa, Gavin became a practitioner in the Lessac Kinesensic approach to actor training and is currently training to become a certified trainer.

As an actor in Australia, Gavin has performed in shows including God of Carnage, Other Desert Cities, William Finn’s Elegies, Evita, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Assassins, A New Brain, and The Boy from Oz. He has toured both nationally and internationally in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, The music of the Night, and Encore Mr. Producer.

Gavin’s directing credits include productions of Proof and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. As a dialect, voice and text coach, Gavin has worked throughout Australia on Metamorphosis, Master and Margareta, Carking It, Ironbound, Women Of Manhattan, The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, Brigadoon, The Changeling, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Salem, The Yellow Wallpaper, Another Country and Scorched.

Funding and Subsidies

Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) Funding

e2i, an initiative of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), aims to support all freelance Drama CCA Instructors with a 50% subsidy for all Level Up! Fest 2022 workshops.

The subsidy is stackable with the SDEA member discount.

Applicants must:

  • Be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Register for the workshop(s) prior to the e2i funding application
  • Not be a MOE Teacher or Staff

Click here to find out more and apply for the subsidy.

Application for e2i funding will close on 20th November 2022.

Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI)

In loving memory of the late Christina Sergeant, TSPDI is an SDEA initiative that offers subsidies for members to attend SDEA events, workshops, and masterclasses.

Chosen applicants will receive 50% off the nett invoiced amount (amount after other subsidies) for Level Up! Fest 2022 programmes in funding.

Click here to find out more and apply for the initiative.

Application for TSPDI will close on 11th November 2022, and all successful applicants will be notified by 14th November 2022.

Level Up! Fest 2022: Symposium for Drama CCA Educators

In partnership with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the LASALLE College of the Arts, SDEA presents Level Up! Fest 2022, a two-day symposium for the Drama CCA Instructors and Teachers-in-charge.

Level Up! Fest is SDEA’s platform to recognise, celebrate, and bring focus to the importance of the professional development of the theatre/drama educator.

This year, Level Up! Fest is specially curated for Drama CCA Instructors and Drama CCA Teachers-in-charge to advance capabilities and develop more holistic Drama CCA experiences for students in today's world.

Gain new knowledge and strategies from nine workshops designed and facilitated by faculty members from NAFA School of Arts Management, Dance & Theatre and LASALLE School of Dance and Theatre. Get inspired by talks conducted by industry leaders. From introductory programmes to in-depth skills development workshops, there is something for everyone!

SDEA Members will be able to enjoy a 20% discount on registration fees as well as apply for the Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI) for additional support.

Workshop spaces are limited! Join us in the many opportunities this November for you to Level Up!

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for the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025

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