The Rodenburg Master Teacher Program
Mark is honoured to be among a handful of voice teachers worldwide who have been personally chosen by Patsy Rodenburg to be her first ever Patsy Rodenburg Certified Master Teachers.
Mark has been studying under Patsy in 2014 and will leave for New York in June 2015 to complete The Rodenburg Master Teacher Program.
Patsy Rodenburg is Master Voice and Shakespare Teacher, has been the Head of Voice at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 26 years and until recently at the Royal National Theatre. She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers and coaches, and also as a renowned authority on Shakespeare. Patsy has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few, as well as many of the biggest stars of film and television such as Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, and Natalie Portman.
For more information please visit her website: http://patsyrodenburg.com/PatsyRodenburg.com/Home.html
Speech and Presence
We are happy to announce for business leaders and speaking professionals our new website "speechandpresence.com" will be launched mid January 2015! Looking forward to sharing the new developments with you all!
Body over Mind: unleash your Power Presence
Scientific research at Universities such as Harvard, Columbia and Berkley has confirmed that our body posture will immediately and considerably change the chemical configurations of our brains to the extent that it significantly shifts our self-confidence, either positively or negatively. This proportionately affects the perceptions others hold of us affirmatively or adversely within a minute, sometimes seconds.
(See Professor Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School discuss this on TED talks.)
“I am really much more interesting than I sound”. Once it comes to speaking our confidence in our voices amplifies or diminishes our charisma. Confidence comes from having the technique to open and project our voices. Do not believe that your voice is unchangeable. It just needs to be freed.
“What do I do with my hands?” You can tell when a speaker has taken certain public speaking courses. They all make similar, safe gestures and we instinctively do not give them our complete trust as we feel perhaps they may be hiding something under that packagi. However, when the posture is aligned, the voice is free and we are connecting with true presence to our listener(s), our actions organically begin to suit our words. Our true selves are revealed and our listeners reciprocate by truly listening.
If you would like to attain permanent powerful presence, both verbally and nonverbally, book your first lesson with Mark Downey Vocal Studio!
"Waiting for Godot" by Gare St Lazare Players Ireland
Congratulations to Mark Downey Vocal Studio student Conor Lovett and Gare St Lazare Players for the new upcoming touring dates in 2014-2015!
- All the dead voices.
- They make a noise like Ashes.
Gary Lydon and Conor Lovett wait a while.
Congratulations to MDVS students -- Chahira and Kamelia Merarsi!
These sensationally artistic ladies will be performing and competing in Conseil culturel et artistique CB (CCAFCB)'s concert - Pacifique en chanson. The competition features francophone artists from BC and the Yukon.
Very honored and proud to be part of Chahira and Kamelia's artistic growth. Can't wait to see you ladies perform on June 7th.
Artists and Event Details: http://www.ccafcb.com/index.php/en/our-projects/pacifique-en-chanson.html
Vocal Coaching the cast of "White Hot" by Kindred Entertainment!
Working with the WhiteHot cast has been a fantastic experience. Don't forget to check them out - last show is on May 17th. Go to Kindred Entertainment's website below to get your tickets!
"White Hot is a darkly comedic psycho-drama crammed into a love triangle between a troubled woman, her opportunistic husband, and her trashed sister. Burrowing fearlessly into themes of sexual deviance and social depravity, White Hot playfully struts the razor's edge between hilarity and horror. A feel-dirty comedy not to be missed!"
Director: Ben Ratner
Starring: Loretta Walsh, Noel Johansen, Stefania Indelicato and Charlie Carrick
THE SHOP THEATER – 125 East 2nd Ave
May 8th-17th Tues-Sat 8pm
Welcome to the website of Mark Downey Vocal Studio!
Mark Downey Vocal Studio opened its doors in October, 2012.I now have 14 singers, musicians, actors, a radio and TV presenter and several people realising their singing voices for the first time as students. I am also teaching in English and French which is a real joy. I pack my bags at the end of this week and head for Los Angeles to study with legendary voice coach, Seth Riggs. Seth originated the Speech Level Singing technique 50 years ago and has since had over 120 Grammy winners as clients ranging from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson to Josh Groban and Philip Webb. I am very, very excited about doing this in person with the Maestro and expect to bring back some deep knowledge from the wise one!
More to follow......