I work extensively with the gender variant community. Whether you are transitioning male to female, or female to male, or whether you identify as gender queer, gender fluid, a-gender, or another gender identity, I work with your needs and desires and tailor the lessons to meet your individual goals. Ultimately, I work with you to liberate your truth your voice, so that your voice is more resonant with gender identity.
We will use a mixture of speaking and singing approaches to the voice to explore the following areas:
1) Release and Relaxation: a) undo the ways in which unwanted gender assignment currently manifests in the voice
b) undo tension in the voice
2) Develop a relationship with your voice:
a) cultivate the inherent wisdom of your voice
b) liberate your true voice (as it resonates with your gender identity)
a) find ease and strength in voice at higher and/or lower pitches
b) expand the range
4) Breath: a) Find a deeper, fuller, centered breath b) unlock and connect with emotional truth
5) Resonance: a) explore and separate different areas of resonance in your voice b) mix/ blend these to find resonance that is congruent with your identity
a) discuss gender norms around intonation
b) negotiate if and how you want to incorporate those norms into your communication
7) Non-verbal communication
a) examine gender norms for non-verbal communication
b) negotiate if and how you wish to incorporate
a) integrate the tools of all the above-mentioned areas
b) explore the voice and its potential at greater depths
c) work with your dreams of how you wish to manifest your truth through your voice
For years, I have worked with the transgender and gender variant community through private lessons, small group lessons, and occasionally larger group classes. As a professional performer who creates their own work, I trained professionally in voice and acting and movement at New York University: Tisch School of the Arts. I draw most heavily on two of the approaches learned there: Linklater Voice, and Roy Hart Theatre Voice Work. Committed to ever deepening my voice work, I continue to train with members of the Roy Hart Theatre.
In addition, I identify as gender-fluid (and use they/them pronouns for myself.) While I do not face all the same struggles and forms of oppression as someone that someone who is transgender, there can be some commonality and/or similarities in terms of some experience. And otherwise, I am constantly learning and growing as an ally to the transgender community, and am committed to the work of gender liberation and overall social justice.