Hayley's Linklater Voice Designation

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This year, I’ve decided to become a designated teacher of the Linklater Voice Technique. 

One glance at Kristin’s prolific biography will leave you impressed (I've included it at the bottom in case you're interested!). Here's why her work is so important to me. 

I’ve spent the past decade working diligently to undo the physical and mental habits that cause me to hold (or “manage”) my breathing, tense up or physically push in order be heard, doubt the importance of what I want to say, resist and avoid big feelings. These habits were formed throughout a childhood spent in environments where it didn’t feel safe to truthfully express myself. Formative years spent in the intense, competitive world of classical ballet further damaged my relationship with my body and self, as it sent persistent messages to hold in my ribs and stomach, blend in with other dancers, and essentially be perfect at all times. Traumatic experiences taught me that if I hold my breath I won’t have to fully feel the pain of what’s happening to me. This is a useful survival mechanism at the time, but an incredibly damaging habit to take into adulthood, particularly as a professional actor and teacher who needs full access to my empathy, emotional life, and point of view.

Designation in Linklater Voice Technique is even more important when I consider how much it will prepare me to serve others. I've already integrated Linklater work into so much of my teaching at New York Film Academy, and the positive impact I've had on my students is clear. Designated teachers bring this work to many kinds of spaces, coaching a gamut of professionals from actors to politicians to teachers to business managers. I cannot wait to be in a position to travel the world and help others free their true voice. 

My journey toward becoming a designated Linklater Voice teacher began in 2015.
I was on tour with Beauty and the Beast when I read Kristin's book and then registered for a 6-day intensive that summer in NYC led by Linklater Center Director Andrea Haring. By the end of that experience, I was accessing a Hayley voice that I’d never known existed. I was fascinated and head-over-heels for this work. Since moving to NYC in 2016, I’ve returned to The Linklater Center for multiple 8-week classes of Level I, Level II, and Voice Articulation & Text. 

Here's what my path toward designation looks like in 2019:

- Weekly private sessions with Andrea Haring. 
- Observing 2 semesters of undergraduate voice classes at Fordham University one day per week for 3 hours.
- A trip to Scotland to work with Kristin Linklater at her training center in the Orkney Islands April 21-27. 

This all culminates in an audition for designation in December of 2019. I’m progressing fairly swiftly, and I owe that to the outstanding training I received from UC Irvine’s MFA program. 

There are fewer than 80 designated Linklater teachers in the US right now, and the path demands a great amount of time, dedication, and funding. Kristin is now 82, and I simply don’t want to waste any time getting to Scotland to work with this living legend.

So here's what I've done. 

Last month, I told Kristin I'm coming to her 6-day Advanced Voice and Text intensive April 21-27 and used a credit card to book my airfare. Committing to these plans has felt scary, exhilarating, and so right. I put down an initial deposit, and the training center is kindly working with me on the timing of sending my remaining tuition. 

I am in need of financial assistance in the following areas:

Private sessions with Andrea Haring (November 2018 - February 2019): $780
Kristin Linklater Voice Centre tuition / room & board: $1,125
Roundtrip airfare to Scotland: $564
TOTAL: $2,469

To this point, I've personally paid the $262 deposit for the workshop in Orkney and for all private sessions with Andrea which began in November. I've added a few extra days on each end of my trip to see some Scottish sights, which I'll be funding myself. 

If you want to help me achieve this goal by making a contribution of any size, from the bottom of my heart I thank you! I’ll be taking tons of pictures and sharing plenty of anecdotes and insights throughout my time in Scotland. I can’t wait to share the many things I learn on this adventure. 

Hayley

"To free the voice is to free the person."  - Kristin Linklater


More about The Linklater Voice Technique: 

The Linklater Voice work, most wonderfully encapsulated on The Linklater Center website , is "a progression of exercises developed by Kristin Linklater which is laid out in her first book Freeing the Natural Voice, written in 1976 and revised in 2006. This renowned technique has been taught in actor training programs around the world, such as Yale School of Drama, University of California San Diego, DePaul University, North Carolina School of the Arts, NYU, Columbia University MFA, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and theater companies and schools in Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Finland, Japan, Great Britain, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, and China. Over the years, Kristin Linklater has trained over 240 teachers towards Linklater “designation” or certification. The Linklater Voice progression is practical, imaginative and organic. It seeks to undo habitual tensions that inhibit expression and awaken new connections in order to open and strengthen the voice/body/mind connection. The work has a rich use of imagery to stimulate the actor’s imagination and to encourage the actor to fully experience the environment of the play through the language."

Linklater has trained many well-known actors, including Patrick Stewart, Donald Sutherland, Alfre Woodard, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Murray, Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Bernadette Peters.
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