Voice and Text Workshop (NDSF 2020)


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Discover more about voicing Shakespeare's text for a modern audience from Stanton Davis, Head of BFA Performance at Northern Illinois University. This exclusive workshop combines vocal warmups and exercises with a practical, hands-on approach to the meaning of the text.

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Stanton Davis received his MFA in acting from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program, and his BFA from the University of Utah Actor Training Program. Stanton has worked professionally as an actor (stage, film, voice-over, and TV commercials), fight choreographer, stagehand, director, stunt man, voice coach, dialect coach, and education director at theatres throughout the country. Stanton is a member of the Independent Fight Director’s Guild and is a certified associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice Work. Before coming to NIU, Stanton served as speech and dialect coach for the graduates and undergraduates, as well as teaching speech and acting, at Temple University’s Theatre Department. Before that, he was at SUNY New Paltz where he taught voice, acting, Shakespeare, dramatic literature, and stage combat. He is currently in his thirteenth year of teaching at Northern Illinois University. He lives on a farm in Paw Paw with his lovely fiancé and their horses, dogs, and other farmyard friends. His professional credits include: The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, DC), People’s Light and Theatre, The Wilma, The Lantern, and Intrepid Theatres (Pennsylvania), Delaware Theatre Company, City Theatre of Wilmington, and First State Children’s Theatre (Delaware), The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Actors Lab Arizona, Court Yard Players Touring Company, Arizona Jewish Theatre, AKA Theatre, Tucson Actors Studio, Candlelight Theatre Company (New York), New Paltz Summer Rep, York Little Theatre, Artist’s Ensemble, and the Arizona, Tucson, South West, Baltimore, Oak Park, Wisconsin, Park City, First Folio, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, and most recently at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.