Workshops & Intensives

Accents for Plays: Standard British with Tovah Close  (Ages 16+)

The Accents for Plays: Standard British with Tovah Close workshops will cover the basics of how to learn a dialect using vocal placement, sound changes, and musicality. You’ll explore a contemporary, “standard” British accent in a warm, playful environment.

For those interested in auditioning for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, there will be a chance to work on your new dialect using scenes from the play. This is a great opportunity to enhance your audition prep (but PLEASE NOTE that participation in the workshop in no way guarantees a role in the show). This workshop is designed to be fun and accessible to anyone interested in becoming a better actor by exploring the transformational power that skill with dialects can unleash.

Participants should bring a notebook, pencil, water and a recording device (the built-in app in most smartphones is fine) and wear non-restrictive clothing. Handouts and practice scenes will be provided.

  • Instructor: Tovah Close
  • Date and Time: Saturday, November 3rd, 2 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 E. Water St., 4th floor)
  • Tuition: Suggested donation $25

    Please fill out the Google registration form at the link below to reserve your spot in
    Accents for Plays: Standard British with Tovah Close  (Ages 16+):

    https://goo.gl/forms/6sbjHfeYOTioCxMr1

Tovah Close

Tovah Close

  • Instructor: Tovah Close–THIS EDITION OF THE WORKSHOP IS FULL!
  • Date and Time: Saturday, October 20th, 2 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 E. Water St., 4th floor)
  • Tuition: Suggested donation $25

The suggested donation of $25 can be paid in person at the door.

Please email Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org, or call her at 434.977.4177 x100 with any questions.

Tovah Close has taught voice and speech at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, University of Virginia, Mary Baldwin University, The Governor’s School of North Carolina and American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory. She has coached dialects for many New York productions, as well as regional theaters in California, New Jersey and Virginia. She also works with professional actors on film, TV, and theater roles. You might have heard her dialect work at Live Arts in last season’s Top Girls. Tovah is the dialect coach for this season’s Live Arts production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

 

Musical Theater Vocal Master Class with James Taylor (Ages 18+)

Do you love to sing and perform in musicals? Join James Taylor and pianist Katherine Nies for a Vocal Master Class at Live Arts. Students will gain insight into and practical guidance in Vocal Technique, Bel Canto Belt, and Musical Theatre styles. Enhance and empower your performances, and gain increased confidence in your technique. James looks forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise with you, and hopes to see you in the workshop.

James Taylor

  • Instructor: James Taylor with pianist Katherine Nies
  • Date and Time: Sunday, October 28th, 6pm to 9pm
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 E. Water St., 4th floor)
  • Tuition: Suggested donation $25

Please fill out the Google registration form at the link below to reserve your spot in Musical Theater Vocal Master Class with James Taylor (Ages 18+)

https://goo.gl/forms/y7aNIVEg4faLvtDp1

The suggested donation of $25 can be paid in person at the door.

Students should provide sheet music for the song they would like to work on, 16 to 32 bars of an audition piece or a particular song that you would like to learn to sing at peak efficiency. Bring the sheet music to the fourth floor office at Live Arts, 123 East Water St., by noon on Friday, October 26th, or you can send a PDF of the music via email to James Taylor and Katherine Nies at jamestaylorstudios@gmail.com and nies.katherine@gmail.com

Please email Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org or call her at 434.977.4177 x100 with any questions.


James Taylor, M.M. (Yale), is an internationally celebrated tenor. At home in opera, concert, recital, and musical theatre, he has appeared with numerous opera companies, symphonies, and theatres, including the New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Gottigen Handel Festspiele, Theatre Augsburg, and the Nederlandse Reisopera. He has given recitals in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared in leading roles in musicals across the US. A talented and sought-after educator, he has served as Director of Opera at Drake University and the University of Alabama and has been on the music faculties of VCU and the University of Virginia. In his roles as director, he was extensively involved in every aspect of the performing arts, including opera, musical theatre, orchestral, choral, and dance.  His students perform in leading international Opera Houses, on Broadway, with Disney, and in numerous regional US theatres. Mr. Taylor resides in Richmond, and maintains studios there and in Charlottesville.

Katherine Nies

Katherine Nies is a classically trained musician with more than 20 years of experience in piano performance, accompaniment, and stage performance. She has studied under Hsien-Ann Meng, Gerda Bansleben, and Marianna Prjevalskaya. Katherine graduated summa cum laude from Albertus Magnus College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish while also studying linguistics at Georgetown University. Her interest in the language arts has allowed her to explore her passion for the human narrative and the stories told through music and on stage. Katherine’s love for improvisational piano has allowed her to collaborate with Broadway performers, opera singers, and choreographers from all over the world.  She is currently Charlottesville Ballet’s pianist, a collaborative musician for the Richmond Ballet, and teaches music at her own private studio and the Center for Vocal Study. Katherine’s passion for music is soul-deep, and nothing gives her more joy than to connect with others through art.