Gender-Affirming Linklater Voice Methods: A 2-Day Online Course for Teachers

This workshop will give teachers terminology and tools to help trans and other students find authentic gender-affirming voices. Christine Adaire will be joined by Zoe Chen and Oliver Rotunno. Zoe is a 3rd Year Student in A.C.T.’s MFA Program. She is a transgender woman of Taiwanese/Japanese descent. Oliver is a transgender man. He is an actor, singer and writer who resides in Los Angeles.

Dates: January 22 & 23, 2022
Times: 9 am – 1 pm (PST)
Price: $250

Here is what we will cover:

  • Current Terminology
  • Evolving needs of actors in the gender spectra
  • Voice and Identity
  • Pitch, Resonance and Intonation Training
  • Gender Nuances of Language/ Speech
  • Non Verbal Communication
  • Activating the Imagination and Working with Image

Christine Adaire is Head of Voice at American Conservatory Theatre. She has worked as a voice/dialect coach, actor and director for over 30 years in regional theatre. She’s taught workshops in London, Barcelona, Shanghai, New Zealand and Birmingham, England. She is a trainer of Designated Linklater Teachers. Christine was a contributing writer to Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/ Gender Diverse Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide, ed Adler, Hirsch and Pickering (Plural Publishing, 3rd Edition, 2019.)

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Endorsements from previous workshops:

Christine Hamel, Co-Chair BFA Performance, Boston University School of Theatre
Co-Author of Sounding Bodies: Identity, Injustice and the Voice
Christine Adaire and Zoe Chen’s gender affirming workshop is a detailed and deep dive into evolving practices in the field and a reframing of traditional methods. The voice is centered as an integral aspect of identity, and the most up-to-date terminology and language are framed as essential to the specificity of thought required to guide voices towards liberating, expressive, authentic, and just ends. I so appreciate the modeling (and encouraging) of humility and curiosity alongside their profound expertise as our collective understanding of the way gendered and sexed lives are lived continues to grow. I cannot recommend this workshop highly enough to voice practitioners as a springboard for voice training and development for any and all gender identities.

Brennan Murphy, Chair, Department of Theater and Dance, Baldwin Wallace University
Christine Adaire’s Gender Affirming Voice Workshop was engaging, insightful, and incredibly informative. By the end of the two-day workshop, I learned practical exercises in working with the Trans community on vocal flexibility, resonance, pitch, and range. Not to be overlooked by the exercises was the extraordinary humanity and embracing nature of Christine and her co-leader, Zoe.  I encourage voice practitioners not to miss an opportunity to experience this new dynamic area of voicework. 

Amelia Broome, Co-Chair Performing Arts, Emerson College
Christine Adaire is a gifted and deeply knowledgable teacher whose expertise and humanity combine not only to educate but to uplift participants in her workshop. She brings herself fully and openly into the space, and infuses the work with care, specificity, and warmth. This Gender Affirming workshop was such a gift, increasing my awareness of how I can support and advocate for people our LGBTQ+ community and giving me tools and language to strengthen my allyship. Christine Adaire is a bright, golden, radiant, profound teacher. What a privilege to learn and grow from her wisdom and presence.