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Voice Workshop to be held at Patel Conservatory February 25
Voice Workshop to be held at Patel Conservatory February 25

Tampa, Florida-- The human voice is a mystical thing. Learning to use one’s voice is especially crucial for performers - and actress Andrea Caban will hold a workshop on Monday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts downtown. The workshop will be based on the Fitzmaurice voice method.

Besides being an award-winning solo artist, Caban is a voice and speech coach. She is one of only three teachers certified in both Fitzmaurice Voicework and Knight/Thompson Speechwork and she trains other teachers in the certification programs for both methodologies. She is passionate about helping actors become more of themselves and clear in their intentions, in the scene and in life.

The first part of the work (de-structuring) is focused on the release of habitual tension in the breath and in the body. Self-exploration and finding one’s true presence are often a result. The second part (re-structuring) is focused on utilizing the freedom one finds to create an open, clear and focused channel of energy in which to express memorized text. The desired result is not to attain a "proper sound," but to have a free and spontaneous voice willing to express true thought.

Caban says that actors, in her workshops, often find a new sense of confidence and empowerment in the ability to stay open and present, while also direct and clear. As one of her students said, “"I feel like I'm not afraid of my voice anymore. I like speaking up, I like being heard, I like walking into a room and introducing myself with pride."

Caban is the dialect expert on HowCast.com, demonstrating more than 35 accents in a series of two minute how-to videos. As a solo artist, she has performed worldwide and is performing her play Questions My Mother Can’t Answer at the Straz Center Feb. 21 - March 3. For more info about her show, which is about her experience of getting hit by a NYC taxi, check out www.strazcenter.org and search Andrea Caban.

Admission to the workshop is $40, with a $10 discount given to those bearing ticket stubs from Questions My Mother Can’t Answer. Preregistration is required by calling 813.222.1002. Participants should bring a small pillow; yoga mats will be provided.

Caban has taught voice and solo performance as a faculty member at UC Irvine and CSUF and has taught workshops on voice and devising/producing original work at University of Cape Town, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State University, Boise State University, and Southern Oregon University. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from USF and an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine. Professional affiliations include Dramatists Guild of America, Voice & Speech Teacher's Association, Actor's Equity Association, Screen Actor's Guild, & The League of Professional Theatre Women. Learn more about her work at www.andreacaban.com & www.questionsmymothercantanswer.com.

The Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels. Registration, tour scheduling and more information are available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 813.222.1002.

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