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Thanks to those of you who joined us yesterday for the Saturday Workshop featuring Master Voice & Speech Coach, Paul D'Agostino!


What's the Saturday Workshop?

This month, come visit a class as our guest!

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The Work

"The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov
Austin Khemraj & Pippa Winslow


"Death Of A Salesman" by Arthur Miller
Rosemary Thomas


"The Lanyard" by Billy Collins

Sam Rubin


"The Realistic Joneses" by Will Eno
Donna-Lisa Otto & 
Drummond Macdougall


"Long Day's Journey Into Night" by Eugene O'Neill
Kevin Copps

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Here are the latest additions to your video library from our session on Saturday October 30th:

  • Cold Read Exercise "DA Office Rumors"
  • Cold Read Exercise "243 Miles from Denver"
  • "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare
  • "Spike Heels" by Theresa Rebeck
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams


  • Mary Lou Rosato's "Investing in your instrument" Voice & Speech Workout


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Music This Week

INTRO:  "Take me to the River" by Talking Heads

OUTRO: "Once in a Lifetime" and "And She Was" by Talking Heads


Camillo Scherer
Tucson, AZ

Laura Whiteley
Southampton, MA

Recommended This Week


The Beatles: Get Back

A six hour docu-series directected by Peter Jackson about the music group The Beatles featuring in-studio footage shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film 'Let It Be.'  The series will premiere in three parts:

November 25th - Part One

November 26th - Part Two
November 27th - Part Three

Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Available on: Disney+



Stop Making Sense
An innovative concert movie for the rock group Talking Heads!
Director: Jonathan Demme
Produced by: Gary Goetzman
Writers: Jonathan Demme & Talking Heads
Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir
Available on: YouTube and AppleTV


David Byrne's American Utopia
Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name.  The show returned to Broadway in 2021!
Director: Spike Lee
Writer: David Byrne(uncredited)
Stars: David Byrne, Jacqueline Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva

Available on: Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu, YouTube and HBO Max

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New York Professional Actor Training comes to your home next Saturday!

Our international, intergalactic acting jam continues next Saturday featuring Voice & Speech Expert - Debora Joy!       


A veteran professional actor, singer, and director, Debora has taught voice and text in the George Brown Theatre School since 1998. She holds a voice performance degree (BMus) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Fine Arts in Directing (MFA) from York University. She studied extensively with master voice teacher, David Smukler, and master singing teachers, Richard Armstrong, Patricia Kern, and Mary Morrison, and attended both the National Voice Intensive, as well as Shakespeare and Company in Lennox, Massachusetts, where she studied with Kristin Linklater, the ground breaking author of Freeing the Natural Voice. Debora headed the voice department in the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor, and taught voice for actors at York University, the University of Windsor, and Erindale College (Uof T).She taught singing in the undergrad and graduate theatre programs at York University and in the Musical Theatre Department at Sheridan College. She also teaches voice, singing, and audition preparation in her private studio.

A Tyrone Guthrie award winner, Debora spent five seasons performing at the Stratford Festival and toured with the company to Broadway and the Old Vic in London, England. She also directed and acted in many productions at regional and summer theatre festivals. Equally at home in plays, musicals and contemporary opera, her favourite professional credits include the title role of Evita, Emily Dickinson in the one-woman play,The Belle of Amherst, Aggie Rose in the Canadian opera The Boiler Room Suite, Cecily Pidgeon in The Odd Couple(directed by Martha Henry) and Portia (understudy) in Julius Caesar (directed by the late Richard Monette at Stratford). Debora has coached the Soulpepper Academy Artists and has taught voice workshops for the Tom Todoroff Acting Studio; she worked with Elevated Grounds, coaching at-risk youth, and with Workman Arts, a not-for-profit arts company working in partnership with the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health. Debora was the vocal coach for Pamela SInha in Crash, Pamela’s one-woman show that won a Dora Award and played in New York as part of Soulpepper’s New York repertory in 2017. Debora has also coached several iterations of the youth-driven sex education show, SExT, including its Fringe Festival, Summerworks runs as well as its spring 2017 residency at the Factory Theatre and 2018 national tours.
Debora continues to explore current practices; she regularly attends the Voice Teachers’ Conferences at the Stratford Festival and she is presently taking a yearlong Kundalini Yoga teachers’ training in Toronto.  Most recently, Debora coached on the TV series, Star Trek: Discovery.  She enjoys her continued collaborations with SExt, Shakespearience and the Tom Todoroff Studio.

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