Advanced Voice Technique and Text – Judith Shahn – complete

Date:April 10-16 2022


What happens when your self-expression takes on more and more demand? If you tighten against the demand, your muscles are holding back your desire to communicate. this workshop focuses on the relationship of the head, neck, jaw and tongue in order to free the mid-range of the speaking voice. Free breath-focused through the bony sinus resonators, allow a more revealing part of you to come through. We explore specialized exercises, which use imagery to undo tension in the jaw, throat and tongue so that you can open up your range and articulate clearly. This work is useful for actors and singers or anyone who wants to explore the freedom of impulse, leading to freedom of expression.

Text work: The transparency of the mid-voice is one of the keys to revealing yourself. We explore devices such as speaking with the tongue outside the mouth, whispering and speaking text on vowels only to continue the re-conditioning of voice and speaking from a head/brain-centred experience to an embodied, sensory experience. The workshop is very voice concentrated and entails a great deal of individual attention.


At least one semester of Linklater Voice in an undergrad or grad program or an Introductory Linklater Voice Technique Workshop covering the full voice progression taught by a Designated Linklater Teacher. Interest in voice development. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Judith’s instructions.

If you are unsure if you fulfil the prerequisites for this workshop please contact before making your online booking.

What do you need

Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans.

Prepare – Learn by Heart:

14 to 20 lines of a poem or speech that you wish to work on and develop. This can be in your first language. This can be a poem or a dramatic speech from any period, or any prepared text that serves your purpose (e.g 3 minutes of a speech or lecture). To confirm, if English is not your first language, then feel free to speak in your own language – please send a named copy of your text and an English translation (if applicable) at least 14 days before the workshop start date to


The workshop runs across the core teaching days of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. These days start at 9am and finish around 6pm.

Thursday is a day off for sightseeing around Orkney or rest. Lunch and dinner are not provided that day. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here. If you opt for the escorted trip this will be using the Centre’s minibus for travel.

The evening meal will be served at around 6.30pm.

Food and Accommodation

You will be housed at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in our purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities.

Mealtimes are communal. Lunch and dinner are cooked by our own chef. We cater for dietary considerations including the following: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose intolerant. We regret to say that we are unable to accommodate more complex dietary requirements. For additional food information please see our FAQs .

Residential workshops at the Centre are fully residential offerings only. No camping facilities are available. The residential experience at the Centre is based on the participants learning, sharing, creating, and working individually and collectively.

Arrivals and Departures

Sunday Arrivals: We anticipate your arrival on Sunday, sometime in the afternoon is good as this ensures you are present for the Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm. We shall collect you and take you up to the Centre on Sunday at a time suitable to coordinate in with the other arrivals. (Please note travel times: 45 mins from the airport, 20 mins from the ferry).

Saturday Departures: These will be after breakfast and we will arrange to transport you to the ferry/airport or drop you off at your local accommodation.

Travel Arrangements

For more information on how to get here, please contact our local and reputable travel agency Scapa Travel, advising them that you are travelling to Orkney to stay at the Voice Centre.

Should you wish to arrive in Orkney early, or to stay on after your workshop finishes, we recommend you use or another online accommodation site to make your personal arrangements.

Information on Current Covid guidance for travelling to Scotland and International travel to Scotland.can be found using these links. Please note we cannot answer specific individual questions on travel and recommend you contact Scapa Travel with any such queries.

Please ensure that when making your travel arrangements you have suitable insurance to cover any other losses associated with your trip as KLVC and the course organiser cannot take any responsibility for any additional costs.

COVID-19 Regulations – PLEASE READ

We are closely monitoring and adhering to Government and local guidelines and will advise you of specific local requirements prior to the commencement of your workshop. It is your personal responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements for travel to and from Scotland. Information on Current Covid guidance for travelling to Scotland and International travel to Scotland. can be found using these links.

If you are travelling to Orkney from within the UK, KLVC is requesting that workshop participants be fully vaccinated. This is so that a duty of care is maintained to your fellow international workshop participants, your tutor(s) and KLVC team members and our local Orkney community. In making a workshop booking, you are confirming that you understand and respect this request. A definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ as determined by the Scottish Government may be found here.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop start date, a 100% refund will be provided.

If you cancel within 30 – 14 days before the workshop start date a 50% refund will be provided.

If you cancel within 14 days before the workshop start date no refund will be provided.

Subject to availability, the cost of any amount not refunded could be put towards the cost of another course.

KLVC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop or event at any time. Should the rescheduled dates or alternative offered by KLVC not be suitable to you we shall refund any payments made by you.


If you have any queries on the workshop please contact



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    Judith Shahn

    Judith Shahn has been a Designated Linklater teacher since 1991, taught voice, speech, dialects and Shakespeare in the graduate actor training program at The University of Washington for 26 years. She retired in 2016 as Senior Lecturer, Emerita. In addition, she is a dialect & voice coach for professional theatres, including Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre and many Seattle area theatres. She has coached many productions of Shakespeare at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare & Company and The University of Washington. Judith is an actor as well and recently performed in an all-female production of Coriolanus in Seattle. Judith has taught Linklater voice workshops internationally in Mexico and Brazil and assisted and co-taught with Kristin at the KLVC for several years.

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