Linklater into Phonetics: Feeling Sound – Peter Marciano and Courtney Ferguson

Date:June 5-11 2022


There are 6 early bird places at £975 once those places are filled the price will revert back to £1175 per workshop place.

Let’s go on a scavenger hunt of sound. Listen to something in the room, breathe that into your middle and allow it to mingle and dance through your nervous system. Your voice and accent can be experienced through your whole consciousness, not only heard but seen and smelled, tasted and touched. Let’s blur the lines between voice and speech. Explore “MMMMM” and “AHHHHH” and all sounds of human expression in your entire body, letting them flow through you.

This is a Linklater-based workshop that erupts into the world of Phonetics. Experience with Linklater Voice is not necessary. No experience with phonetics is necessary. The Sound and Movement exercises created by Kristin Linklater inspired Louis Colaianni to extend her work into the world of accents and so he created Phonetic pillows and explored this in his book The Joy of Phonetics and his upcoming book, Authentic Voice and Speech.

Launching into Phonetic Pillows from its origin of Sound and Movement allows participants to open the channels of the body to the senses. Have permission to experience their voice and accent through their entire bodies, allowing their vowels and consonants to literally jump, roll, dance, and be thrown around the room. With the assistance of associate teacher Courtney Ferguson, and myself, you will synthesize an environment where mindfulness is the pathway to your artistic force.

My ethic is to work nonprescriptively because in a time when diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of the arts, telling someone what is “good speech” is not part of who I am. What I teach is in the framework of personal identity, alongside diversity, identity becomes a very important context from which to teach. Encouraging students to fuse clear diction with impassioned communication, also known as “intelligible eloquence”, is my ongoing pursuit.


There are no prerequisites for this workshop.

Linklater Into Phonetics: Feeling Sound incorporates the progression of the Kristin Linklater Voice method as a foundational starting point of the workshop along with Louis Colaianni’s The Joy of Phonetics work.

What do you need

Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans.

Learn by Heart

A piece of text taken from a speech, a script, a poem, or even a newspaper clipping. Have something worth saying. This can be in your first language. This can be 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) to


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

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.

Evening meal will be served no later than 6.30 pm

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. If you have specific accommodation requests please contact

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 6.30 pm. 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 questions about the booking process please contact us at and we would be happy to assist you.




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    Peter Marciano

    Peter Marciano is a New York-based actor and teacher from Syracuse, NY. He has been teaching at The New York Film Academy since 2015 and currently serves as the Head of Acting for The Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre. He is a Designated Linklater Teacher, having studied voice and Shakespeare under master teacher, Kristin Linklater, in Orkney, Scotland. He trained with Louis Colaianni and is a Certified Colaianni Speech Practitioner, specializing in phonetics and dialects. He has most recently performed in St. Lucy of the Eyes, Richard III, If Stars Are Lit, and Twelfth Night. He has taught voice, movement, and acting on three continents, and coached actors appearing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tours. He is a Co-Founder of Purple Ribbon Shakespeare, a NYC based non-profit theatre company. He holds an MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

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    Courtney Ferguson

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