Sound and Movement: Embodying Language – Judith Shahn – Complete

Date:April 17-23 2022


A sequence of improvisational voice and body exercises designed to provide a visceral link between voice, speech and body. This organic progression of exercises explores the roots of language experientially and was created by Kristin to re-route Shakespeare’s words from the contemporary head to the Shakespearean body. The work is, however, effective in a wide range of stylistic writing from Shakespeare to the present day. From primal sound to emotion, image, and word, impulses awaken the appetite energies of vowels and consonants. Neuro-physiological pathways between brain and body are re-invigorated and the actor’s agility and sensitivity in responding to imagery are exercised. Vocal impulses galvanize physical movement. Voice and body provide the intellect with information. Meaning and interpretation emerge. The actor experiences “Let the words play you…” rather than “Play with the words…”

These primal explorations lead into individual work with Judy on Shakespeare’s speeches or other heightened verses.


Desire to connect mind, body, voice & emotion. This is a physical and rigorous workshop, although you may adapt to any exercise if you have physical limitations. Experience with Linklater Voice is useful and will enable you to find the freedom of impulse within these explorations. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Judith’s instructions.

If you have any questions about the booking process or the prerequisite requirements please contact us at and we would be happy to assist you.

What do you need

Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans.

Prepare – Learn by Heart:

A Shakespeare SONNET OR a Shakespeare SPEECH (not more than 30 lines). If English is not your first language, then the text can be 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.

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 6.30 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 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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