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Voice & Improvisation - Paula Langton & Ken Cheeseman

Yvonne Harcus  | Published on 8/19/2021

Voice & Improvisation
Paula Langton & Ken Cheeseman




Desire to develop understanding of voice. No previous Linklater Voice training necessary. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Paula & Ken's instruction.


The 18-hour workshop runs over three days, 6 hours a day - Monday to Wednesday 6th, 7th & 8th October.

Two sessions per day:

British Standard Time 2 pm - 5 pm, Break, 6 pm - 9 pm

US Eastern Standard Time 9 am - 12 pm, Break, 1 pm - 4 pm 


TA unique workshop for life-artists, which will tap into your voice, your impulses and the kaleidoscope of your expressive self.

Join our dynamic teaching team: Ken Cheeseman and Paula Langton

Daily voice work with Paula will open up the channels between body, breath, impulse and expressive voice, preparing the player to be led by Ken into the joyful creativity of improvisation.

Why improvise? To uncover and trust your spontaneous self, to discover your inherent eloquence, to test the validity of a moment of inspiration, to find your voice in the narrative of others, to join a communal story, to laugh, fail, get up and fail again better (to misquote Samuel Beckett…)  -  in short, to have fun with life and language!

Ken has worked extensively with Keith Johnstone, whose ground-breaking improvisation exercises have become part of the fabric of all good actor-training. His books “Impro” and “Impro for Storytellers” are classics in the field. Ken has brought these techniques from the acting classroom to the World Economic Forum Global Fellows’ annual training programme. 

This work is dynamic, wise, practical, provocative - and a lot of fun. 

What do I need:

Space - enough floor space to stretch your arms and legs out, whether on the floor or whilst standing.

Loose clothing for physical exercise. No belt. No jeans.

Faculty Bios:

Paula Langton: is an actor and Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. She co-taught with Kristin Linklater at KLVC Ltd. in Orkney for several years prior to her passing in June of 2020. She met Kristin as an actor in training in the late 80s and became a member of her all-female Shakespeare company, Company of Women, and director of Company of Girls. She was designated to teach Linklater Voice in 1991 and assisted Linklater in developing the Acting program at Emerson College.

Paula is Associate Professor Emerita at Boston University School of Theatre and was Head of the BFA Acting program. Additional Teaching Credits: The Global Leadership Fellows at The World Economic Forum - Columbia University, Wheaton College, University of Massachusetts, Trinity Rep Conservatory, Vineyard Playhouse, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and Festa Di Teatro Ecologico - Stromboli, Italy. 

She is in the documentary "Giving Voice: An Actor's Journey with Kristin Linklater." Additional Acting Credits: American Repertory Theatre, PTP/ NYC, La Mama, etc. NYC, New Rep, Olney Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, LA Women’s Shakespeare, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Company of Women, Boston Playwrights, Nora Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Charles Playhouse, Festa Di Teatro Ecologico, Italy.  Member: AEA, SAG, VASTA.

Ken Cheeseman
: was a Senior Artist-in-Residence at Emerson College for 17 years, has been a guest lecturer at Boston University, Brandeis University, Boston Conservatory and now teaches privately as well as for the World Economic Forum and the Obama Foundation at Columbia University, at the Linklater International Voice Center in Orkney, Scotland and is a frequent performer and workshop leader at the Festa Teatro Ecologico on the volcanic island of Stromboli, Italy.

Ken has been seen off-Broadway in Scapin, Dr. Faustus, The Cherry Orchard and Amphitryon(Classic Stage Company), The Master Builder (Brooklyn Academy of Music), King Lear (La Mama ETC, Actors Shakespeare Project), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park/Public Theatre). Regional credits: La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Portland Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, and Shakespeare and Company. Boston credits: American Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Huntington Theatre. and Trinity Rep, where he graduated from their conservatory program in 1980. Film and TV credits include: Shutter Island, Mystic River, Leaves of Grass, Joy, Next Stop Wonderland, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Big Night, Monk, Law and Order, The Good Wife, The Time Traveling Bong, the award-winning HBO series Olive Kitteridge and the recently released Defending Jacob.


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