Physical and Vocal Adjustments

Physical and Vocal Adjustments

Physical and Vocal Adjustments

Physical and Vocal Adjustments

Intermediate/Advanced - Santa Barbara

  • 8 or 16 Thursdays (8 and 8) at 12 noon

  • 1/25-3/14 & 3/28-5/16

  • Limit 8 actors

What is the likelihood that your character walks and talks exactly like you? Correct. Slim to none. And so, creative and conscious work on physical, vocal and speech characterization is vital if you want to transform and truly inhabit the world of the character.

Actors will experiment with the body and voice of multiple characters, making vocal and physical and speech “adjustments” for those characters and assessing the outcome. The secret is to make sure each adjustment is connected to the emotional life of the character, their needs, their pains and flaws, otherwise the physical and vocal choices will look stuck on, like an afterthought. The organic connection between emotional life, physical and vocal life is emphasized throughout.

Participants also learn to work ”Outside-In.” The accomplished actor who knows how to employ a lisp, a limp, a low register or raised, tense shoulders understands that an external or “outside” stimulus can be the key to opening up a rich, internal, emotional life.

1st 8 weeks: $440.; 2nd 8 weeks: $400.

10% Early Bird, Multi-class and Couples Discounts are available

Early Bird discount for current and former students ends 12/15 at midnight

Write to [email protected] or call 805.451.6789 to register, ask any questions or to schedule an interview.

N.B. All courses progress in a logical and consecutive sequence. Furthermore, students are frequently turned away once the maximum number of participants has been reached. For these reasons, students who begin the session agree to complete the entire session and are, therefore, financially responsible for that session.


"He taught more than any other teacher I had . . . is responsible for creating the kind of actor I am today. He taught me how to truly take risks in my work, invest authentically in my characters, and expect nothing but professionalism from myself and my colleagues. Peter’s standards were high and exacting, and as a student, I was thrilled to be held to them. It was the first time I had been treated like an actor, not just as a student. The method that Peter taught is still one that I use today – he gave me the tools to access, emotionally and intellectually, very dense material. He allowed me to see that with every character, every piece there is always a way that is deeper and truer than you first imagine.”
Julianne Moore, Actress