Physical and Vocal Characterization

Physical and Vocal Characterization

Physical and Vocal Characterization

Physical and Vocal Characterization the Frisch Approach

Intermediate/Professional – Sherman Oaks

  • 13 Tuesday nights, 9/17-12/10

  • Limit 12 participants. $660 total, or 3 monthly installments $220.

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.

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 commit to the entire session and are, therefore, financially responsible for that session.


"Throughout his work with the PSO he exercised his exceptional taste, knowledge and expertise in both the fields of drama and music. Working closely with Peter was among the most personally enjoyable and rewarding experiences I've had in my long tenure with the (Pittsburgh) Symphony. Whether partnering on selecting repertoire, writing and editing scripts, or brainstorming the complex elements that made these evenings memorable, I always found Peter to be a great co-worker, a warm and compassionate leader, and a man of broad knowledge and impeccable taste. He left a remarkable legacy at the CMU Drama School."
Robert Moir, Vice-President for Artistic Planning
Pittsbugh Symphony Orchestra